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Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

By Jessica Walker
Created January 10, 2017
Why slave over the stove? Next time your family begs for Mexican, let your oven do the work!
easy oven baked chicken fajitas

Ah, Mexican night. It’s my favorite. Tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas…whatever’s on the menu, I am game. However, many of these delicious dinners can be a little labor intensive. Browning meat, chopping veggies, grating cheese, mixing toppings and seasonings, getting out everyone’s favorite hot all requires hands-on time. Next time your family’s clamoring for Mexican, but you don’t have the energy or time to stand over the stove, I encourage you to give these oven-baked fajitas a try! Here’s how to do it.

First, preheat the oven to 400°F and spray a 3-quart glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then grab some fajita seasoning. Yes, there are recipes out there for making your own, if you are so inclined, but this Old El Paso variety is affordable, convenient and super delicious. It’s definitely a pantry staple at my house!

old el paso fajita seasoning mix

Next, slice up a large onion and bell pepper. You can use any color bell pepper (or combination of colors!) you desire, but my family favors the red variety best in their fajitas. Once the veggies are sliced, place them in your prepared baking dish.

cut up red peppers and onions in casserole dish

Then, slice up some chicken breasts. You want to make these slices really thin and uniform. (If you want to save time, pick up pre-sliced chicken strips in the meat department or slice your meat the night before and store in the fridge in a zip-top plastic bag.) Nestle them in your pan with the veggies and sprinkle the whole thing with fajita seasoning.

chicken with peppers and onions sprinkled with seasoning mix

Pour two tablespoons of vegetable oil over your chicken and veggie mixture, giving it a good toss, making sure the veggies and chicken are coated evenly with the seasoning and oil.

ingredients mixed together

Pop your pan in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Set a timer for halfway through, so you remember to give it a good stir at that time.

casserole dish in oven

After 35 to 40 minutes, you’ll have perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken and veggies. Serve with some Old El Paso tortillas, salsa, fresh lime, cilantro, olives, sour cream or whatever your heart desires!

easy oven baked chicken fajitas