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”

  1. After mastering these fantastic fajitas, I’d make some serious peanut sauce in this gorgeous pan.

  2. I would like to cook this Margarita Chicken Fajitas recipe in this pan along with many others!I love mexican food! :)

  3. I would cook those complete meals in this and make my special stir fry!

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  4. The pictures make me want to make some fajitas!

  5. I can definitely see myself making some delicious shrimp and veggie stirfrys in this pan!

  6. I’d probably be using it almost everyday, making indian curries, fried rice and what not! But first I definitely have to try these Fajitas, they look scrumptious!

  7. Stir fry! All the colorful seasonal veggies have me craving it right now :)

  8. I would make meatballs or veggies!

  9. I could cook a billion things…but the perfect steak would be the ultimate prize!!!

  10. I would make fettichini, thanks for the chance to win.

  11. I LOVE Mexican food and since you posted fajitas that’s on my brain, so I’d make something Mexican, tacos of empanadas most likely.

  12. I would make something with lots of vegetables. Your recipes would work for Weight Watchers.

  13. My husband’s favorite – my chicken marsala!

  14. Made the chicken fajitas and oh!! Was it ever a hit feeding a household of men. But there was something missing? “The Calphalon Pan”. no question this pan would be used for every dish!!
    Love your blog!!

  15. I would make some filling for stuffed acorn squash. Yum!

  16. This recipe looks amazing! Perfect summer dinner for our Friday night patio dinners.

  17. These look delicious!

  18. I would like to cook and try your recipe :)

  19. I would love to make Parmesan Chicken!

  20. I would saute some chicken!

  21. I would love to cook chicken without it sticking! Also, my mom’s fried potatoes would be great for this skillet!! Would love to try some Calphalon!!!

  22. Can’t wait to try this recipe- Looks Amazing!

  23. I’d cook up some chicken in this pan

  24. I would like to make fried rice in this pan!

  25. Stir-fry or pan-seared chicken? Your margarita chicken looks fabulous! yum!

  26. Looks good,

  27. I would love to make skillet lasagna!

  28. Nothing I love better than Italian and Mexican dishes, and this looks absolutely wonderful. I’ll have to give this a try this weekend. Love your website, keep up the good work.

  29. I would love to make my skillet enchiladas in this pan!!

  30. Fajitas are one of my go-to weeknight meals and these margarita fajitas look incredible! I would make a pasta sauce in that gorgeous pan!

  31. Ok, I should know better than to look at a food blog when I’m hungry! The fajitas look delish! And our poor old calphalon pans that my husband had before we were married almost 13 years ago are in sad shape. They’ve held up well, but need a replacement (really bad).

  32. I’m always happy when I find recipes that are both gluten and soy free, and this is both plus a delicious-sounding Mexican dish? Count me in!

    I love these big deep pans. I only have one and use it constantly, but
    it doesn’t have a lid! I would love to have one like this for cooking meat so I could use the other to cook veggies and save time!

  33. I’d love to sautee my fresh garden veggies!

  34. I would try to make some risotto

  35. Those fajitas look delicious, and they would work well in my new healthier living plan.

  36. pan-seared chicken with tons of caramelized onions!!

  37. I neeeeeeed a pan this size. I would love to cook in it because I have a large family (there are currently 3 adults and 4 children in this house, and one of those “adults” is a teenager who eats a LOT so I make a TON of food).

  38. Chicken marsala.

  39. I would love to make our everything-but-the-kitchen-sink breakfast skillet

  40. So many things I would love to cook in this pan- but I think a great classic would be an overeasy egg served with toast. These fajitas look amazing and would be my second meal in the pan. Yum.

  41. I would love to try these fajitas in this awesome pan!

  42. Margarita chicken fajitas. Really.

  43. Love their cookware and recipes

  44. I would use this pan for those dishes that go from stove top to oven. Maybe a vegetable omelet as the first thing

  45. I would love to make a orange chicken dish

  46. Shrimp fajitas, yummy.

  47. My pans are scratched or a little burn on them. I could use a new pan. That dish looks delicious as well. :)

  48. Because this gorgeous pan is oven-safe, I’d like to try something that starts on the stovetop then finishes in the oven, like a tarte tatin. Or something that takes advantage of the lid, like a skillet lasagne. So many options!

  49. Hi,
    I tried to enter the contest, June 8, and it says the contest is over… But the ad says it goes through the 9th… Is this from another year? :/