Chicken fajitas are an easy meal you can add calories on to with minimal work. These fajitas are cooked in a single pan. This means they will lack the famous grill marks. In addition I mix these with brown rice once they finish cooking and pack them into tortillas for more calories. The Variable sides section can be adjusted per your intake needs.
Total servings: 3 without sides, 4 with sides
Prep time: 20 minutes | Marinade time: ~1 hour | Cook time: 2 hours (rice), 20 minutes (fajitas) | Total Time: 2 hours
Nutrition facts per meal (with sides): 1412 calories, 96g protein, 182g carbs, 35g fat
Large pot/pan or dutch oven
Rice cooker (if you don't want to cook your rice manually)
Zip-top bags (make sure they aren't garbage, you don't want this bursting)
- chicken breast (raw) (1.5 lbs, approx 679g), (1120 calories, 210g protein, 0g carbs, 24g fat)
- green pepper (1 per 1.5 lbs of meat) (24 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fat)
- red pepper (1 per 1.5 lbs of meat) (37 calories, 1g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fat)
- yellow onion (1 per 1.5 lbs of meat, approx 200g), (80 calories, 2g protein, 16g carbs, 0g fat)
- limes (1 large lime per 1.5 lbs of meat) (negligible nutrition facts)
- soy sauce (1 teaspoon)
- olive oil (1 tablespoon, approx 14g), (119 calories, 0g protein, 0g carbs, 14g fat)
- coconut oil (1 tablespoon, approx 14g), (117 calories, 0g protein, 0g carbs, 14g fat)
- cumin (1 teaspoon)
- garlic granules (1 teaspoon)
- onion granules (1 teaspoon)
- smoked paprika (1/4 teaspoon)
- chile powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
- salt (1/2 teaspoon)
- pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
Nutrition total: 1201 calories, 214g protein, 29g carbs, 28g fat
Nutrition per meal: 415 calories, 71g protein, 10g carbs, 16g fat
- brown rice (cooked) (6 cups, approx 1170g), (1296 calories, 30g protein, 270g carbs, 11g fat)
- Tortillas (9) (nutrition dependent on brand, as an example: 1620 calories, 45g protein, 261g carbs, 45g fat) I usually eat 3 burrito sized flour tortillas per meal turning my fajita ingredients into burritos with greek yogurt or sour cream and hot sauce
Nutrition total: 2916 calories, 75g protein, 531g carbs, 56g fat
Nutrition per meal: 972 calories, 25g protein, 177g carbs, 19g fat
- Start by getting your brown rice cooking, I use a rice cooker for this because it's easier for me to manage. Cook your rice however you prefer, I am assuming a 2 hour cook time.
- Combine the spices listed above in a zip top bag along with the juice from the lime(s) and olive oil. Close and shake vigorously to combine.
- Prep chicken and cut into thin slices (however big you prefer to eat in a bite) and put these in the bag with the marinade. Close the marinade bag and shake again to ensure all pieces are coated, place the bag into a bowl and put this in the refrigerator for 45 minutes, once this time has elapsed flip the bag.
- When your brown rice is approximately 45 minutes from being done slice the green pepper, red pepper, and onion, again to your thickness preference.
- Heat up a large pan or dutch oven over medium/high heat and once it is hot place the coconut oil into the pan. Immediately add your onions and peppers, sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Stir as needed to ensure all vegetables are cooking evenly.
- Once vegetables are most of the way to your desired doneness create a space in the middle of the pan.
- Remove the chicken from the bag, and dump the contents of the bag (chicken and marinade) into the pan with the vegetables, you may need to turn up the heat at this point, try to ensure as much contact between the pan and chicken pieces so they cook.
- Once the chicken is done cooking and the liquid has been reduced turn off the heat, at this point your brown rice should be done cooking.
- If the pan is large enough add the rice and stir to combine, serve immediately with your preferred toppings in tortillas or plain
Please review my article on better brown rice prior to purchasing the above rice cooker if you want to have a lot of leftover rice.
As usual all weight/calories/protein for things like meat are taken in an uncooked state and will be noted as such since there's too many variables. All nutrition values are taken from a Google search such as yellow onion nutrition. This means that nutritional counts may be slightly inaccurate, these are all approximations.