Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions has all the flavors of fajitas in a healthier, more elegant dish.


I love the flavors in Tex-Mex fajitas – grilled protein (meat, poultry or shrimp) combined with grilled onions and peppers and served with tortillas, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. One day I decided to create a dish that captured the basic flavors in fajitas into a healthier, more elegant dish – that is, without the tortillas and all the toppings. This scrumptious grilled chicken dish is the result!

The chicken marinade includes the primary flavors in many fajita marinades – lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. The peppers and onions are sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with cumin, garlic and oregano. So easy and quick to prepare, beautiful and colorful on the plate – oh, and super delicious!

Serve with Saffron Cilantro Rice (in my cookbook Fresh Tastes).

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Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 2 hours (including marinating)
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Poultry, main dish, grilled, gluten free
  • Method: Grilling, Sautéing
  • Cuisine: Southwestern
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions – the flavors of fajitas in a healthier, more elegant dish.




  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (around 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (around 3 limes)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dash kosher salt

Peppers and Onions

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley, for garnish


  1. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry; if large, butterfly and cut into 2 pieces (see Tip). Place in a large zip top baggie and set aside.
  2. Prepare the marinade: in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the lime juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, soy sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, honey, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and salt. Add to chicken in baggie and place in refrigerator to marinate for 2 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high. Take chicken out of refrigerator (to bring to room temperature before grilling).
  4. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add peppers and onion. Season with cumin, oregano, and garlic powder and cook until soft, around 10 minutes. Season to taste with kosher salt and ground pepper. Set aside.
  5. Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, around 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Place cooked chicken breasts on a platter and top with the cooked peppers and onions. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro or parsley.


Gluten free: Use gluten free soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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2 Responses to “Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions”

  1. Suzie H.

    Made this recipe last night for guests and everyone gobbled it up! Super delish. Love all the flavors.


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