Move over, chips and chicken wings; it’s time to make some chicken fajitas in the air fryer!
I love Mexican food, especially fajitas – so I was really happy that they turned out so well in the air fryer – it only took 15 minutes to cook the chicken and the vegetables.
What You Need
If you want to print out the recipe, head down to the bottom of this post to the recipe card.
This recipe was enough to make eight fajitas; you can adjust the serving sizes according to how many you want to make.
I used six small boneless chicken thighs cut into strips. You can also use chicken breasts; I would use four chicken breasts to serve four people.
You can use a red or white onion to cut into chunks or slices.
Mixed Sweet Peppers
I used three mixed sweet peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks.
You can use a fajita seasoning mix or make it yourself if you have the spices. Fajita spice mixes vary, but combining the following should give you a good blend.
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground oregano
- 1 tsp chilli powder
This is an optional ingredient; I like to add chipotle paste to give the fajitas an extra kick, but you don’t have to include it.
Related: What Is Chipotle Paste?
If you do, mix 1 tbsp of the paste with 2 tbsp of olive oil, the fajita spice mix and the juice of half a lime.
I used the juice of half a lime. I added the lime juice in with the chipotle paste (see above) – if you are not using the paste too, you can just squeeze it over the chicken and spice mix (see steps below for instructions).
I made this in a Proscenic T22 Air Fryer (I’m currently reviewing it), but it would work in any air fryer model.
Making Air Fryer Fajitas
If you have time, marinating the chicken will add extra flavour, even if it’s just for ten minutes.
To Make Fajita Marinade:
Mix 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp fajita spice mix, juice of half a lime, and, if you use it, 1 tbsp chipotle paste.
Slice the chicken up into strips and add it to the marinade bowl. Ensure the chicken is coated in the marinade by stirring it around. Leave for a minimum of ten minutes.
Prepare The Vegetables
While the chicken is marinating, cut up the onion and peppers.
Preheat The Air Fryer
A few minutes before you are ready to use it, switch the air fryer on and set the temperature at 200°C/390°F.
Add The Chicken
Once the chicken is ready, transfer it to the air fryer basket. For now, leave the vegetables to one side. Cook the chicken for ten minutes, checking on it at 5 minutes to give it a good shake.
Add The Vegetables
After ten minutes, open the air fryer and add the peppers and onion. Stir everything together. Close the air fryer and cook for a further five minutes.
At the end of the cooking time, the chicken should be cooked through (cut into one slice to make sure it is), and the vegetables will be slightly soft but still have some crunch.
Transfer the Fajita Mix
I hope you enjoyed these air fryer chicken fajitas – let me know in the comments what you think! You might also want to try out my other air fryer recipes 🙂