Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tried & True Tuesday - Salsa Verde Chicken

My last Tried and True Tuesday, I made Slow Cooker Chicken Curry made with salsa.  This week I'm sharing another easy recipe that has salsa ~ SALSA VERDE ~ Oh boy is this good!  I made this for dinner last week and I'm making it again tonight!
Here are the links to my inspiration:

Simply Recipes: Salsa Verde Chicken Bake  
 Very Culinary: Salsa Verde chicken Bake

With just a few ingredients, this recipe is so simple.  The lime, Cilantro and sour cream are optional, but really make the dish kick with flavor!

Salsa Verde Chicken (slightly adapted)

2 lbs of boneless/skinless chicken thighs or breasts
14 to 16 oz salsa verde (I used two 7 oz cans of HERDEZ salsa verde)
1 1/2 Cups (or more) Colby Monterey Jack cheese blend (known as Colby-Jack)
1/3 Cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 lime cut
Sour cream - fat free, reduced fat, or regular

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease (or non-stick cooking spray) a baking dish that is just large enough for chicken to completely cover the bottom.  Place chicken flat in baking dish.  *If you are using large chicken breasts, cut them in thirds.  Pour the salsa verde over the top of chicken.  Bake on middle rack for 40 mins.  Remove chicken from oven, sprinkle with cheese, place back in oven and bake additional 15-20 mins or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F.

Serve chicken and sauce over rice.  Squeeze fresh lime juice on top, add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.  Dig in, YUM!  

Black beans would make a great side dish, along with tortilla chips and a margarita!

Before I go, here are two more seasonings from Penzeys I've been sprinkling on my food!  These are two good ones!

Pizza Seasoning "This tasty Italian style mix is great for making homemade pizza sauce or pizza sausage, or for simply sprinkling on a frozen pizza before cooking to add extra flavor. Mix 1 TB. Pizza Seasoning in 1-2 Cups tomato sauce for homemade pizza, depending on how spicy you like it. For sausage, use about 1 TB. per pound of ground pork or beef. As great as it is to make pizza from scratch, most people use our pizza seasoning to give a boost to bland frozen pizza. Pizza Seasoning is also great for pizza bread: brush cut French bread lightly with seasoned tomato sauce, then sprinkle with grated cheese and broil. Use with beef or pork patties and top with tomato sauce and a slice of mozzarella for a kid-pleasing pizza burger. Hand-mixed from: salt, cracked and ground Indian fennel seed, Turkish oregano leaf and powder, sugar, garlic, Tellicherry black pepper, sweet California basil, white onion, crushed red pepper and cayenne red pepper powder."  (Source, penzeys.com

Their pizza seasoning makes an otherwise dull pizza delish!

Greek Seasoning "A traditional blend of lemon, garlic and oregano. To make GREEK SALAD DRESSING: Mix 2 TB. seasoning with 2 TB. water, let stand 5 min. Add ¼ Cup olive oil, ¼ Cup salad oil, 1/3 Cup red wine vinegar (or ¼ cup balsamic vinegar and 2 TB. water), plus 1 tsp. sugar if desired. Use to dress vegetable salads, tomatoes and red onion with feta cheese and olives, chicken and pasta salads, or a plain lettuce salad. For gyros, mix 1 TB. in 1 TB. water. Let stand 5 min., add 1 TB. olive oil and 1 TB. lemon juice. Combine with 1 lb. cubed lamb (traditional), pork or chicken, refrigerate 2 hours. Broil until browned. Mix 2-3 tsp. with 1 Cup yogurt and 2 TB. cucumber for gyro sauce. Great on grilled, baked or fried fish or chicken, rub on 1 tsp. per lb. Hand-mixed from: coarse salt, garlic, lemon, black pepper, Turkish oregano, marjoram." (Source, penzeys.com)

I love LOTS of flavor, the Greek Seasoning is perfect for my frozen meals.  
I can't wait to make a Greek salad! 

Thanks for stopping by!



Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Mary, that chicken looks yummy!!! I love some good chicken recipes!!

Mary ~ said...

Thank you, Lisa - no leftovers tonight, they ate it all! I love that it's quick & easy, and still tastes great!

Elena @ La Petite Vie said...

Yum, this sounds so tasty. I love anything with lime and cilantro. So funny, always have a few cans of good ol herdez in our pantry! Thanks for the dinner idea!