Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

Quick and EasyTexMexGluten-FreeChicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts baked in tomatillo salsa verde sauce, topped with melted jack cheese. 1-pot, easy dinner!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This recipe is so easy, it’s surprising how good it is!

You just line a baking dish with chicken breasts, pour over plenty of salsa verde, bake, sprinkle with some cheese, bake some more, and presto wham-o you’re there. Serve over rice to absorb the sauce.

If it’s not the season for fresh tomatillos to make the salsa verde from scratch, salsa verde is easily available jarred (look for it in the salsa section, or Mexican food section, of your grocery store). Thankfully with our ginormous tomatillo harvest this summer, we have plenty home canned in the pantry.

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

Many thanks to my dear friend Bruce, who came up with this recipe and urged me to give it a try. It’s perfect for a midweek meal. Enjoy!

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

While the chicken is cooking, prepare some rice or quinoa to serve with the chicken. The recipe produces a lot of sauce which will go well with the sides.

You could easily make this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs as well. You may need to cook them just a few minutes longer than the breasts.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 3/4 cups (1 15-ounce jar) tomatillo salsa verde
  • 4 ounces grated Monterey jack and/or pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 Cut chicken breasts and line baking dish with them: Cut the chicken breasts into halves.

Line a 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole baking dish with the chicken pieces. Try to cover the bottom as completely as you can with the chicken.

3 Cover the chicken pieces with the salsa verde. Cover completely, there should be no exposed chicken or it will dry out.

4 Bake in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, use it. The chicken should be removed from the oven when the internal temperature of the breast meat reaches 150°F.

5 Sprinkle cheese over the chicken, increase the oven heat to 400°F and return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, enough time for the cheese to melt and the sauce to get bubbly.

Remove from oven. Serve immediately. Spoon over cooked rice or quinoa. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips for crunch if you would like.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Catherine

    Looks great. Could you cook in crock pot?

  • CHRISTINA

    My family loves this easy recipe.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Brie

    This looks delicious! Do you think I’d need to increase the cooking time if using boneless/skinless thighs instead of breasts?

    Thanks in advance!

  • geena

    this recipe has been in my daughter in laws family for ages. (brazil)
    we use boneless thighs comes out perfecto!!!
    thank you for reminding me, that’s what is for dinner tonite!

  • Dia

    I made this just the other day. It was too good. I layed corn tortilla shells on top. Then white sharp cheddar and put it back in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 mins. Delicious!

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