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Queso Baked Chicken – chicken spiced up with Southwestern spices and smothered with chopped tomatoes, green chiles, Queso sauce, topped with Cheddar (or Monterey Jack) cheese on top.

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This is a great recipe for revamping your love for chicken breasts. The chicken is covered with a creamy sauce, tomatoes, green chiles and cheese which makes it moist, flavorful and super tasty, not to mention easy to make!

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If you enjoy Mexican, Tex-Mex, Southwestern style recipes – you’ll love this chicken! I used store bought Chili Con Queso sauce – and it worked great.

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Basically, throw the chicken in the baking dish, and then add all the ingredients on top. Here are a couple of step-by-step photos to help you visualize just how easy it is to make this Queso chicken.   First, place the chicken in a deep baking dish, such as this casserole pan:

place chicken breasts in a white casserole dish

Top with spices:

Add chili powder, cumin on top of chicken breasts in a casserole dish

Top with half of chopped tomatoes and half of canned mild chiles:

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Top with Queso and the remaining tomatoes and canned mild chiles:

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Top with cheese:

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Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven at 375 F until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.  Then, top with more chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley, and serve!

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Queso Baked Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Queso Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 small chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • one can (4 oz) mild green chiles
  • 1 cup Chile Con Queso sauce, medium (I used Desert Pepper brand)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or, use Monterey Jack cheese, or Cheddar & Monterey Jack mix)
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a deep baking dish, like a casserole pan.
  3. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, and salt over chicken.
  4. Top chicken breasts with half of chopped tomatoes and half of canned green chiles.
  5. Spread Queso sauce evenly over each chicken breast.
  6. Top chicken breasts with the remaining half of chopped tomatoes and canned green chiles.
  7. Top chicken with shredded cheeses.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven at 375 F for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  9. Top with chopped tomato and chopped fresh parsley. Serve.
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