The BEST EVER Chicken Fajita Bowls

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.
The ultimate BEST EVER Chicken Fajita Bowls! Delicious and so simple to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken “fajitas,” and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings.Chicken Fajita Bowls I Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken "fajitas," and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings. I chelseasmessyapron.com

The first “family car” we had was a super light and tan fabric interior. This past January we switched out the car and my choice was black EVERYTHING — black outside, black interior, and black leather. I was certain that was the solution to keeping a car (with messy boys) clean.

An unrelated fact to my story: the toddler named this car and yes, we all refer to the car with this name… “Bubbles.”  He also named my husband’s car (a bright red exterior), “Blueberry.” If you’d like an awesome name for your car, let me know and I’ll get the toddler right on that.

Chicken Fajita Bowls I Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken "fajitas," and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings. I via chelseasmessyapron.com

Anyways, the black is definitely easier to clean and I love the car. The thing I wasn’t quite anticipating (never had a dark car) was how quickly that car heats up! A few hot days has me like WOAH.

So you can imagine how much I have LOVED these Grocery Totes. They are super high quality, hold a ton of groceries, and they keep them cool. Even in my hot black car.

If you look closely, you’ll also see one more reason I’m obsessed with these bags. It’s got my “Chelsea’s Messy Apron” logo on it!! How fun right?!

Chicken Fajita Bowls I Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken "fajitas," and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings. I from chelseasmessyapron.com

It’s been fun to give out these bags and hear how much people have enjoyed the quality of them! They are so great for holding your groceries, bringing dishes to a potluck (and keeping them cool), or keeping drinks cool in your car.

 

EASY Chicken Fajita Bowls I Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken "fajitas," and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings. I via chelseasmessyapron.comSo, a little bit about this dish. First off, these are the absolute best chicken fajitas I’ve ever had in a bowl! It’s a healthier dish to serve fajitas over brown rice instead of in a tortilla and honestly I think it’s easier to eat with tons of toppings (my actual favorite part of fajitas anyways ?)

We loved this dish so much I even made it for my mom’s birthday dinner a few weeks ago and everyone raved! The chicken takes minutes to get marinating and the rice is super simple to make. After that, it’s all about toppings which also can be super simple if you buy them store-bought ready. (Or homemade if you’re feeling ambitious!)

Our favorite toppings for these Chicken Fajita Bowls:

  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sour Cream (we use fat-free to keep these healthier!)
  • Lots of fresh lime
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black beans

SO good! Enjoy 🙂EASY and FAST Chicken Fajita Bowls I Super simple, tasty, and healthier Chicken Fajita Bowls. Start your bowl with rice, top it with chicken "fajitas," and finish it with your favorite fajita toppings. I via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content.

Chicken Fajita Bowls

4.84 from 6 votes
Ditch the tortillas and serve these chicken "fajitas" over rice with tons of delicious toppings! These chicken fajita bowls are sure to be a family favorite!
Print Recipe

Chicken Fajita Bowls

4.84 from 6 votes
Ditch the tortillas and serve these chicken "fajitas" over rice with tons of delicious toppings! These chicken fajita bowls are sure to be a family favorite!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 328kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced into chicken strips
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1 large lemon (1/2 teaspoon zest, 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons EACH: dried leaf oregano (not ground oregano), seasoned salt, ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: ground chili powder, paprika, crushed red pepper
  • 2 large peppers (I use 1 red, 1 green), thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white or brown rice
  • 1 large lime (2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: pre-made guacamole, low fat or fat free sour cream, 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed), fresh lime, fresh cilantro (or green onions)

Instructions

Chicken and Veggies

  • Start by marinating the chicken. In a large sealable ziplock bag add the thinly sliced chicken strips. In a small bowl, add  2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice, and the seasonings (1 and 1/2 teaspoons each of oregano, seasoned salt, ground cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon each of chili powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes.) Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the chicken and knead the mixture into the chicken. Place in the fridge for 45 minutes up to 3 hours. 
  • I prep the veggies here too -- thinly slice the peppers and the onion. Place in a large bag in the fridge.
  • When chicken is marinated, grab a large 12-inch skillet and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Heat until shimmering and then add the sliced bell peppers and onions. Stir occasionally until lightly charred and crisp tender. Remove to a plate.
  • Discard the chicken marinade completely and add in the marinated chicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes (or until cooked through) over medium-high heat (stir only occasionally if you want that nice char). Add the peppers and onions back in and toss to warm.

For the Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the butter and rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked through and tender. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, and salt + pepper to taste.

Put it Together

  • Divide the prepared cilantro-lime rice evenly among 4-6 bowls. Add the cooked chicken and bell pepper mixture evenly to the bowls.
  • Add your favorite toppings such as guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and/or green onions, lime juice, and/or black beans.
  • Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts do not include any of the bowl toppings because of how variable that is.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 328kcal

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.

More Easy Chicken Dinners:

One Pan Parmesan Lemon Chicken and Green Beans

Italian Chicken and Veggies

Easy One Skillet Chicken Enchilada Pasta

 

FREE BONUS

FREE BONUS

EASY MEAL SECRETS:
How to Make Mealtime Hassle Free!

5 secrets to easy, fast and delicious dinners.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Leave a Comment:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






22 Comments

  1. The bag to put cold food in is a great idea, I have a few regular cotton bags, but they sure do not keep ingredients cold. I woul love to have one of your bags, especially because your name is on it, and your recipes are delist!!! Sincerely, Debbie DelMastro.

  2. I think there might be a step missing between 2 and 3. You go from putting the peppers in the fridge to “adding the chicken.” I am assuming this step is just heating up a skillet, but you never know.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious can’t wait to try it. My best summer dish is having a good bowl of chilled potato salad with a juicy grilled burger!

  4. My favorite summer dish is pasta primavera with lots of tomatoes, steamed broccoli, avocado, and my homemade basil garlic dressing.

  5. I love ratatouille made with fresh summer vegetables picked right from the garden. Pair with crusty French bread and a glass of red wine, it’s the perfect recipe for beautiful summer evening.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this the other night. I didn’t change a thing! Everyone loved this recipe! This will be my to go to chicken fajita bowl! No need to look for anything better. Very easy also.

  7. 5 stars
    Everyone’s tastes are so different but with sausage and these spices, I would use more of a steak sauce or a worchestchire sauce or something along those lines. Glad you love the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I tried the fajita chicken and lemon/cilantro rice recipes for cinco de mayo and they turned out perfectly! My husband loved the chicken flavor in particular. I ended up cooking my onion and green pepper in the skillet after I removed the chicken. The flavor was delicious on the veggies. I created a fajita bowl with black beans and avocado as the other toppings. I will certainly be adding these to my rotation ????

    – RH

    1. I’m so happy this will be making it on the regular dinner rotation and so glad you guys loved these Chicken Fajita Bowls! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

Never Miss a Recipe

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.