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How to Make Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Using Chicken Sausages

by | Dec 20, 2021 | Recipes

These sweet and smoky Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a super simple dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. While roasting, the thinly sliced chicken sausage gets crispy and the sugars in the onions, bell peppers, and pineapple caramelize. And everything gets coated in a smoky seasoned olive oil. The result is a sweet, smoky, slightly spicy, and oh so juicy plate of fajitas!

close up of fajitas served in flour tortillas as tacos

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Sometimes while I am at the grocery store, I like to peruse to see what’s new and what’s on sale. On a recent trip, I came across several flavors of Gilbert’s Craft Sausages that piqued my interest. They were on sale for a great price, so they piqued the interest of my wallet too, haha. I was immediately drawn to the Aloha flavor as these chicken sausages are made with pineapple and ginger. This reminded me of my Sheet Pan Pineapple Teriyaki dish that so many of you loved. So, I had to see if these Gilbert’s sausages could provide a unique twist another sheet pan meal winner.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Using Chicken Sausages

The chicken sausages I used in these sheet pan chicken fajitas are very well seasoned on their own. A little sweet pops through and a little of the ginger as well, but overall the vibe is very savory. I knew I wanted to add in a smoky element to the dish. For this, I decided to lean on smoked paprika and ground cumin to get me there.

overhead shot of making sheet pan chicken fajitas using chicken sausages

I also wanted to amp up the ginger. However, I know that finding fresh ginger can sometimes be hard for folks; it really seems to depend on where one lives. Given this, I turned to ground ginger. The amount of ground ginger might seem like a lot; especially compared to the other amounts of spices. But, ground ginger is a lot more subtle than fresh. So even with this proportion, the overall ginger notes are just pops rather than dominant notes in the flavor profile.

close up shot of veggies, sausage, and pineapple coated in seasoned oil

These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are so incredibly simple to make, you guys! You just mix your seasonings into your oil and let the flavors meld while you prep your other ingredients. Then, you mix everything together and spread it out onto a large baking sheet and roast it for a while. Next thing you know, dinner’s ready!

overhead shot of fajita mixture on baking sheet

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Ingredients For Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Using Chicken Sausages

overhead shot of ingredients to make sheet pan chicken fajitas using chicken sausage
  • Chicken Sausage – As mentioned before, I came up with this dish using Gilbert’s Aloha chicken sausages. I highly recommend them if you can find them near you! If not, then opt for your favorite chicken sausage.
  • Bell Pepper – You can do a mix of green pepper and sweet peppers or all of one color or kind.
  • Onion – White, yellow, red, or sweet will all work here, so pick the one you like the best.
  • Pineapple – I like to use pineapple rings. Some gets cut up and tossed into the mix that roasts while some gets diced into small chunks that will be used as a topping on the fajitas when you plate.
  • Olive Oil – Choose a good olive oil since it will be the vehicle for the flavor in this dish. I like to use De Cecco extra virgin or Bertolli extra light, depending on my mood.
  • Ground Ginger – If you can find fresh ginger, definitely use it in place of ground because it will provide more ginger flavor and that familiar spiciness. But if not, then you’ll be perfectly fine using ground ginger for these sheet pan chicken fajitas.
  • Ground Cumin – Founding member of the Smoky Squad, cumin gives an earthy, savory smoky profile to this dish. It balances really well with the sweetness of the pineapple.
  • Smoked Paprika – Secondary member of the Smoky Squad, smoked paprika imparts a mildly spicy and savory char-grilled flavor. It’s an excellent supporting actor for the ground cumin and helps bring a warmer bend to the overall flavor profile of this dish.
  • Garlic Powder – How can we not have the savory savior garlic powder in a dish like this?? The answer is we can’t–it gives everything an added oomph.
  • Salt & Pepper – The backbone of flavor, salt and pepper are in the game here to amplify the flavors of every other ingredient in this super easy sheet pan meal.
  • (Optional) Lime Juice – I like adding in a small amount of lime juice with the oil and seasonings for a citrus kick, but this is purely optional (which is why I forgot to photograph it in the ingredients shot–haha)

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Ingredient Swaps & Variations

  • Lean or Ground Chicken – You can easily sub boneless, skinless chunks of chicken or ground chicken for the sausage in these sheet pan chicken fajitas. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes or roll ground chicken into meat balls. Add the chicken to the baking sheet and gently brush some of the seasoned oil over your chicken. Coat your veggies and pineapple with the remaining oil, add to the baking sheet, and roast as directed in the recipe. Fifteen minutes at 425 should be enough to cook the chicken through, but always be safe and use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken has cooked to 165 degrees before serving.
  • Fresh Ginger or Ginger Paste – As mentioned above, if you can get your hands on fresh ginger it will make this dish sing even more! You could also use ginger paste that’s available in the produce section and frozen food aisle of some grocery stores.
  • Chiles in Adobo – If you want even more smoky, spicy flavor, add the olive oil and all of the seasonings listed into a blender and then add in a few canned chiles in adobo sauce and a touch of the sauce. Blend until smooth and then smother your chicken sausages, veggies, and pineapple in the sauce for maximum flavor during oven roasting.
  • Pineapple Juice – If you want to pump up the sweetness, add the olive oil and all of the seasonings listed into a blender along with 2-3 tbsp of pineapple juice. Blend until smooth and then smother your chicken sausages, veggies, and pineapple in the sauce before roasting.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

What to Remember – Remember to make the seasoned oil first so that the spices have time to rehydrate in the oil; the spices will bloom in the oil while in the heat of the oven.

What to Avoid – Don’t burn your fajitas mixture–make sure you keep an eye on the fajitas during the last few minutes of cooking.

Ways to Use Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Leftovers – Make a Chicken Sausage Fajitas Bowl by serving over a bed of white or brown rice along with your favorite beans. Or, make a Chicken Sausage Fajitas Salad by serving over a bed of mixed greens. Top both with chopped cilantro and a dressing of 4 parts sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), 1 part lime juice, a generous pinch of ground cumin, a generous half pinch of smoked paprika, and a small pinch of salt to taste.

Recipes That Go Well with Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas – These sheet pan fajitas pair very well with my Creamy Fully Loaded Guacamole with Tajin.

chicken sausage sheet pan fajitas tacos

Recipe Notes

Storage – Store leftover fajitas in an airtight glass or plastic container in the fridge; they’ll keep for up to 7 days.

Reheating – I prefer to reheat my fajitas in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes, but you could also zap them in the microwave for about 90 seconds, or reheat them in a skillet over medium-high heat by tossing/stirring frequently for about 5-7 minutes.

Servings & Nutrition – This recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas makes about 7 servings. Each serving has approximately 134 calories, 4 g of carbohydrates, 11 g of protein, 8 g of fat, and 2 g of sugar. For the full recipe and additional nutritional information, please see the recipe card below.

How to Make Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Using Chicken Sausages

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Stir well and then set aside.

overhead shot of olive oil and the seasonings that will go into it

Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, add in some of the sliced chicken sausages, bell peppers, onions, and pineapple. Drizzle with a few spoonfuls of the oil mixture. Repeat until all meat, veggies, pineapple, and oil have been added to the bowl. Toss or stir well to combine and ensure the mixture is thoroughly coated in the seasoned oil.

overhead shot of veggies for fajitas being covered in seasoned oil
overhead closeup of fajita mixture covered in seasoned oil

Step 3. Pour the meat, veggie, and pineapple mixture out onto a large baking sheet. Spread everything into a single layer that is spaced evenly over the sheet.

overhead shot of fajita mixture on baking sheet ready to be roasted

Step 4. Roast for 20 minutes. Then remove baking sheet from the oven and serve fajitas in tortillas or over rice.

close up of final fajitas mixture served in flour tortillas

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do these sheet pan chicken fajitas last if I have leftovers?

If you store your leftover fajitas in an airtight glass or plastic container in the fridge, they’ll last up to 7 days.

Is there an easy way to make this recipe vegetarian?

Absolutely! Skip the meat entirely or replace it with some cubed or thinly sliced extra firm tofu. You could also replace the chicken with some drained and rinsed canned beans like black beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas.

How far in advance could I make these sheet pan chicken fajitas if I wanted to make them for a party?

If your guests are keen on appearances, I would make the fajitas the day of the party. But, if you’ve got a more laid-back crowd that just wants tasty eats, go ahead and make these fajitas up to 2 days in advance. Reheat them in the oven at 375 degrees on baking sheets for about 15 minutes (I suggest flipping/tossing the fajitas half-way through the reheating time for a more even reheat).

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close up of fajitas served in flour tortillas as tacos

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Using Chicken Sausage

Yield: about 7 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Sweet, smoky, slightly spicy, and oh so juicy! These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas go from cutting board to the dinner table in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken sausages, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 8 oz can of pineapple rings, divided with half cut into large chunks and diced small
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • (optional) 1 tsp lime juice

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Combine the olive oil, ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional lime juice in a small mixing bowl. Stir well; set aside.

3. Add sliced chicken sausages, bell peppers, onions, and pineapple to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the oil mixture. Stir well to thoroughly coat the meat, veggies, and pineapple in the seasoned oil mixture.

4. Transfer the meat, veggies, and pineapple to a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then serve in tortillas or over white rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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