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Fajita Chicken and Rice

I’m not going to lie, some nights I have about 15-20 minutes to throw dinner together. Sound familiar? Preparing a quick and healthy meal can sometimes be a challenge, which is why I love this fajita chicken and rice recipe. Not only does it taste delicious, it comes together in a pinch and leaves you with leftovers for the next day. A big win in my books.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it also makes for a great post-workout meal because it’s rich in complex carbs. Typically fajitas have healthy intentions, thanks to the chicken and vegetables, but are often drenched in oils when cooking and served with warm tortillas made from white enriched flour, which are almost always a source of overindulgence… at least for me. This recipe makes it easy not to go overboard by skipping the tortillas (replacing them with a bed of spiced brown rice) and using grilled chicken and veggies as opposed to the oil-sopped alternative. You can also up the veggie content of this dish by adding extra vegetables to the recipe and serving it with a side salad or some fresh cut cucumber and tomatoes.

Give them a shot! I think you’ll be surprised by how little you miss the extra source of calories. 😉




Fajita Chicken and Rice

Courtesy of Precision Nutrition’s 5-minute meals


2c cooked brown rice

1tsp paprika

1/8tsp cumin

1/2c salsa

1lb roasted chicken, cut into strips

1 small onion, sliced

1 bell pepper, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

2tbsp lime juice

4tbsp guacamole



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  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, paprika, cumin and salsa.  Stir until mixed thoroughly and then reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Then, in a large pan, stir-fry the roasted chicken strips, onion and bell pepper over high heat for 2 minutes.  Add salt and pepper while stir-frying.
  • Separate the rice onto 2 plates, top with the chicken and vegetables, and then drizzle the lime juice over the top.
  • Top with guacamole.



Makes 2 servings


Nutritional Breakdown (per serving):

637 calories

64g protein

66g carbs

13g fat


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