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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!

heart with love from my kitchen to yours

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)
WW Points: 1 Point
Calories: 140 | 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 53g sodium, 2g fiber, 4g sugar (0g added sugar), 8g carbohydrates (6g net carbs), 25g protein
 
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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88 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!

  5. 5 stars
    Wonderful. I made the chicken marinade on Thursday night and added the vegetables and cooked it on Friday.
    I had to cook two separate batches. When the second batch done I tossed the first batch back in to reheat it.
    Served inside burritos with pico de gallo, cilantro and lime. Mex rice on the side.
    It was absolutely delish!

  6. Hi there! I have an air fryer, unfortunately, mine does not have a basket. Mine is more like a 3 tier rack. Have you made these in the oven? Can you tell me how long and temp I would use? I’d love to make these ASAP. Thanks Star!

  7. 5 stars
    So, I love most of Star’s recipes but this one is off the charts delicious and easy. It hits all the right spots for an amazing family dinner that can be on the table quickly after working all day! Thanks, Star!

  8. 5 stars
    Tried this tonight and it’s delicious! I loved that it didn’t require too much work – which was a bonus too! Love your recipes!

  9. For sure a Five Star!!
    Love this quick & easy recipe for my new air fryer..
    Definitely a keeper & one we will do often.
    Thank you

  10. Tonight’s the night! I can’t wait to make this recipe! Had the airfryer nearly 2yrs and never used it. Now I can’t live without it. Chicken fajitas here we come, yum.

  11. 5 stars
    Love, love, love this recipe. So delicious and tasty. Easy in the air fryer. Cut everything in advance and you have a Mexican dinner.

  12. 5 stars
    This.was so delicious! We overcrowded they air fryer, so it took a little longer to cook but worth it. It was so nice to have fajitas that aren’t greasy, just flavorful. We had ours over a salad with salsa and sour cream. My husband kept saying how good it was and he rarely eats salads.

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve made chicken fajitas before, but this recipe takes it to a whole ‘nother level! Wowzers! I used only 1 tsp. of olive oil with no issues. This is now our go-to recipe for fajitas! We rolled the mixture into a tortilla wrap with refried beans, cheese and sour cream. Thank you! #top2021

  14. 5 stars
    Wow!!!!! Wow wow wow!!!! I absolutely love fajitas and this totally hit the spot!! This will definitely be a repeat meal! Thank you for such a fantastic recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe is SOOO good! We have made this at least 3 times this month alone. I honestly think it is better than the fajitas at the Mexican restaurant.

  16. Absolutely the best fajitas I’ve ever made! Love this recipe soooooo much!!

    #top2021

  17. 5 stars
    Making these again tonight-they are a winner! I wand to thank you for all you do and what an excellent job you do at it. Wishing you and your family a Happy, Wonderful and Safe 2022!

  18. 5 stars
    2 people asked how to make these if you don’t have an air fryer and you TOTALLY ignored them!!! How rude!!! Not everyone can purchase an air fryer…. I can’t believe you just ignored them!!!

    1. Geri, well first- you need to take a deep breath and calm down. I answer comments here, on facebook, and on instagram, messages, emails on a daily basis. It’s easy to miss things. Thankfully I opened up my comments today and saw this one first so I could reply to you! I apologize that you seem to be so angry and hurt by the fact that I simply cannot answer every single person, but rest assured that I will continue to try my best because that’s all I can do because I am a one woman show. I’m not a large company and maybe that was confusing for you and that’s not your fault, You didn’t know any better, Geri.

      Anyway, Geri. The simple fact is that I have not tested this recipe in the oven. It’s called “Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas”. In my experience doing chicken fajitas in the oven do not result in the crispy browned edges that I so love about Chicken Fajitas, but for you Geri, I’ll make sure to test it asap and update the blog post with my results.

      Wishing you the best of holidays and I hope you leave your anger in the year 2021 and begin 2022 with compassion and kindness.

      I promise to reply to the other commenters on this thread and let them know that I haven’t tested it in the oven either so I don’t want to give inaccurate information. Best wishes your way, Geri!

      1. 5 stars
        Omg.. this just made me love you more.
        You don’t owe anyone an explanation. You’re entitled to rest, and work-life balance.
        If the Geris of the world can’t understand that its more a them problem than a you problem.

      2. Best. Response. EVER. I wonder if Geri is actually Sharon… who blamed Marie Callender for the burnt pumpkin pie??? Relatives maybe??? Go Star!!!

    2. Wow, Geri. Maybe you should just run your own business with multiple platforms and answer every single comment to thousands of people, while being a mom and a wife. You could totally show Star how it’s done. The only person being rude here is you. Let ke know when you have your site up and running.

    3. 5 stars
      Geri, Geri, Geri…you need a chill pill! Who are you to be so rude…your accusations towards The Skinnyish Dish are way more rude than her delayed answering! Sheesh.

  19. 5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for a delicious and easy recipe while I try to stay on plan this week.

  20. Can’t wait to try these! Can you say what the purpose of the cornstarch is? It is not something I normally stock in my pantry…. Thanks so much!

    1. The cornstarch helps create a crust along with the spices that helps seal in moisture in higher heat cooking methods while also helping it brown up a bit nicely and giving that “charred” look. You can also use flour, but I’ve always used cornstarch when doing this.

  21. 5 stars
    Making these again today because they really hit the spot.
    The PP link (?is it a link?) worked really well. Thank you!

  22. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for including the link for Personal Points! I love your recipes and the link is a huge bonus

  23. 5 stars
    This was so delicious…the spice blend was awesome! These will definitely be in my dinner rotation! Thanks Star!

  24. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness!! These are absolutely delicious and so easy! I let the spices sit on the chicken (refrigerated) for a few hours as I got pulled away but this didn’t seem to be a problem. Thank you for sharing your recipes!!

    1. Hey Beth! I’m sorry I haven’t tried this with frozen chicken breast. If I try it out I will update for you and if you give it a try please let me know how it went. Have a great day!

  25. 5 stars
    It was good with salsa, cilantro and cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. In the actual recipe, it indicates 400 degrees, but in the section above it says 390 degrees. Please clarify which one it should be.

  26. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make and so delicious! I prepped the veggies over the weekend so the midweek dinner was super fast and minimal labor. Win, win! I ate them over a bed of lettuce and my family made burritos. Excited for the leftovers tomorrow!! Thanks for another dinner victory 🙂

    1. So happy you enjoyed, Jenn! I agree if you slice up all the veggies on a prep day it really makes this dish just about zero effort during the week on busy nights!

  27. Hi Star,
    Thanks for an incredible recipe. I appreciated all the hints. I have a small airfryer. I cooked the veggies first because they needed more time and the 2nd batch was the chicken.
    This is a restaurant quality recipe. without the price or the calories. I appreciated the fact that it could be gluten free ( for the celiac group, check your spices because a few discount companies add wheat…I have had great luck with McCormicks) My husband loved it
    I will share this with my Weight Watchers group.
    I cannot wait to try more of your recipes.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Li! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and write such a nice review! I hope you enjoy other recipes of mine too! Have a great weekend. =)

  28. These look amazing but I don’t have an airfryer. Can you give the directions for the skillet version??

    1. Hi Eliza! I’m sorry I don’t have an exact recipe for the skillet version, BUT in my “chicken fajita pasta” recipe I make the chicken and the peppers/onions in the skillet before doing the “pasta” part. You can follow that recipe up until it comes to adding in the pasta part and it’ll turn out delicious! Heres the link to that: https://theskinnyishdish.com/one-pot-creamy-chicken-fajita-pasta/

      Hope this helps a little! I will try to update this post (or create a new one) when I have more solid information for a skillet and/or oven version.

    2. 5 stars
      I made this in my skillet. I just cooked my chicken first on medium high and then once that was done put the chicken on a plate. Then cook the veggies and make sure to scrap up any yummy chicken bits.

  29. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! It was so quick and easy. I did too large of a batch for my air fryer so the char wasn’t there as much but the taste was still fantastic. I will cook in two batches next time!

  30. 5 stars
    These are amazing! Such an easy weeknight meal to throw together. Not to mention the flavor is wonderful and the leftovers were great too!

  31. I was so excited to try out this new recipe and it did not disappoint! The seasoning blend is spot on. These tastes just like our favorite Mexican restaurant’s fajitas!

  32. 5 stars
    This was awesome!!!!!! My husband requested round 2 tonight and I will oblige. Great as leftovers. I always enjoy making your recipes and look forward to whatever else you are going to be creating!

  33. Could I prep this all the way up to the put-in-air-fryer step and freeze? I am trying to find recipes to prep for a long road/camping trip! (Any other suggestions are welcome) Love all your recipies! Thank you!

    1. Totally! Mix the seasoning, oil, and chicken together. Then place in the bottom of a gallon sized freezer safe bag followed by the vegetables. Seal the ziplock bag, squeezing out as much of the air as you can as you do so. The day before you’d like to cook the fajitas, move the bag of fajita mix to the fridge to thaw. Then cook the same as in the recipe directions. If it’s a little “wet” from being frozen and thawed just pat dry with a paper towel or two. If its too wet it’ll steam while cooking.

  34. This looks delicious, I’ll try but my husband always wants carbs on the side do you have any recipe for the yellow rice.
    Thank you so much for all your recipes I love them !

  35. 5 stars
    These were so good. Followed recipe exactly. Will def make again. Whole family liked it. Am going to try this with shrimp. So so good. Thank you!

    1. so happy you enjoyed, Theresa! Thank you for letting me know. Let me know how it is with the shrimp too!

  36. 5 stars
    These turned out great. I used chicken thighs since that’s what I had. So easy and quick! I will definitely be making these again.

  37. I would really like to know how to make this recipe without an air fryer. My oven is a convection oven, but I’m not sure how to convert. Can you help me?

    1. avocado oil cooking spray works best in the air fryer. You can skip it if you’d like as well.

    1. I haven’t tested this particular with beef, sorry. If I had to take a guess and where I would start I’d say same temp and do a couple of minutes less then check for doneness.

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