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Are there certain days of the week when you have almost NO time to cook? If so, keep this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe at the top of your list of quick meal recipes.

As my kids have gotten older and are involved in more activities, our schedule has become busier. Shocking, I know! But, fortunately, most weeks I know the schedule ahead of time so I can plan more easily!

I take advantage of the nights when I have more time to cook to make meals that take a bit more time and possibly prep some foods ahead so I can get dinner on the table more quickly on those nights when I have less time to cook.

But, of course, there are still nights when I need to make a full meal, and I need to get it done really quickly!

Luckily, chicken sheet pan dinners make it easier to get dinner on the table quickly.

When I created this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe, I couldn’t decide whether to give it an Asian flare or a Mexican flare. Such a dilemma, I know!

In the end, I gave it a Mexican flare and love all of the different possibilities for serving this meal! See below for some ideas. Also, see below for other gluten free dairy free chicken recipes I love and more recipes for chicken sheet pan dinners!

For those nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, make this gluten free dairy free Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe. You can serve this by itself with a side of rice and a simple salad, or jazz it up by adding toppers of cilantro, guacamole, and salsa. Whether you build rice bowls, serve it over cauliflower rice, or serve it in tortillas for quick chicken tacos, your family will love chicken sheet pan dinners like this one!

What ingredients do I need to make this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe?

As I mentioned, this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe uses a short list of ingredients. Here are the basic ingredients you’ll need:

  • Skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • Red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • Paprika
  • Coarse salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)

Besides those ingredients, you may want to serve the chicken and veggies with something, and I’ve listed a few ideas below!

This Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe will soon become a family favorite weeknight meal! Not only is it super quick to make, it uses a short list of basic ingredients. Add this to your list of easy gluten free dairy free chicken recipes and make it any night you have very little time to cook. Use it to build simple rice bowls, serve it over cauliflower rice, or use it to make easy chicken tacos.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast in this recipe?

Yes, if you prefer chicken thighs to chicken breasts, then you can easily make that substitution.

Make sure to use skinless boneless chicken thighs. You’ll use the same amount of chicken thighs as you would chicken breast and won’t need to change anything else in the recipe.

How can I serve this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe?

There are several really delicious ways to serve this easy Mexican chicken recipe! It’s kind of a base recipe that you can customize based on your preferences or those of your family.

Here are some ideas:

  • Serve the chicken and veggies over cooked rice or cooked cauliflower rice 
  • Serve the chicken and veggies in gluten free flour or corn tortillas for quick chicken tacos
  • Top the chicken and veggies with guacamole, salsa, and/or chopped fresh cilantro. Feel free to use purchased guacamole and salsa!
  • If you love sour cream but need this to be dairy free (like me), I love using So Delicious brand unsweetened coconut yogurt instead of dairy sour cream. It tastes great! Just make sure you get the unsweetened type.
This Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe will soon become a family favorite weeknight meal! Not only is it super quick to make, it uses a short list of basic ingredients. Add this to your list of easy gluten free dairy free chicken recipes and make it any night you have very little time to cook. Use it to build simple rice bowls, serve it over cauliflower rice, or use it to make easy chicken tacos.

Need more chicken sheet pan dinners recipes?

Love chicken sheet pan dinners? Here are a few more recipes for you!

For those nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, make this gluten free dairy free Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe. You can serve this by itself with a side of rice and a simple salad, or jazz it up by adding toppers of cilantro, guacamole, and salsa. Whether you build rice bowls, serve it over cauliflower rice, or serve it in tortillas for quick chicken tacos, your family will love chicken sheet pan dinners like this one!

What other gluten free dairy free chicken recipes can I make?

Besides this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe, here are a few other gluten free dairy free chicken recipes that I love!

Next time you need to get dinner on the table in record breaking time, give this Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe a try. It’s so quick and easy and uses a short list of basic ingredients.

Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe (Sheet Pan Dinner)

For those nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, make this gluten free dairy free Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken Dinners, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added, Sheet Pan Dinners
Servings: 4
Author: Laura Marzen, RD

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves or chicken thighs, cut into 1- to 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1 ½- to 2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped onion (about 1-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Cooked rice, cooked cauliflower rice, or warmed gluten free flour or corn tortillas (optional)
  • Guacamole (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  • Adjust top oven rack to set about 5 inches under the broiler. Preheat the broiler.
  • In a large bowl combine chicken, pepper, onion, oil, paprika, salt, oregano, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper (if using). Toss until chicken and vegetables are well coated with the seasonings. Spread chicken and vegetables in an even layer in a large shallow baking pan (such as a half sheet pan).
  • Broil chicken and vegetables 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 13 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. To test chicken with an instant-read thermometer, insert the thermometer into two stacked pieces of chicken (choose the largest two pieces). Temperature should register 165°F.
  • If desired, serve chicken and vegetables atop rice or in tortillas as tacos. Top chicken and veggies with guacamole, salsa, and cilantro if desired.

Notes

Yield: 4 servings
For those nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, make this gluten free dairy free Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe. You can serve this by itself with a side of rice and a simple salad, or jazz it up by adding toppers of cilantro, guacamole, and salsa. Whether you build rice bowls, serve it over cauliflower rice, or serve it in tortillas for quick chicken tacos, your family will love chicken sheet pan dinners like this one!