Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

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!

Recipe and photos updated, first published 2011.

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake Recipe

  • 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.


  • 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)


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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Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

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  • Andy Y

    Great recipe! Lots of flavor, not a lot of fat! I used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, served over brown rice, with some beans on the side. Wonderful , hearty meal, easy to do and not bad for the waistline.

  • Byron

    This was great! My modifications were
    1. put a layer of chopped onions/cilantro on top of the salsa
    2. split it into 2 serving dishes and cut portions for 2
    3. Served with totopos, guac, beans and some extra cilantro and onions
    This was a total success!!!!
    Next time I’ll try this with halibut

  • Sandy S.

    This is such a winner! Hard to believe that something so quick and easy can be so good. I have made if with green enchilada sauce as well as with salsa verde with equal success. I have also added a layer of 1/2 onion (diced) and 1 medium size yellow squash cut into fourths length wise and then 1/4″ slices sprinkled over the chicken before adding the sauce. Very good if I do say so.

  • Mary Dettmann

    This recipe is a certified Dettmann family favorite. I make it often and each time it is so moist and full of flavor. Left overs freeze well.

  • Sarah Martin

    I’ve made this dish at least 200 times since it was first published. I use Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde. It’s always really satisfying.

    Thank you for the recipe.

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