Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas with avocado sauce and cheddar cheese

Very little prep work & hands-on time go into making these easy sheet pan chicken fajitas! Includes instructions to use either fresh or frozen chicken breasts.

Sheet pan dinners are such a brilliant, yet simple idea that it makes you scratch your head and go “why has no one thought to do this before?”

They are so stinking easy and always turn out so well! A lot of dishes where you would have originally thought to cook in a frying pan such as fajitas, perogies, or even gnocchi, you can just throw on a sheet pan, toss in the oven, come back half an hour later, and enjoy dinner! You literally no longer have to slave over a hot stove to get a tasty, homemade meal on the table. Instead, you can use that time to go play hide and seek with your kids, read a book, or even make this delicious chocolate peanut butter pudding. Now that’s something I’ll slave over a hot stove for any day!

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What to eat with these sheet pan chicken fajitas

Once you have your fajita mix made, you can either choose to:

a) Wrap it all up in a tortilla wrap with grated cheese and guacamole or avocado sauce

b) Bowl it and serve over brown rice and top with grated cheese and guacamole or avocado sauce

 


Why these sheet pan chicken fajitas are a smart choice

See those small black things in the right photo of the three sheet pans? Yup, those are black beans. Adding beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc is my favourite way to reduce our family’s meat intake. Eating more plant-based proteins is associated with increased health outcomes and more sustainability for this beloved planet we call home.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas


  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Method: Sheet Pan
  • Cuisine: TexMex

Ingredients

Fajita Oil:

  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 large bell peppers or 3 small ones (any colour)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large chicken breasts or 3-4 smaller ones
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 ½ cups cooked)
  • 1 lime, sliced in half

Instructions

Instructions using fresh chicken breasts:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Stir the flavour maker ingredients together and, using a pastry brush, brush onto a baking sheet.
  3. Slice the bell peppers and onions into strips.
  4. Arrange the bell peppers, onions, and chicken breasts on a single layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir and bake another 10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Add in the black beans and bake another 2 minutes.
  8. Remove and squeeze the lime over the whole pan.
  9. Slice the chicken into strips.
  10. Serve in tortilla wraps or over rice with optional cheddar cheese and guacamole or avocado cream sauce.

Instructions using frozen chicken breasts:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the frozen chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Stir the flavour maker ingredients together.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the fajita oil onto the top of the chicken breasts. Flip and place oil side down.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, slice the bell peppers and onions into strips.
  7. Add the bell peppers and onions to the baking pan. Arrange into a single layer.
  8. Bake 20 minutes.
  9. Stir and bake another 10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Add in the black beans and bake another 2 minutes.
  11. Remove and squeeze the lime over the whole pan.
  12. Slice the chicken into strips.
  13. Serve in tortilla wraps or over rice with optional cheddar cheese and guacamole or avocado cream sauce.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 316
  • Sugar: 5.5
  • Sodium: 352
  • Fat: 12.5
  • Carbohydrates: 25.5
  • Fiber: 7
  • Protein: 26

The fajita mix alone will give you 1.5 serves of veggies for every serving.Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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