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Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This delicious and easy salsa verde chicken bake only requires 4 ingredients and one pan to make it. With a cheesy topping, it’s a quick protein option.



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 lbs total weight)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces jarred or homemade salsa verde, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Season chicken breasts evenly on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish so they fit relatively snugly.
  4. Pour salsa over the top of the chicken.  
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 150˚F.  
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Increase temperature to 400˚F and return pan to oven.  
  7. Bake for 5-8 more minutes, or until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbling. The poultry is done when the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.  
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and extra salsa if you like. Serve warm over rice, or with your choice of sides.

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chicken, salsa verde, cheese