Chicken tortillas with salad and limes on board

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 3

Need a simple, vibrant midweek meal the family will love? Put together these easy chicken fajitas and people can serve up their own DIY masterpieces

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal723
  • fat26g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre11g
  • protein39g
  • salt2.48g
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  • 2 large chicken breasts, finely sliced
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced (optional)

For the marinade

  • 1 heaped tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • pinch of ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 lime, juiced



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 4-5 drops Tabasco

To serve

  • 6 medium tortillas



    In Spain, a tortilla is a kind of omelette, with ingredients added - frequently sliced cooked…

  • bag mixed salad
  • 230g tub fresh salsa


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and wrap 6 medium tortillas in foil.

  2. Mix 1 heaped tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp ground coriander, a pinch of ground cumin, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 4 tbsp olive oil, the juice of 1 lime and 4-5 drops Tabasco together in a bowl with a big pinch each of salt and pepper.

  3. Stir 2 finely sliced chicken breasts, 1 finely sliced red onion, 1 sliced red pepper and 1 finely sliced red chilli, if using, into the marinade.

  4. Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot and add the chicken and marinade to the pan.

  5. Keep everything moving over a high heat for about 5 mins using tongs until you get a nice charred effect. If your griddle pan is small you may need to do this in two batches.

  6. To check the chicken is cooked, find the thickest part and tear in half – if any part is still raw cook until done.

  7. Put the tortillas in the oven to heat up and serve with the cooked chicken, a bag of mixed salad and one 230g tub of fresh salsa.

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14th Sep, 2019
A real favourite in our house. I use some extra of all the spices, especially garlic and chilli, otherwise if can be a little bland. The good thing is that you can add whatever veggies you like: mushrooms, peppers, onions, green beans.... whatever you want! Perfect for sneaking vegetables into unwilling diets.
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24th Feb, 2019
Cooked the chicken separately, added mushrooms, green beans and sliced par boiled potatoes to the marinades as well for the vegetarians. Loved the recipe.
17th Sep, 2018
Fabulous. Followed this recipe to the letter (although didn't have a fresh chilli but to the letter minus the chilli!) Tasty and went down a storm.
3rd Jan, 2018
Excellent and easy recipe - very tasty even without the lime!
18th Apr, 2015
This is a great recipe, works every time, thanks Steven
30th Dec, 2015
Agreed! My go to recipe too.
10th Jan, 2015
I've just made these and the spice mix was the best I've had. Used common sense for the mix of coriander and paprika, and it was delicious! Teamed with home made salsa with chillies, home made guacamole and it was a fantastic dish. Will become a regular. Thank you for sharing!
26th Oct, 2014
I agree with earlier comment about getting out more. Delicious with the amount of spices as per this recipe. This, after all is a Mexican dish. Not for wimps.
7th May, 2014
Lovely recipe! Quick and very, very tasty! Thanks!
7th Apr, 2014
Yes I agree 'it's 'Fajitas', not 'Fajita's'. Although that is not the only error in this recipe. One heaped tablespoon of smoked paprika and one tablespoon of ground coriander for 2 chicken breasts is wrong. It should be one teaspoon. Unfortunately I learnt the lesson the hard way, yes I made it for a dinner party. Very nasty tasting chicken. Stick to Nigella and Jamie if you want to make dishes which you need to trust.


28th Jan, 2014
Is that supposed to be a tablespoon of coriander and paprika or just a teaspoon? As most recipes I've seen only call for a teaspoon. Thanks.
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29th Oct, 2018
If you’re using a grill pan I’d char the chicken first then turn down the heat before adding the veg.
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