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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Sauce

You’re going to immediately wonder why you don’t make this more often.

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

When out at a Mexican restaurant and the server walks by with a super hot sizzling plate of fajitas it’s impossible not to notice all of the steam coming from the fajitas and the amazingly delicious smell.

It’s the fajita sauce that makes the meat and vegetables taste so good.

In this fajita recipe there is a quick and easy homemade fajita sauce that has just a handful of ingredients so now you can make fajitas right in your very own kitchen. 

Since I’m a fan of recipes made with homemade fajita sauce, here are some more recipes you may like Chicken Fajita Quesadillas, and Fajita Brussels Sprouts.

For this chipotle chicken fajita recipe, no worries if you don’t have one of those fancy iron skillets that the restaurants serve fajitas in because any plate or bowl will do.

With the exception of the chipotle chili powder which you may not have on hand, the ingredients for this recipe come right out of the pantry.

If you just have regular chili powder on hand feel free to use it as a substitute for the chipotle chili powder.

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

A great way to find different types of chili powder at a good price is to look at the Hispanic food section in the grocery store where the cellophane packets of spices are hanging.

This is where I found chipotle chili powder that has such a wonderful smokey flavor.

The hardest part about using the spices and herbs in cellophane packets is keeping them fresh after the package is opened.

I found that the small 4 ounce canning jars are a great size to store them in (picture of this jar below).

Just remember to cut out the name of the spice or herb from the cellophane packet label, and put it in the jar with the spice or on top with a little piece of plastic wrap in between the flat part of the lid and the outer ring.

This way you don’t forget what kind of chili powder or spice it is.

And also jot down the date so you can replace it when it’s too old.

These chicken fajitas can be served over rice or for a heartier meal they can be served over black or pinto beans.

Here are more chicken recipes served on rice you may like “Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice“, “Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Rice” and “Quick and Easy Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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For the Fajita Sauce – olive oil, fresh lime juice, chipotle chili powder, chopped garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and sugar

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For the Fajitas – green and red bell peppers, red onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, boneless skinless chicken breast

For Serving – prepared white or brown rice

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Fajita Sauce:

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Chop the garlic and add it to a medium size bowl.

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Add the olive oil,

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cumin,

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salt,

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onion powder and pepper.

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Next add the sugar,

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Worcestershire sauce,

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the juice from a whole lime,

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and the chipotle chili powder.

Whisk together all ingredients.

Transfer the fajita sauce to a large shallow bowl or casserole dish and set aside for a moment.

For the Fajitas:

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Cut the green and red bell peppers into lengthwise slices.

Slice the onion…

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…chop the garlic, and remove the seeds from the jalapeno and cut it into larger size pieces.

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Give the fajita sauce another whisk and add the vegetables to the shallow bowl.

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Mix the veggies in with the sauce so they’re coated…

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…and let marinate for an hour or more if you have the time.

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Cut the chicken breast into lengthwise slices and set aside for a moment.

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Heat a large skillet on medium heat.

To the pan, add the olive oil and vegetables reserving about 1 to 2 tablespoons of fajita sauce in the shallow bowl.  Stir as the vegetables are cooking.

Sauté the vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes about the time when they start to turn brown around the edges.

Slide the vegetables off to the outer edges of the pan to make space in the middle of the pan.

Then add the chicken and remaining sauce in the middle of the pan.

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Stir together and continue to sauté and stir the chicken and vegetables until the chicken is thoroughly cooked (approximately 5 to 7 minutes).

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Serve warm over warm rice and top with sour cream.

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Garnish with cilantro leaves and…enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Fajita Recipes You May Like:

Chicken Fajitas from Simply Recipes

Easy Chicken Fajitas from Spend with Pennies

Steak Fajitas from Add A Pinch

Beef Fajitas from The Pioneer Woman

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Sauce

You're going to immediately wonder why you don't make this more often.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
(Time for marinating not included in total time): 1 hour
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Fajitas
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Fajita Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Fajitas:

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 skinless boneless chicken breast
  • ½ red onion peeled and sliced lengthwise in about 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 jalapeno pepper stem and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper stem and seeds removed, sliced lengthwise in about 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, sliced lengthwise in about 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • Fajita sauce

For Serving:

  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves heaping
  • 2 cups cooked rice white or brown

Instructions

For the Fajita Sauce:

  • To a medium size bowl, add the garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt, onion powder, pepper, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, the juice from a whole lime, and the chipotle chili powder.  Whisk together.
  • Transfer the fajita sauce to a large shallow bowl or casserole dish and set aside for a moment.

For the Fajitas:

  • After cutting the vegetables, give the fajita sauce another whisk and add the vegetables to the shallow bowl. 
  • Mix the veggies in with the sauce so they’re coated and let marinate for an hour or more if you have the time.
  • After the vegetables have marinated, cut the chicken breast into lengthwise slices and set aside for a moment. 
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat.  Add the olive oil and vegetables reserving about 2 tablespoons of sauce in the shallow bowl. Stir as the veggies are cooking. 
  • Sauté the veggies for about 4 to 5 minutes about the time when they start to turn brown around the edges. 
  • Slide the veggies off to the outer edges of the pan to make space in the middle of the pan. Then add the chicken and remaining marinade in the middle of the pan. 
  • Stir together.  Continue to sauté and stir the chicken and vegetables until the chicken is thoroughly cooked (about 5 to 7 minutes). 
  • Serve warm over warm rice and top with sour cream. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

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This recipe was originally posted on March 1, 2014

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