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Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade Recipe
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Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade

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"This is a simple fajita marinade that has been bounced around in my family for at least 15 years. It's simple, tasty, easily altered for a twist on the taste, and can be easily prepared in under 15 minutes. Serve with other fajita elements and enjoy! Some ideas: sauteed green bell pepper with white or yellow onions, jalapeno slaw, homemade salsa (tomato or mango), etc."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins


  1. Whisk vegetable oil, chili powder, lime juice, honey, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl to make a marinade. Place chicken strips into a large resealable plastic bag; pour marinade over chicken. Knead bag to coat chicken with marinade. Squeeze out air, seal bag, and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken strips from marinade; discard used marinade.
  4. Grill chicken on preheated grill until browned, the juices run clear, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest piece reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 10 minutes per side.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Feel free to experiment with other spices, the amount of lime juice and honey, and the type of garlic. Minced garlic can be used instead of garlic powder, and tossing in 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper can put an extra kick in the flavor.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 18, 2013

This was a great recipe! I changed things up a bit and used fresh squeezed lemon, added hot pepper flakes, and a little Sriracha. Excellent! Will be using again and again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 02, 2013

Followed the original recipe to the letter and I was not impressed. Yuck.

Feb 27, 2013

Absolutely loved this! I added a little ground cumin simply because I like it but I'm sure the marinade will be perfect without it. I had my family over for chicken fajitas and everyone loved the flavor! I actually baked the chicken and used some of the marinade for the vegetables then added the chicken to the vegetables and served it together. Very good and very easy!!!

Feb 20, 2013

My whole family enjoyed the fajitas. This marinade is wonderfully simple, but very flavorful. Yum!

Apr 08, 2013

Easy. Fast. Delicious. We all liked this recipe and will definitely make it again. Perfect for my husband who avoids salt though I needed to add some to my portion. Thanks! Also made Bob Cody's Guacamole recipe on this site. WONDERFUL combination!

May 29, 2014

I was skeptical looking at the consistency of marinade and taste when making the sauce, I did add cumin and some salt. But as it turned out, marinated 2 hours, husband grilled the chicken tenderloins just perfect and the taste turned out excellent! Definately a keeper and probably great with a flank steak too.

Jul 10, 2013

It seriously doesn't get any easier than this! I tripled this for a wedding shower and it was very tasty. And, to top things off, I had all the items in my cupboard. I intend to use this recipe again and will even add more spices. (Even though tasted great as is!) Easy recipe to change things up. The only thing that I did diffferent was stir fry the chicken since I didn't have a grill....

Apr 30, 2013

Pretty Good....next time will use the outdoor grill vs. the indoor grill....rainy night and it just wasnt happenin'! Anyways.....flavor was great....I used fresh lime juice and olive oil instead of veg oil and only used 1/4c. I did cut down on the spices which I should not have and I used the juice of a whole lime and next time will also use the zest! I marinated my chicken breast for 24 hours....grilled up some vidalia onion, yellow and orange peppers....some of us put on a whole wheat tortilla with cheddar, sour cream and salsa, and me....I ate mine naked with the peppers, onions and homemade pickeled jalapenos. A re-do for me.....outdoor grill will def make a better crust for this chicken....but flavor is there~ Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 260 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 27 g
  • 54%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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