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These Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls have a bed of rice covered in fajita-seasoned chicken, peppers and onions, served with beans and corn. Fajita Rice Bowls are a healthy and delicious chicken dinner idea that your whole family will love!

For more healthy chicken recipes, try my Baked Chicken BreastsChicken Minestrone Soup and Slow Cooker Chicken Stew.

hands holding a black bowl with fajita chicken, rice, limes, beans, and peppers

January is such a great time for eating healthy, but I love food too much to sacrifice and eat dinners that I don’t love. These healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls are the best of both worlds – an easy, delicious and healthy chicken dinner idea.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite delicious and healthy chicken recipes – Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls!

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Why I Love This Recipe

Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowl Recipe

Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls are hearty, flavorful, and healthy, all while being delicious and family-friendly. These are so easy and customizable too, so if you have kids with certain tastes, you can swap out any of the ingredients.

We love Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors from Ground Beef Tacos to Southwest Chicken and Slow Cooker Mexican Beans. You can only be so creative with tacos and rice though, so I am always trying to find other ways to get the same flavors in our dinner but in different forms.

I used poblano peppers in our fajita bowls and they are my absolute favorite pepper to cook with. They aren’t spicy, but have a wonderful smoky flavor. You can find them at just about any grocery store too.

The best part about these bowls is that you can easily customize them to make it less spicy or spicier, swap out black beans for pinto or leave out the peppers if you’re not a fan.

How to Make Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Cook the rice. The base for my chicken fajita bowls is always rice. Because we love to customize, sometimes I make Cilantro Lime Rice and sometimes (as you see pictured) I make my Authentic Mexican Rice. Both recipes are super easy and take just as much time as regular steamed rice, but you can go the plain white or brown rice if you prefer.

chicken tenders in a cast iron skillet

Cook the chicken and veggies. Heat some olive oil in a large skillet and cook chicken tenders, onions, and peppers with fajita seasoning. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil while you prepare the rest of the fajita bowl ingredients. I love chicken tenders for this recipe because they cook quickly and don’t require me to cut up raw chicken.

Warm beans and corn. In the same skillet, warm up the corn and black beans, seasoned with some fajita seasoning. This is literally just dumping a can of corn and a can of black beans in the skillet. Be sure to drain and rinse them first. If you don’t like black beans, pinto beans work too. My Slow Cooker Mexican Beans would be really delicious.

cast iron skillet, chicken, peppers, onions, rice, black beans, cilantro, limes, green napkin

How to Assemble

To assemble your chicken fajita bowl, fill with rice and then top with chicken, onions, peppers, corn, and black beans. Add additional toppings as desired, like sour cream, salsa, avocado slices, cheese, Homemade Flour Tortillas, guacamole or limes. Fresh Pineapple Salsa would be an excellent pairing with these flavors.

Fajita Bowl Recipe Tips

  • Regular chicken breasts can be used in place of tenders. Just slice into strips before cooking.
  • Make your own fajita seasoning instead of buying the premade packets.
  • To really simplify things and really keep the prep time to a minimum, use those easy steam in bag rice packets. You’ll only dirty one pan, and everyone loves an easy clean up dinner.
  • Have lots of toppings on hand to make these bowls completely customizable, like avocado, lime wedges, shredded lettuce, sour cream and cheese.
black bowl with chicken fajitas, corn, black beans, peppers and limes

More Chicken Dinner Ideas

Recipe

Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls

4.72 from 25 votes
Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls have a bed of rice loaded with seasoned chicken, peppers, onions, beans and corn for a simple, delicious dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 cups cooked rice white or brown rice, Mexican rice, Cilantro rice
  • 1 poblano pepper sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper sliced thin
  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 15 ounce canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce canned corn drained
  • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Optional ingredients: shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa, limes
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat a large skillet to medium high heat and add oil. Season chicken, onions, and peppers with half of the fajita seasoning.
  • When skillet is hot, add the chicken, peppers, and onions. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken and vegetables to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • To the same skillet, add corn and black beans with the remaining fajita seasoning. Cook, stirring frequently, until warmed through.

Assembly

  • Fill bowls with rice, then top with chicken, onions, peppers, corn, and black beans. Add additional toppings as desired, like sour cream, salsa, avocado and a squeeze of lime.

Notes

For the rice, you can use anything you like: steamed white or brown rice, Mexican rice and Cilantro Lime rice are our favorites. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 36gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 767mgPotassium: 1053mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1134IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Tasted awesome! Will definitely make again

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

  2. Theresa says:

    Tried this tonight. So good! The flavors melded together very well.

    1. Adrienne - Yellow Bliss Road says:

      Awesome Theresa! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Lynn Wharton says:

    Can I make these and freeze them? I’m only cooking for myself know and would like to be able to freeze these with just the basic ingredients (rice, chicken, peppers, onions, corn and black beans?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you could freeze it. Just let everything cool completely first.

  4. Karen Zeiller says:

    I love your recipes, thank you very much for sharing the many helps you have learned.
    It’s always a pleasure to receive you e-mails, thanks again, Karen

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Karen! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Vicki says:

    I made this tonight . Used the lime rice. My husband and I loved it. We have leftovers and will have them soon. I definitely will be making this again.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Vicki! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Katie says:

    Oh my goodness! I made this recipe for my family tonight and they all absolutely loved it! I’m honestly one of the worst cook’s on earth, and I get so easily discouraged any time I try something new to impress my family and I somehow manage to destroy another meal for them! I saw your recipe and just had to try it. It not only looked healthily and delicious, it looked very simple to make. My family raved about my dinner all night, and asked me to make it again tomorrow. Lol! Yay! Success! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Katie! Thank you for the awesome comment.

  7. Anna says:

    I am going to try this. Looks yummy!

    1. Suzana says:

      Delicious! I used cauliflower rice and made my own fajita seasoning. This is a keeper!

  8. Michelle says:

    I’m confused how you came up with your calorie count when 4 oz of chicken is around 180 calories and half a cup of rice is about 100. With the beans and corn included, my calorie estimate came to about 420 calories for this meal.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Michelle, yes there was a glitch in the recipe card and it wasn’t calculating the canned corn and beans properly. Thank you for catching that. Total number of calories is about 460.

  9. Linda says:

    How many calories if prepared per recipe

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Just under 300 calories.

  10. Julie Saldana says:

    I don’t like black beans so much. Can i replace them with green beans ? Unfortunately for me reading this blog in the evening. So hungry !

    1. Kristin says:

      If you aren’t a fan of beans you could leave them out, or add more veggies. You could also use pinto beans.