Creamy Fajita Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 304KCAL

This colourful, creamy chicken dish is inspired by punchy Mexican flavours. It uses simple ingredients and can be rustled up quickly for a tasty midweek meal.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories304
  • Carbs15g
  • Protein39g
  • Fat8.1g
  • Saturates3.9g
  • Sugars14g

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If chicken fajitas are a favourite family dinner in your house, this Creamy Fajita Chicken is sure to be a hit! It’s quick and easy, and uses nice, simple ingredients, making it the perfect midweek meal. 

We love how versatile this dish is – you can serve it with pasta, rice, or even potatoes for a hearty, warming dinner. It’s batch cooking friendly, so you can save the leftovers to serve with a different accompaniment, changing it up so you don’t feel like you’re eating the same thing twice in a row. 

The creamy sauce is made from reduced fat cream cheese, with a subtle heat running through it from the fajita seasoning. This keeps the recipe super slimming friendly, at just 304 calories per serving. 

It’s worth the effort to season the cherry tomatoes well and roast them in the oven before adding to the rest of the ingredients. They add so much flavour and sweetness that balances out against the rich, creamy sauce.

What diets is this Creamy Fajita Chicken suitable for?

This Creamy Fajita Chicken is suitable for those on a gluten free diet, as long as you switch the chicken stock cube for a gluten free version. 

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Fajita Chicken recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Creamy Fajita Chicken?

One of our favourite things about this recipe is how much flavour you get from simple, everyday ingredients. You don’t need anything special to make Creamy Fajita Chicken, although you will need some fajita seasoning. 

Fajita seasoning is a blend of garlic, paprika, onion, coriander, cayenne pepper, oregano, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon. 

This pre-mixed spice blend is widely available in most supermarkets. The one that we’ve used in our recipe is the Schwartz Fajita Seasoning which can be found in the herbs and spices aisle. 

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I'd take the lid off earlier next time and let the sauce reduce and thicken even more. Adding the cream cheese thinned it slightly too much so I had to heat it until it had thickened again.
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I cut the chicken into pieces, added mushrooms and stirred in cooked tagliatelle at the end.
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Just delish!!!
Got 4 meals out of it and served it with garlic bread and Jasmin rice, yum!!
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Well worth the initial prep! Love the roasted tomatoes.
Definitely take the time to roast the tomatoes, they really add a terrific flavour. The fajita spice has a love sublet kick to it. Creamy and gently spicy with loads of veggies…yum!

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‘This was absolutely amazing! Definitely recommend people to make it. I'm new to nom and this is my third meal I have made. Will definitely be making this again.’

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How many calories are in this Creamy Fajita Chicken?

There are 304 calories per portion in this Creamy Fajita Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

This Creamy Fajita Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 220 ºC. Line a large baking tray with foil and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Place the tomato halves on the baking tray in a single layer, cut side up.

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Step 2

Spray the tomatoes with low calorie cooking spray and season with salt and black pepper. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes until they have wrinkled a little and are starting to brown slightly around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step 3

While the tomatoes are roasting, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and fry gently for 5 minutes until they have softened a little.

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Step 4

Add the chicken breasts, green and red peppers and fajita seasoning. Stir, then cook for 4 minutes, turning the chicken breasts over halfway through. Cook until the chicken breasts are lightly golden.

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Step 5

Add the chicken stock and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts over and loosely cover with a lid or with kitchen foil. Simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and white throughout. Use a small sharp knife to cut into the thickest part of the chicken to check. There should be no pinkness and the juices should run clear.

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Step 6

Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese until completely blended. If the sauce is too thin, continue to simmer for a bit longer until the sauce has reduced and thickened to your liking. If the sauce is too thick, stir in a little water.

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Step 7

Stir the roasted tomatoes into the sauce and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve with an accompaniment of your choice and sprinkle over the coriander, if using

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What could I serve with this Creamy Fajita Chicken?

There are so many serving options! We love this dish served with a small portion of pasta, but it would also go well with any of the following side dishes:

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How do you know when Creamy Fajita Chicken is cooked?

You’ll need to cook this Creamy Fajita Chicken until the chicken is cooked all the way through, with no pinkness in the middle, and the sauce has thickened to the right consistency. This should take around 30 minutes. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Creamy Fajita Chicken in the fridge?

We’d recommend that you eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and storing in the fridge. 

Leftovers of this Creamy Fajita Chicken can be kept in the fridge for 1 or 2 days.

Can I freeze Creamy Fajita Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Creamy Fajita Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat from chilled following the instructions above.

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Creamy Fajita Chicken

This colourful, creamy chicken dish is inspired by punchy Mexican flavours. It uses simple ingredients and can be rustled up quickly for a tasty midweek meal.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 304
  • Carbs 15G

Ingredients

  • 4 medium skinless chicken breasts, approx 130g each
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 medium green pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 medium red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tbsp fajita seasoning
  • 400 ml chicken stock, 1 chicken stock cube made up with 400ml of boiling water
  • 180 g reduced fat cream cheese
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • low calories cooking spray
  • a few fresh coriander leaves, to garnish (optional)

large frying pan with a lid (or kitchen foil)

large baking tray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220 ºC. Line a large baking tray with foil and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Place the tomato halves on the baking tray in a single layer, cut side up.
  2. Spray the tomatoes with low calorie cooking spray and season with salt and black pepper. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes until they have wrinkled a little and are starting to brown slightly around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. While the tomatoes are roasting, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and fry gently for 5 minutes until they have softened a little.
  4. Add the chicken breasts, green and red peppers and fajita seasoning. Stir, then cook for 4 minutes, turning the chicken breasts over halfway through. Cook until the chicken breasts are lightly golden.
  5. Add the chicken stock and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts over and loosely cover with a lid or with kitchen foil. Simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and white throughout. Use a small sharp knife to cut into the thickest part of the chicken to check. There should be no pinkness and the juices should run clear.
  6. Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese until completely blended. If the sauce is too thin, continue to simmer for a bit longer until the sauce has reduced and thickened to your liking. If the sauce is too thick, stir in a little water.
  7. Stir the roasted tomatoes into the sauce and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve with an accompaniment of your choice and sprinkle over the coriander, if using

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Recipe notes

Tip: Use a reduced fat cream cheese rather than a fat free one. This will give a richer, creamier sauce and will stand up to reheating better if you are going to batch cook this recipe.

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Reeti WaliaTuesday 14th June 2022

This looks delicious, would philadelphia ightest be ok to use for the cream cheese 🤔

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    HollyTuesday 14th June 2022

    Hey Reeti, We used a reduced fat cream cheese like Philadelphia Light rather than a fat free one. This will give a richer, creamier sauce and will stand up to reheating better if you are going to batch cook this recipe. Hope that helps!

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Carole WelburyFriday 3rd June 2022

Would this work without tomatoes? I can’t eat tomatoes and usually replace with peppers and passatta instead of tinned tomatoes in recipes. Not sure what to do with this recipe?

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    HollyMonday 6th June 2022

    Hey Carole, you can just omit the cherry tomatoes from the recipe or add extra peppers or some green beans, hope that helps!

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Grae Louise RobsonMonday 21st March 2022

Hello which book is this recipe in creamy fajita chicken?
Thanks

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    HollyMonday 21st March 2022

    Hey, the Creamy Fajita Chicken is exclusive to our website, we have a handy article HERE which talks through how to save recipes to your account for next time, hope that helps!

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VivMonday 7th February 2022

Can you use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast

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    HollyTuesday 8th February 2022

    Hey Viv, yes you could swap the chicken breasts for skinless and boneless chicken thighs. Hope that helps!

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KatThursday 3rd February 2022

Can you cook in the slow cooker?

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    HollyFriday 4th February 2022

    Hey Kat, we don’t suggest cooking this recipe in the slow cooker as the cream cheese may overheat and curdle. Have a look HERE at our slow cooker recipes for some inspiration. Hope that helps!

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      KirstySaturday 19th March 2022

      Could you add the cream cheese at the last minute & stir in, in the slower cooker? Many thanks

      HollyWednesday 30th March 2022

      Hey Kirsty, we haven’t tested this recipe cooked in a slow cooker so can’t say if it would be successful. We have a slow cooker conversion article HERE which you might find helpful if you’d like to try this recipe cooked that way. Hope that helps!

HelenSunday 23rd January 2022

I made this, but the sauce was really thin and watery at the end, do you have any tips? I tried to keep it on heat for longer before stirring in the cream cheese but it didn’t work and I had to serve it before the accompanying pasta was ruined…

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    SharonWednesday 26th January 2022

    Hi Helen, sorry to hear you had difficulty with the sauce. Once you’ve stirred in the cream cheese, you can keep simmering, uncovered, to reduce and thicken the sauce to your liking (see step 6). When simmering, the sauce needs to be gently bubbling so that it can reduce and thicken. Hope this helps.

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ClaireMonday 17th January 2022

On holiday in Tenerife and I’ve just made this for tea. Absolutely delicious.

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    HollyTuesday 18th January 2022

    Hey Claire, so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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Annelise JensenSunday 16th January 2022

Thank you for your delicious recipes. I have several of your books and have given them as gifts too. I often use recipes from your Instagram bio too – it’s so nice to try new dishes when dieting but looking for inspiration. With huge appreciation, Anni Jensen

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    HollyMonday 17th January 2022

    Hey Annelise, thanks so much for your message. We are so glad to hear you are enjoying our recipes and they are inspiring you!

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Janice McGuinessSaturday 15th January 2022

Which book is the chicken fajita in. I assumed it was in your new comfort food book so I bought it but I can’t see it?

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    HollyMonday 17th January 2022

    Hey Janice, Creamy Fajita Chicken is exclusive to our website, if you have a look at THIS article it talks you through how to save a recipe to favourites so you can find it quickly next time, hope that helps!

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Lisa FieldsFriday 14th January 2022

Loved the Creamy Fajita Chicken. Easy to make, and paired it up with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. Will be making this again 😍

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    HollyMonday 17th January 2022

    Hey Lisa, thanks so much for your message we are glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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    HollyMonday 17th January 2022

    Hi Lisa, love the idea of serving with mash and green beans glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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