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Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas is the perfect recipe for a busy week night dinner! Tender, flavorful, and perfectly charred chicken with a blend of peppers and onions! Use these to throw in a tortilla, on a salad, or even in a burrito bowl situation!

sliced chicken, green/yellow/red peppers, red onion in a blue floral bowl. Finished product: air fryer chicken fajitas

The last few months have been a little out of the ordinary around here and extra easy while being somewhat healthy has been on the top of my list when it comes to cooking. It’s also been so hot and humid outside that turning on the oven or even heating the stove top seems like a bit too much. Southern summers are not for the weak. Spoiler alert: I’m weak. Ha!

My Air Fryer has come to the rescue for total ease and keeping the kitchen cooler these past few months! I love my Air Fryer even though I don’t have a lot of recipes on here for it yet. It is something we use a ton of the time. These Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are so delish for weeknight meals and will shine on Taco Tuesday! I’ve been making them this way almost all summer long at least once a week. I’m not exaggerating! I think I’m finally going to take a break from making them.

For extra ease, slice the chicken, peppers, and onions and put them in a container in the fridge early in the week so that it’s ready to go on nights. All I have to do is throw the seasoning together and dump it all in. Dinner done in under 20 minutes!

bowl of chicken fajitas with a plate of yellow and white corn tortillas, small bowl of chopped tomatoes and onions, and sliced lime

Chicken Fajitas are something that I used to swear could only be made in the skillet, but the Air Fryer method is just so easy that I may never go back to my trusty skillet! As you can see in the photos that the vegetables have just enough char as well as the chicken. Just the way I like it.

raw chicken, peppers, and onions in air fryer

What you’ll need for Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

  • Air Fryer: Click here for the one I love and use! I use a 7 quart Air Fryer which is the largest one on the market (that could change tomorrow though). I recommend cooking in two batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
  • Fajita seasoning: Perfect blend of spices! I prefer my homemade blend to highlight my own flavor profile, but you can use your own blend or even a packet from the store will do just fine.
  • Chicken tenders/breast: I prefer chicken tenders for this recipe because they just stay a bit more, well, tender and they are quick to slice up, but whole chicken breast works just as well.
  • Cornstarch
  • Avocado Oil
  • Peppers (blend of yellow, red, and/or yellow)
  • Onion
  • Cooking spray (I prefer avocado oil spray in the air fryer)
raw chicken tenders sliced into strips

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Start out by thinly slicing chicken tenders or whole chicken breast into thin slices. If using the tenderloin remove the “tendon” by holding the white “nub” with a paper towel, place a fork so your holding the “white tendon nub” (haha I’m so technical) in between the fork prongs, pull the “white tendon nub” up while holding it with a paper towel and then push the fork down. The whole tendon part is easily removed this way. You can google youtube videos if you don’t know how. I realize now that it’s actually pretty hard to write how to do it. Make sure to hold the tendon part with the piece of a paper towel because otherwise you can’t, that sucker is pretty dang slippery.

sliced red, yellow, and green peppers with red onions

Slice 3 peppers and 1 large onion into as uniformly as possible pieces just to ensure a fairly even cook. Thinner slices will get a bit more “char” than thicker slices, but super thin slices will almost disappear/burn.

cornstarch jar with an orange measuring spoon, small copper bowl of fajita spices, and raw chicken sprinkled with cornstarch in a dish

In a large bowl or dish add sliced chicken, 2 teaspoons of oil, and one tablespoon of cornstarch. In a small bowl stir together fajita seasoning.

Homemade Fajita seasoning:

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprkia
  • 1-1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • cayenne pepper (1/8 tsp for a little heat optional)
raw chicken in dish with seasonings, cornstarch, and gloved hand mixing together

Next, mix together chicken, seasoning, and cornstarch super well. I prefer using my hands to really coat vegetables or meat with seasoning well, but you can use a spoon. I like to use food safe gloves because touching raw chicken is not my favorite pastime.

sliced peppers and chicken together

After you mix the seasoning into the chicken really well add the peppers and onion into the same dish along with a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon of oil. Mix all together.

raw chicken, air fryer, and peppers and onions

Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees. Spray basket lightly with avocado oil cooking spray then place the chicken, pepper, and onion mixture into the basket. Cook for 12 minutes total, but stop and shake basket (or give it a good stir with a spoon) to move the food around the basket while it’s cooking. This helps it cook evenly/get a good char on some of the chicken and vegetables.

cooked chicken fajitas in air fryer plus lime and cilantro one the side on a wooden cutting board

And voila! Seriously the easiest and quickest ever. If you have some on hand squeeze a lime over the top and add a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro. It really just adds a lil extra somethin, somethin, but it’s totally not necessary.

air fryer chicken fajitas in a bowl

I honestly think that this might be one of the prettiest recipes to come out of my kitchen. I love Chicken Fajitas for their simplicity. Fresh and bright flavors that make my taste buds dance! They’re healthy and delicious without even trying to be. Guess what else? They totally impress guests!

chicken fajitas with rice on a wooden plate

Throw on tortillas with a little quick pico and some rice and/or beans! Best dinner.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes below in the comment section!

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Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Tender and flavorful chicken fajita meat with peppers and onions made in the Air Fryer
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plate with fajitas chicken peppers and onion
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:12 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast or tenderloins cut into thin slices
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 red onion
  • 2-3 medium bell peppers (green, yellow, and/or red) (use only 2 peppers if they are huge, 3 if they are small/medium size- about 3 cups total)
  • 3 tsp oil (2tsp for chicken, 1tsp for peppers/onions)
  • avocado oil cooking spray (other cooking spray works, but I prefer avocado oil spray in the air fryer)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice of one lime and cilantro (optional for extra delicious)

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Cut onions, peppers, and chicken into thin slices. Dry chicken extra with paper towels if needed.
  • Add chicken to a bowl and sprinkles with fajita seasoning, cornstarch, and drizzle with 2 tsp oil. Stir together extra well so that chicken is coated nicely. I like to use my hands (with food safe gloves on) just to make sure it's completely coated, but a spoon works.
  • Add peppers and onions to bowl and drizzle with 1 tsp oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir all together.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees. When preheated spray basket with cooking spray then add chicken mixture. Cook for 10-12 minutes, but during the cook time stop and shake basket to ensure cooking and char on the chicken evenly.

Notes

Makes 24 ounces cooked | Serving size: 4 oz (about 1 cup, but this will vary depending on sizes of chicken pieces/peppers so I would weigh it out if you need precision)

Calories: 140 | 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 53g sodium, 2g fiber, 4g sugar (0g added sugar), 8g carbohydrates (6g net carbs), 25g protein

Click here for WW PersonalPoints! 

(smart points) WW Green Plan: 2 Points | WW Blue Plan: 1 Point | WW Purple Plan: 1 Point |
Air Fryer: Click here for the one I love and use! I use the 7 quart Air Fryer which is the largest one on the market at this point. I recommend cooking in two batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
 
Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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87 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe has quickly become a staple in my house. So easy and so versatile!
    We have a lot of out of town visitors and this is always my go to meal when we have company and they are always a huge hit with everyone asking for the recipe.
    I have yet to find a recipe that I am disappointed with from Star!!
    Immediately make these! Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

  2. 5 stars
    These were really good! My husband gobbled them right up. They took a little bit longer than the recipe, but that was my fault as I don’t think my air fryer was big enough. Totally worth it though!

  3. So so yummy!!! Loved this recipe Star! Cooked it in two batches because my air fryer is a bit smaller but it was so great!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. Added a couple of small red potatoes. My husband said it was very good. Will be making this again. Also I used your homework fajita seasoning. It’s a keeper for sure.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Maggie! thanks for letting me know and the potatoes sound like a yummy addition too!

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