Worknight Dinner Recipe: Easy Chicken Fajitas

by Maris Callahan on July 27, 2009

Week Night Meal Chicken Fajitas

When anyone asks me what my blog is about, I want to say "a food blog for busy, young professionals about cooking a balance of healthy and indulgent recipes." 

Instead, I usually say, "a blog about food and cooking." I write this blog partially because I'm a twenty-something who works full-time and likes good food. Of course, my blog is for everyone to read, regardless of age, profession or demographic.

The concept behind my food blog was, however, inspired by twenty-somethings and beyond who think they have no time to cook because they are busy. Or because they live alone. Or because they don't know how to cook. I have seen many friends' bare refrigerators, empty until the next time they visit their parents and can stock the shelves with leftovers and half-empty boxes of Double Stuff Oreos.

Well, last week I visiting a male friend and found myself in one of those kitchens. A kitchen stocked with little more than hot sauce, Bud Light and a Ziplock bag full of Taco Bell hot sauce packets.

I had promised to cook my friend dinner and was faced with the task of preparing a meal without a cutting board, colander, measuring cups, spoons or a sharp knife. You heard me correctly. No sharp knife.

To be fair, there was a paring knife, intended for slicing limes for Coronas. It served better than I thought it would for slicing vegetables.

So after a quick trip to the grocery store and some arm wrestling with the paring knife and a few bell peppers, we had chicken fajitas.

Chicken Fajitas with Onions and Peppers

(modified from Cooking Light


1/8 cup olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced 
1 cup low-salt beef broth 


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips 
1 red bell pepper, sliced 
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, sliced 
Cooking spray 
8 (6-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas 
1/2 cup bottled salsa 
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream 
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional, garnish)


1. To prepare marinade, combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside. To prepare fajitas, trim the fat from chicken. Combine 1 1/2 cups marinade with chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Combine remaining marinade, bell peppers, and onion in a zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. 

2. Prepare grill.
Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Remove vegetables from bag; reserve marinade. Place reserved marinade in a small saucepan; set aside. Place chicken and vegetables on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 8 minutes on each side or until cooked throughout. 

3. Wrap tortillas tightly in foil; place tortilla packet on grill rack the last 2 minutes of grilling time. Bring reserved marinade to a boil. Place chicken and vegetables on a serving platter; drizzle with reserved marinade. 

4. Arrange about 1 ounce chicken, 3 bell pepper wedges, and 1 onion wedge in a tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon salsa, about 1 teaspoon sour cream, and 1/2 tablespoon cilantro. Fold sides of tortilla over filling. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Daryl July 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Ole! I love chicken fajitas. The peppers & onions look amazing!


thatShortchick July 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Chicken fajitas, rice & a corona with lime is something I could eat EVERY DAY.


mandy July 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

This sounds great and is going on my list of things to make on worknights.


Amy July 27, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I am wondering if there is supposed to be steak in your ingredient list?
Regardless, I am making this (chicken only) tomorrow night. My peppers, onions & chicken are all marinating (not together, of course) and will be delicious. This was very timely as just an hour ago, I was thinking, should I make fajitas tomorrow night? And there was your recipe.
I don’t think I tell you often enough how I love your site, even if I’m not a 20-something, but instead a 30-something w/ a job, grad school & an upcoming marathon (and dinner to make for the hubs). Thanks!


Julia @ Mélanger July 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

Love the idea of your blog. All too often I neglect my cooking – in favour of baking, though. ;)


doggybloggy July 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

good job – I have been in far too many a kitchen like this and they are no longer twenty something -


Chrissy July 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

Wow, impressive. Not even a knife? He must be happy you came along. The fajitas look great! And I not only have a sharp knife, but a fajita pan, so I’m all set. :-)


kate July 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

I wonder how many people claim they can’t cook simply because they haven’t got any tools to do so? How can someone live without any basic kitchen essentials? I grew up learning to cook from the time I was seven, and when I left home I had no idea that it just wasn’t the way everyone was raised. I knew so many people in college who couldn’t even properly cook a frozen pizza, and I was making ribs, roasted chicken, casseroles etc… much to everyone’s amazement. Parents do their children a HUGE disservice by not teaching them life skills like that. HUGE!!!


Kristen July 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

Fajitas are so easy, and they’re ALWAYS delicious (and impressive!). And you really have beautiful pictures!


kat July 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

Its funny what we used to get by with in our kitchen. I can’t imagine living like that now


Matt July 28, 2009 at 10:33 am

Now I can get down with this recipe.
Also? Your guy friend and I have similiarly stocked kitchens.


THEJFF July 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

Wait, where the hell were the taco bell packets I was looking for those.


lisa (dandysugar) July 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Yum, fajitas and tacos are a regular weeknight meal for me. Super easy to prepare. That’s hilarious about your friend’s hot sauce packets, but it’s also true for many! It’s surprising what you can throw together sometimes.


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm

If you promise to make this, you can come and stay at my house any time! I even have my own knives.


Melissa July 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

when in doubt, make something wrapped in a tortilla….. totally my motto around here.
great looking fajitas.
I recall in college making a trip to walmart specifically for sharp knives and real glasses for my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) apartment. I was DONE with the one dull knife they had. haha!


Kristen July 28, 2009 at 11:44 pm

ROFL – oh my…sounds like your friend could use a few more shopping trips, or someone like you to take care of him ;)


Jessica July 28, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Wow this looks really good! Nummmmmmm.


Lindsay July 29, 2009 at 3:08 am

I always forget about fajitas as a dish that Hubs and I love, and can be modified for the wackily varied tastes of our offspring. You do have gorgeous pictures- so nice to have met you last weekend! All best.


Erin July 29, 2009 at 5:27 am

Oh, man… Have I ever been there and done that! I’m 25, and I sometimes see my friend’s food situations and think “How do you people live like this?” Haha… Fajitas are a great choice. I think I actually made those at a friend’s house too!


Juliana July 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Wow, this is interesting…but at the end you manage…and the fajita looks great…


Christine Medifast July 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Chicken fajitas are one of my favorite foods except I always seem to think they are too complicated. Thanks for this great recipe. Much easier then previous ones I’ve tried.


elra July 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Delicious chicken fajita!


leslie July 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

” a zip lock bag full of Taco Bell hot sauce”!!!Now that is classic!!!!!


Bridgett July 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yum! We love chicken fajitas around my house. Funny how spoiled (if that is the right term) we get from all of our kitchen tools until you are faced with making a meal without them!


Sarah July 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

This looks so tasty! I too wonder how some of my friends survive on canned food and frozen meals (not that I don’t go there on occasion). Recipes like this are great when showing friends that cooking really isn’t all that bad. Can’t wait to try this!


Owyn from Medifast Coupons August 4, 2009 at 10:44 am

The wonders of a chicken fajitas! Delicious meal every time and you could never get sick of these.


ryan August 5, 2009 at 12:28 am

this looks really good. I will have to try this soon


Rebecca_C August 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Pet PEEEVE. This is why I hate cookign in other peoples kitchens. Unless they are more of a food snob than me ; )


best medifast coupons November 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

yummy!! love to try this recipe.


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