Santa Fe chicken is an easy way to add a taste of the Southwest to your dinner, and it’s quick! This baked chicken recipe cooks in 30 minutes!
Oven-baked chicken dinners don’t have to be boring, dry, or take a long time to make. With a handful of zesty spices and fresh veggies, you can knock dinner up a notch. And of course, melty cheese doesn’t hurt! In about half an hour, you can have a nutritious, delicious dinner. Santa Fe Chicken is one you’ll want to come back to again and again.
Ingredients for this baked chicken recipe:
- Chicken: For this recipe, we are using boneless, skinless chicken. However, you can also use chicken breast, bone in. Leaving the bone in requires a longer cook time, but it keeps the chicken extra moist.
- Black Beans: To keep things quick and easy, canned black beans are the way to go here. Drain and rinse them before adding.
- Vegetables: Diced green bell pepper and either frozen corn or from a can (be sure to drain the liquid first).
- Spices: For the zestiness of our Santa Fe Chicken, we are using a combination of cumin and chile powder. And of course salt and pepper to make sure it’s well seasoned.
- Cheese: For some added heat, we are using pepper jack cheese. If pepper jack is too spicy for you, you can try Monterey jack or Swiss instead.
- Green Enchilada Sauce: I use my homemade version to top the dish off and keep everything moist and flavorful.
Tips for making Santa Fe Chicken:
What if I want to use boneless chicken breast?
You are more than welcome to use boneless chicken breast; just make sure you check it before 25 minutes as it will cook faster than bone in.
How do I know when the chicken is done?
The best way to know when your chicken is fully cooked is by using an instant read thermometer.
When the thermometer reads that the middle of the fattest part of the breast is 163°F, it’s ready. At that point, pull it out of the oven. Cover it loosely with aluminum foil to keep it warm and allow it to rest for five minutes before serving.
During the rest period, the meat will continue to cook, increasing the temperature 2 to 3 degrees. This is known as carryover cooking.
How can I ensure it bakes evenly?
If your chicken breasts are very thick, you can slice them in half lengthwise. Then, pound each slice between two sheets of plastic wrap for even thickness.
Want to make another chicken recipe?
If you love this Santa Fe Chicken and want to make other baked chicken recipes like it, I’ve got you covered:
My Baked Cubano Chicken is a spin on a traditional Cubano sandwich. Juicy baked chicken, salty ham, and zesty pickles bring the iconic Floridian deli dish to life as a mouthwatering entree – with a flavorful twist you’re sure to love.
Another recipe you’ll love is my Honey Mustard Baked Chicken. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. If you make it once, I know you’ll make it again and again! Enjoy!
Watch how to make this below!
Baked Santa Fe Chicken
- Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small bowl mix together the cumin, chili powder, kosher salt and pepper.
- Place the black beans in a rectangle 9x12" casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or vegetable oil and sprinkle with 1/2 of the seasoning.
- Layer the chicken breasts on top of the black beans and top with remaining seasoning mixture.
- Sprinkle the onion, bell pepper, green chiles, corn and 1 cup of the green enchilada sauce on top of the chicken. Cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. (See Note 1)
- Remove from oven and add Pepper jack cheese slices and remaining enchilada sauce to each piece of chicken. Put it back in the oven, uncovered for 5 minutes. Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing or serving.
- If chicken breasts are too thick (1 inch or more), slice in half horizontally and pound between sheets of plastic wrap for even thickness. For best results, use an instant read thermometer, the chicken is cooked when it reaches internal temperature of 165°F.