Chicken Fajita Marinade

We made some chicken fajitas on the grill the other night. We marinated the chicken first, using the chicken fajita marinade recipe below. Normally I use chicken tenderloins for something like fajitas, but a search of our freezer turned up nothing so I sliced chicken breasts instead.

This marinade has a nice citrus flavor from the lime, with a slight hint of smoke. Don’t be afraid to use more cayenne if you like a little more heat.

This marinade is perfect for chicken fajitas. For beef, try my fajita seasoning.

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Chicken Fajita Marinade

Prep Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Mike


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into thin pieces
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Place the chicken in a resealable baggie.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into the baggie. Seal and toss gently to coat.
  • Put the bag into a large bowl in the fridge and let marinate for 1-4 hours.
  • Shake off excess marinade before cooking.

Nutritional values are approximate.

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