Healthy Mexican Chicken Bake


This Mexican chicken bake is a high-protein, low-calorie meal that leaves you full. It's so flavorful. Goes great with cornbread and/or a side of refried beans. You can use whatever Mexican spices you want. We love cumin!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 1 cup salsa


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season one side of chicken breasts with 1/2 of the cumin, 1/2 of the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper; arrange chicken breasts seasoned-side down in hot oil. Fry until chicken is lightly browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Season the top of each chicken breast with remaining cumin, remaining garlic powder, salt, and black pepper; flip chicken and cook until other side is lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. If the skillet gets dry, pour in just enough salsa juice to keep it from burning.

  4. Transfer chicken breasts to a 9-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend. Loosen drippings from the skillet with a little more salsa juice and pour on top of chicken breasts. Spoon salsa over cheese layer.

  5. Bake chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    close up view of Mexican Chicken Bake, with black beans and corn, garnished with green onions

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
19g Fat
6g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 215mg 17%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 434mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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