Last Updated on July 19, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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This healthy fajita bowl is a variation on the chicken fajita recipe Old El Paso shared years ago with a few special tweaks. Try it today.
Healthy Fajita Bowl Tips
I enjoy using farm-fresh ingredients in our recipes. I love how fresh the vegetables are at our farmer’s markets. And, I love knowing that my purchases support a local farmer. One of our favorite types of cuisine is Mexican.
My husband loves everything Mexican and is used to having Mexican food several times a week. When we have Mexican food, Marty is usually the one that prepares it. That is just fine by me since I enjoy being able to relax for a few minutes while he makes dinner on those nights. But, the one exception is this delicious healthy fajita bowl. This one is all mine.
Best seasoning for fajitas
This recipe uses Old El Paso fajita seasoning. But, if you don’t have that, you can use any type of taco seasoning for about the same taste.
What is a fajita bowl?
This healthy fajita bowl is seasoned chicken, farm-fresh vegetables, and seasonings over cauliflower rice. You will want to use fajita seasoning.
If you would prefer to make a chicken fajita lasagna recipe, you can easily layer this mixture in between soft flour tortillas and top it with extra salsa or fajita sauce.
Can fajitas be healthy?
Yes, they definitely can. What typically makes unhealthy is the high sodium content a higher fat content. With a few simple changes, you can easily make a healthy fajita bowl.
This recipe was made in a Ninja Foodi, but you can also make it with an Instant Pot if you have that as well. Directions for both variations are listed below in the recipe card.
Healthy fajita bowl variations
- You can easily use steak to make a steak fajita bowl.
- Add black beans and corn for a southwest chicken fajita bowl.
- To keep this chicken fajita bowl keto, leave out the onions.
- You can use real rice if you want a healthy chicken rice bowl recipe.
- For a vegetarian fajita bowl, use seitan instead of chicken.
- If you want a burrito bowl instead of a fajita bowl, you can simply use a different type of meat. Fajita refers to the thin strips of meat that are typically used.
Fajita bowl meal prep tips
- Pre-chop all of your ingredients before you begin. Place them each in their own container.
- Prepare the seasoning.
- Rice the cauliflower if you are not making it already prepared.
- Don’t combine things until right before you are ready to serve it so they don’t get mushy.
Using Old El Paso products makes Mexican night at our house both easy and delicious. I just make a quick trip to our local farmer’s market after work for fresh vegetables and we are all set for these healthy fajita bowls.
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How do you store leftovers?
It’s best to store leftovers separately so that they don’t get mushy. Simply place things in the refrigerator in airtight containers. Then, reheat them when you want to enjoy them again.
What should I serve with this healthy fajita bowl?
- Corn tortilla chips
- Sour cream
- Extra shredded cheese
- Chopped olives
- Black beans
- Ranch dressing
- Pico de Gallo
- Fresh cilantro
- Chopped lettuce
More Mexican recipes
So, if you enjoyed this healthy fajita bowl recipe, you might want to try a few of these.
- Mexican chicken chili
- Heart-healthy Instant Pot chicken chili
- Chicken enchilada stew
- Mexican chocolate pudding
- Mexican rice pudding
- Easy Mexican Mochaccino
This post was originally done in 2013. It was updated in 2020 with more information and better photos.
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons fajita or taco seasoning
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 sweet onion, halved and cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
For Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice:
- 1 cauliflower, riced
- 1 lime, juiced
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Coat chicken breasts on all sides with taco seasoning.
- Set the cooker to “saute.” When the liner is hot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and place the chicken in the pot. Brown on both sides, about 3 minutes each. The chicken will not be cooked through.
- Remove chicken from the pot but keep warm. Add the chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a flat, wooden spoon to remove cooked-on pieces. Replace chicken in the pot.
- Seal the pressure cooker lid and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 8 minutes. After the depressurizing cycle is complete, allow a 5-minute natural release before switching the valve to venting for a quick pressure release.
- Remove and cut the chicken into bite-size pieces or shred.
- With a Ninja Foodi, return the chicken to the pot. Toss the bell pepper and onion in the remaining olive oil. Salt and pepper as desired. Place the bell pepper and onion strips over the chicken. Set the broil setting to 5 minutes. Cover with the air fry lid and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
- With an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker, remove the liquid from the pot. Turn on the “saute” function until hot. Add the remaining olive oil. Add the bell pepper and onion strips and saute until crisp-tender.
- For the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and cauliflower. Cook, stirring as needed to avoid burning until the cauliflower is tender but not mushy. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Add salt and pepper if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 710mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 33g
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