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30-Minute One-Pan Salsa Verde Chicken

This 30-Minute One-Pan Salsa Verde Chicken is perfect for all those busy weeknights. It’s healthy, tasty, and super easy. Kick up your dinner routine.

salsa verde chicken

When you live in a land where the temperature drops 30 degrees from one day to the next, you just gotta be prepared.

I mean, I literally swapped flip flops for thick socks within 24 hours. Cool tank tops were immediately exchanged for cozy hoodies. One minute, we needed, like needed, chocolate ice cream. The next day, the skies had me craving creamy chicken wild rice soup.

Around here, a drastic about-face in forecast is par for the course. I’ve learned to go with the flow and be flexible from day to day – not something I was good at when I first moved to the Twin Cities nine years ago. Noooo, not at all.

We’ve come such a long way. Now we always have both sunscreen and ponchos in the mom van. I’ve also got Mentos and Sharpies in there, but that’s not this story. Anyways. The goal is to be prepared.

Similarly, I try to have my pantry stocked with a few basics that can be tossed together anytime, regardless of what a busy weeknight tosses our way. We’ve always got some great salsa in the pantry and chicken in the freezer.

On days where we find ourselves hustling the kids to soccer and piano lessons and boy scouts after a day of working late, a few good basics in the kitchen can work wonders.

This 30-Minute, One-Pan Salsa Verde Chicken? It’s a lifesaver. Or a dinner saver, at the very least…

salsa verde chicken

Like I said, this Salsa Verde Chicken needs only a few basic ingredients and one big pan.

I pretty much always keep a jar of my favorite salsa verde from Trader Joe’s at the ready. Of course, the fridge houses garlic and onions at all times because we are garlic fiends, and onions are a BFF too.

Just grab some boneless chicken thighs (way more tender than chicken breasts in this dish) and a few good spices. You’ll literally toss it all together in that big pan you pulled out. Let it cook for up to 15 minutes. Done and done.

You’ve now got a crowd-pleaser of a meal. Perfect over rice, tortillas, or chips. I’ve even laid this dish over crispy greens when feeling particularly health-nutty. However you serve it, you’re sure to love it.

salsa verde chicken

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30-Minute One-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

4.84 from 6 ratings
This 30-Minute One-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is perfect for all those busy weeknights. It's healthy, tasty, and super easy. Get ready to add this to your regular dinner routine.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 2 lbs skinless boneless chicken thighs, towel dried and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin'
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 jar, 16oz salsa verde
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges


  • In a large, deep skillet over medium high heat, add all ingredients. Try to submerge all pieces of chicken in the liquid of pan. Cover tightly and bring to a low boil, cooking for 12-15 minutes or just until chicken is no longer pink in center. Do not overcook.
  • Gently shred the chicken. Add kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro and lime. Serve over rice, tortillas, or chips.


You may use chicken breasts in lieu of the thighs, but chicken thighs will yield a noticeably more tender dish.
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Mexican

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    • maria magdalena (@invinitelearn)

    One more plate please! Lol! Looking into your photos and read the ingredients make my mouth drooling! I like this. I’ll keep this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you like it, Maria!

    • Summer Mitch Ryan
    • 5 stars

    Wow looks delish. The procedure is quite easy to remember,in fact, it’s already in mind. I might, however, add a bit of chili as we love our food a bit spicy.

    • Elizabeth O

    That salsa verde chicken looks so delicious and tasty. But I don’t eat meat. I will share this to my friends. I am sure that they love these kind of recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! 🙂

    • franckxethee

    This is really good for quick and meals in an instant. They also look so tasty and delicious.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Franc!

    • Fred

    Looks like a great dish to whip up together. However, I have no idea what salsa verde tastes like. I should check it out when I get to visit a Traders Joe in the future.

    • Jessica Groff

    SO EXCITED TO TRY THIS. thanks so much I’m always on the lookout for healthy easy dishes!

    • Jojo Hua

    Oh my goodness, I’m all for dishes that only need one pot to prepare. And this one looks absolutely delicious. I’m getting really hungry now!

    • Joanna

    This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. It is definitely comfort food full of flavours. The cold weather has came in my country for a while now so this is a great idea for dinner one evening.

    • Tammy A

    Oh my all your recipes look so yummy. I love to make Mexican food but can’t seem to find really good recipes. Until now.

    • Jason Panuelos

    I love everything in this post!! Everything looks so fresh and delicious and healthy! Perfect for any meal! 😀

    • Le-an Lai Lacaba

    Your pictures look good enough to eat! Definitely adding this to my list of to try recipes 🙂

    • Fabiola Zefi

    The photos are phenomenal. I do not eat meat but I am certain it tastes phenomenal.

    • fasetto

    I read the title and already knew I was hooked. Then seeing the photos confirmed it for me, I’m making this tonight for my family! I love that it will only take me 25 mins. Thank you.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, glad you like it! 🙂

    • Utminh

    WOW! Looks great. I do not know if I can make it look like this, but I have to try it now.

      • chewoutloud

      As long as it tastes good, looks aren’t important, right? 😉

    • nicoleflintkontrol

    That looks so delicous! Great for a comfort food! I love anything with salsa verde.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks so much, Nicole! 🙂

    • Tiffany Yong
    • 5 stars

    The one pot salsa verde chicken looks like a great comfort food for the rainy season or cold weather (which we hardly get in singapore!). Yum yum,… asking my bf if he wants some too~

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you guys all love it, Tiffany 🙂

    • Cia Black

    This looks amazing, I’m glad I came across this in the morning, because now I have time to get the ingredients to make it for dinner

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, anything to make the afternoon/evening easier 🙂

    • Thehyppomyselfthecat

    Ha! This looks so yummy and easy to make! Will definetly try it out!

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you’re liking it 🙂

    • Erica Ardali

    I would love to try thisout. We are attempting to eat healthier and thus is write up our alley

      • chewoutloud

      We try to eat healthier before the holidays hit 😉 🙂

    • thewanderingcore

    You live in a place where weather changes this drastically..that’s new thing for me!! Well, I love the recipe, passing it on my chef brother, he’ll make this up for me 😀

      • chewoutloud

      I was raised and grown in So. Cal. for most of my life, and the weather there does not change like in the upper midwest 🙂

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