Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon Giveaway

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For the beginning years professional life, I worked in a church, which automatically meant that I worked weekends.  Seven years of weekends.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job there.  But having every Saturday and Sunday automatically booked was tough, especially when the rest of the world and especially my friends were buzzing with energy of free time.  Each weekend, I would try to squeeze in as much time with friends as I could before and after work.  But more often than not, I found myself feeling distracted and rushed.  And spontaneity was pretty much out of the question.

But now, I have my weekends back!  And a year after having resigned from that job, I still feel like a kid on Christmas when I wake up on a Saturday or Sunday and remember that I don’t have to go into work.

Weekends off are amazing!!!

Margarita Chicken Fajitas Recipe |

I feel like I’m often making up for lost time trying to squeeze in as much time with friends as possible.  But my favorite thing is always to have nothing planned, and just see where the wind blows.  This past weekend, I did just that.  From Saturday morning brunch with a friend at my favorite restaurant next door, a leisurely afternoon parked with a book and iced tea at my favorite coffee shop, long walks with the pup to soak up the sunshine, cooking dinner with friends at home with the windows hopen, a meaningful morning at church, outdoor symphony night at Union Station, and the one thing we actually had planned — an Arrested Development marathon.

It was my version of a perfect weekend and more.

Of course, living next door to our city’s largest farmers market, a Saturday is not complete without a trip over to do some grocery shopping and farmer visiting.  (And of course, people watching!!!)  I came home with a bag full of colorful local produce, but then also couldn’t resist the 7 for $1 bag of fresh limes at the Asian market.  So I came home and made one of my new favorites again — Margarita Chicken Fajitas.

If you like margaritas and you like fajitas, these are for you.  The chicken is marinated in tequila and lime and orange juice, and then sauteed up with lots of fresh veggies and served with guac and cheese.  Fajitas are endlessly flexible, so you can easily substitute whatever veggies sound great to you.  But then I highly recommend serving these with some margaritas too.  You know, just because.  :)

Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon #Giveaway |

Finally, as a little surprise to kick off a summer of sauteeing, I am thrilled to be giving away this beautiful stainless steel Calphalon saute pan that I used with this recipe.  To be specific, it is a Calphalon 5-Quart Saute Pan with Cover, and it is the new rockstar of my kitchen.  I’ve included more details below, but trust me when I say that you want to enter this giveaway.  I never knew I could love a pan this much!

So be sure to check out the giveaway, and also grab a margarita and try these fajitas.  Perfect for celebrating the weekends!

Margarita Chicken Fajitas |


Margarita Chicken Fajitas

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


Delicious chicken fajitas are seasoned with the flavors of a classic lime margarita!



Fajita Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness (about 1/2-inch)
  • marinade (recipe below)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 bell peppers (I used a red, orange, and yellow pepper), cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 portabello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • flour tortillas
  • Toppings: shredded Mexican cheese, avocado slices or guacamole, sour cream, lime wedges, chopped fresh cilantro

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne


  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Remove 3 Tbsp. of the marinade for later use, and add the remaining marinade to a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken, and toss to coat.
  2. Then refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour (up to 8 hours). When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade, and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the (drained and seasoned) chicken breasts and let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken breasts over, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until no longer pink inside and juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate to cool.
  4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons. oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add peppers, mushrooms and onions, and cook for about 7-10 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.
  5. During the last few minutes that the vegetables are cooking, cut the chicken breasts into thin strips against the grain. When the vegetables are ready, add the chicken strips to the vegetable mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and drizzle with the reserved marinade and stir to coat. (Watch closely so that the tequila in the marinade does not flame up.) Cook for 2 minutes, then season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve warm in flour tortillas with toppings.

Calphalon Giveaway |

Calphalon Giveaway

Prize Details: 

We are giving away (1) Calphalon AccuCore5-Quart Saute Pan with Cover.  The AccuCore pans are made from 5 individual metal layers with a responsive copper core that heats – and cools – evenly to help maintain a more consistent temperature across the entire pan. Two inner layers of aluminum also efficiently conduct heat, while stainless steel outer layers create a beautiful, durable surface that is dishwasher safe.  Basically, this pan is made with the best quality standards, and cooks like a PRO.  I especially love its ability to create the perfect sear on meats and veggies, and how evenly it truly cooks everything.  Not to mention — this pan is gorgeous!!

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Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Calphalon.  I was given an AccuCore pan to review, but was not compensated and all opinions are 100% my own as always.

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127 comments on “Margarita Chicken Fajitas + Calphalon Giveaway”

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  1. I love some tequila soaked chicken! These look awesome Ali!
    Oh and yay for weekends!

  2. I have coffee in my hand but I want fajita right now. your pictures are always so mouth watering Ali

  3. Gorg! I love me some fajitas! Can I come over for dinner?

  4. I love fajitas, these look fab!

  5. Wow, those fajitas look and sound amazing! Love the pretty colors from the peppers.

  6. Just by the colors you can see it would be flavorful and health. Can’t wait to try this

  7. This dish looks beautiful! I love all the colors. Margarita flavor does go really well with chicken. My husband and I have been watching the new episodes of Arrested Development too. :)

  8. Who doesn’t love chicken fajitas? And margarita flavored sounds so incredible!

  9. These sound soooo amazing! I have the same pan and love it…especially for cooking veggies!

  10. I need this pan. You know you want me to have it! HA!!!! :)

  11. Hello gorgeous fiesta in a pan! Yay for happy weekends too!

  12. I think I’d inaugurate the pan with this recipe!

  13. the perfect pan/pot/baking dish can really make a meal – literally and figuratively! would love to win this giveaway!

  14. I would like to cook anything and everything in it! :)

  15. Margaritas and fajitas – could anyone not like this combo?! I could just wrap these up in a piping hot tortilla topped with fresh guac. Mmmmmm. Okay, it’s 1AM and I need a second dinner!

    And yay for having weekends off! Hope you can relax and take it easy :)

  16. I love these pans!!! And the fajitas look yummy!

  17. This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  18. I would use this pan to make a big batch of baked ziti! This recipe also sounds amazing!!!

  19. I’d like to make paella with this pan. I don’t like to have too many pots and pans around, and this looks like a great multi-purpose pan.

  20. I’d do a stir fry.

  21. Having your weekends back must be so refreshing. Beautiful bold colors in this dish, Ali! I’m not sure it gets better than that. I might have to whip up a batch of this or my families favorite mac n cheese as of late ;)

  22. I love how colourful and veggie-packed this recipe is! I especially love the inclusion of Portabella mushrooms in the recipe, adding such wonderful texture to the dish. Thanks for sharing, I can see this becoming a fast favourite…


  23. I’d make fried rice.

  24. So glad that you are able to enjoy your weekends. For the past 5 years I work every other weekend with my job and I would love to have every weekend off.

  25. hi — to celebrate a win i’d make the margarita chicken fajitas. great recipe and great giveaway! thanks.

  26. I would like to cook skillet mac and cheese!

  27. This recipe looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it out! I would also love to make some southern coca cola chicken in this pan!

  28. I would absolutely love to cook with this pan!

  29. I love this blog. I just recently started following it after stumbling upon your hummus crusted chicken recipe on Pinterest. I love Aldi & good food. It’s a match made in heaven!

  30. what would i NOT cook in this pan!!!! i’m pretty sure i’d be caramelizing up some onions like every other night for meals with this pan!

  31. Love the idea! Refreshing summer twist.

  32. One of my favorite things to eat! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe!

  33. I would use it everrrry night for a dinner! Specifically, my sausage pasta skillet which is my man’s favorite dish of mine! :)

  34. I would love to sear some nice steaks in this pan!

  35. I think these fajitas. Look so good! Almost makes me want to eat dinner again.

  36. I would make Chicken, Artichoke, and Mushroom pasta with white wine sauce…Yummy!!

  37. I love fajitas, really any mexican food. now i’m hungry for mexican and my husband is out fishing, maybe when he gets back we’ll make some fish fajitas in my new pan! i need a new pan to go with my new stove.

  38. I would make the chicken fajitas for sure but the real question is what could I not make with this pan.

  39. When my fiance returned from a tour in Afghanistan recently, we (finally) moved in together. The move is long overdue and fabulous, but easily our biggest struggle is meshing my health-nut tendencies with his only-processed-foods-and-sugary-cereals tendencies. I’m searching crazily for recipes that will work for both of us, and this one is a keeper. He might be a large and somewhat terrifying army man, but he shamelessly loves a good margarita.

  40. i would love to use this pan to sear steaks since i don’t have a grill

  41. Just pinned your Margarita Chicken Fajitas on two boards, so initially I’d cook that recipe in a new Calphalon pan.

  42. I would love to make fajitas in that pan! Or a spicy sausage pasta skillet bowl. Yum.

  43. I would ask my husband to make his homemade meatballs!

  44. I would make some chicken and veggie stir-fry, my go-to dish.

  45. I would make shrimp & broccoli

  46. Oh My, those photos are phenomenal!!! This dish looks delicious and I just wanna jump in!! This recipe is definitely what I would make in that pan.

  47. I would love to try out those margarita fajitas! My husband loves fajitas, and well, I just love margaritas. So this would work out for the both of us!


  48. Yum! This recipe looks amazing, such vibrant colors :)