Chicken Fajita Bowl

A simple satisfying chicken fajita bowl that is bursting with fresh flavors, more than just a salad and Keto Low Carb Approved, great for Meal Prep. Our chicken fajita bowl is like a hearty salad, less lettuce and more meat! This fajita bowl is filled with seasoned chicken, sauteed onions and peppers, and served over greens. 

Chicken Fajita Bowl

This is a fairly simple recipe, particularly if you use bagged salad to save the labor of preparing the greens. With homemade fajita seasoned chicken, and vegetables. I love using bell peppers and onions, it really brings out all the flavor. 

Most fajita recipes will include sauteed peppers and onions, as does this one. I reserve a portion of the fajita spice rub to add to the peppers and onions that I prepare in a separate pan from the chicken. Lime juice and Hickory Liquid Smoke are acidic and they will penetrate the peppers and onions during the saute which gives them a tart quality I find appealing.

What Type Of Seasoning Do You Put On Chicken for Chicken Fajitas

The key to this recipe is in the preparation of the spice rub and the tenderizing of the chicken as well as drying the surface of the chicken prior to putting on the rub. I created a homemade spice rub that is incredible. Garlic powder, variety of chili powders, onion powder and more. These all come together and truly add SO much flavor to the chicken and bell peppers and onions. 

I like to combine my own ratios of chili spices, this gives me total control of the final flavor as commercial chili powders are a blend of spices in addition to the chili.

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What Type Of Chicken Can I Use for Keto Fajitas

I use a chicken breast or chicken tenderloins when making fajitas. You want boneless meat.   Having boneless meat allows you to dice or chop up the chicken easily for the fajita salad. Grill chicken or cook in a skillet, and add the chicken and veggies on top of a bed of rice. 

Additions to Your Chicken Fajita Salad Bowl

  • Cauliflower Rice | Make this a keto chicken recipe & Serve your fajita mixture on top of cauliflower rice for a low carb twist.  
  • Brown Or White Rice | If you are not low carb, reach for brown rice or white. It will add a heartiness to the bowl and pair nicely with chicken peppers and onions. It becomes more of a rice bowls recipe. 
  • Eat Plain | Skip lettuce or your choice of rice and eat plain! It is incredible all on it's on. 
  • Tortillas | Transform this recipe into classic tortillas. Whether you reach for low carb tortillas, regular tortillas or even wheat, it is incredible. Just warm them up in the microwave or oven and serve. 

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Can You Cook Beef and Chicken Together

Yes, you can. Simply marinade them in separate bags, and when you go to cook the meat you can combine them. I use the same seasoning as this recipe for both types of meat. You can also add in shrimp on top, but you will want to wait to toss it into being cooked until your meal is close to done since it cooks so much faster. 

Best Toppings For Chicken Fajita Salad

  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Tomatoes 
  • Avocado Or Guacamole 
  • Splash of Hot Sauce for Heat 
  • Lime Juice 

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Can You Meal Prep This Fajita Bowl

Yes! What I tend to do is put the meat and veggies in the bottom of an airtight container. Then on pile on the lettuce. This will help it from wilting throughout the day. Then shake, and dive in. 

Best Way To Store Keto Fajitas Bowl

I like to keep my salad stored separately in the refrigerator. I will place the meat and veggies in one container and store the lettuce in a separate container. Then when I am ready, heat up the chicken mixture, and then top the lettuce. 

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Can I Swap Chicken For Steak In This Fajita Bowl 

Of course. I have used steak and it works great. I love this spice base with chicken but it does still work with using a steak. Just reach for a quality cut of steak so it isn't overly tough. 

Craving More Mexican Recipes

  • Mexican Stew | This stew can be made in 20 minutes! It is quick, hearty, and bursting with flavor. It is one of my go-to stews lately. 
  • Keto Taco Faux-Tato Salad | You got to try this fau-tato salad recipe. It has a taco spin and offers the idea of a potato salad but with a low carb twist. 
  • Chili Lime Chicken Cups | Rice cups are magical. They are bursting with all that south of the border flavor, and are a small bite-size appetizer to serve up to guests. 

Making our Keto chicken fajita bowl

Ingredients for the Fajita Spice Rub:

  • 1 teaspoon of Hot New Mexico Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Pasilla chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of guajillo chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or 1:1 stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder

SHORTCUT IDEA-  Honestly a Fajita Seasoning Packet works just fine. Check the label for added sugar .

Reserve 1 teaspoon of this mixture for the peppers and onions below, the rest can go on the chicken

chicken with peppers and onions in fajita bowl.

Ingredients for Chicken Fajitas:

  • 1 to 1 ½ cups of fresh red, yellow, and green bell peppers, diced to ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup of sliced onions, reserve some for garnish
  • 1 Tbl of Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbl of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of the rub spice mixture
  • 1 Tbl vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbl butter

Cooking the Chicken

  • 12 inch skillet, 2 Tbl vegetable oil, 1 ½ Tbl butter
  • 1 Tbl of Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbl of lime juice

The green salad:

Use your judgment on how much lettuce and other greens you want. Three chicken breasts sliced, will make more than enough to serve four people. Tomatoes can make a flavorful addition to this salad. Red Onions make a beautiful and flavorful garnish as does some shredded cheddar cheese.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure all spices into a cereal sized bowl, and mix them thoroughly with the lime juice and liquid smoke. Taste the mixture to make sure you have the flavor and heat level you want
  2. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mix for the peppers and onions.
  3. Slightly pound the chicken out to flatten and tenderize.
  4. Rub both sides of 3 chicken breasts with the mixture.
  5. Add vegetable oil and butter to skillet and set the burner to medium-high. Saute sliced chicken for about 2 minutes, add peppers and onions .
  6. Saute until chicken is done, about 165 degree.
  7. Sprinkle remaining seasoning over chicken , peppers and onions.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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Easy Chicken Fajita Bowl

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An easy chicken dinner that will feed the whole family. One simple change makes this a hearty keto low carb dinner too !

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for the Fajita Spice Rub:
  • 1 teaspoon of Hot New Mexico Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Pasilla chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of guajillo chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or 1:1 stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Reserve 1 teaspoon of this mixture for the peppers and onions below, the rest can go on the chicken
  • Ingredients for Chicken Fajitas:
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups of fresh red, yellow, and green bell peppers, diced to ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup of sliced onions, reserve some for garnish
  • 1 Tbl of Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbl of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of the rub spice mixture
  • 1 Tbl vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbl butter
  • Ingredients for cooking the Chicken:
  • 12 inch skillet, 2 Tbl vegetable oil, 1 ½ Tbl butter
  • 1 Tbl of Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbl of lime juice

Instructions

Preparation:

Measure all spices into a cereal sized bowl, and mix them thoroughly with the lime juice and liquid smoke. Taste the mixture to make sure you have the flavor and heat level you want

Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mix for the peppers and onions.

Slightly pound the chicken out to flatten and tenderize.

Rub both sides of 3 chicken breasts with the mixture.

Add vegetable oil and butter to skillet and set the burner to medium-high. Saute sliced chicken for about 2 minutes, add peppers and onions .

Saute until chicken is done, about 165 degree.

Sprinkle remaining seasoning over chicken , peppers and onions.

Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 17gCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 3gProtein: 21g

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Fajita Bowl”

  1. how much chicken or steak for this recipe? I see 2 breast but is it a pound or more; same as chicken an pound or more?

    Reply
    • It will vary, typically a serving of chicken or beef is 4oz. but I eat double that, so when making this I make enough for 4 servings. 1lb.

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