Chicken Fajita Bowls

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These fresh and colorful chicken fajita bowls are an easy one-pan recipe made from juicy seasoned chicken fried up with peppers and onions, tossed with creamy ranch, and served with rice. The zesty flavors taste great rolled up in a soft tortilla!

Still hungry? Try these pulled tandoori chicken rice bowls or these easy Cajun chicken cauliflower rice bowls for another tasty dinner this week. I also love this veggie-packed Mediterranean bowl!

An overhead view shows a wooden spoon resting in a skillet of cooked sliced chicken, bell peppers, and onions.


Back in the day, my mom used to make us chicken fajita bowls topped with her awesome Saucy Chicken (I feel like that should be trademarked). This recipe is 100% inspired by Mom’s. It has juicy fajita-seasoned chicken strips pan-fried with veggies tossed in a flavor-packed sauce. My version has a “secret” ingredient: buttermilk ranch dressing. I swear I’d bathe in the stuff if I could. Instead, I settle for stirring it into a pan of fajitas.

You can serve your chicken fajitas over a bowl of rice, or do as I did, and mix the rice right into the skillet with the chicken. It soaks up all the flavor and tastes like a zillion bucks. Just add your favorite taco toppings, and dig in.

Why Chicken Fajita Bowls Are The Answer (To Everything)

  • You need only one pan. Not only does the whole family devour these fajita bowls in a heartbeat, but clean-up is quick. All the ingredients cook and come together in the same pan.
  • The flavors are the best! Just when I thought chicken fajitas couldn’t get better, I threw ranch dressing into the mix. Creamy, savory ranch has a magical way of 1) making the Tex-Mex flavors go WOW! and 2) making an already kid-friendly recipe even more kid-friendly. 
  • It’s a meal in one. Chicken fajita bowls have it all. Protein, vegetables, tons of flavor. My mom always served hers over rice, while my dad loved his with soft tortillas. Either way, it’s a one-pan meal that’s super versatile.
  • It’s speedy. Best of all, the whole meal is hot on the table in 30 minutes or less. Just like traditional steak fajitas, just get everything sizzling in a skillet, and let it go, like Elsa. ❄️
Ingredients for chicken fajita bowls with text labels overlaying each ingredient.

Fajita Bowl Ingredients

We’ve made this recipe so many times in my family that I usually “wing it” a little, but I’ve put together some basic notes on the ingredients. Fajitas are a great recipe to have if you’re just getting into cooking because there’s a lot of wiggle room. Scroll down to the recipe card for a printable ingredients list with measurements.

  • Rice – Cooked white rice, or I’ll sometimes use leftover jeera rice if we’ve had our favorite tandoori chicken the night before. 
  • Chicken – Skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into strips. You can also pick up pre-cut chicken tenders from your grocery store.
  • Seasoning – I season the chicken with a combination of cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder, plus salt and pepper. Otherwise, I’ll use my homemade fajita seasoning when I have a batch in the pantry.
  • Bell Pepper and Onion – Red, yellow, green, any colored bell pepper you’d like, or a combination of colors. Take out the seeds and slice the peppers into strips. Slice up a yellow onion, too, while you’re at it.
  • Ranch Dressing – Choose your favorite brand of ranch salad dressing from the store. I’ve also linked my homemade version earlier and in the recipe card. 
  • Salsa – Again, you can use a jar of store-bought salsa, or try homemade salsa.
  • Shredded Cheese – I use shredded white cheddar. Use any shredded cheese you’d like or a Mexican cheese blend.
  • Garnishes – We serve these fajita bowls with lime wedges, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. See below for more serving ideas. 

How to Make a Chicken Fajita Bowl

These chicken fajita bowls are one of our favorite meals, and they’re SO quick to make. Follow this easy step-by-step and scroll to the printable recipe card for the full instructions.

  1. Cook the chicken. Toss your chicken strips with seasoning and get them browning in a hot skillet.
  2. Add the veggies. Stir in the peppers and onions. Let that cook until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add the rice and sauces. Next, dump cooked rice into the skillet along with the salsa. Stir that around so that it heats through. Add ranch dressing only after taking the pan off the heat.
  4. Garnish and serve. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice, sprinkle over cilantro and shredded cheese, and you’re ready to serve.
Stirring through sliced bell peppers and cooked chicken in a skillet.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Use more or less ranch to taste. When it comes to ranch dressing in this household, we measure with our hearts. So, you do you.
  • Vegetarian. Make mushroom fajitas with meaty portobellos for a vegetarian fajita bowl. You can also check out this copycat Chipotle sofritas recipe, made with tofu, that tastes great in a Mexican rice bowl.
  • Swap out the rice. Substitute rice with another grain, like quinoa. For a low-carb option, I’ll make these fajita bowls with cauliflower rice.
Photo of a bowl with chicken fajitas served over rice and garnished with a dollop of sour cream and lime wedges, with a fork, next to flour tortillas.

Serving Suggestions

Anything that I’d add to a taco bowl, I’d add to a chicken fajita rice bowl. Some of my favorite toppings are diced avocado or guacamole, sliced jalapeños, extra salsa, homemade enchilada sauce, and crunchy tortilla chips. Finish off with a squeeze of extra lime and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, and these bowls are good to go. 

Eat your fajitas out of the bowl as is, or do like my dad and roll the saucy chicken into a flour tortilla! We love these Southwest egg rolls as a fun side, or I’ll lay out a family-sized platter of nachos to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called a fajita?

Fajitas comes from the Spanish word “faja” which means “strip” or “belt”. Traditional fajita recipes involve strips of grilled meat and veggies served in a hot skillet, paired with warm tortillas and toppings like avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

What’s the difference between a fajita bowl and a burrito bowl?

For a fajita bowl, you take everything in a chicken fajita dish – chicken and veggies – and serve it over a bowl of rice instead of tucked into a tortilla. Meanwhile, a burrito bowl contains taco meat, beans, and other fixings you’d find rolled up in a burrito.

Close up of a chicken fajita bowl garnished with lime wedges and a dollop of sour cream, with a fork.

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate. Since this recipe had chicken and rice, try to refrigerate any leftovers within 1-2 hours of cooking. Store the fajitas airtight in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat. Warm the chicken fajitas in a skillet or the microwave until they’re nice and hot all the way through.

Freeze. I’ll sometimes double the recipe and freeze the chicken fajita mixture for meals down the road. It’s great for meal prep! Just let the cooked fajitas cool and then transfer them to a freezer-safe container to freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge before reheating.

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Chicken Fajita Bowls

Fresh and colorful chicken fajita bowls are a one-pan dinner recipe exploding with Tex-Mex flavors! With juicy seasoned chicken, peppers, and onions, tossed with ranch dressing and served over rice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 to 1½ cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 bell pepper, red, yellow, or green, seeded and cut into thin strips (see note)
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, I like to use white cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish
  • 6 whole wheat flour tortillas, optional
  • sour cream, for topping, optional
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  • Prepare the rice. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package and set aside.
  • Cook the chicken. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Season the chicken strips with salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground cumin, and chili powder. Add to the skillet and cook for 1 minute per side.
  • Add veggies. Add peppers and onions and continue to cook for 8 minutes, or until the chicken is done and vegetables are tender.
  • Combine with rice and seasonings. Add the rice and salsa to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, just until heated through. Remove from heat and add the ranch dressing (use less or more ranch to taste). Stir until well combined. Stir in the lime juice.
  • Finish and serve. Top with cilantro (or parsley) and cheese. Serve as is, or divide the chicken fajitas and rice between tortillas and top with sour cream.


  • You also can use a combination of colored bell peppers, amounting to about 3 cups of pepper strips.
  • Note that nutritional estimates do not include tortillas or additional toppings.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Raigan says:

    Accidentally came across this recipe and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely going to make this again. The whole family loved it!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I am very happy you enjoyed this recipe! Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. Kristen says:

    Just made this dish and family loved it. We ate it with grilled tortillas and topped with ranch dressing. Kids thought it tasted like the rice from taco bell. Third dish I’ve tried from this website and all have been very good!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank you so, SO MUCH!!!

  3. Christine says:

    just curious, we made these tonight and when we sat down to eat I realized he didn’t put the salsa in. So, when did you put it in? He totally lost track of that ingredient because it isn’t listed in the directions. Thanks for the tip! Oh, we did love the bowl even though he forgot an ingredient! Thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi Christine! Thanks for catching that!! The salsa should be stirred in together with the rice and cook it until just heated through. I’ll make the corrections in the recipe, asap. Thank YOU!

  4. Christine says:

    This looks so easy and delicious. I’ll definitely be making this one night soon.

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I am so over Thanksgiving food, bring on the fajitas!! 😉

  6. Joshua Hampton says:

    I’m right with you on the post-Thanksgiving food coma. But I’d be happy to stuff my face again with this fajita bowl. It looks way too delicious.

  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    This looks way too good. I should not be craving this at 10 this morning.

  8. Laura Dembowski says:

    I am 24 and I didn’t eat that much at all but the whole next day I felt stuffed. This looks like just the dish to get me feeling better!