Quick Chicken Fajitas with Lime Tequila Marinade

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One of the easiest ways to infuse a dish with lots of flavor without adding extra carbs is through a marinade. Grilled chicken set in a lime tequila marinade for even a few hours before cooking can make a huge difference in taste and tenderness. Whip up this marinade ahead of time and try these healthy chicken fajitas for a quick and satisfying meal. Garnish with fresh toppings like our Pico de Gallo recipe too!


Yields: 6 Servings



For the Marinade:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 Tbs. Tequila
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno or other hot chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 ½ tsp. Dried Oregano)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt

For the Fajitas:

  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½” strips
  • 2 poblano, anaheim or pasilla chiles
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 red or green jalapenos (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lime wedges for garnish

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro (about 1 bunch), chopped
  • 1 or more jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp. salt



  • Mix all ingredients for the marinade together in a small bowl. Place chicken thighs in a non-reactive dish or zip-lock bag, pour marinade over chicken and marinate for up to 2 hours at room temperature or 8 to 12 hours in the refrigerator.  If refrigerated, bring the chicken to room temperature before cooking.
  • Cut peppers into strips, toss with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Remove chicken from the marinade, and pat dry before cooking. If using the Philips Airfryer, add chicken to bottom of Airfryer, add in peppers.  Cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  • If using outdoor grill, lightly oil grill to keep chicken from sticking.  Heat grill to medium high heat.  Grill the thighs, covered, over medium-high heat for 3 to 7 minutes per side until done. Move to a cooler place on the grill if flare-ups occur. The chicken is done at an internal temperature of 165 degrees or when meat is no longer pink but is still juicy when cut.  Grill peppers using a vegetable basket at the same time, approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until charred lightly from the grill, stirring or shaking basket frequently.
  • Squeeze lime juice over chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish
  • with sliced limes and serve with warm corn or flour tortillas with the mixed Pico de Gallo.


What’s your favorite topping to add on fajitas?

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