Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

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

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
Elise Bauer

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.

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

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
Sally Vargas, Elise Bauer, and Garrett McCord

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.

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
Elise Bauer

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

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.

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  3. Cover the chicken pieces with the salsa verde:

    Cover completely, there should be no exposed chicken or it will dry out.

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  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.

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    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.

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
426 Calories
16g Fat
7g Carbs
61g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 426
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 926mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 246mg 19%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 730mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.