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This easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowl is a twist on the Tex-Mex fajita. Zesty marinated chicken strips, red and green bell peppers and thick-cut onion rings all roasted on a sheet pan. We served this in a bowl with salad greens and a simple dressing rather than wrapped in a tortilla.

Bowl of black beans, roasted chicken, onions, red/green bell pepper and lime wedge


A bowl full of roasted veggies, a little protein and some crunchy tortilla chips is all you need to enjoy a hearty, healthy meal!


What are Fajitas?

The original fajitas are actually of the Mexican cuisine made popular by the Mexican rancheros along the Texas-Mexican border.  The rancheros made their fajitas from skirt steak, a tough, inexpensive cut of beef.  They marinated the skirt steak to develop tenderness and infuse flavor. They grilled the beef along with onions and peppers then wrapped them in warm tortillas.  

The Mexican name for this beef specialty is arrachera.   As the Texan cowboys began enjoying this delicious grilled treat it became a Tex-Mex specialty with the name fajita.

Nowadays, fajitas are made with a variety of cuts of beef, other meats, poultry and even fish and shellfish. But beef skirt steak is the original, true fajita.

Ingredients for this Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowl:

We are using a savory marinade made with fresh lime juice, honey, garlic and herbs to infuse a delicious flavor into the chicken strips.  

Dish of marinade with whisk. Limes, garlic and juicer in background
A quick and zesty marinade
  • Lime juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Cumin powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Oregano
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Chicken breast strips
  • Onion slices
  • Bell Pepper slices, red/green/yellow
  • Canned black beans
  • Salad greens
  • Lime wedges

This easy sheet pan chicken fajita bowl is a meal in itself and with a simple oil and vinegar dressing it becomes a healthy salad in a bowl.

How to Make our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowl:

This chicken fajita bowl is a favorite at our house not only because it is so good but also because it is mostly done on a sheet pan and there is little clean up to do.  Here is the basic ‘how-to’ round-up but please, scroll down to the recipe card for full instructions:

Sheet pan with grilled chicken, red/green peppers and onion rings

Step 1.  Make the marinade then add the chicken and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. 

Step 2.  Coat the onion and bell pepper slices with oil then add them to a sheet pan.

Step 3.  Remove the chicken strips from the marinade and drain briefly on a paper towel lined plate, then add them to the sheet pan.  Season the vegetables and chicken with salt and pepper and transfer to the preheat to 425°F oven and roast for 15 minutes.  

Step 5.  Reheat the canned black beans, add the oil/vinegar to a jar and shake to combine.

Sheet pan chicken fajita bowl, salad dressing and napkin

That is how easy this sheet pan chicken fajita bowl is to prepare.  To assemble, add fresh greens to serving bowls then arrange portions of each component to the dish and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.  Let each guest add the oil/vinegar dressing to their serving. 

There are many options to add as accompaniments.  Adding crunchy tortilla chips over the salad greens, topping with avocado slices and grated cheese are some of our favorites.    

I love this sheet pan chicken fajita bowl so much it is frequently on repeat here at our house.  I hope you give it a try! For more sheet pan dinners check out our post with over 45 ideas for easy sheet pan dinners.

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  • Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas: A light, flaky killer crust envelopes these spicy pulled pork empanadas.   All the delicious Mexican flavors are in the spicy pork filling.  You will be dreaming of a vacation to Mexico.
  • Baked Turkey Burrito Casserole: Our Baked Turkey Burrito Casserole, made with leftover turkey, vegetables and a creamy pepper jack cheese sauce.
  • Roasted chicken thighs, fresh asparagus, and tender Yukon potatoes cook in a timely fashion in this recipe for our sheet pan chicken dinner.

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Bowl of black beans, roasted chicken, onions, red/green bell pepper and lime wedge

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowl

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Bowl is a twist on Tex-Mex fajita.  Zesty marinated chicken strips, red and green bell peppers and thick-cut onion rings roasted on a sheet pan.  Served in a bowl with salad greens and a simple dressing rather than wrapped in a tortilla.

Ingredients

The Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Fajita Mix:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 large onion, sliced thickly
  • 2 bell peppers, red and green, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salad greens of choice

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt/pepper

Garnishes:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Lime Wedges
  • Cilantro sprigs

Instructions

Make the Marinade:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients.  Add the prepared chicken breast strips and toss to coat well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Roast the Chicken and Veggies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F
  2. Add the sliced onions to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Transfer to a baking sheet. To the same bowl, add the bell peppers, drizzle with oil and add to the baking sheet.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and drain briefly on a paper towel-lined plate.  Place the chicken on the sheet pan. Transfer the sheet pan to the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. While the pan is roasting, add the drained beans to a saucepan and reheat on medium-high.

To assemble the salad:

  1. Place the salad greens in the bottom of 4 serving bowls, divide the chicken and vegetables equally between the bowls.  Spoon 1/2 cup of been onto each serving and garnish with lime wedges, tortilla chips and cilantro sprigs.

Notes

  • This chicken fajita salad bowl can be garnished in so many delicious ways. Some examples are avocado slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and pickled jalepeno peppers.
  • Nutrition calculation accounts for 1 tablespoon of the dressing and does not include the marinade or garnishes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 10gSugar: 9gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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angiesrecipes

Friday 24th of April 2020

A fuss free and delicious meal! I definitely need to give it a try too.

Pat Nyswonger

Friday 24th of April 2020

Thanks, Angie....I think you will like it1

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