Salsa Verde Chicken

Juicy salsa verde chicken is moist and delicious. It is simple with the perfect level of spice, for a quick and tasty dinner option!

We like to serve our salsa verde chicken on top of white rice but you could also try serving it with Homemade Spanish rice, Cilantro lime rice, or Sour Cream Rice. If you wanted to go a healthier route you could make this tasty cauliflower rice!

Salsa verde chicken over rice on plate

Simple Chicken Verde

Chicken verde is so simple and wonderfully delicious. It’s a one pot meal that can be made in 30-35 minutes start to finish.

This chicken is seasoned with a little garlic salt and pepper and cooked in salsa verde. As it cooks, it soaks up all of the yummy flavor of salsa verde. It’s so tasty—my family always craves this dish!

We usually serve this chicken verde over white sticky rice with more of the warm salsa verde on top. You can use store bought salsa verde or you could try making our easy homemade tomatillo salsa! Salsa verde chicken always comes out tender in the middle and never dry. Anyone who tries this recipe will really enjoy it!

Chicken breasts in green salsa in a baking dish

How to Make Salsa Verde Chicken

SEASON. Season the chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper and place into a 9×13 baking dish. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Pour the salsa verde into the dish and on top of the chicken.

BAKE. Put into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

GARNISH. Once the chicken is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, take the dish out of the oven. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the chicken and bake on broil for an additional 1-2 minutes. I like the cheese to be a little browned on top.

SERVE. Serve over your favorite rice and make sure to pour a little of the warm salsa verde on top. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve warm.

salsa verde chicken topped with shredded cheese in a baking dish

Tips + SToring Info

It’s possible to make this chicken verde in in the crock pot if you prefer that:

  • COMBINE + BAKE. Place the chicken (seasoned with olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper) in the crockpot. Pour the salsa verde on top of the chicken breasts and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • GARNISH. During the last half hour of cooking- sprinkle the cheese on top and cook until the cheese has melted. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

While you can make this recipe in the instant pot it will yield shredded chicken, rather than whole chicken breasts. We don’t recommend it!

Chicken thighs can be used if chicken breasts are unavailable. They will be fattier but will cook better because they will keep their moisture easier.

Use a mild salsa verde to make it more kid friendly. Mild salsa verdes don’t include as much jalapenos.

STORE your leftover chicken verde in the fridge in an airtight container. It will last for 3-4 days in the fridge. To reheat, you can use the oven or microwave. You can also add additional shredded cheese on top before reheating.

Salsa verde chicken over rice on plate

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Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Juicy Salsa Verde Chicken is moist and delicious. It is simple with the perfect level of spice, for a quick and tasty dinner option!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 594 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 16 oz salsa verde or tomatillo salsa
  • 3 chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • pepper
  • 1 - 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Pour salsa verde into a baking dish, and add chicken breast to the dish. Bake for about 35 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees.
  • Remove chicken and add shredded cheese on top. Broil for an additional few minutes.
  • Serve over rice making sure to add some of the additional salsa verde as a sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm. 


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  1. 5 stars
    I love salsa verde flavor & never thought to add it to chicken, but I am so glad I found this recipe. It was delicious, easy to make, & my family loved it. I love when I find a recipe that the whole family enjoys!

  2. 5 stars
    This made such a great meal for dinner last night; so full of flavor and the whole family loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    This Chicken is amazing! Such great flavor and super easy. Loved having it over rice. It’s the perfect combination! Thanks for the recipe

  4. 5 stars
    An easy to make chicken dinner with a very satisfying salsa verde sauce. Theres nothing hard about this dish and everybody likes it!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for also linking this to your homemade salsa verde recipe. The fresher ingredients always make it so much more delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    I have been following you for years now and love your recipes! I have made this recipe for over 20 years. It’s easy, delicious, and a hit on any table! It’s also xcellent with red salsa!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m love hearing that you’ve been a long time follower. Thank you! So glad you enjoy the recipe!