Here’s a chicken recipe your whole family will enjoy: Santa Fe Chicken
My family asked me what was for dinner the other night, and I responded by telling them that yes, indeed we were having chicken (again). I got grunts and groans and things like that. I know I need to branch out a little bit more once in a while, but I promised them that they would ABSOLUTELY enjoy the chicken I was preparing them. They were skeptical, as usual. But no need for that because this chicken rocked it out of the park. They loved it!
The chicken is lightly browned in a hot skillet, then it’s baked in the oven with mushrooms and chicken broth. A light, creamy sauce is poured on top, then it’s finished off with melted cheese and toasted pine nuts. If the mushrooms and the pine nuts are scary prospects for your little ones, you can always leave them off (or put them on the adult portions of chicken only. My son promptly pushed the mushrooms to the side, which drives me absolutely batty. I keep telling him that SOMEDAY he will love mushrooms as much as I do!
I have had this recipe for a LONG time (given to me from a friend), and I can’t believe this was my first time making it. It’s going to be a repeater recipe in my house, for sure.
Santa Fe Chicken
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ pound sliced mushrooms
- ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- One 4 ounce can diced green chilies, drained and seeded
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
- ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter and add the chicken. Cook, turning as needed for 10 minutes or until brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken in single layer in a 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
- Add mushrooms to the skillet and sauté 3 minutes. Scatter mushrooms over chicken and pour broth over all. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
- Melt remaining butter in skillet and sauté onion for 3 minutes. Add chilies, garlic and flour. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove chicken from oven. Combine pan drippings and remaining broth in a measuring cup. Measure 1 cup and stir into onion mixture. Mix in yogurt and heat thoroughly. Spoon mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven.
- 4. Bake for 15 more minutes. To serve, sprinkle with pine nuts.
- If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of chiles and chicken broth that are known to be GF, and use something else as a thickener to replace the flour: GF flour, cornstarch, or something else you prefer to use.
Other family-friendly chicken recipes you might like to try:
Sweet Lemon- Glazed Drumsticks by RecipeGirl
Baked Chicken Parmesan by SkinnyTaste
Balsamic- Glazed Chicken by RecipeGirl
Easy, Baked Sour Cream Chicken by Kalyn’s Kitchen
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon by Culinary Covers
Ohhhhh yeah. Yeah I’m doing this.
This dish sound really good, and I can add more chillis to make it hot, my hubby will love it
Recipes passed down from friends are such a terrific way to bond. The pine nut addition is unexpected and delish!
Hehe too cute, we eat chicken way too much too so I definitely need new chicken ideas! This one looks perfect, I love the mushroom sauce and toasted pine nuts here!
I’m with Kalyn – I would take those unappreciated mushrooms! This looks very tasty, and great way to liven up boneless/skinless 🙂
This looks fantastic, Lori. love the extra touch of pine nuts.
I would definitely get no grunts and groans from my family with this dish! Mushrooms are always welcome and the cheese and pine nuts sound terrific! Pinning. 🙂
A nice recipe. Thanks so much.
Hi, i was wondering what do you serve this chicken with?
Would mashed potatoes work or rice or pasta?
Thank you for your time!
I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, this one sounds delicious!!
If I had kids I’d probably eat all their mushrooms! Sounds delicious and thanks for the shout-out for my Baked Sour Cream Chicken!
Love the mushrooms and pine nuts in this one Lori!
Looks delicious!! We also are lots of poultry eaters — a good recipe to try.
So that pine nut addition TOTALLY surprised me. But, I am in major need of some new chicken ideas, or the husband will not be a happy camper. This looks like the perfect way to do that that! Pinned!
I LOVE mushroom sauce over chicken! I need to make this this week!