SALSA VERDE CHICKEN BAKE

SALSA VERDE CHICKEN BAKE
This low-carb Salsa Verde Chicken Bake is amazingly easy and delicious for a dinner the whole family is going to love!
This is absolutely perfect for an ultra-easy low-carb and Keto chicken dinner that’s quick enough to make on a work night!
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?
Herdez Salsa Verde (affiliate link) or your favorite low-sugar Salsa Verde
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
ground cumin 
Garlic Powder 
Onion Powder 
salt
fresh-ground black pepper to taste
olive oil
grated Mozzarella cheese
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SALSA AND SALSA VERDE?
Salsa Verde is a green Mexican salsa that uses tomatillos instead of red tomatoes, and it’s sometimes call Tomatillo Salsa Verde. The word verde means green in Spanish, and it refers to the color of the tomatillos and the green chiles used in the sauce. Salsa Verde also usually has onions and sometimes lime juice. Homemade Salsa Verde is easy to make in a food processor, but there are many good commercial brands available as well.

WHAT ARE OTHER USES FOR SALSA VERDE?

I’ve been a fan of Salsa Verde for years, and I use it often to make Fifteen Minute Salsa Verde Eggs for a quick, slightly spicy breakfast dish. The Mexican-American food and lifestyle blog Spanglish Spoon suggests Four Ways to Use Salsa Verde, including Chile Verde, which is probably my all time favorite Mexican dish!

WHAT OTHER CHICKEN BAKE RECIPES HAVE I MADE?
I’m a fan of baked chicken dishes that I call chicken bakes, and this recipe is a perfect example of this type of dish. It uses the easy technique of seasoning the chicken and then pan-frying so it’s partly cooked. Then chicken breasts are cut into strips and arranged in baking dish, and the recipe cooks in the oven with a tasty sauce or topping. This Salsa Verde Chicken recipe is similar to my Greek Chicken Bake and my mega-popular Easy Baked Pesto Chicken, but the flavors are very different!

Herdez Salsa Verde

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WHAT BRAND OF SALSA VERDE DID I USE?
(Herdez has not compensated me in any way to feature their Salsa Verde here, and I’m pretty sure they don’t even know I’m alive!)
HOW TO MAKE SALSA VERDE CHICKEN BAKE:
Preheat oven to 375F/190C and spray casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil.
Put Herdez Salsa Verde (affiliate link) or your preferred brand into a small pan and simmer over low heat until it’s reduced by one-fourth. Don’t skip this step or the final dish will be watery.
While Salsa Verde reduces, trim chicken breasts so they’re a similar size and thickness.
Combine the ground cumin (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), Onion Powder (affiliate link), salt, and pepper, and rub chicken with that mixture.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown chicken over medium-high heat, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Lay the chicken strips crosswise in the casserole dish, staggering them to fit as needed.
Pour reduced Salsa Verde over the chicken breasts.
Top with grated Mozzarella Cheese.
Serve hot and devour! Wasn’t that easy for a work night dinner?

Salsa Verde Chicken Bake close-up photo
MAKE IT A LOW-CARB MEAL:
WEEKEND FOOD PREP:

SALSA VERDE CHICKEN BAKE
This low-carb Salsa Verde Chicken Bake is quick and easy to make and this is delicious for a work night chicken dinner!

INGREDIENTS
one 19 oz. jar Herdez Salsa Verde (see notes)
7 very large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/5 tsp. ground cumin
4 tsp. garlic powder
1/5 tsp. onion powder
1/5 tsp. salt
fresh-ground black pepper to taste
4 T olive oil
5 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 375F/190C and spray 9″ x 13″ (or similar size) casserole dish with non-stick spray or mist with olive oil.
Mix together the ground cumin (affiliate link), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and rub chicken on both sides with that mixture.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the chicken over medium-high heat, about 2-3 minutes per side. 
Lay the chicken strips crosswise in the casserole dish, staggering them to fit as needed.
Pour the reduced Salsa Verde over the chicken breasts.
Top with grated Mozzarella Cheese.

Serve hot and devour!
NOTES
Check the label for carbs and added sugar if you’re using a different brand.  Use full-fat or reduced-fat cheese, whichever you prefer.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g