These Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Sliders Are the Answer for Busy Weeknight Dinners
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Chicken fajitas are a classic, easy and flavorful weeknight dinner. When you need something tasty and filling in just a few minutes, there’s nothing better. Except maybe chicken fajita sliders like these from TikToker @ashlea’s_kitchen.
Are they traditional? Not at all, but you get to combine all the spice and flavor of chicken fajitas with gooey cheese and soft, chewy bread rolls. What more could you want in a comfort food? So, without further ado, here’s how to make your own chicken fajita sliders tonight!
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How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Fajita Bread Roll Sliders
To start, you’ll need a solid chicken fajita recipe to fill your sliders with. I’ve adapted this contest-winning, test-kitchen-approved version, which gets its complex flavors from lime juice, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Better yet, it can be made quickly in a skillet so that you can load up your chicken fajita sliders ASAP.
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 medium green bell pepper, sliced
- 12 small bread rolls (we’re loving these rolls from Aldi!)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese (or mozzarella, as Ashlea uses)
- Toppings of choice, such as salsa, sour cream, guacamole or cilantro
To make the chicken fajita sliders, you’ll need a skillet, a baking sheet and an oven or air fryer. Ashlea makes hers in an air fryer for ease, but if you don’t yet have one, your oven will yield an equally delicious meal.
Step 1: Prep the chicken fajitas
To start, combine the lime juice, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano and one tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl. Mix to combine, then add the chicken pieces. Toss to coat and let marinate for 15 minutes.
Step 2: Preheat the air fryer or oven
In the video, Ashlea turns her air fryer to 180 degrees Celsius. For us Americans, turn your air fryer or oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Cook the fajita veggies
As the chicken finishes marinating, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once preheated, add the onion and bell peppers, season with a pinch of salt and cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Some char is nice for flavor.
Step 4: Cook the chicken fajitas
Remove the fajita veggies to a plate, then add the seasoned chicken fajita mixture to the same pan. Sauté until no longer pink inside, about 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the fajita veggies back into the pan.
Step 5: Prep the sliders
Cut the tops off the bread rolls and dig out to the middle to make a small bread boat. Sprinkle half of the cheese into the bottom of the roll, then fill most of the way with the chicken fajita mixture. Top with the remaining cheese.
Step 6: Bake the chicken fajita sliders
Bake the chicken fajitas sliders for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned and the bread is warm.
Step 7: Serve!
To serve the chicken fajita sliders, Ashlea adds chips (french fries) and a sauce made of one part chili sauce to one part mayonnaise. For a more cohesive flavor profile, I’d suggest serving the fajita bread sliders with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cilantro. Then add a basic side salad to round out your nutrients. Bon appétit!