Do you ever have one of those days when you want to make a healthy, delicious dinner, but have no desire to go to the grocery store and not much time to prepare something elaborate? What’s that? Pretty much every night? Me too. Don’t get me wrong, cooking is one of my favorite activities in the world, but lately life has been so busy that doing anything that requires much effort feels more like a chore, and I’ve been working on my arsenal of quick, easy dinners that rely on staples I usually have on hand.

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photography by Laura Dominguez


My current favorite answer to the “what to cook for dinner tonight” conundrum? These sheet pan fajitas! I call them that because they are literally made completely on one sheet pan, and when you line that pan with foil or parchment paper, the dreaded after-dinner clean-up becomes nonexistent.

The key to making a recipe with only a few ingredients taste more complex is all in how you season it. This meal relies on boneless skinless chicken breast, bell peppers, and onions (doesn’t get more basic than that, people) but the McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix is the secret ingredient that brings it all together and makes these fajitas anything but bland. This spice pack is full of all the same herbs and spices I’d mix myself, but so much quicker.

Mexican food often gets a bad rap for being greasy and heavy, and while that may be true at your local Tex-Mex joint, these fajitas prove that it can also be super clean and healthy. Making these on a sheet pan allows the use of minimal oils (just a tiny bit of olive oil before cooking), and McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix has no MSG or artificial flavors. And while a tortilla never hurt anyone, you could also make an amazing fajita salad by tossing this mixture with some shredded lettuce and pico.

For the toppings, we usually stick with the classics: guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, shredded cheese, and lime juice, but you could totally add sour cream, beans, rice, or pickled veggies if you want to get fancy with a full build-your-own fajita bar at your next party (how fun would that be?)

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Serves 4

ingredients


  • 1 large onion, cut into thick slices
  • 2 bell peppers in any color, cut into thick slices
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" slices
  • McCormick's Taco Seasoning
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • whatever toppings you like: guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, shredded cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, beans, rice, or shredded lettuce
instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375. On a parchment-lined sheet pan, toss onion, bell pepper, and chicken with a drizzle of olive oil and 1/2 pack McCormick Taco Seasoning. Spread out in an even layer.
  2. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender. Wrap tortillas in foil, and place in oven for last 5 minutes to warm.
  3. Serve with a platter of toppings so everyone can build their own. Eat!
17 comments
  1. 1
    Blush & Pearls | September 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

    This looks great. I usually grill my chicken, but the baking is a nice option for the winter. I also love any excuse to make some guacamole!

    Angela / Blush & Pearls

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    Working From Home | September 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hey Camille,

    This looks like a quick, easy recipe, but also looks delicious. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

    Thanks,
    Dennis

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  3. 3
    Dawn | September 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

    looks so delicious and simple, not to mention it only takes 30 minutes?! a mama’s dream recipe…we love fajitas around here. I usually make this on the stove, but the oven sounds way more convenient. thank you for this!

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    Milly | September 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    And this is why this is my go to blog! Always on point and right down my alley! Everything I’ve ever made from your recipe files have been delicious and amazing! Thank you for a great dinner idea!;)

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    Kimberly | September 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I love chicken fajitas i am trying this recipe for tomorrow.

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  6. 6
    Karen Dalton | October 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Just the kind of recipes I love,and so easy and clean up.
    Thank you Camille.

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  7. 7
    Paige | October 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Why taco seasoning instead of fajita seasoning?

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    • Camille Styles | October 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Hi Paige! I just love the particular flavors and spices included in the taco seasoning mix, but you could totally use fajita seasoning for this. 🙂

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    Amber | October 21, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Another option is to line the sheet with tortillas, then place the other ingredients on top.

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    Katie K | October 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Preheat the sheet pan while prepping the ingredients. Toss ingredients together prior to adding to hot pan/preheated oven. This will add some carmelization to the veg. Cooking time may be a bit shorter, too.

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    Caroline | October 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was really good!!

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    regina | October 26, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Looks delicious …wonder if I could use shrimp?

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    • Camille Styles | October 26, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Definitely! Shrimp cook in less time, so add them to the sheet pan when there’s just about 7 minutes left of cook time. Let us know how it goes!

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    tracy curione | January 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I made this on Saturday. Other than making a bigger batch and using four different colored peppers, I did not change a thing; it was so, so easy and absolutely delicious. This meal will definitely be one I will make over and over again.

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    Grace | July 27, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! Midweek meal life saver – easy and absolutely delicious!

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