I have been on a mission. I’ve hinted at it here but this Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas recipe drives it home for me. I want to create delicious, easy gluten-free dinner recipes that can make a weeknight meal as fun and interesting as cooking with more time.
Look how simple making Fast and Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas is!
After several preparations of these sheet pan chicken fajitas I can tell you they are delicious, and come out of the oven steaming hot as when fajitas are served at a restaurant on those cast iron oval pans. The chicken is moist and flavorful, as are the colorful vegetables that make this recipe a feast for the eyes AND the stomach!
My kids love fajitas. There is a divey little restaurant close to our neighborhood that has changed hands multiple times since we’ve lived in Boulder. It has always had a Mexican theme regardless of the owner at the time AND it has always served fajitas.
From time to time we’d pop over for a bite, especially in warmer weather due to a semi covered patio that just feels like relaxation. Unfortunately, after years of success we had a bad experience with gluten leaving my son ill before we even left the restaurant and we’ve never been able to bring ourselves to go back. It’s been on my list to buy fajita pans and make them at home but I found an even easier solution!
I have been serving many sheet pan meals these days. They are basically like a one pot recipe, like this one pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet, but made with ingredients which cook well on a sheet pan. It’s a fantastic way to roast chicken with an assortment of vegetables and potatoes, and quickly (a key on busy weeknights for me).
My experiments to perfect sheet pan chicken fajitas have definitely been a family favorite. The chicken, peppers and onion are mixed with seasonings to marinade. They can sit in the marinade for as little as the time the oven is warming up OR be made the day prior and refrigerate until cooking. The end result is delicious either way.
All the ingredients are spread out on a large foil-lined sheet pan to bake with one flip of the ingredients in the middle! Corn tortillas are wrapped in separate foil and warmed in the oven at the same time. Flour tortillas could also be used (gluten-free flour tortillas for those gluten-free).
To keep the clean up as quick as possible I have found my favorite way to do the marinade is in a gallon zipper plastic bag. When all the ingredients are inserted into the bag it is not easy to coat them without using a mixing spoon to rotate ingredients from the bottom to the top of the bag.
Instead, I add all the seasonings, seal and shake to mix. Then add each ingredient separately, seal, toss or massage in the marinade. Everything gets coated except my hands and the dishwashing is far less too!
I set up a bar of toppings for the fajitas; shredded Mexican cheese blend, Mexican crema (sour cream), chopped cilantro leaves, lime slices, avocado slices or guacamole and salsa/pico de gallo. Everyone can serve themselves and customize their plates as they choose. Cilantro-Lime Rice or Gallo Pinto are great side dishes to serve (pinFresh-style Pineapple Cilantro Margarita.)
These are the sheet pans that I use and love. Heavy gauge metal so they won’t bend or warp yet still affordable.
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