Nothing compares to that intoxicating smell of sizzling fajitas. Tender-crisp peppers pair up with juicy meat and warm tortillas to bring you that mouthwatering meal worth dreaming about. Unfortunately, the deliciousness of traditional fajitas usually comes with a calorie-heavy price tag. Most restaurants use an overly-generous amount of oil and salt, making the dish an unfriendly option for your waistline. Well, consider it your lucky day because we’ve “skinnifed” this classic, Mexican-inspired meal, with our downright delicious Fajita Chicken Bake!
A Fajita Chicken Bake that is Flavorful
This dish calls for clean-eating ingredients and just a few simple steps. This colorful, south-of-the-border meal is a breeze to make, and bursting with flavor!
Chicken, bell peppers, and onions make up the meat of this clean-eating recipe. Reduced fat cheddar gives this dish a melted cheesy finish that your taste buds will go crazy for. Instead of firing up a frying pan, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, as your oven will do the majority of the cooking here. Frying requires a great deal of oils and fats to cook food. That said, baking serves as a friendlier cooking method. It’ll slash a boatload of calories that creep up on you when frying.
…and so Easy
This dish is a cinch to make. After preheating, chop your bell peppers and purple onion into thin slices. We recommend using different colored peppers. This assortment of colors and flavors will crank up the dish’s flavor and vibrancy. Our recipe calls for 2-3 peppers, but feel free to use as many as you’d like. After all, when it comes to roasted veggies, the more you have the more filling your dish will be!
Once you’ve finished this prep, lay chicken breasts down in a single layer and sprinkle taco seasoning over each breast. If you have the ingredients, give our awesome SkinnyMs. Taco Seasoning a shot! This recipe ditches the preservatives, sodium, and coloring store-bought brands have, without sparing delicious flavor.
We recommend using a glass baking dish. Place onions and peppers in a single layer on top of the chicken, followed by a generous drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. For your final step, sprinkle on the cheese. Bake for 35-45 minutes,or until chicken is fully cooked through.
Why You Should Feel Good About It
The tender, juicy chicken packs a serious protein punch to keep you full and satisfied for hours afterwards. For this waistline-friendly dish, we’ve opted for fat-free cheddar. You’ll still get that ooey gooey cheese at the end, without the scary caloric price tag.
Chock-full of nutrients, the bell peppers certainly give you something to feel good about. These key players are loaded with vitamin C, almost double your daily needs in half a cup! Not to mention, bell peppers offer a great deal of carotenoids, or cancer-fighting properties.
This scrumptious recipe is a breeze to throw together and requires minimum prep. It seriously makes the perfect weeknight meal! With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have this chicken bake on the table in no time.
What Should I Serve it With?
Our Fajita Chicken Bake makes a hearty meal on its own, or enjoyed with some Mexican rice! Pair the dish up with our Skinny Mexican Rice or Restaurant Style Mexican Rice– both simple and packed with flavor.
For more Mexican-inspired meals, make sure to check out these 12 Mexican-Inspired Recipes that are Better than Takeout. Plus, if you love a great chicken dish, here are 13 of our Most Popular Chicken Recipes.
This Incredibly Simple and Delicious Fajita Chicken Bake Requires Just a Few Staple Ingredients
- 5 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- 2 teaspoons Skinny Ms. Taco Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 whole bell peppers sliced into strips
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup fat-free shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice peppers and onion into thinly sliced strips and toss them with the olive oil. Set aside.
- Place the chicken breasts down in a single layer on a glass baking dish, and sprinkle taco seasoning on top of each breast, followed by salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle the sliced onion and peppers over the chicken breasts in an even layer. Add another drizzle of olive oil (optional).
- Add the cheddar cheese on top of chicken and veggies as a final layer, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 165.