An easy, one-pan fajita recipe without any cast iron pans or marinating…
For us fajitas conjure up images of smokey restaurants and marinated meat with onions and bell peppers sizzling in cast iron pans with steaming hot flour tortillas.
They’re great restaurant food, but here is a healthier and easier way to make juicy and flavorful fajitas at home, baked with the best seasonings and served with cilantro and fresh lime. There won’t be anything leftover in the pan when dinner’s over…
Fajitas were invented by ranch workers in Texas as appetizers cooked over an open fire and called botanzas. Long skirt steaks were used, since it was the least expensive meat available.
In 1973, Ninfa’s restaurant in Houston created the modern fajita by adding in onions and bell peppers. Faja meaning a strip like a long skirt steak, and ita to provide emphasis as in yummy!
How to make sheet pan chicken fajitas
To make these fajitas, the only cookware you’ll need is a medium-large baking sheet. Start by cutting up chicken breasts, an onion and a few bell peppers.
We used a mix of red, yellow and green bell peppers, but you can use whatever’s available. You might even find chicken strips and bell peppers pre-sliced at the supermarket.
Toss your ingredients onto the pan and use some tongs to distribute the spices and oil. You can use two spoons if you don’t have tongs. It might look something like this:
Then bake for 15 minutes until the juices are sizzling in the pan. Once the sheet pan goes into the oven, relax and let your oven do the work… Creating fajitas at home can be challenging, but these sheet pan chicken fajitas make it easy.
Remove the pan from the oven and mix the meat with some tongs to keep everything juicy and bring out the flavor. Slide some of the mixture over to make space for the tortillas.
Then add the tortillas to the edge of the pan to heat up, and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
You can get your garnishes ready while the fajitas are still in the oven. Cut the lime wedges and chop up some cilantro. Popular condiments include sour cream, guacamole, salsa or pico de gallo and you may want some shredded cheese too. One or two of these is sufficient if you want to keep it simple.
Assemble the fajitas straight from the pan – it makes for a beautiful presentation and everyone loves to pick their own toppings. Plus it makes for easy cleanup…
Enjoy your fajita fiesta and watch our video tutorial to see how to make them:
We love to serve up these fajitas with some cold beer such as a pale lager like Corona. Wine is another great option, and best to go for lighter wines like a Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc.
We often get asked how to pick tortillas for fajitas. We always recommend buying fresh flour tortillas if you happen to have a tortilleria nearby. The taste is mouthwatering and they don’t even cost more in many cases. Our next choice is a raw soft tortilla such as TortillaLand, which has no preservatives. The best size is 8-inch, but you can go larger or smaller as you prefer.
Check out our Strawberry Jello Cake recipe for a dessert to go along with: