Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Dinner

Who knew you could use the air fryer to make chicken fajitas for dinner? All you have to do is combine sliced chicken, peppers, and onions with fajita seasoning in the tray.

Who knew you could use the air fryer to make chicken fajitas for dinner? All you have to do is combine sliced chicken, peppers, and onions with fajita seasoning in the tray.

What are Fajitas?

Fajita is a Tex-Mex dish that includes grilled meat that is served on a tortilla. Skirt steak was the first meat used for this dish, but now a variety of meats are used – including chicken! We even have a vegetarian version! Onions and peppers are usually cooked with the meat and other toppings can be added at the table if you’d like, think cheese, sour cream, and salsa.

Chicken Fajitas in the Air Fryer

It’s no secret that I love my air fryer. Even though I’m not a fan of many fried foods, I love the way it cooks and crisps things quickly. This air fryer chicken fajita dinner comes together in a pinch and the chicken strips are so juicy in the middle.

It’s really easy to make these chicken fajitas. All you have to do is slice chicken, peppers, and onion and coat them with olive oil and my favorite fajita seasonings – chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Once everything is coated with a little bit of oil and seasonings, you pour the mixture into the tray of the air fryer and let it cook for about 18 minutes. I always check my food in the air fryer frequently because it can cook quicker than you think from time to time.

Serving Fajitas

Fajitas are traditionally wrapped in tortillas, but feel free to get creative. You could always make a rice bowl or a salad instead. This really is a perfect quick dinner or meal prep solution!

Complete your dinner with sides of rice (use the Instant Pot!), guacamole, or Mexican Corn Salad.

Enjoy!

Christine :)

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Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Dinner


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Who knew you could use the air fryer to make chicken fajitas for dinner? All you have to do is combine sliced chicken, peppers, and onions with fajita seasoning in the tray.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • For serving – tortillas, rice, lettuce, and any desired toppings

Instructions

  1. Combine the sliced chicken and vegetables in a bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, chili powder, salt, cumin, pepper, and cayenne.
  3. Toss to combine and pour the contents out into the tray of an air fryer.
  4. Slide the tray into the air fryer and cook at 360°F for 16-20 minutes, checking and stirring halfway through.
  5. Once the fajitas have finished cooking, serve them in tortillas, over rice, or over a salad with desired toppings.
This post originally appeared in June 2019 and was revised and republished in March 2020.
Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Dinner

12 Responses to “Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Dinner”

  1. Alex L — June 6, 2020 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    I used chicken thighs for the recipe because it was all I had but they were the juiciest fajitas I’ve ever made. Thanks for the recipe, I’ve been slowly gathering recipes to use for my air fryer

    • Christine Pittman — June 8, 2020 @ 10:18 am (#)

      That’s great to hear, Alex! We love the air fryer and have lots more recipes for you to try!

  2. Kelsey Heermann — April 22, 2020 @ 11:41 am (#)

    I feel dumb for asking this question, but is the chicken supposed to be cooked or raw when you mix it with veggies and put in the air fryer?

    • Christine Pittman — April 27, 2020 @ 9:27 am (#)

      Not a problem, Kelsey! The chicken is raw when you put it in the air fryer. Any of our recipes that need you to start with a cooked ingredient will specify that in the list. Enjoy!

  3. Nancy — March 19, 2020 @ 7:54 am (#)

    This recipe resulted in the best and easiest fajitas I’ve ever made! The chicken was moist and tender. I air fried at 390 (lowest setting I have) for about 17 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so. I did not use the grate in the basket — wasn’t sure if I should, but glad I didn’t.  Thanks for the recipe. So much easier than making fajitas on the stove and they were excellent!

    • Christine Pittman — March 23, 2020 @ 2:37 pm (#)

      That’s wonderful to hear, Nancy! Happy you enjoyed!

  4. Pam — March 10, 2020 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    I would definitely remove the grate , I just made this exactly by the recipe and it was dry 😟 I’m a little disappointed 

    • Christine Pittman — March 13, 2020 @ 11:01 am (#)

      So sorry to hear that, Pam. Thanks for your feedback though.

  5. Krystina — February 8, 2020 @ 10:56 am (#)

    Would I remove the grate from my air fryer to cook this recipe? 

    • Christine Pittman — February 12, 2020 @ 9:07 am (#)

      All models of air fryers are different, Krystina. Mine doesn’t have a grate but does have a basket. But mine won’t run without the basket in place. My question would be, what would you do if you were going to cook something thin that could fit through the grate, baby carrots, for instance? If you would remove the grate for those, then I would remove it for this.

  6. Diane — January 8, 2020 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    On your chicken fajita recipe what setting do you set your air fryer to?  Mine has 3 settings, Air Fry, baked and roast.   My air fry setting is the highest and automatically sets at 400 degrees.  It can’t be lowered to 360.

    Thank you

    • Christine Pittman — January 9, 2020 @ 8:24 pm (#)

      The air fryer we used to create this recipe has temperature options. Which kind do you have, Diane? If we have that information hopefully we can figure out adjusted instructions for you!

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