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Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajitas


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (takes 34 limes)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke – this is the secret ingredient ( it’s worth it to have a bottle of hand just for this!)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (about 3 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into thin strips
  • 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red (or orange) pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice (a quick squeeze of a cut lime)
  • dash of salt and pepper


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour the marinade ingredients over the top.
  3. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator and let marinate for 2-3 hours (or longer).
  4. After marinading, take chicken out of the bag and discard the marinade.
  5. Grill or broil the chicken 5-7 minutes per side . Remove from grill or pan and tent with foil to keep warm.
  6. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and add the onion and peppers. Stir fry until softened but still crisp tender.
  7. Add soy sauce, water, lime juice and salt and pepper. Cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Slice chicken thinly on the diagonal and toss with the vegetables in the skillet.
  9. Serve immediately with flour tortillas and top with tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, cheese, sour cream.
  10. Enjoy!!


You can add your frozen chicken to the marinade and allow it to thaw while soaking up the flavors. The longer you allow it to marinade – the better! Anything in the 2-3 hour range is great (although I’ve tossed mine in first thing in the morning and then cooked it at dinner and it was perfect).