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Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe

This Green Chili Chicken Bake recipe is rich, creamy and delicious. A quick and easy dinner with less than 10 ingredients made in one dish for quick and easy prep and  clean up.

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

I don’t know if it is because I grew up surrounded by fantastic mexican food living in Texas or if it is just because the mexican flavors are just so, so good, but I really love green chilis and creamy cheese in just about any combo.  Today’s combo is so rich, creamy and zesty in just the right way.  It is comfort food at it’s best.

The absolute best part of this recipe is that it is you can have it prepped and in the oven in just about 15 minutes.  The cherry on top is that the only mess to clean up after you eat is a bowl, a spoon and the baking dish.  That is speaking my love language. (You can find lots more of these easy one dish chicken bake dinner recipes here!  Many have been pinned over a million times!)

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

There is something a little magic that happens when you combine green chilis with cumin, garlic, and rich, creamy cheese.  Then of course you add some nice, juicy, wholesome chicken breast, because… you know… this is dinner so that seems a little more “adult like” then just slurping up all of the cheesy goodness.  Instead we just pile it on the chicken breast and then serve it with rice and beans, in tortillas, or if you want to do it a little lower carb you can serve it over a big pile of wilted spinach or other greens.  This tastes pretty amazing just about any way you can cook up!

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Step by Step

For a full printable recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the post.  To walk through how I make this with all of my thoughts, tips and tricks, read below!

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened – You can use light cream cheese here if you prefer, but fat free will not work well since it doesn’t melt like normal cream cheese.  Also, make sure the cheese is nice and soft before you begin to mix it so it combines well.  If you don’t have time to leave it out, then put it in a glass bowl, cover, and microwave for about 30 seconds, then stir and add 30 more seconds if necessary.  Softening the cream cheese will ensure that it isn’t lumpy and the flavor infuses every bit of the cheese for a delicious dinner.
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chilis- As I might have mentioned above I really love green chilis.  I have tried a lot of brands, but I really prefer Old El Paso.  I feel like their chilis are diced but instead of just being pieces in water, the liquid is thicker like pureed chilis which I find to be so much more flavorful than just chili pieces.
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper until combined. Then stir in the green chilis and stir until evenly mixed.  The key here is just making sure that you are starting with nice softened cream cheese.Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe
  3. Lay the chicken breasts flat in a baking dish. Cover the chicken breasts with the green chili mixture. Then top with the monterey jack cheese.Make sure that the chicken breast is laid in a flat single layer in the dish.  I like to use a 2 qt pyrex or a corningware baking dish to give it just enough room.  Since the chicken breasts are all different sizes, it is impossible to know exactly how long to cook, but the guidelines below should give you a good start.  If the chicken breasts are thick or very large, it will take longer, and if they are smaller, probably less time.  If you are in a pinch you can put it in a larger dish and cut the chicken breast up into smaller pieces and spread them out a bit more.  This should speed up the cook time a good bit!Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe
  4. Bake on the middle rack for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.I often get asked if you need to cover this while baking.  I bake mine on the middle oven rack and do not need to cover it while baking and it comes out perfect.  However, every oven is different, and if you bake yours and the cheese is getting browner than you want, feel free to loosely cover it with foil to avoid additional browning.  I would let it bake as long as possible without covering though so that you don’t trap all the liquid in while it cooks which can make it soupy.
  5. Serve hot over spanish rice, greens, tortillas, or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

Quick, easy, and of course delicious as promised!   I really hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! If you get a chance to try it out, snap a pic and tag  me on Instagram @easyfamilyrecipes, or leave me a comment here.  It makes my day to heart that people are making my recipes and spending time at the dinner table together!

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

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Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3-4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chilis (I prefer Old El Paso)
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper until combined. Then stir in the green chilis and stir until evenly mixed.
  3. Lay the chicken breasts flat in a baking dish. Cover the chicken breasts with the green chili mixture. Then top with the monterey jack cheese.
  4. Bake on the middle rack for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.
  5. Serve hot over spanish rice, greens, tortillas, or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Green Chili Chicken Bake Recipe- Creamy, delicious, one dish quick and easy dinner recipe

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    • says

      Hi Michelle – There is a printable recipe card toward the bottom of this post. If you use the print button on the card it will only print the recipe card (not the whole post)

    • says

      You know, I have never tried it! I do a similar recipe with cream of chicken soup in the crockpot, but haven’t done this one. I think if you added all of the ingredients but the cheese, the stirred in softened cream cheese at the end it would be pretty similar!

      • Shelley says

        Kimber, I found this recipe this morning and I made it tonight for dinner. I made it in the crock pot and it was excellent! My crock pot cooks hot, so I cut the chicken into chunks and tossed it with the spices and peppers. After an hour I added the cheeses and cooked for another hour. I thickened the sauce with cornstarch and water. The next time I make it, I’ll leave the lid off from the start so some of the water from the chicken evaporates. This was excellent and I will definitely make it again! I served it over rice and everyone had a second helping!

  1. Lisa B. says

    Looks yummy. I wonder if I could substitute a drained can of Rotel tomatoes for the chilis? I do that with so many Texas Mex recipes. I add the reserved liquid from the Rotel to the water when I make Mexican rice. It gives it a nice little kick.

  2. Julie Waters says

    I added a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies and cooked in the crock pot on low for 6 hours, and wowza….so yummy!

    • Lisa B. says

      So glad you tried it successfully with Rotel. That is exactly where I was thinking of going with this recipe.

  3. Amy Patrick says

    Thanks for the cool recipe! I shredded chicken and heated up the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and made enchiladas with corn tortillas…it turned out amazing!

  4. Chris says

    This looks and sounds amazing but I’ve never cooked with green chilis. Just how spicy are they? I do just fine with Indian foods but chilis seem to do me in with their heat. Thanks for your help!

    • says

      Although they do have a small amount of heat, these are relatively mild. I feed them to my kids! Unless you are extra sensitive you should be just fine! Enjoy!

  5. Susan Hidlebaugh says

    Just made this for dinner, and my husband who really prefers beef was all over this chicken. He loved it and said if I am making chicken, this is the way he wants it. 👍🏻👍🏻

  6. Chris says

    Looks good. Trying it today with the ingredient that was left out of the recipe. That is cilantro on top I assume.

  7. Lyndsey says

    Hi! Do you know the nutrition facts for this recipe by chance? We are starting keto and would love to try it!

  8. Kristen says

    Made this two weeks ago for my family one of which is a picky teenage girl. She has already requested it again 🙂 A great weeknight recipe because it’s easy and quick. Also a bonus, the cream cheese mixture keeps the chicken moist. Thanks Kimber!

  9. Pat says

    We had this for dinner tonight over a green salad. We eat low carb for our weight and health. This was delicious!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  10. Kate says

    Looks good! I’m going to try it this weekend, though I’m going to use fresh poblanos and add some chopped chorizo

  11. Heidi says

    I made this tonight for dinner and my boyfriend and I both loved it. I like things a little more bland and he likes them a little more on the spicy side. He commented several times on what good flavor the dish had, and I must say I’d have to agree. It was super simple to make and tasted great. It was definitely a win! I’d for sure make this again!

  12. Katie says

    This is in the oven right now! We like spicy, so I topped with habeñero and jalapeño Monterey jack cheese! Plan on serving on a bed of brown basmati rice and seasoned black beans! Can’t wait!

  13. Laura says

    I just made this – WOW – it is delicious! Even my super picky 14 year old ate it in a low carb tortilla! I am keto, so I splurged and ate it over a couple of tortilla chips. AMAZING!

  14. says

    This was amazing! I added cilantro, and served it with salsa verde and green jalapeño sauce. The sauce the it made was delicious over chopped broccoli. I might even add some chopped green onions next time. Because there WILL be a next time!

  15. Dolores Mora says

    thank you for share this recipe, is soo good my grandkids and my husband love it and definitely will do this again, i recommend it to my friends too thank you👍

  16. Susan says

    This was so incredibly delicious!!
    We will definitely make it again and it’s on the favorites list.
    Wonderful the next day too!!
    We love elftovers

  17. Sherry says

    Hi. This looks really good. Plan on making it tonight. One question though, do u think boneless, skinless thighs will be ok? Thank u.

  18. Lisa says

    I made this and it was FABulous first time out! This is a keeper and low carb too. I used mild chillies, as I don’t like spicy food, and the flavor was outstanding. Loved the crispy cheese topping. 10 stars!

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