Santa Fe Chicken

Grilled boneless chicken breasts covered in a creamy Southwestern Sauce, topped with a Black Bean-Corn Salsa, tons of cheese, and crispy tortilla strips. It’s spicy, delicious, and maybe the perfect southwestern chicken dish.

Santa Fe Chicken

 

Do you have any cookbooks that you’ve flipped through a million times,Β ogling the pictures and recipes, but for one reason or another you’ve never actually made anything from it? That’s been the case with me and Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes that Made Them Famous Cookbook.

Santa Fe Chicken

It spotlights dining establishments from around the southeast and features 1-3 recipes from each place. They’re the kind of places that are a joy to stop at on a road trip. The cookbook has lots of fabulous pictures not only of the foods, but of the restaurants themselves plus scenic photos from around the south.

Sometimes I get a little nervous making recipes from restaurants because they tend to cook in such huge quantities and the recipes aren’t always scaled down that accurately for the home cook.

Santa Fe Chicken

But this recipe for Santa Fe Chicken from Rosie’s Cantina in Huntsville, Alabama is fabulous. I’ve never been to Huntsville, but if I go, I will definitely be dining at Rosie’s Cantina.

The Southwestern Sauce with mayonnaise, sour cream, red bell pepper, cayenne pepper, a few more seasonings, and rice vinegar is what makes this dish so creamy and delicious. The rice vinegar, something I don’t really associate with southwestern cooking, gives just a hint of tang to the sauce and it is wonderful.

And who can resist a Black Bean-Corn Salsa? I’ve added more salsa than the recipe calls for and then it almost becomes an all in one meal. You can crumble some tortilla chips on top, but I really recommend frying (or baking) up your own. Just cut flour tortillas in strips and fry in vegetable oil for a few seconds. Or coat with cooking spray and bake in a hot oven until lightly browned.

Santa Fe Chicken

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Santa Fe Chicken
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Santa Fe Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 
A creamy and spicy south western chicken dish with black bean-corn salsa.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Servings: 4
Calories: 872 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
Southwestern Sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper, cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Chicken
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Provolone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Tortilla Strips, I make my own by cutting flour tortillas into strips and frying in vegetable oil
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
Black Bean-Corn Salsa
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare Southwestern Sauce. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.
  2. Prepare Black Bean-Corn Salsa. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (or use a grill pan). Brush chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Grill chicken 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until done.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased baking dish. Top each breast with 1/3 cup Southwestern Sauce, 1/2 cup Black Bean-Corn Salsa, and 1/4 of the cheese.
  5. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes of until cheese melts.
  6. Serve with tortilla strips and avocado.
Nutrition Facts
Santa Fe Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 872
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Source: adapted from Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes that Made Them Famous

Santa Fe Chicken

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13 thoughts on “Santa Fe Chicken

  1. Oh this is soooo my kind of meal! I loveeee anything mexican flavored (probably a little too much! ha!) and this sounds delicious. Especially with that fresh black bean salsa and crispy tortilla strips!

  2. This looks incredible Christin! I have some cookbooks that I go through and admire the pictures but haven’t tried making the recipes yet either. So glad that you are sharing this Santa Fe Chicken with us – it sounds amazing! I love the black-bean corn salsa and the tortilla chips are such a nice touch πŸ™‚

  3. oh it looks awesome Christin πŸ™‚ I hope you are ready for our winter storm. Our local weather channel says we are going to get 12+ inches of snow and sleet between now and end of the day on Thursday!

  4. I’ve pretty much flipped through all of the Southern Living books in my family again and again. My grandma has some, my Mom has some, and I have a few, too. The recipes are flawless and they never go out of style.
    I’ve been craving spicy food lately, thanks for the push to make this πŸ™‚

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