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My new go-to weeknight dinner – Chicken Fajita Tortilla Bowls. Seasoned chicken pan-seared with bell peppers and onions, and served up bowl style with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. All put together with rice, lettuce, corn, salty cheese, and warm tortillas. Plus creamy whipped avocado on the side. These colorful and fresh chicken fajita bowls are simple to make and full of wonderful Mexican flavors. A fun any-night-of-the-week dinner!

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Another week, another dinner bowl. Apparently, 2022 is all about a damn good dinner bowl for me. I’m loving creating “bowl style” recipes more than anything right now. Something about a mishmash of food and flavors piled high into a bowl and eaten together really excites me.

I think it’s all the layers of flavor and all the color. I get to have so much fun when I create this style recipe. So even though I’ve shared a number of “bowl” recipes over the last few months. I’ve decided to continue to run with my ideas and not hold back.

Enter this chicken fajita bowl. One of my favorite “bowl style” dinners yet, and so perfect for summertime.

This recipe was inspired by my skillet chicken fajitas. I’ve been making those on repeat and just love the flavors so much. I wanted to see if I could turn the fajitas into a new recipe with summer corn and a quick vinaigrette.

Naturally, I thought to put everything over rice, and well, this recipe was created.

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Here are the details

Start with the chicken. I love to use Tajin seasoning as the spice mix in place of chili powder. It keeps the flavor delicious and the spice level just right. I’ve been using Tajin so much lately. Most recently to rim the glasses in Saturday’s frozen peach margarita.

I like to season the chicken directly in the skillet with olive oil, then start cooking. You want to use a pretty high heat to cook the chicken. Then you’ll get that nice light char around the edges of the meat that feels so classic for fajitas. If you have one, a cast-iron skillet is best.

When the chicken is cooked, I like to pull it out of the skillet and then add the onions to the same skillet. Give the onions a cook quick, then add in all of the peppers.

The peppers and onions are KEY here. Just like with a traditional fajita, the peppers and onions make these bowls. I use a mix of sweet onions, bell peppers, and smoky poblano peppers so that there’s plenty of flavor.

Then add the chicken back to the peppers to re-warm. Could not be simpler.

While the chicken is cooking, I mix the vinaigrette. We’re taking a shortcut and using store-bought salsa verde mixed with olive oil and lime. The salsa verde makes for a delicious vinaigrette that feels a little more special.

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At this point, all you have to do is assemble. You’ll need cooked rice, tortillas, grilled corn, avocado, and lots of crumbled cheese, I love to use cotija cheese, but feta or shredded cheddar cheese are great subs.

The chicken should be served over bowls of rice. Then add the corn and sprinkle with some additional Tajin. Trust me, it’s delicious and reminds me of the popular Mexican street corn. And while I didn’t add this, a dollop of mayo or Greek yogurt over each bowl would be especially delicious.

And finally, tortillas. We’re obsessed with my homemade flour tortillas this summer. I’ve been making them nonstop!

Top each bowl with the vinaigrette and plenty of fresh cilantro + avocado.

So much happening, but really it comes together simply and in less than an hour. A  fun, family dinner for sure!

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Looking for other Mexican recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Avocado Shrimp Salsa

Skillet Chicken Fajitas with Creamy Jalapeño Verde Sauce

Crispy BBQ Salmon Tacos with Avocado Mango Salsa and Jalapeño Cream

Crispy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Crockpot Crispy Chicken Tinga Tacos with Avocado Jalapeño Crema

Lastly, if you make these Chicken Fajita Tortilla Bowls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Chicken Fajita Tortilla Bowls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 478 kcal

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Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • 1. In a large skillet, combine the olive oil, chicken, paprika, chili powder (or Tajin), cumin, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. Set the skillet over high heat. Cook until seared all over and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the garlic. Cook 1 minute, then remove everything from the skillet.
    2. In the same skillet, add the onions and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Toss in the bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the peppers are tender, another 5 minutes.
    3. Add the chicken to the peppers and toss to combine.
    4. To make the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Season with salt.
    5. Spoon the chicken and peppers over the bowls of rice. Top with lettuce and grilled corn. Sprinkle the corn with chili powder or Tajin, then pour over the vinaigrette. Crumble the cheese over each bowl. Top with avocado, jalapeños, and cilantro. Serve with tortillas. Enjoy!
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  1. Tieghan – I just read through some of the comments and I’m appalled at what some people think is ok to say – I am truly speechless, so I just want to thank you for sharing all of your recipes with us. I love making them, I love reading about your experiences and your family and I appreciate all of your hard work!

    1. Awe, thank you so much Donna, this really means a lot to me:) I appreciate you giving the recipes a try!! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This was absolutely fantastic! I think it’s my new favorite! I used regular honey in place of the spiced honey and that vinaigrette was out of this world! And those homemade tortillas – outstanding! Took me a couple to get it right but even those were delicious. Well done on this one, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Donna,
      Amazing!! Thanks for making this recipe and trying the homemade tortillas as well:) So glad to hear you enjoyed both of the recipes!! xx

  3. 5 stars
    So good! I need to work on getting the chicken a bit more seared and almost blackened but absolutely loved this!

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best weekend:)

  4. Can you sub regular honey for hot honey? If you can sub it, should you adjust the amount? Thank you!

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Yes, an equal amount of plain honey is great! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe!! xx

    1. Hey Calleigh,
      The tablespoon is correct:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  5. To make this vegetarian,, do you think black beans would be a good substitute for the chicken? This looks delicious!

    1. Hey Anne,
      Sure, black beans would be great, you could even do cauliflower!! Let me know how the recipe turns out, I hope you love it! xx

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Happy Thursday!! I love that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan