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One Dish Queso Chicken Bake {Easy Dinner Recipe}

If you love queso then this recipe is for you!  A ooey, gooey, cheesy dinner recipe that takes only one dish and a few minutes to make!  This is perfect for a weeknight family dinner your family will love.

Queso Chicken Bake Recipe - One Dish + 10 minutes of prep + 5 ingredients = EASY & DELICIOUS dinner in no time! If you love Rotel cheese dip you will devour this recipe!

I have to let you in on a little secret… I am OBSESSED with nachos.  There is just something about the salty crunchy chip covered in rich warm melted cheese that is the ultimate comfort food for me.  Any good nacho connoisseur has a special place in their heart for RO*TEL.  You have seen me use it in quite a few recipes on my site, so a big THANK YOU to RO*TEL and ConAgra foods for sponsoring this post so I can bring you my newest (and cheesiest) chicken bake recipe.

Queso chicken bake recipe - Easy + delicious = best dinner EVER! My kids loved this dinner and asked for 2 extra servings! We made it with rice, but next time we will try tortillas!

I have so many memories of family gatherings growing up.  The counters were always packed with dishes everyone brought and there always was a huge variety.  The one staple that had to the there though was the RO*TEL cheese dip.  It was a given.  If we gathered it was there.  It is one of those foods that kind of defined those moments…. and maybe where the nacho obsession began.

I will admit that I eat nachos far more than I probably should.  I do try to pack them full of healthy extras to justify it, like corn, black beans, avocado, fresh cilantro, and tomatoes.  Doesn’t that sounds delicious?  So why stop there?  I mean the nachos are good because of all the stuff topping them, so why not take all that good stuff and bake it with some tender, juicy chicken breast? BINGO!  The Queso Chicken Bake was born!

5 ingredients + 1 Pan = Easy dinner everyone will love! Easy queso chicken bake. Rotel and velveeta over chicken breast with corn, black beans. Seriously what's not to love?!

The reason I love to make chicken bakes so much is that life is BUSY! (See all my chicken bake recipes here) It is hard to balance it all, and when you have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen daily to make and and then clean up a hot fresh dinner, there is not much time left for family time.  If we can make and clean up dinner fast, then we get to do some of our favorite things together like going on walks around the neighborhood in the summer, and snuggling up and watching our favorite TV shows together in the winter.

We love to do this with our kids because it is an easy way to relax, unwind, enjoy each other, and everyone really likes doing it.  Also, when we do this as a family it sparks a lot of fun conversations and laughter with our kids.  One of my son’s favorite shows is Wild Kratts.  In each episode they explore all about a new animal.  When we watch these together the kids always have lots of questions about the animal, where it lives, what it does and why.  We get to have fun as a family, have real genuine conversation with our kids and usually we all learn something along the way.  It’s fun!

Queso Chicken Bake Recipe - This dinner recipe is so easy you can have it from the fridge to the oven in 10 minutes! And wow is it good! Rotel queso dip was always my favorite!!

But back to the food.  This recipe is so fantastic because as I mentioned above it is easy so it gives us more time with the fam.  Also, it’s queso!  I mean let’s be honest, I have 3 small kids, so I go through my fair share of dinnertime battles, but when you are serving queso (packed with wholesome chicken, black beans, tomatoes and corn) the kids gobble it up.  Heck!  I gobble it up!

Queso Chicken Bake Recipe

To make this dish you need 5 ingredients.  That is it.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • RO*TEL Tomatoes with Green Chilis
  • Melty Queso Cheese {I used Velveeta- you want something that will melt well and mix in with the juices to make creamy queso dip!}

Step by step how to make the Queso Chicken Bake Recipe. You won't believe how easy this delicious dinner recipe is!!

Start with a large baking dish.  I used a 9×13 glass dish for 4 chicken breasts.  Place your chicken flat on the dish.  If the chicken breasts are especially thick, you may want to butterfly them (cut in half) to reduce the cooking time.

Open drain and rinse the beans, and open and drain the corn.  You will use the full can of RO*TEL.  Pour the corn, beans and RO*TEL over the chicken breasts.  I use canned corn, because that is what we usually keep on hand, but you could use frozen corn as well, as long as you thaw it.

Next cut the block of Velveeta into small cubes, around 1/2 inch.  No need to be exact, but it makes it cover the dish a bit more evenly.  I bought a 32 oz block and used half.  If you want extra cheese you can use a little bit more.  Then spread over the top of the chicken and veggies.

Cover the dish with foil and put it into an oven preheated to 375˚F and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is done and the juices run clear.

Did someone say Queso?! This Queso covered chicken dinner is so good! Only 5 ingredients and you make it in one pan. Easy to make and easy to clean up.

If you like the cheese to be a little crispy on top, remove the foil the last 5 minutes of the cook time.  Either way, it is just oooooooey, gooooooey, cheesy goodness topping the delicious chicken and wholesome veggies ready to fill your family up right.

When you take this out of the oven, the cheese will be melted, but the juices from the chicken and all of the veggies will be “watery” at the bottom of the pan.  I removed my chicken breasts, then mixed this delicious mixture of chicken broth, RO*TEL, and veggies together with a fork to make the creamiest best queso sauce then spooned the extra sauce on top of the chicken and rice when I served it.  A fork or whisk works well to get the cheese to combine into the juices smoothly.

I served this with some Spanish rice I picked up, but you could also serve it with chips, tortillas or even a salad.  It is a great way to have a warm comforting meal to the table quick.

Thanks again to ConAgra for sponsoring this post and the Mom It Forward Network for the opportunity. You can find more recipes with RO*TEL and other ConAgra foods on their Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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One Dish Queso Chicken Bake {Easy Dinner Recipe}
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can RO*TEL
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz Velveeta
  1. Place the chicken breast in a baking dish flat. Butterfly breasts if they are especially thick.
  2. Layer the corn, black beans, and RO*TEL on top of the chicken.
  3. Dice the queso cheese into ½ inch cubes and spread them evenly over the top of the dish.
  4. Cover the dish with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is done and the juices run clear. *if you want the cheese to be a little crispy remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of baking.
  5. Remove from oven then remove the chicken breasts from the pan and use a fork or whisk to work the extra cheese into the juices to form more queso sauce.
  6. Enjoy! Serve over rice, with chips, or with tortillas


Serve the Queso Chicken over rice, with tortillas or even a salad. This dinner is easy and delicious. Easy to make and easy to clean up, plus the kids will devour it!

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  1. teresa cooper says

    Hi – I love this, but was I suppose to drain the Rotel? Mine came out very watery/lots of liquid. It was very good just did not expect so much liquid.. Thanks

    • says

      I did not drain it in mine. When I served it I kind of mixed the cheese that melted down into the liquid from the chicken and veggies and it made a super creamy cheesy dip we just spooned over the top of everything. I will go back in the post and add a note about that just in case others wonder too. Thanks so much for the comment.

  2. Andrea says

    I followed the directions exactly and found it to be very liquidy. I removed the chicken and stirred it up as suggested in previous comments. The cheese looked curdled and my husband wouldn’t eat it because of this. I found it okay spooned over some rice. I doubt I make this again. Sorry

    • Andrea says

      I did make this again and this time sliced the chicken and cooked it before adding to the bottom of the dish. I also used 1/2 velveeta and 1/2 cream cheese cut into cubes. The cream cheese made it creamy after stirring it up. It was very good.

  3. Maura says

    Omg I made this tonight and it was fantastic. I subbed red bell pepper in for black beans and it was awesome. Thank you for sharing this amazing meal.

  4. Tanya says

    Taste, delicious.
    Presentation? Not so much.
    My family really enjoyed the dish. It had a lot of flavor. I did season my chicken, and we omitted the corn. Used mild cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, it came out very liquidy. Trying to stir the cheddar with the juices resulted in an even bigger mess. After seeing the results of that, I stopped and just served it over spinach. The heat wilted the spinach and created a wonderful meal taste wise. I believe this dish would have more success in the skillet or crock pot, with the cheese added last. I appreciate this recipe however, and want to thank you for giving me a new meal idea.

  5. Michelle Gantz says

    I seasoned the chicken breasts with chili powder and ground cumin. I drained the Rotel and used 8 oz Velveeta cheese (I ran out). I used unthawed frozen corn. I served it over Knorr Rice Side’s White Cheddar Queso.

    Still a little watery, so I drained it. Definitely needs at least 16 oz Velveeta. Needed more flavor, so next time I will rub the chicken in seasoning instead of sprinkling it on top. Will also serve with tortilla chips next time – needed something crunchy.

  6. Luna says

    No sadder flavor than unseasoned meats! Do you ever season your food? Based on the images of the other massive amounts of unseasoned naked chicken peeking out of these recipes I’m assuming you don’t really let a spice rub tenderize and flavor your base befor you all these combinations on top of them. Cheese and sauce alone can’t fix this.

    • says

      Feel free not to make the recipe if you don’t think it looks good. These recipes specifically, are made to be quick, easy, and tasty for busy families. I have several spice mixes on my site- Homemade Fajita Mix, Homemade Ranch Seasoning, and Homemade Greek seasoning here.

      Many processed foods have added salt and so I often do not add extra, however my chicken bake recipes are simple and I mention in the text of almost all of them that if you want to add something or don’t care for something and want to remove it then go for it! These are my personal recipes the way my family likes them, feel free to modify them for your tastes, or just pass if you don’t think it sounds good.

  7. says

    I cannot wait to try this! A couple thoughts:
    1. I wonder if this would as a freezer meal? Just assemble it in a disposible pan and freeze?
    2. After reading the comments, I’m a little nervous about it being liquidy. But I’m sure whisking it like you said will work fine. Rotel and Velveeta go together all the time for dip. Do you think leaving it uncovered to bake would help get rid of some of that extra liquid? Or will that just dry out the chicken?

    • says

      Hi Nicole- Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!
      1. Maybe! I am not sure how velveeta would freeze, but I think the other stuff should do just fine.
      2. I cook almost all of my chicken bakes uncovered, but this one I cooked covered just because I didn’t want the velveeta to get dried out so that it would be able to mix well with the juices at the end to make a queso. If you try it though let me know!

      • says

        Okay, have made it twice.
        1. It works great freezing it. No changes to texture or velveeta.
        2. Definitely better covered like you said. It dried out a lot more uncovered.

  8. Cheyenne says

    Gave this recipe a try tonight and I would consider it a success! After reading the other comments, I decided to drain the liquid off the can of Rotel. It turned out great. I had mine with salad and it was so filling! Don’t be discouraged by the other comments, give this a try :)

    • says

      So glad you enjoyed it! If you haven’t ever tried it, I would recommend my Italian chicken bake, fajita chicken bake, greek and enchilada chicken bakes! They are top favorites here!

  9. Gina says

    This was very good. I cut up the chicken into bite size pieces for easier serving and added a can of jalapeno slices. Turned out wonderful! Will make this again for sure. Thank you!

  10. kelly says

    i made this tonight for supper, i did drain the liquid from everything including the rotel, i used a whole box of queso velveeta and my family absolutely LOVED it!! I was kinda of shocked cause my sons dont like tomatoes in stuff so i was afraid it was gonna be an “ewwwww mom!!’ moment but nope they all said to make this again soon! oh i did add some salt pepper onion powder and garlic powder to the chicken before i added the beans and things..

  11. Michelle says

    Made this tonight and it was so good with a few changes. I used 3 thick chicken breast seasoned with chili powder and cumin, drained black beans, drained rotel, 4 Oz green chiles, frozen bag of sweet potato chunks (from target) instead of corn, and 10 Oz of cubed Blanco Velveeta. Baked covered for 65 minutes. No problem with too much liquid at all. Sweet potatoes added a different BUT, so good flavor. This will be at the top of my list for quick and delicious dinners. Thank you for recipe.

  12. says

    Just a couple of questions. How many people does this serve and what is the serving size, in cups or ounces? It looks like a very healthy dinner and I would be willing to try it. However, I would be serving two children and a bariatric adult. Don’t want to eat leftovers for a week!


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