Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner…and clean-up is a breeze!  This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!I love fajitas.  They are seriously one of those favorite childhood meals, and I could probably eat them for dinner every single night.  Growing up, we’d often go out to eat on Friday nights.  My Mom loved to cook, but I’m pretty sure she still enjoyed not cooking on occasion.  Plus, it was a great way for the family to kick off the weekend.  And one of our favorite places?  Chili’s.  Or Fat Daddy’s in Raleigh, NC.  (Fat Daddy’s had one of those build-your-own burger bars…and it was pretty epic!)

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!But Chili’s.  I’d usually order a classic cheeseburger, and I totally remember asking my Dad if I was allowed to order a soda.  (Sometimes he’d let me…if I had been good that week!  Me?  Good?  Hah!)  But then at some point, I learned about Chili’s fajitas.  The fact that they arrived at your table on a sizzling, steaming cast iron platter was certainly appealing to a 7-year-old boy.  And they’re still pretty appealing to this 37-year-old boy.  Not to mention the fact that those fajitas were really darned tasty, too!

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!Not surprisingly, when Laura and I moved in together, we decided to try to create a fajita recipe similar to Chili’s.  We came up with something pretty darned close, and I posted it several years ago.  It’s legit good!  We’ve been on a sheet pan dinner kick around here lately, though, and I decided to transform that recipe into these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.  I think I like the classic version just a bit better due to the cast iron skillet factor, but this sheet pan version is still mighty tasty in it’s own right.  And clean up is an absolute breeze!

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!Laura is not a huge fan of plain chicken, and we learned some time ago that the secret to delicious chicken is a delicious marinade.  So it’s no surprise that these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas start off with a delicious marinade.

Just whisk together the marinade one evening before you go to bed or even before you go to work in the morning.  Trust me when I say it’s worth the time!  Then these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a breeze to make that evening.  And since clean up is a cinch, you’ve got yourself one tasty meal with little-to-no work.  That means more time to clean up Robbie’s toys.  Or to watch tv.  Wanna take a guess at how I spent that extra time?

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner…and clean-up is a breeze!  This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinating Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 205kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • cup lime juice
  • cup water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1½-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the Fajitas

  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1 white onion halved and sliced

For Serving

  • flour tortillas
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Using a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for chicken; whisk together until fully combined.
  • Place chicken breasts in a large glass baking dish. Add marinade to the baking dish, turning to fully coat chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

For the Fajitas

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
  • Using a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, lime juice, pepper and salt. Pour this over the sliced peppers and onions, tossing until well coated. Remove hot sheet pan from oven and add peppers and onions. Return pan to oven and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade and cut into ½” slices; discard any remaining marinade. Add sliced chicken to sheet pan with peppers and onions and continue baking for 22-26 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and peppers/onions have softened.
  • Serve with tortillas, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, etc.

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy and flavorful dinner...and clean-up is a breeze! This one is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!

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22 Comments

  1. Hi David! What a great way to start the weekend! We eat a lot of peppers and onions (garlic too). I have started using my rimmed baking sheets more because it is so convenient. I usually line them with heavy duty foil so there is no clean up! 🙂 Have a fun weekend!

    1. Peppers, onions and garlic is an excellent combination, Dorothy! It really provides a great base for all sorts of recipes…or in this case, the recipe by itself (plus some chicken). I’m all about fajitas in all sorts of forms, but I have to say that cooking them on a sheetpan was fun simply because the cleanup was easy. That meant more time hanging out with Robbie in his new play tent (it’s a pirate castle)! 🙂

    1. Rachelle!! I hope you’re doing well, my friend! Yup, I totally agree with you about fajitas in restaurants. They also charge more for ’em, so that’s annoying. But fajitas are easy to make at home…and even easier if you use a sheetpan. I’m all about easy cleanup these days! (After all, I’ve made up for it by cleaning up all of Robbie’s toys every night…hah.) Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. Sheet pan meals are my obsession right now! Because clean-up is never my obsession :(. And since fajitas happen to be one of my favorite meals I need to try these soon. Have a great weekend, David! PS, really? You weren’t always good enough for that soda? I’m not sure I if believe that!

    1. I’m right there with ya, Kelsie! I love to cook and bake, but the worst part is turning around and seeing a sink full of dishes. No bueno. At all. That’s why sheet pan fajitas (and sheet pan meals) are totally in style around this house right now! P.S. I was definitely not always good enough to earn a soda. Definitely not. 😉

  3. Fajitas are so delicious, I can eat the entire pan. I’ve never heard of Fat Daddy’s but it sounds like my sort of place. That sizzling skillet is mesmerizing. Sheet Pan meals are the best, I make them a couple of times a week. I should make some fajitas some time soon. Have a great weekend David.

    1. Fat Daddy’s is just a one off restaurant in Raleigh, NC, but man that was one of our favorite places to go on the weekends! I miss it for sure! But I’m all about recreating deliciousness at home, and sheet pan meals have become a new favorite around our house. I love the ease of making/cleaning! Definitely put sheet pan fajitas on the list soon. Sure, you don’t get the same sizzle like you normally get with fajitas…but the flavor is still there! Hope you had a great weekend, Mary! 😉 Oh, I’ve got some photos to email you…keep an eye out for them as I’ll send ’em over shortly.

  4. If you ever happen to come to India, please let me know! I would love it if you could convince my mom to consider sheet pan recipes that I constantly see over the internet..Usual dinner in our home leads to tons of dishes and lots of cleanup! These Fajitas look super cool and delicious! Refrigerating the chicken overnight with the marinade is a really cool tip… I am sure the chicken soaks up much more flavor like that.. I too love the Fajitas served at Chilis and these look so similar! I am going to try these super soon! Thanks :). Love to little Robbie since he keeps you occupied in your free time too 😛

    1. Oh my gosh, I would love to visit India some day, Deepika! And I know Laura (my wife) would jump at the chance! Of course, traveling with Robbie is pretty much non-existent these days…but maybe one day. In the meantime, definitely keep working on your mom with the sheet pan dinners. They are an amazing way to cook everything all at once and then end up with little to no cleanup afterwards. It’s a win-win! So these fajitas don’t have the same sizzle like you get when you order fajitas at a restaurant, but they still have the same flavor. Delicious! And, yes, Robbie TOTALLY keeps me busy these days. He’s a little ball of energy…I’ll have to share some more photos of him soon! 🙂

  5. I’ve got to confess, David. I’ve never had fajitas. Well, practically, I believe I have eaten (Besides, all these wraps, tacos etc are quite similar things), but I don’t recall eating the dish being officially named this. So technically, I haven’t had fajitas, right? How come?! It’s an easy, versatile, and delicious meal. I’ve got to catch up with this too:)

    1. Wait, you’ve never had fajitas? Ben! Fajitas are amazing! Truthfully, my favorite fajitas are the cast iron pan ones since you can really get the pan sizzling hot, but these sheet pan ones are great in a pinch. (Plus, sheet pan meals make for easy cleanup!) Your job this weekend: (1) Find a restaurant in your area that makes great fajitas. (Check out Yelp reviews to find a place.) 2: Eat them. 3. Report back. 🙂

    1. Oh, this marinade is one of my favorites for chicken, Laura! We’ve always loved that cast iron skillet recipe for fajitas that I link to in the post, but I’ve gotta say that the sheet pan version was fun because it made prep and cleanup a cinch! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

    1. Yes to going out and ordering fajitas at a good Mexican restaurant! We used to order fajitas quite a bit, but we also enjoy cooking, so we had to play around with a version to make at home. And I’ve gotta say that at home version (linked in the post) is really, really good! These sheet pan ones are quite fun, too, just since prep and cleanup is a cinch. (We used to save the other versions for weekends since it takes a while to cook down the peppers and onions and then assemble the fajitas.) Either way, they’re quite delicious! Thanks, Dawn…I hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

    1. We love fajitas around here, too, Marissa! While the sheet pan method doesn’t bring the classic sizzle that we know and love for fajitas, it does bring the flavor…and with super easy prep and cleanup, too! Thanks so much, my friend! 🙂

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