Mexican Street Corn Black Bean Chicken Bake - this recipe is inspired by classic Mexican street food, Elote (or Mexican corn on the cob). Chicken breasts are topped with Chili powder, corn kernels, black beans, and Cotija cheese. Then, everything is baked in the oven for about 25 minutes. Amazing, delicious, gluten-free dish! Tastes just like Mexican Street Corn, but it's made as a chicken bake!
This Mexican Street Corn Chicken Bake has become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. The combination of the salty Cotija cheese and sweet corn together with the spicy Chili powder tastes so good! Imagine all of this goodness over baked chicken, and you'll be in love, just like me!
What is Mexican Street Corn?
Mexican Street Corn is usually grilled and covered with butter, mayonnaise, Cotija cheese, and cayenne pepper. It is also called Mexican corn on the cob (Elote).
What kind of chicken to use?
I use thinly sliced skinless, boneless chicken breasts in this recipe. If you bought large chicken breasts, you can slice each large chicken breast in half horizontally to make two thin chicken breasts.
What kind of cheese do you put on Mexican Street Corn?
To make authentic Mexican Street Corn, you have to use Cotija cheese. Cotija cheese is a hard milk cheese that is very salty, with a strong flavor. It's a pretty firm cheese and is perfect for grating over corn. If for some reason you can't find Cotija cheese, use Feta cheese instead.
What is similar to Cotija cheese?
When I was researching how to make Mexican street corn, pretty much all recipes required Cotija cheese. So, I went ahead and bought it. It's so tasty! But you know what? It's very similar in flavor to Feta cheese. So, really, I could've used Feta cheese in this recipe, too. Which I will do if I ever can't find Cotija cheese.
Ingredients you'll need for Mexican Street Corn Chicken Bake
- Chicken Breasts. Use thinly sliced skinless, boneless chicken breasts. If you bought large chicken breasts, you can slice each large chicken breast in half horizontally to make two thin chicken breasts.
- Chili Powder
- Corn Kernels
- Black Beans
- Cotija Cheese
- Green Onions
How to make Mexican Street Corn Chicken Bake
Preheat oven to 375 F. Add chicken breasts to the baking dish:
Season the chicken with salt and chili powder:
Top the chicken with corn kernels:
Then, top the chicken with black beans:
Finally, add Cotija cheese on top:
Bake at 375 F in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove from the oven. Top with chopped green onions. Your Mexican Street Corn Black Bean Chicken bake is ready!
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Mexican Street Corn Black Bean Chicken Bake
- 4 chicken breasts thinly sliced, skinless boneless
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 8 oz corn drained (half of 15 oz can)
- 15 oz black beans from the can (washed and drained
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 4 oz cotija cheese crumbled (or use Feta cheese)
- 3 green onions chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Add chicken breasts to the medium casserole dish. Note: Make sure to use thinly sliced chicken breasts. If you bought large chicken breasts, you can slice each large chicken breast in half horizontally to make two thin chicken breasts.
- Sprinkle the chicken with salt and chili powder.
- Top the chicken with corn kernels and black beans.
- Sprinkle with more chili powder. Top with crumbled Cotija cheese.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove from heat. Top with chopped green onions.
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Thank you for posting your wonderful recipe! It was a hit at our house. Surprisingly easy and fast to make. I appreciate your making life easier!
Definitely delicious, tried it my kiddos loved itttttt!!! Paired it with avocado, plantain, tortilla, jalapeños and salsa, it was a hit!! Thank you for sharing your amazing meal with us ☺️
Wow! This was easy and absolutely delicious! I followed your recipe using feta cheese. (I did take the liberty of adding 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin because I love the flavor of Chile powder and cumin together!). So much flavor! And healthy! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
Patti, thank you for trying this recipe and so glad you loved it! 🙂 Cumin and chili powder do go well together!
I made this tonight and it was so good! Before I tasted it I thought I might want to add salsa but the flavors were REALLY good without it! I will be making this again!
Jeanette, I am so glad you loved this recipe. Sometimes, the salsa is added when the flavor is somewhat lacking, so I am glad that is not the case here! 🙂
Julia, This was so delicious!!! It was also so easy for a quick weeknight and healthy meal. I added picante sauce on the side! Thanks Charlotte
Charlotte, I am so thrilled you loved this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to share such a wonderful comment - I love reading positive feedback. 🙂
Julia, I'd like to sub boneless chicken thighs here. What amount would I use? 1 pound? Thank you!
Cathy, yes, use between 1 pound and 1.5 pounds of skinless boneless chicken thighs.