Chicken Fajita Casserole is a super delicious and EASY Mexican recipe! Full of all your favorite classic fajitas flavors, but it's a tasty casserole. Yum. Only 8 ingredients and one pan from stovetop to oven. This keto chicken fajita casserole is perfect for the whole family.
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You'll ❤️ Baked Chicken Fajita Casserole
"This chicken fajita casserole is amazing!! My whole family LOVED it. It will even be a hit with non-keto people. Thanks! " -Shannon, Pinterest
Classic Fajitas - But It's a Casserole
Classic stovetop fajitas turned into a delicious casserole that your whole family will love. Delicious sour cream and cheese are blended with taco seasoning, sauteed chicken, and veggies for the perfect dinner.
Chicken Fajita Casserole is a perfect weeknight meal to make (weekends are good too! LOL). Only 8 ingredients, can you believe it? I think it's total comfort food. Comfort food is great during a crazy weeknight don't you think? 🙂
One Pan Skillet Dinner
While you can use any oven-proof skillet, I love to use my cast-iron skillet for this recipe. The more seasoned a cast iron skillet is the more flavoring it imparts!
By sauteing the chicken and peppers with the taco seasoning before baking you create a ton of flavor from the browning, caramelizing, and blending of all the flavors.
Keto Chicken Recipe
You'll love this keto chicken recipe! It's loaded with flavor, healthy fats, and just the right amount of carbs and protein. I think it's total comfort food too! 🙂
With healthy fats and low carb vegetables, keto chicken fajita casserole is a great option if you follow a ketogenic diet.
You can increase healthy fat content by adding avocado or cooking in additional olive oil. You can also substitute chicken thighs for chicken breasts.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is completely flexible so you can adjust the ingredients to meet your day's dietary requirements. If you are over on your protein for the day you can reduce the amount of chicken in your serving, if you are over on your carb requirements, you can use less onion.
28 g fat | 7.6 g net carbs | 33 g protein
🥘 Ingredients and Tools
Here are the tools and ingredients you will need to make Chicken Fajita Casserole.
Chicken Thighs - boneless skinless thighs, but you can also use chicken breast too!
Bell Peppers - use any favorite color. I love using different colors.
Onion - I used a yellow onion but you could also use a sweet onion or a red onion.
Fajita Seasoning Recipe or Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe - you can use either healthy seasoning mix. I highly recommend you make your own seasoning mix - it's easy, inexpensive, and much healthier than store-bought.
Optional for Serving: sour cream, avocado slices or guacamole, cilantro, and salsa. Don't forget hot sauce for the spicy lovers! 🙂
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
- 12" Cast Iron Skillet or you can use individual-sized cast iron skillets as I did in the photos - my kids love it for some reason! 🙂
- Chef Knife
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Spoons
- Cheese Grater
Here's how to make chicken fajita casserole:
Cook The Chicken
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Preheat olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Saute the chicken until done.
Tip: the safe cooking temperature of chicken is 165º
Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
Saute Onion and Peppers
Add onions and peppers and saute until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked to your desired tenderness.
Add The Seasoning
Add chicken back to the pan.
Stir in the fajita seasoning, sour cream, and cream cheese. Mix well.
Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
🥗 How To Serve It
"I love this warm flavorful, slightly spicy, chicken fajita casserole balanced with the cold crisp freshness of a simple green salad. " -Kori
Meal idea! Serve chicken fajita casserole on its own or in flour or corn tortillas, (or a low carb keto equivalent). Serve a simple fresh side salad with Avocado Dressing.
💭 Top Tips
- Use boneless chicken thighs or breasts that have been cut into uniform sizes (approx 1" to 2" in size, or you can do 1.2" strips if you prefer)
- Cook the onions and peppers to your desired tenderness. Some people love them crisp-tender, others love them completely soft.
- Cook the chicken to 165º - the safe internal cooking temperature.
- Since most of the recipe is cooked, you only need to bake the casserole to get the cheese bubbly and heat the inside. No more no less. 🙂 Technically you don't even have to bake this casserole, but you won't have that nice ooey gooey melted cheese on top!
- If you don't have an oven-proof skillet just cook chicken, peppers, and onion according to the recipe. Stir in the cream cheese and sour cream. Put the mixture into a casserole dish then top with cheese and bake.
What Temperature Should Chicken Be Cooked To?
The USDA recommends that chicken should be cooked to 165º degrees. I always check the temperature of my chicken with an instant read thermometer. Here is a link to their Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart.
What Toppings Go On Chicken Fajitas?
Typically people top their fajitas with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa or taco sauce, and avocado slices or guacamole. Of course, this is all a personal preference!
I also love to top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and green onion too! Because this recipe is in a casserole form and the cheese has been mixed in, you probably don't need to top with more cheese, but if you're a cheese lover go ahead.
Are Chicken Fajitas Healthy For You?
Chicken fajitas are very healthy! With plenty of nutrients, healthy fat, protein, and fiber you will feel satisfied long after your meal is over.
Amazingly, each serving of this chicken fajita bake (keto low carb) has over 100% of your day's vitamin C, 35% Vitamin A, 30% zinc, 23% calcium, and is loaded with Vitamin B's! 48% Vitamin B12, 45% Vitamin B6, 44% Vitamin B3, 41% Riboflavin B2.
Where are all these vitamins coming from? Well, the fats are coming from the chicken, olive oil, cheese, and sour cream. The calcium is mostly coming from the cheese and sour cream, but the bulk of the remaining B's, Vitamin A , and Zinc, are coming from the bell peppers.
Here's a super interesting article about peppers from WebMD:
Can I Freeze Chicken Fajita Casserole?
Yes, definitely! That's one of the best things about this casserole. You can portion out meals, and freeze it in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Chicken Fajita Bake makes amazing leftovers for lunch!! So much flavor and a great change-up from soup and sandwiches.
How Do You Cut Chicken Breast for Chicken Fajitas?
For traditional fajitas, cut chicken breast into thin 1/2" strips sliced horizontally, cutting against the grain. This recipe calls for smaller bite-size pieces, but you can really cut them to the size that you prefer most.
Keep in mind that the smaller the pieces the quicker they will cook so you may need to shorten your cooking time as recommended by the recipe instructions.
Do I Have To Use A Cast Iron Skillet?
No, you do not have to use a cast-iron skillet. Any ovenproof skillet will work. If you don't have an oven-proof skillet no problem! You can simply mix in the cheeses in your pan and place in a casserole dish.
✔️ More Mexican Recipes
Here are some delicious dishes to make! I've included a mix of Mexican-inspired keto chicken recipes, as well as beef, and even shrimp tacos!
- Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas - use low carb flour tortillas or serve in a lettuce wrap or alternative keto option.
- Chicken Fajita Soup (Crockpot + Instant Pot) - Fajita flavor packed into a heart creamy soup!
- Birria Tacos with Consommé - serve this as a stew! So delicious.
- The Best Low Carb Keto Shrimp Tacos - Oh how I love these. Super easy and quick to make.
- Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas (Keto Zucchini Enchilada Boats) - these are a fun way to use up all the zucchini coming out of the garden!
- Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers (Keto Stuffed Peppers) - one of my top recipes and a family favorite dinner idea!
- Green Enchiladas Chicken Soup (Keto Slow Cooker Mexican Soup) - the #1 soup on the website! 🙂
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