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Smothered Southwest Chicken Bake

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This Smothered Southwest Chicken Bake is a delicious and easy dinner idea. It is simple enough to make on a busy summer night but it is tasty enough to serve to guests. Even the fussiest eaters are going to love this easy chicken casserole.

southwest baked chicken

Smothered Southwest Chicken Bake

I am always trying to find simple meals that work even on the busiest night. Southwest baked chicken is done in under an hour and is healthy. I think that might be the best part. In less time than it takes to get takeout, this healthy and inexpensive dinner can be on the table.

Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast- Boneless skinless thighs will work too.
  • Black beans– Be sure the beans are rinsed and drained
  • Corn – Drain and rinse the corn.
  • Diced green chiles- These chilis give a slight amount of heat without making it spicy.
  • Red bell pepper- Remove the seeds and dice the peppers.
  • Cilantro- You want to use fresh cilantro and dice it.
  • Colby jack cheese- Shredded cheddar cheese will work too.
  • Garlic- You can mince the garlic yourself or buy store bought minced garlic.
  • Seasonings – You will want to season the baked chicken with cumin, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.

How to Make Southwest Baked Chicken

Mix together the seasonings and add it to a sealable bag with the chicken.

vegetables in a white bowl

In a small bowl, combine the corn, black beans, green chiles, red bell pepper and cilantro and mix together well.

Set it aside.

Line a baking pan with foil and then place the chicken on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the chicken and place it in a large casserole dish.

Add the corn mixture to the casserole dish and spread over the chicken.

unbaked chicken casserole

Add the cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees.

Southwest baked chicken recipe

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this recipe. I like to use whichever one is on sale at the time.

What Goes With Southwest Chicken?

southwest baked chicken

Servings: 8

Smothered Southwest Chicken Bake

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
 
This Smothered Southwest Chicken Bake is a delicious and easy dinner idea. It is simple enough to make on a busy summer night but it is tasty enough to serve to guests. Even the fussiest eaters are going to love this easy chicken casserole.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make Easy Southwest Baked Chicken:

  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup Colby jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix the garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken in a sealable bag, sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning mixture.
  3. In a small bowl combine the corn, black beans, green chiles, red bell pepper, and chopped cilantro and mix well.
  4. Set to the side.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Place the chicken on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken and then place it In a large casserole dish, lay the chicken breast flat in the baking dish.
  8. Spread the corn mixture evenly over it.
  9. Add cheese on top of the mixture.
  10. Bake uncovered at 375˚F for 30-40 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

Southwest baked chicken

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