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Freezer Chicken Fajitas

Freezer meals are a total life saver, and freezer chicken fajitas just might be our favorite of all. With just a few ingredients, and minimal prep, they’re one of our best back-pocket dinners.

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freezer chicken fajita meal on a sheet pan for dinner with tortillas and avocado and bell peppers

Chicken Fajitas That Are Ready When You Are.

Whether you treat this simple chicken fajita recipe as a freezer meal and make it way ahead of time, or you whip it up for dinner tonight, it’s one of the easiest recipes ever. Spiced, but not spicy, pretty balanced—chicken breast! Colorful veggies!—and requiring just 10 minutes of prep time, it’s as straightforward as can be. Oh, and delicious, too. The key to its deliciousness? Homemade Taco Seasoning! Sure, you could use store-bought. But making it yourself takes all of 30 seconds, and results in a much more flavorful taco seasoning (in this case, chicken fajita seasoning) that also (bonus!) has no preservatives or scary, sodium-laden additives. Yay for that.

ingredients laid out for chicken fajitas taco seasoning, lime juice, bell peppers
chicken breast marinaded in taco seasoning in a bowl
chicken fajitas dinner in a ziplock bag getting ready to be put in the freezer
freezer chicken fajita meal on a sheet pan for dinner with tortillas and avocado and bell peppers

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Your Freezer Chicken Fajita Ingredient Checklist:

Nothing too tricky here! Juicy peppers, chicken, and a three-ingredient marinade team up to make a freezer meal that everyone will love, whenever you decide to serve it. You’ll need:

  • Chicken breast.
  • Taco seasoning. You can use store-bought, or try making it yourself!
  • Olive oil. Just regular olive oil is perfect for this recipe! No need to use extra virgin.
  • Fresh lime juice.
  • Peppers. We call for one red, one yellow, and one green, but only because we love the bright colorful burst they provide. But it’s fine to use whatever bell pepper you like or already have on hand.
  • When you’re ready to serve the chicken fajitas, you’ll need small tortillas, avocado, salsa, sour cream.
chicken fajitas dinner in a ziplock bag getting ready to be put in the freezer

How to Make Chicken Fajitas Ahead of Time (or Not!)

You don’t have to freeze these chicken fajitas! If you want to mix up this sheet pan chicken fajita recipe and bake it right away, you can totally do that. BUT! This recipe is such a killer freezer meal, that today we’re focusing on it’s glorious freeze-ability. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Slice the chicken breast into strips. Pro tip! Chicken breast is easy to slice if you do two things: freeze the chicken breast slightly, and make sure your knife is really, really sharp.
  2. Make your fajita marinade! Mix together the lime juice, oil and taco seasoning in a bowl large enough to hold the chicken, onion and peppers (so that you don’t have to dirty extra bowls.)
  3. Toss the sliced chicken breast, peppers and onions in the marinade. NOTE: If you’re going to bake the fajitas the same day, leave the chicken mixture to marinate for at least an hour in the fridge.
  4. Freezer bag time! Dump the chicken fajita mix into a freezer bag, and do your best to squeeze all of the air out as you seal the bag to help prevent freezer burn.
  5. Freeze! We like to flatten the bag out as much as possible, so it’s easy to store. Frozen chicken fajitas will last for nine months in the freezer—be sure to mark the bag with the date you made the frozen fajita mix, so you know when to use it by.
freezer chicken fajita meal on a sheet pan for dinner with tortillas bell peppers and onions

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Large bowl for mixing.
  • Sharp knife.
  • Freezer bags.
  • Sharpie! Labeling those freezer meals is SUPER important. Label the bag with the recipe title + (most of all) the date you froze it. Again, because the chicken fajita mix is frozen raw, it will keep in the freezer for up to 9 months. You can always double check freeze times here.

Our 3 Favorite Freezer Meals

Anyone else feel instantly more relaxed when they take a mental inventory of their freezer and remember that it’s fully stocked with make-ahead meals? Or is that just us? In addition to these chicken fajitas, we keep our freezer stocked with:

freezer chicken fajita meal on a sheet pan for dinner with tortillas and avocado and bell peppers

Make Mine a Double

And by double we mean double BATCH of chicken fajitas. Because why not have two dinners ready to go instead of just one? With a recipe this easy, and a freezer time of nine whole months, we usually mix this one up by the double (or even triple) batch. We hope it’s as big of a hit for you as it is for us! Let us know how you like our fajita recipe! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Freezer Chicken Fajitas

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 205

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced thin
  • small flour tortillas, for serving
  • avocado, for serving
  • cilantro, for serving
  • salsa or hot sauce, for serving
  • sour cream, for serving

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix the taco seasoning, olive oil, and lime juice to make your fajita marinade.
  2. Toss the sliced chicken breast and sliced bell peppers in the marinade until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Add the chicken mixture to a gallon sized zip-top bag. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much of the air as you can as you do so. Flatten out the bag for easier storage. Name and date your meal and place in the freezer until ready to cook.
  4. The day before you’d like to cook the fajitas, move the bag of fajita mix to the fridge to thaw.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Spread the defrosted fajita mix out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. If you want to add some char to the meat and veggies, broil for another 3-5 minutes.
  7. Serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, avocado, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories205
  • Protein35 g
  • Carbohydrates5 g
  • Total Fat4 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol87 mg
  • sodium196 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Freezer Chicken Fajitas

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  • Terri

    My marinade came out like a paste. Is it supposed to be like a paste or should I add water to this? 2 Tbsp of lime juice and 1 Tbsp olive oil doesn’t seem like enough liquid.

    It more like a paste. If you look at the prep pictures up above you can see visually it's not a bowl of liquid the chicken is just coated in it. Hope this helps Terri!

  • Arbuckle McShitteé

    For "tougher" meats like cow or horse steak, would it help to use a mallet to break down the meat somewhat before cooking or freezing? Also, should I season darker cow or horse meats differently than I would, say, chicken or even clams?

    We have a steak fajitas recipe as well. We are not familiar with horse meat. Feel free to use a mallet if you feel your beef is too tough. The seasoning on this would work well on beef as well.

  • Sara Forsyth

    My husband is a railroader, could I cook the chicken but leave the vegetables raw and then he could microwave the bag at his hotel? he won't have an oven or stove top

    You can cook it all and reheat it in the microwave. If he doesn't want the vegetables cooked that is fine to eat them raw.

  • Ashlee

    The recipe only mentions bell peppers, but I like onion as well. Can I freeze the onion in the same bag?

    Yes, that will work fine. Hope you enjoy Ashlee!

  • Lauri Garrison

    can you use steak instead of the chicken?

    Sure!

  • Margaret

    So yummy. I think the lime in the marinade is what made this extra delicious to me. I prepared it over the weekend and portioned it into small freezer bags for myself during the week. Ate it over rice for dinner. Also added onions to my mix.

    Thanks Margaret, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Kim Freeby

    We made this as a freezer meal before school started and my family loved it so much!!! It is now one of our favorites in the rotation. I double it and use one for dinner and freeze the other - it’s perfect!!!

    WOW! This is so great to hear, Kim. We are so happy your family loves it!

  • Natalie

    Thank you for this recipe and the seasoning recipe! So delicious and healthy! I made a big batch (10 lbs chicken, ended up splitting into 6 servings) and shared with friends who are short on time. Huge time saver for us and them. We all loved it. It's great to know I have these on hand for a delicious healthy meal in very little time.

    Thank you Natalie, we are so happy you liked the recipe. You are so nice to share with friends too, that's amazing!

  • melros

    This was delicious! Made the homemade taco seasoning and followed recipe except added a red onion and used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Enjoyed same day, didn't do freezer prep - allowed chicken and veggies to rest in the marinade for a couple of hours before cooking. Yum, yum!

    Thank you! We are so happy that you loved it!

  • Joan

    My family loved them and they were so easy. Next time I will serve with rice. Great quick meal

    Thank you Joan! We are so happy everyone enjoyed them!