Easy Creamy Chicken Fajita Skillet Recipe

By Rena |

This creamy and easy chicken fajita skillet recipe is simmered in one pan on the stovetop with a delicious sauce made of cream cheese and mozzarella. Tender bell pepper and juicy chicken breasts are cooked with fajita seasoning and topped with freshly chopped cilantro to create the best one-skillet meal ready in about 30 minutes!

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Cheesy and creamy, this easy chicken fajita skillet recipe is perfect for dinner whenever you are looking for a flavorful meal. This recipe is so simple to cook with any chicken breasts you may need to use in the kitchen.

Whether you are serving these skillet chicken fajitas with fluffy rice, your favorite zoodles, or low carb pasta– this weeknight dinner idea is delicious either way you enjoy it. The family will love the savory warm sauce made of melted mozzarella, cream cheese, simmering chicken broth, and bright citrus.

Colorful bell peppers are cut into strips and sautéed in a large skillet on the stovetop to give these easy chicken skillet fajitas all the crunchy fresh flavors it needs. This simple chicken recipe has flavors just like a cheesy chicken fajita casserole, except it is way healthier and easier to make on the stovetop in just one pan.

This easy chicken breast recipe is perfect for meal prep, too. Whenever you are wanting something to indulge in that is filled with aromatic and warm fajita flavors, you will definitely want to try this recipe out at home!

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Why this easy Chicken fajita skillet recipe with Cream Cheese is The Best

  • Easy and Quick: Easy chicken fajita skillet recipes that are made in one pan on the stovetop are the best! These creamy chicken fajitas are the best way to get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes after those busy work days.
  • Healthy and Delicious: The bold spicy aromas of fajita seasoning made of cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika, and more are absorbed by the cheesy cream sauce and juicy chicken breasts to create tender chicken breastst that are filled with savory Mexican flavors.
  • Easy Swaps: You can make this fajita skillet recipe with other things other than chicken! Switch up the proteins or even make a meatless fajita skillet recipe. This recipe is easy to make vegetarian! Want to use different vegetables? These chicken fajitas are flexible and delicious all types of ways.
  • Perfect for the Family: This family-friendly meal is comforting and easy to make for the family because cheesy chicken is always a crowd favorite. You can easily leave the bell peppers out for kids if they do not like those.
top view chicken fajitas in a skillet topped with cheese

Ingredients For Creamy Stovetop easy Chicken Fajitas

  • Chicken breasts: Two, boneless skinless chicken breasts are sliced into fajita strips so they quickly cook. You can use either chicken tenders or chicken thighs in place of the chicken breasts. Chicken thighs will allow the fajitas to taste even more flavorful.
  • Cornstarch: Simple cornstarch allows the fajita seasoning to stick the exterior of the sliced chicken and gives the chicken breasts an extra charred coating.
  • Fajita seasoning: You can make your own fajita seasoning with chili powder, salt, paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Storebought fajita seasoning also works.
  • Salt and pepper: Kosher sea salt and freshly cracked pepper give the chicken skillet fajitas extra flavor and savoriness. Season to your liking!
  • Cooking oil: Avocado cooking oil has a high smoke point and is filled with healthy fats like omega-3s. Some other great cooking oil options include organic olive oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Bell peppers: An array of colored bell peppers can be used for these fajitas to give them their classic flavors. To keep things bright and colorful, we like to use a mixture of yellow, orange, gree, and red bell peppers.
  • Onion: One medium yellow or white onion is sliced to be sautéed with the bell peppers to create fresh aromatic fragrances that are bold and filled with classic fajita notes.
  • Chicken broth: Rich chicken broth is used to make the creamy cheesy fajita skillet sauce. Homemade or storebought chicken broth will work.

Creamy Cheesy Sauce

  • Cream Cheese: Softened cream cheese is the base for the creamy fajita skillet sauce. The chicken strips absorb the cream cheese and allow them to be full of tasty and yummy flavors.
  • Mozzarella: Shredded mozzarella is melted into a savory rich sauce and makes these fajitas cheesy and so delicious.

Garnishments

  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantra gives the skillet chicken fajitas bright fresh flavors that are a must for most Mexican-style recipes. Cilantro makes this recipe extra tasty!
  • Lime: Lime wedges are used to spritz bright lime juice onto the fajitas just before serving. Using citrus allows the fajitas to be a bit more savory without having to use extra salt.
cilantro, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, chicken breasts, corn starch, fajita seasoning, oil, lime, salt, pepper, onion

How to Make This Creamy and Cheesy Chicken Fajita Skillet Recipe

  • Season the chicken: First, slice the chicken breasts into one and a half-inch strips. Next, coat the chicken strips with the cornstarch, then be sure to evenly coat them with half of the fajita seasoning. After that, sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken.
  • Cook the chicken and vegetables: Next, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, place the seasoned chicken strips into the oil and cook on both sides until golden. Next, add the sliced bell peppers to the skillet along with the sliced onions, then add the remainder of the fajita seasoning. Stir until combined.
  • Simmer the peppers: Next, add the chicken broth into the pan with the rest of the ingredients and reduce to simmer. Simmer on low and cover the pan to cook the bell peppers for a few minutes.
  • Add cheese: Finally, add cream cheese to the hot broth along with the shredded mozarella cheese. Meanwhile, cook everything over low heat until the cheese has melted and is a gooey texture.
  • Garnish and serve: Lastly, remove the creamy chicken fajitas skillet from the heat and top with fresh cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges and enjoy warm!
seasoned cooked chicken fajitas
seasoned vegetables in pan

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some fajita toppings?

Some delicious chicken fajita toppings include sour cream, sliced avocado, guacamole, fresh salsa, shredded cheese, extra onions, etc.

Does cheese go on a fajita?

In most cases, yes, cheese goes on fajitas! You can leave the cheese out of the recipe, though, if you do not want dairy.

What can you put in fajitas instead of peppers?

A variety of things can be used in place of peppers such as mushrooms, sliced zucchini, carrots, beans, onions, and more.

How do you properly serve fajitas?

Serve the fajitas with corn or flour tortillas and roll the sides up almost like you’re eating a taco. It’s that easy!

tope close up view of fajita chicken with veggies and lime wedges on a skillet

Notes, Tips, Subsitutions

  • To make a vegetarian skillet fajita recipe, omit the meat and use extra vegetables and add beans like black beans, kidney beans, or garbanzo beans.
  • Add extra vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, etc.
  • For extra heat, add sliced jalapeños to this easy chicken fajita skillet recipe.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days. Reheat the leftovers in a microwave and on the stovetop.
  • Use beef, shrimp, tofu, or shrimp in place of the chicken. 
close up fajita chicken in skilet topped with melted cheese and lime wedges

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top view chicken fajitas in a skillet topped with cheese

Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet Fajita Recipe with Cheesy Sauce

This creamy, cheesy easy chicken fajita skillet recipe is simmered in one pan on the stovetop with a delicious sauce made of cream cheese and mozzarella. Tender bell pepper and juicy chicken breasts are cooked with fajita seasoning and topped with freshly chopped cilantro to create the best one-skillet meal ready in about 30 minutes!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts large; boneless and skinless; sliced into strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning divided
  • salt season to taste
  • pepper season to taste
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 bell peppers various colors; cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup mozarella shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Sprinkle chicken with cornstarch, half of the fajita seasoning and salt and pepper. Stir to evenly coat the pieces.
  • Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear chicken until golden brown; sirring occasionally.
  • Add in the peppers, onion and sprinkle with remaining seasoning.
  • Stir in the broth and reduce the heat to a low. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until the peppers just begin to soften.
  • Stir in the cream cheese. Sprinkle with mozzarella and continue to cook over low heat until melty.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Notes

  • To make a vegetarian skillet fajita recipe, omit the meat and use extra vegetables and add beans like black beans, kidney beans, or garbanzo beans.
  • Add extra vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, etc.
  • For extra heat, add sliced jalapeños to this easy chicken fajita skillet recipe.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days. Reheat the leftovers in a microwave and on the stovetop.
  • Use beef, shrimp, tofu, or shrimp in place of the chicken. 

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3326IU | Vitamin C: 122mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg
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