This Creamy Fajita Skillet has everything you love about fajitas in one easy-to-make dish with minimal cleanup. Packed with chicken, peppers, onions, and light cream, it's a comfort food dinner perfect for the back to school season.
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I have such wonderfully mixed feelings about September. On the one hand, it's one of my absolute favorite months because the weather is generally glorious, I love breaking out the layers (sweaters, and vests, and light jackets, oh my!), and I'm still basic enough that I love when all things pumpkin spice are back in season.
But I also get really sad that summer is over and the days are getting shorter. Also, busier... I'll miss these relaxed summer days.
To me, September is also a bit like a second new year. It's the perfect time to start fresh and make new goals, like getting a delicious dinner on the table every night instead of going out, getting takeout, or grabbing something easy, like we so often do in the summer.
But with busier days and the back to school season kicking off, most of us want to focus on dinners that are quick and easy to make. Bonus points if there is minimal cleanup when the meal is done!
I love having fajitas for dinner, but hate the resulting dishes. Not only do you have to clean the pots and pans you cook in, but then there are all the little bowls you put out for the toppings. Solution? Make it all in one skillet! Check out my video below to see how easily this creamy fajita skillet comes together.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
There are so many reasons to love this fajita skillet!
First of all, I really wanted it to be quick and easy, while also feeling like comfort food. At the end of a long, busy fall day, there's nothing better than coming around the dinner table for a comforting meal. Especially as the weather gets a little chillier.
And especially when you can still get your veggies in! This skillet is packed with chicken (shredded rotisserie chicken, which means you don't have to dirty any dishes cooking it!), peppers, onions, light cream, and salsa.
It's incredibly tasty and the kind of meal your whole family will love. Plus? You won't be left with a lot of dirty dishes!
The ingredients for this skillet meal are fairly simple and super fresh! Here's everything you need (see recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions):
- Shredded rotisserie chicken
- Chili powder
- Olive oil
- Red bell pepper
- Green bell pepper
- Minced garlic
- Hood Light Cream
- Flour tortilla strips
- Shredded cheese
- Avocado, sliced tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream (optional, for topping)
How to Make Creamy Fajita Skillet
And since it's all made in one skillet, this dinner comes together really quickly!
To start, toss shredded chicken with chili powder and cumin.
Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
Add red and green peppers and cook two more minutes. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
Stir Light Hood Cream and salsa into skillet and let cook for about three minutes to thicken a bit.
Stir in chicken until fully coated with sauce. Top with shredded cheese. Cook until cheese melts.
Oh, and don't forget the flour tortilla strips! What's a fajita without the tortillas? Stir those in, too.
I opted to use Hood Light Cream for the dish and love how it tied everything together into a deliciously creamy dinner. But if you only have a full-fat heavy cream, that's totally fine to use, too. You could also substitute with half-and-half.
I also added additional cheese, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and sour cream to my fajita skillet. But, of course, you can use any toppings you want.
I also wouldn't say no to black olives, rice, beans, corn, etc. Anything you'd normally have at a traditional fajita bar, you can add into the skillet.
This is the kind of meal that even the pickiest eaters at your table should enjoy (whether that's your kids or your husband haha).
I felt a little bit bad because I actually made this fajita skillet after Chris and I had already been eating traditional fajita leftovers for two days... But he said it was so delicious, he'd happily eat it all week long.
Luckily, so would I! I especially love it because it's a rich dish, but not overly heavy at all. It's just plain comforting and I owe a lot of that to the Hood Light Cream.
More Easy Dinner Recipes
I'm all about having lots of ideas for easy dinners to make busy weeknights easier! Here are some of my favorites:
- Baked Chicken Chimichangas
- Steak and Cheese Fried Rice
- Lemon Pepper Pasta with Shrimp
- Flank Steak Tacos with Strawberry Mint Salsa
- Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce
- Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
- Pasta Puttanesca with Sausage
- Chicken Parmesan Risotto
- Chicken Avocado Burritos with Corn and Feta Sauce
- Baked Ravioli (from The Cozy Cook)
And I have tons more easy dinner ideas here!
This is the kind of dish that will likely go on your regular meal rotation since it's so easy and a definite crowd-pleaser.
With meals like this one, I don't even really mind saying goodbye to summer. Of course, the anticipation for pumpkins, all things apple, and cozy sweaters doesn't hurt either.
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What are your favorite one-dish meals?
Creamy Fajita Skillet
- 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- ½ Tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup Hood Light Cream (can substitute with heavy cream or half-and-half)
- ½ cup salsa
- 3 6" flour tortillas, sliced into strips
- ⅓ cup shredded cheese
- Avocado, sliced tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream (optional, for topping)
- Toss chicken with chili powder and cumin.
- Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
- Add red and green peppers and cook two more minutes. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
- Stir Light Hood Cream and salsa into skillet and let cook for about three minutes to thicken a bit.
- Stir in chicken and tortilla strips until fully coated with sauce. Top with shredded cheese. Cook until cheese melts.
- Add additional toppings of your choice.
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This is such a great weeknight meal! My family will love this!
Catherine Brown says
I love skillet meals... and use my cast iron skillet like that ALL the time! This combo looks fantastic too!
I love how light and delicious this fajita skillet is. And so easy! An absolutely perfect weeknight meal.
This creamy fajita skillet looks so delicious! I bet this would taste really good as nachos too!
Claudia Lamascolo says
I like everything in this and we are a big fan of Mexican American style food my family will love this one!
I'm with you on mixed feelings about fall coming, but this skillet sounds like the perfect warm-me-up meal!
Sarah M says
LOVE this recipe. The kids were scraping the skillet with chips to get the last bit.
Made this tonight and it was delicious! The sauce didn’t thicken much for me so I added a cornstarch/water mixture to help it thicken up a bit. Also your instructions don’t say when to add the chicken in. However, I watched the video and saw when to do it so everything turned out great. Thanks!
Kristy Murray says
Just stopped by to say I love your site. You have so many GREAT recipes throughout. Looking forward to following your posts.
@Brittany- Thank you!! And thank you also for your note on the chicken; I updated the recipe 🙂
This looks delicious! Love how it's all in one pan, and I'll take any excuse to use my cast iron skillet!
YUM! Can't beat one dish or the fajita flavors! Thanks!