Want to make the best chicken fajitas at home tonight? Use this quick and easy chicken fajita marinade and make it happen!
You can even use this marinade for basting grilled or baked chicken, veggies, skewers, even other proteins like seafood and beef!
20-minutes is all it takes to infuse your chicken with the classic flavors of the restaurant-style recipe!
You’re probably here for fajitas, so I’m going to give you all the tips I know to make the best chicken fajitas that are tender, juicy, and delicious at home.
Chicken Fajita Marinade Ingredients
This fajita marinade adds to the chicken and veggies with fresh lime juice, paprika, and chili spices. Here’s everything you need to make it:
- Olive oil
- Fresh lime juice
- Dried oregano
- Cumin powder
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Crushed red pepper flakes
Serve with: Roasted Peppers and Onions
How to Make Fajita Marinade
This is a super easy marinade that comes together in less than a minute. Grab a bowl, a whisk, and those marinade ingredients because we are about to make this:
- To a medium bowl, add the olive oil, lime juice, and seasonings. Whisk until incorporated.
- Transfer the marinade to a large zip bag or airtight container and add the prepped chicken. Seal, marinate and cook.
How easy is that?! You can even watch how this recipe comes together in the video below:
How Long to Marinate Chicken for Fajitas
When it comes to fajita marinade, the chicken should marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes and no more than 24 hours. After a day, the lime juice will begin “cooking” the meat and make it tough.
Using citrus juices such as lime or lemon in marinades is effective because the acids enter the meat quickly, giving more flavor in a shorter amount of time than soy-based marinades. This recipe and my Lemon Chicken Marinade prove it and are often used to cook chicken fast.
Prepping Your Marinated Chicken for Fajitas
To make perfect chicken fajitas, I start with butterflying the chicken breasts; this ensures that every slice will be the same thickness and cook faster without drying out.
Next, you’ll slice the chicken halves into thin strips, making sure to go against the grain, which is the real secret behind tender pieces of cooked meat.
After your marinade, you can easily cook your chicken and get tasty fajitas like these!Print
Quick Chicken Fajita Marinade
The BEST chicken fajita marinade makes a healthy version of the classic recipe in just 20 minutes! Add up to 2 lbs of chicken and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Total Time: 3 minutes
- Yield: ½ cup 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Tacos
- Diet: Gluten Free
For 1.5lbs to 2lbs chicken:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil with lime juice, salt, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes.
- Transfer marinade into a zip bag or bowl and combine with chicken.
- Marinade for 20 minutes and cook chicken according to the recipe.
The nutritional data below is for the full recipe using 2 lbs of chicken. Please note that you’ll be discarding the marinade after seasoning your chicken.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 284
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 3536.1mg
- Fat: 29.3g
- Saturated Fat: 4.2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 1.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg