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Life is just better when your dinner tastes this good! It is simply impossible to not love life with a plate of fajita stuffed chicken breast in front of you – it's a pick-me-up, feel-good dinner. Chicken breasts are stuffed with peppers, onions, and spicy habanero jack cheese then rubbed with chili powder and grilled or pan-fried until juicy, cheesy, and delicious.
On a fajita frenzy? Let this mezcal chicken fajitas recipe sizzle its way into your heart.
What tops an effortless chicken dinner? THIS effortless chicken dinner! It takes just 30 minutes to make this mouthwatering meal, and you only need a handful of wholesome ingredients. Tender chicken breasts are stuffed to the brim with veggies and a gooey cheese that melds into the perfect seasoning. Finish it off on the grill or in a skillet – your choice! Either way, it's sure to be a hit.
The ingredients you need for stuffed fajita chicken breast are all wholesome and familiar – grab a few veggies, your chicken, and you're ready to go! This is what you need:
- Ingredients: Chicken breasts, fajita seasoning, sea salt, and oil.
- Fajita filling: Monterey jack cheese, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and red onion.
How to make fajita stuffed chicken breast
This fajita stuffed chicken breast recipe gets better and better: it's easy, it's delicious, and it takes just 30 minutes! This is how it's done:
- Prep: Make a little pocket in the chicken breasts by slicing the side of them with a sharp knife, as though you were going to butterfly them, cutting most of the way through. Sprinkle salt and chili powder over the chicken and pat it down so that it sticks.
- Stuffing: Mix some peppers, onions, and monterey jack cheese then stuff it inside the pockets you cut in the chicken. The chicken will be stuffed very full! Use toothpicks to close if needed.
- Cook: You can either finish it off by cooking it on the stove in a large skillet or on the grill – your choice! Let it sizzle until it's cooked through and enjoy!
The best way to cook your cheesy fajita stuffed chicken
You've got two ways to prepare your fajita chicken: either on the BBQ or on your stovetop. Both make a delicious chicken dinner, so which choice is best? Here are the pros and cons:
- For the grill: This is the ideal choice, especially during the summer months. Cooking outdoors spares you from further heating up your already warm house. However, one drawback of grilling this recipe is the potential mess. We strongly suggest utilizing a BBQ mat or a cast iron pan to minimize any spills.
- On the stovetop: This is also a delicious method! Cook this stuffed chicken indoors, using either a non-stick or cast-iron pan or a grill pan. Reserve this method for year-round cooking convenience.
How to use leftover fajita stuffed chicken breast
If you have leftovers and you're craving something a little different the next day, you can use your leftovers to make an easy meal! Here are some ideas:
- Wrap it up: Wrap leftovers in a warm flour tortilla, add some cheese, lettuce, salsa, or guacamole. Get smaller tortillas for tacos, or larger tortillas and add rice and black beans for burritos.
- Fajita bowl: Chop the leftover chicken and toss it with mixed greens, avocado slices, halved cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of chipotle lime dressing.
- Rice dishes: Work it into some taco rice or Mexican rice for a hearty and flavor-packed lunch or dinner.
- Salads: Toss with romaine lettuce, corn, black beans, and bell peppers, drizzle on some chipotle lime dressing, and enjoy a fajita-chicken salad!
What to serve with fajita stuffed chicken breast
These stuffed chicken breasts are plenty filling and satisfying enough that you don't need much to make it a complete meal – it's got protein and veggies, all in one!
Make a side dish of taco rice or Mexican rice. Or, keep it simple with some easy guacamole, a corn salsa, sour cream, and a sprinkle of cilantro to garnish! A crunchy avocado cucumber salad is delicious beside this fajita chicken, too! Wash it down with a fizzy lime margarita.
How do I store leftover fajita stuffed chicken breast?
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat leftovers and enjoy them as is, or incorporate the leftovers into other recipes such as salads, tacos, or fajita bowls.
Can I use chicken thighs instead for fajita stuffed chicken breast?
We do not recommend using chicken thighs for this recipe due to their smaller size. The chicken breasts are large enough to cut a slit to fill with your fajita ingredients. Chicken thighs may not provide enough surface area for stuffing, so your result will be less satisfying if you're after a stuffed-type recipe.
Can I use another type of cheese?
Sure! Our top picks are monterey jack or pepper jack, but you can also use another type of cheese, like cheddar cheese.
Can I make this gluten-free or dairy-free?
To make this recipe dairy-free, use your favorite vegan cheese in place of the monterey jack. Be aware that it may melt slightly differently depending on the brand, but all those delicious flavors will still be there!
The recipe is gluten-free but if you end up buying a store-bought fajita seasoning, it's always best to double-check any product labels.
How to make a fajita seasoning?
We have a recipe for fajita seasoning – it's a blend of party-staple spices including chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cumin, oregano, and paprika – and if you like a bit of a kick you can also add cayenne pepper.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)
- ½ red bell peppers (diced)
- ½ green bell pepper (diced)
- ¼ cup red onion (diced)
- Lay the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cut a pocket into them. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Sprinkle the chili powder and sea salt over both sides of the chicken.4 chicken breasts, 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning, 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Add the Monterey Jack cheese, bell peppers, and red onion to a medium-sized bowl and mix together. Stuff this into the pockets you cut in the chicken breasts.3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, ½ red bell peppers, ½ green bell pepper, ¼ cup red onion
To grill the chicken:
- Preheat your grill to medium heat. Drizzle the oil on a BBQ mat or in a cast iron pan. Place the chicken on the mat or in the pan and cook for 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Ensure that the filling reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.1 teaspoon oil
To cook the chicken on the stove:
- Heat the oil in a cast iron or nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Ensure that the filling reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.1 teaspoon oil
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