Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken Bake is a quick and easy chicken dinner that takes just 30 minutes to cook and needs hardly any prep work. It’s sure to be a winner at your house!
This recipe for baked salsa verde chicken was inspired by the easy enchilada chicken bake that I shared with you all a couple of months ago. Both of these chicken recipes are made the same way, and they’re both super easy one dish meals that you can make in 30 minutes. Basically all you do is season the chicken, pour the 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!
The only real difference between these easy chicken recipes is that one is made with red enchilada sauce, and the other uses green tomatillo sauce. My family loves the original recipe so much that I decided to try a different version so that we wouldn’ts get tired of it — I always hate when that happens!
If you’re looking for more spicy cheesy chicken recipes, how about:
- One Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta
- One Pan Creamy Enchilada Chicken Pasta
- One Pan Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta
And if you’re a sucker for recipes that use salsa verde, you have to try this easy creamy salsa verde dip. You only need three ingredients, and it’s so good!
Anyway, I shared this recipe for baked green salsa chicken over at The Weary Chef last month. 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. Since it’s summer, I’m having a lot of those lazy days. I’d just rather be spending time with the kids or just chillin’.
Actually, this chicken salsa verde isn’t that heavy at all. The tomatillo sauce is lighter than red sauce, and I like to serve with a side of lettuce, tomatoes and avocado slices. It’s almost like a warm chicken salad.
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.
How to Make Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
Chicken breasts smothered in green tomatillo salsa and pepper jack cheese and baked to perfection is an easy dinner that's ready in 30 minutes!
- 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
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
This cheesy salsa verde chicken bake is definitely a winner in my house. Even the picky people like it, and I hope you will too!