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One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe

By Rachel
July 3, 2024

This one pan low carb green Chile chicken bake is a great weeknight meal! Chicken breasts stuffed with pepper jack cheese, poblano peppers, and salsa Verde. These are seasoned and baked until golden brown and tender. Serve with fresh avocado, cilantro, and more salsa Verde. This is a great low carb recipe, it’s full of flavor and texture. Enjoy with low carb tortillas if desired.

pan with baked green chile chicken

If you like green chiles, try this Creamy Hatch Green Chile Dip!

Highlights and why you’ll love it:

  • One-pan meal: this chicken bakes up quickly in a large cast iron pan or baking dish making prep and clean up super easy! Nothing needs to be cooked before baking, simply assemble, transfer to baking dish, and bake. This can be fun to serve family style straight out of the pan.
  • Quick assembly: this recipe takes no time to assemble, simple slice the peppers and cheese (or use pre-shredded cheese), pack into the butterflied chicken, top with green chiles and jarred salsa Verde and bake. This can be pre-assembled the morning off for a dinner you can just toss in the oven when needed.
  • Simple ingredients: chicken, peppers, cheese, green chiles, and jarred salsa + a few spices you have on hand. That’s all you need! Any kind of chicken will work for this so use what you have on hand. If you cant find poblano peppers you can use green bell peppers and add in jalapeños for some spice.
  • Customizable: flavors and textures can be customized in this recipe. If you don’t like peppers, You can leave them out of use fewer peppers, add in onions or other veggies as desired. Different spices and seasonings can be as preferred.
  • Budget friendly: This is a very affordable meal that is filling and family friendly, you can find chicken on sale and the other ingredients are usually affordable. Serve with a budget friendly side like Failproof Long Grain Rice in the Instant Pot or Perfect Brown Rice (without a rice cooker).

This one pan keto green chile chicken is a delicious dinner recipe, great for busy nights and even as leftovers the next day! Ad this low carb chicken recipe to your list of easy dinner recipes the whole family will love.

If you like this One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe, you’ll love these other easy chicken recipes…

Easy PF Chang’s Ginger Broccoli Chicken Recipe

Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Spicy Chopped Thai Chicken Salad (Panera Inspired)

Copycat Panda Express Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Copycat Chili’s Chile Mango Chicken Recipe with Rice

How to make the low carb green chile chicken (with step by step instructions):

Quick overview:

  • Butterfly chicken breast and stuff with cheese, salsa, and peppers.
  • Place in pan and coat with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Top with remaining peppers and salsa Verde.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until cooked through.

1. Firstly start by butterflying your chicken breast.

2. Secondly, fill each chicken breast with sliced poblano peppers and pepper jack cheese.

3. Thirdly, add a scoop of salsa Verde and fold to enclose.

4. Transfer prepared chicken to a large cast iron pan or baking dish.

5. Top with remaining salsa Verde and the rest of the poblano peppers.

6. Finally, bake until tender and cooked through. Chicken is done once it reaches and internal temperature of 165 degrees F. use a meat thermometer to check if needed.

Grocery Store List & Substitutions:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: or use boneless skinless chicken thighs (these will be a little more difficult to stuff). Leftover rotisserie chicken is a good substitute as well.
  • Pepper jack cheese: any type of cheese will work for this recipe, I like the extra spice from the pepper jack. Use shredded, sliced, or a block of cheese. Cheddar cheese, Monterey jack, mozzarella cheese, and Colby jack cheese would also work well. For a more creamy filling, use cream cheese.
  • Poblano peppers: bell peppers can be substituted and so can jalapenos for more heat. Poblanos have a mild flavor, they are night heavy in spice. Most grocery stores will carry these.
  • Canned green chiles: canned chiles make everything so easy, I leave the juice, but you can also drain it.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: any type of oil will work in this recipe, avocado oil and vegetable oil are two other options.
  • Salsa Verde: store-bought jarred salsa is perfect for a quick meal, homemade salsa will also work. If you prefer a different type of salsa, and red salsa will work as well.
  • Toppings: like avocado, cilantro, green onions or fresh limes. Serve with more cheese over top if desired. This chicken also goes great with sour cream, guacamole, more salsa, or avocado crema.
chicken breast stuffed with cheese, peppers, and salsa Verde

This keto stuffed chicken recipe is great if you’re on a keto diet or just looking for keto recipes to cut down on carbs. Serve this with cauliflower rice for a low carb side dish + an extra serving of veggies! Or serve along side these Easy One-Pan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes or Kale Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing.

Tools I used for this green chile chicken recipe:

  • Le Creuset 5 1/2-Qt. Dutch Oven – my favorite Dutch oven for cooking and baking, enamel cast iron is also a great conductor of even heat.
  • Tongs – A must kitchen utensil!
  • USA Pan Half Sheet Pan – my go-to sheet pans, these are truly non-stick and clean up nicely. I like to use these to set my chicken on while assembling.

Serving ideas and variations:

  • Chop up or turn into shredded chicken and serve in low carb tortillas or on top of a salad.
  • Serve as a grain bowl with other roasted veggies and toppings like fresh salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
  • Shred leftover chicken and turn into enchiladas or tacos, top with the peppers and salsa Verde.
  • Serve family style with a buffet of toppings like cubed avocado, cilantro, jalapenos, and limes.
  • Use diced chicken instead of chicken breasts and make this into a fun chicken ‘casserole’ bake.
  • Serve with pasta or rice for a more filling meal.
One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe

Everyone will love this cheesy chicken dish, juicy chicken in a green chile sauce with lots of pepper jack cheese baked until tender. We have this on regular rotation, it is a complete meal weather you are low-carb diet or not! For a more filling meal, serve with Spanish rice or flour tortillas.

One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe

One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe

Chicken stuffed with pepper jack cheese, poblano peppers, and salsa Verde baked until tender.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Large casserole dish or Cast iron pan


  • 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
  • 6 oz. Sliced pepper jack cheese
  • 2 medium Poblano peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 16 oz. Jar salsa Verde
  • Fresh cilantro, avocado, and limes for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 425° F. Place butterflied chicken on a large sheet pan. With chicken opened flat, layer the inside with pepper jack cheese, sliced poblano peppers, and a spoonful of salsa Verde. Fold chicken in half to enclose.
  • Place prepared chicken breasts in a large casserole dish or cast iron pan. Rub with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl combine the chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Rub the seasonings all over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the remaining poblano peppers around the chicken and top everything with the rest of the salsa Verde. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with fresh cilantro, avocado, and limes.


*Chicken should temp at 165 degrees before consuming. 
*Add as much cheese as desired, cheese can be sprinkled on top as well. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 368kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 35gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 590mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 337mgIron: 1mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 368kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Green Chile Chicken, low carb, One Pan, Skillet Bake

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One Pan Low Carb Green Chile Chicken Bake Recipe

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  1. 5 stars
    Tasted great!! Highly recommend.

    1. Glad you liked it!

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