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Chicken fajitas bake

Tamara Willner
Written by

Tamara Willner

Reviewed by dietitian

Fiona Moncrieff

2 min read
Last updated April 2024

This is a fresh way to enjoy the Mexican classic chicken fajitas. Serve it in little gem or cos lettuce leaves with chopped coriander, lime wedges, and a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe: Chicken fajitas bake

Prep and cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g raw chicken breast or thigh, cut into strips
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 3 red peppers, sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 80g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • leaves, roughly chopped 60ml sour cream
  • 8 little gem lettuce leaves 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan, over medium heat. Cook the chicken, and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the same pan, fry the onion and peppers for 6-8mins, until lightly coloured and soft.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan, add the spices, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well.
  5. If your pan is oven-proof, sprinkle the cheese on top and place in the oven. Otherwise, transfer the chicken mixture to an oven-proof dish, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 10mins.
  6. Serve in lettuce leaves with sour cream, coriander and lime wedges.

Second Nature Special Tip:

Instead of the ground paprika, chilli powder, cumin and cayenne pepper, you can use 1⁄2 pack of fajitas spice mix from a supermarket. You can also serve it with a small bowl of homemade guacamole or tomato salsa.

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