My local grocery store prepares a chicken fajita blend that has the chicken, marinade, onions, and peppers all mixed together. It's simply for convenience. Buy x amount of the mixture, go home, throw it into a skillet, and voila: dinner. My question is whether or not this is safe? and if so, does marinating the vegetables detract from the blend of flavors they normally provide? I like biting into a fajita and tasting the individual flavors.

Thank you in advance for any advice

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Your grocery store has it down to a science.

To get all parts "done" at the same time, they have to be cut to the right size. Your grocery store does that very well. The marinade flavors all parts, but the marinade doesn't carry flavors much (see here, different but similar: How deeply will the flavors in a brine penetrate chicken?) So it works.

Is it safe? Certainly, as long as you cook it within a couple of days and don't let it linger in the "danger zone" (40F to 140F) for too long. (Too long per government standards is 2 hours cumulative. Since you can't know how long the grocery had it there, don't mess with it, just put it in the fridge as soon as you get it home, and cook it straight from the fridge.)

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    And you need to make sure to cook all of the vegetables sufficient ... if you like them al-dente, you're SOL ... you likely need to cook them until the chicken is done; don't pull them any earlier.
    – Joe
    Feb 24, 2015 at 17:55

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