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Salsa Verde Chicken Bake is a quick and easy chicken dinner with few ingredients that takes just 30 minutes to cook. A simple recipe for busy days!

cheesy salsa verde chicken bake with green tomatillo sauce and cheese on a white plate

This recipe for baked cheesy salsa verde chicken, or green salsa chicken, was inspired by the easy enchilada chicken bake that I shared with you all a couple of months ago. Both of these oven baked chicken breast recipes are made the same way, and they’re both super easy one dish meals that you can make in 30 minutes.

If you’re looking for a super easy chicken dinner for your family, this is one to try. Even my picky eaters love it, and that’s always a good thing! It only takes a few quick minutes to prepare and only 30 minutes to bake, so it’s perfect for busy days or even lazy days when you don’t have a lot of energy to make dinner.

I’m having a lot of those lazy days. I’d just rather be spending time with the kids or just chillin’ — you know how it is.

How to Make Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

Basically all you do is season the chicken, pour tomatillo sauce over the meat, and bake. When the chicken is just about completely cooked, you top it with some spicy pepper jack cheese and let it bake for a couple minutes longer until the cheese is melted.

And that’s all, she wrote. Seriously, it doesn’t get much easier than this!

green salsa chicken bake with cheese and radishes in baking dish

I use pepper jack cheese for a little extra spice, but you can tone down the heat and use a white cheddar or monterey jack, instead. If you top the chicken with sour cream, it takes the heat down even more.

baked chicken breasts with salsa verde and pepper jack cheese in baking dish

And even though it’s warm out, I still crave comfort food now and then. We’ve been having cranberry apple chicken salad and Southwest chicken salad almost every week, so change is good!

Actually, this low carb chicken salsa verde isn’t that heavy at all. The tomatillo sauce is lighter than red sauce, and I like to keep the sides simple.

What to Serve with Salsa Verde Chicken

Sometimes we serve salsa chicken over Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. But sometimes, I’ll just serve it with a side of lettuce, tomatoes and avocado slices or homemade guacamole.

If you’re looking for more spicy cheesy chicken recipes, how about:

And if you’re a sucker for recipes that use salsa verde, you have to try Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken, Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas or this easy creamy salsa verde dip. You only need three ingredients, and it’s so good!

baked chicken with salsa verde and cheese on a serving fork

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake Recipe

5 from 4 votes

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

By: Dee
Salsa Verde Chicken Bake is a quick and easy chicken dinner with few ingredients that takes just 30 minutes to cook. A simple recipe for baked chicken breasts smothered in green tomatillo salsa and pepper jack cheese. Perfect for busy days!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ cups prepared salsa verde
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Lightly coat a 13 X 9-inch baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray
  • Place chicken breasts in pan, and season with salt, pepper and cumin
  • Pour salsa verde evenly over chicken
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees
  • Top with pepper jack cheese, and bake for additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted



Calories: 341kcal, Protein: 37g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 1015mg, Potassium: 463mg, Vitamin A: 470IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 427mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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This baked green salsa chicken was shared over at The Weary Chef and published here originally in 2017. It has been updated in May 2019.

Happy Cooking,


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  1. James says:

    Mae this last night. Super easy and very tasty! Thanks for another awesome recipe.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      You are so very welcome, James. Thanks!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is Featured on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Easy and Delicious, this is my kind of recipe! I sure appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  4. Lynda Hardy says:

    Oh this looks delicious and I just put it straight onto my menu plan! I can’t wait to try it! If you like I’d love if you’d come share this with Awesome Life Friday this week. 🙂5 stars

  5. Carlee says:

    Now that looks fabulous! It is always nice to have a new chicken recipe and I can’t wait to try this one!

  6. Sabrina says:

    Your pictures have me drooling! Can’t wait to make this!!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much! It’s a big hit with my family. 🙂

  7. Jen says:

    Everyone in my house loves salsa verde so this is a dish that’s going to be a huge hit!

  8. Amanda | The Chunky Chef says:

    Oh wow, I’m loving these photos and this recipe! Salsa verde is my favorite kind of salsa 🙂

  9. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    I love this dish! I love the salsa verde. It makes the dish such a great color!