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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cheesy baja chicken and bell pepper skillet. This chicken breast recipe is like chicken cheesesteak and so tasty!

Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet

5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 431kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
How does a cheesy Baja chicken & bell pepper skillet sound for tonight's dinner? This tasty, succulent chicken breast recipe boasts plenty of south of the border flavours. So if you love chicken and peppers, you should really enjoy this chicken cheesesteak dish.
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  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless

Baja Chicken Marinade

  • 1 orange juiced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 jalapeño minced or sliced
  • 6 Cloves garlic crushed

Sauteed Vegetables

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 lime


  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • Splash olive oil


  • Place chicken into a casserole dish or bowl.
  • Prepare marinade. Juice the orange and 1 of the limes into a bowl. Add crushed garlic, sliced or minced jalapeños, and salt. Stir until combined.
  • Pour marinade over the chicken and cover. Place into the fridge and marinate for 2 hours.
  • When 10 minutes remain for marinating, start sauteing the pepper and onions. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add olive oil and swirl to coat to prevent sticking. Add the minced jalapeños, diced peppers, diced red onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, then juice the lime over the top and add a pinch of salt. Stir and sauté for 3 more minutes.
  • Remove sauteed vegetables from the skillet and set aside temporarily.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Return the skillet to the stove top over high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl or ramekin and mix.
  • Season the chicken with this Baja chicken spice seasoning.
  • Add a splash of olive oil, then sear the chicken for 4 min per side.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables back to the skillet on top of and around the chicken breasts.
  • Place a slice of cheese over the top of each chicken breast. Place into the oven on the center rack. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 1159mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1438IU | Vitamin C: 132mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 2mg


Reduce the amount of jalapeño pepper in both the marinade and skillet if desired.
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.