Citrus Free Baked Chicken Fajitas

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What are citrus free baked fajitas? Simple, they’re fajitas that people like me, who are unfortunately allergic to lime, can eat. They are also way easier to make than stove top fajitas, especially if you’re serving more than two people. Which with fajitas, you should be! This citrus free baked chicken fajitas recipe makes plenty to serve a whole family or company of any kind.

This elimination diet recipe simply swaps the lime juice for apple cider vinegar. It has the same acid effect of tanginess and meat tenderization without the allergen or sensitivity factor. This is a great way to reintroduce nightshades to an elimination diet. There are lots of bell peppers in the veggies as well as peppers in the seasonings. You should keep in mind though that nightshade sensitivities can be tricky. I found out that I am perfectly fine eating cooked peppers but raw ones still give me a rash. You should try a few different combinations and recipes for this category in your elimination diet before you move on to the next one.

As with pretty much any meat based recipe I strongly recommend getting a meat thermometer. This is a great tool to keep on hand in your kitchen for all sorts of recipes.

instant read and waterproof

If you have already reintroduced corn or wheat then you are safe to serve these in tortillas like you would traditionally. I prefer wheat tortillas but that’s just my opinion. If you are gluten free or otherwise have a wheat or corn sensitivity or allergy then these citrus free backed chicken fajitas are delicious served with rice. If you’re super lucky and already know you can have dairy, then cheese and sour cream it up for the rest of us! You can also top it with this lime free pineapple guacamole!

More fajita options for dietary restrictions

  • Make it vegan! These don’t have to be chicken fajitas. You can easily make this recipe vegan by replacing the chicken with large sliced portabello mushrooms. I like to still place the mushrooms on a separate tray than the other veggies because they do release a lot of liquid. Don’t marindate them first, but do season with all the spices.
  • Make it a gluten and corn free bowl! You don’t need tortillas to enjoy delicious citrus free baked chicken fajitas. Cook up some rice and serve it on top. This is especially delicious with fresh cilantro.
  • Don’t like it too spicy? Use the red, orange, or yellow bell pepper and remove all of the seeds and membranes for the least amount of heat. Cut out the cayenne pepper completely.

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 3 or 4 large bell peppers, any colors, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow onion, thick sliced
  • 1 red onion, thick sliced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more for more heat)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • extra oil, salt, and pepper

Instructions

  1. in a large resealable bag combine broth, olive oil, vinegar, and all seasonings
  2. add chicken to the marinade and cover it all thoroughly
  3. seal the bag and place in fridge for at least 1 hour
  4. preheat oven to 425 F
  5. line two baking trays with aluminum foil
  6. drain the marinade off the chicken using a colander, you don’t want to bake it in standing liquid
  7. place the chicken in one layer on one baking tray
  8. on the other tray lay out all the veggies and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper
  9. bake the veggie tray for 15 minutes
  10. add the chicken tray, side by side with the veggie tray, cook for another 15 minutes
  11. check the chicken’s temp, if at internal temperature of 165 remove chicken from oven and tray, if not done yet carefully drain any excess liquid and bake for a few minutes more until internal temp is reached
  12. remove veggie tray, the tips of the peppers should have started to char
  13. serve hot out of the oven with rice and your favorite toppings

Citrus Free Baked Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Servings

Ingredients
  

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips

    3 or 4 large bell peppers, any colors, sliced into strips

      1 yellow onion, thick sliced

        1 red onion, thick sliced

          ¼ cup chicken broth

            2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

              2 tbsp olive oil

                3 tsp chili powder

                  1 tsp cumin

                    1 tsp dried oregano

                      ½ tsp garlic powder

                        ½ tsp paprika

                          ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more for more heat)

                            1 tsp salt

                              extra oil, salt, and pepper

                                Instructions
                                 

                                in a large resealable bag combine broth, olive oil, vinegar, and all seasonings

                                  add chicken to the marinade and cover it all thoroughly

                                    seal the bag and place in fridge for at least 1 hour

                                      preheat oven to 425 F

                                        line two baking trays with aluminum foil

                                          drain the marinade off the chicken using a colander, you don’t want to bake it in standing liquid

                                            place the chicken in one layer on one baking tray

                                              on the other tray lay out all the veggies and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper

                                                bake the veggie tray for 15 minutes add the chicken tray, side by side with the veggie tray, cook for another 15 minutes

                                                  check the chicken’s temp, if at internal temperature of 165 remove chicken from oven and tray, if not done yet carefully drain any excess liquid and bake for a few minutes more until internal temp is reached

                                                    remove veggie tray, the tips of the peppers should have started to char

                                                      serve hot out of the oven with rice and your favorite toppings

                                                        Keyword citrus free, corn free, gluten free
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                                                        3 thoughts on “Citrus Free Baked Chicken Fajitas

                                                        1. I made the fajitas last evening. I loved the marinate. We didn’t miss the citrus at all. The vinegar worked perfect. I did cut down the baking time for the chicken to 12 minutes. Otherwise it was great.

                                                        2. Silly question: What’s the easiest way to bring your recipes? When I find a good one I like to print it and save it.

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