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Sheet Pan Fajitas (easy Chicken sheet-pan recipe)

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Have you ever craved a dish that's both delightfully flavorful and incredibly easy to make? Look no further than sheet pan fajitas, a culinary gem that’s become a regular in my kitchen. Ideal for busy weeknights, this easy sheet pan fajitas recipe is a crowd favorite, guaranteed to please the whole family. Let's dive into the world of these delicious fajitas and discover why they should be in your regular rotation.

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What are the Key Ingredients for Sheet Pan Fajitas?

The magic of sheet pan fajitas lies in their simplicity and the symphony of flavors created by their key ingredients. Each component plays a vital role:

  • Chicken: I prefer using boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs for their lean texture and ability to absorb flavors.
  • Bell Peppers and Red Onion: These fresh veggies not only add a splash of color but also a sweet and slightly tangy taste.
  • Spices: A blend of Mexican chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin, creates that signature fajita flavor.
  • Olive Oil and Fresh Lime Juice: They bring everything together, adding zest and moisture for juicy chicken.
  • Toppings: Fresh cilantro, sour cream, avocado slices, and shredded mozzarella add layers of texture and taste.
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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30-35 minutes

Servings: about 12 tortillas

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Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs chicken, diced
  • 1 each red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Spices: ½ tsp each of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Mexican chili powder, dried oregano, cumin
  • 1 tsp each salt and black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Toppings: sour cream, diced avocado, shredded mozzarella, lime juice
  • 12 tortillas

Instructions:

Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 375°F (190°C). A properly heated oven ensures even cooking.

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Mix Chicken and Veggies: In a large bowl, toss the diced chicken with olive oil and spices until well coated. Add garlic, bell peppers, and onion, mixing thoroughly.

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Arrange on a Baking Sheet: Spread the mix in an even layer on a parchment-lined sheet pan. A single layer is crucial for even cooking.

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Bake: Cook for 30-35 minutes, checking for doneness with a meat thermometer.

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Assemble and Serve: Warm the tortillas and fill them with the chicken and veggie mixture. Add toppings to your liking.

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Tips for Making Perfect Sheet Pan Fajitas

  • Chicken Cut: Use thin strips of chicken for faster and more even cooking.
  • Spice Blend: Homemade fajita seasoning can be a game-changer. Adjust chili powder and cumin to taste.
  • Veggie Cut: Slice your bell peppers and onions in similar sizes for uniform cooking.
  • Baking Sheet vs. Sheet Pan: A heavy-duty sheet pan is best to prevent warping at high heat.
  • Overcrowding: Avoid piling ingredients. A crowded pan steams the food rather than browning it.
  • After Cooking: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps retain the juices.
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Concluding Thoughts on Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

This easy weeknight dinner of sheet pan chicken fajitas is more than just a meal; it's a delightful experience. It blends convenience with flavor, offering a healthy meal that's sure to become a favorite. Perfect for those evenings when time is of the essence, yet quality can't be compromised. Give it a try, and watch it become a staple in your home too.

Yield: 12

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe

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Simplify your dinner routine with these easy and delicious Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas! This one-pan wonder is a perfect blend of succulent chicken, crisp bell peppers, and a medley of mouthwatering spices. Quick to prepare and even quicker to clean up, this dish is ideal for those busy weeknights when you want a meal that's both satisfying and hassle-free. Bursting with flavors and colors, these fajitas are a surefire way to bring a touch of zesty excitement to your dinner table. Serve them up in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings for a meal that's guaranteed to become a family favorite!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs chicken, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp Mexican chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sour cream, for topping
  • 1 avocado, diced, for topping
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded, for topping
  • 1 lime, juiced, for topping
  • 12 tortillas (e.g., flour tortillas)

Instructions

    Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C) to ensure it's ready when your fajitas are prepared.
    Prepare the Chicken and Veggies: In a large mixing bowl, add the diced chicken, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Mexican chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, salt, and black pepper to the bowl. Mix until well combined. Then add the minced garlic, sliced red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, and sliced red onion. Mix everything together until the chicken and veggies are evenly coated with the spices and oil.
    Arrange on a Sheet Pan: Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper or lightly greasing it. Spread the seasoned chicken and veggies evenly across the sheet pan, ensuring they are in a single layer. This will help them cook evenly.
    Bake the Fajitas: Place the sheet pan in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and starts to develop a delicious brown color. Make sure to check the chicken for doneness, as cooking times may vary slightly depending on your oven.
    Assemble Your Fajitas: Once your chicken fajitas are cooked to perfection, it's time to assemble your meal. Warm your tortillas according to package instructions or personal preference.
    Toppings and Serving: Place a generous portion of the cooked chicken and veggie mixture onto each tortilla. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the filling, add diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella, and a garnish of chopped cilantro.

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