posted by Kalyn Denny on January 21, 2018
It took a couple of tries to perfect the method for this Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Chicken with Green Chiles and Cheese, but I think you’ll like the recipe we ended up with. This is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Sometimes a recipe idea pops into my head and I become obsessed with trying it, even when the recipe might not be that unique or unusual. That’s what happened with this Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Chicken with Green Chiles and Cheese, and although you might have seen recipes with ingredients to this one, it was the idea of layering some roasted mild green chiles with the chicken that got me excited about this. In some ways this is an easier version of the Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole that’s been so popular on the blog, but minus the creamy sauce and this one is a lot easier to put together.
I was hoping to make it even easier than it ended up being, but when I tested the original idea with Jake and Kara, we soon learned that when we cut up the raw chicken, layered it with the green chiles, added sauce and cheese, and baked it, the chicken released far too much water to make it appealing. So later when I worked on it again by myself I came up with the idea of briefly cooking the whole chicken breasts and slicing them before they went into the casserole dish with the other ingredients. The trick here is to barely cook the chicken, just enough to evaporate some of the water. Please pay attention to the short time I’m recommending or your chicken might be overdone by the time it’s cooked in the oven.
But if you follow my tips (and if you like chicken, green chiles, and cheese), this just might become one of your favorites for a tasty quick dinner! I’ve been eating the leftovers for a few days now, and thoroughly enjoying them every time I have some!
Trim the chicken breasts to remove any undesirable parts. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan (I used my favorite Green Pan 12 Inch Frying Pan.) Season chicken with salt, pepper, and a few pinches of Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning and cook exactly three minutes on each side; then remove to a cutting board. While chicken browns, drain the whole roasted green peppers in the sink, then split each pepper in half, remove seeds and spread out on paper towels to drain. Put another paper towel over the peppers and press down to remove water.
I tried a couple of variations of green chile sauce, but this Ortega Mild Green Taco Sauce is the one that had the lowest sugar and was nice and thick without reducing. (Use any sauce you prefer, but sauces that are too watery won’t work well for this recipe unless they are simmered to reduce the sauce.) Cut each chicken breast into three or four lengthwise pieces. Preheat oven to 400F/200C and spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray and spread 1/4 cup of the green chile taco sauce in the bottom. Lay chicken strips in the dish. Cover with the strips of roasted green chiles.
Spread the rest of the taco sauce over the chicken/chile strips and cover with grated cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes, or just until cheese is completely melted. (Don’t leave it long enough to brown the cheese or the chicken will be over-done. You can turn on the broiler and brown it for 1-2 minutes if you’d like.)
Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Chicken with Green Chiles and Cheese
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat and undesirable parts
- 1 T olive oil (or oil of your choice for browning chicken)
- 1 tsp. Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste for seasoning chicken
- 2 cans (7 oz. can) whole roasted green chiles
- 1 cup Ortega Mild Green Taco Sauce (or use any green chile sauce that’s thick and low in sugar. If the sauce is watery, start with more and reduce by simmering until it’s thick.)
- 1 cup grated Mexican cheese blend (or more)
- sour cream, salsa, chopped avocado, or Green Tabasco Sauce to add at the table (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray a 9″ x 13″ glass or crockery casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Trim chicken breasts to remove any fat or undesirable parts.
- Heat olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. (I used my favorite Green Pan 12 Inch Frying Pan.) Season chicken breasts with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper; then cook chicken exactly three minutes per side. (Chicken will not be completely cooked. Don’t cook too long or it will be overdone after you cook it in the oven.) Remove chicken to a cutting board.
- While chicken cooks, dump the whole roasted green chiles into a colander in the sink and let them drain for a few minutes. Split each chile in half with your fingers, remove any seeds, and spread chiles out on paper towels that you’ve placed on the counter. Cover the chiles with another layer of paper towels and push down with your hands to remove as much water as you can from the chiles.
- When chicken has cooled enough to handle, cut each chicken breast into 3 or 4 lengthwise strips.
- Spread 1/4 cup of the mild green taco sauce or green chile sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and lay the chicken strips crosswise going down the length of the baking dish.
- Cover the chicken strips with the strips of drained green chile. Top with the rest of the sauce and grated cheese.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted. (Don’t wait for the cheese to brown or the chicken will probably get overdone, but you can switch to the broiler and brown for 1-2 minutes at the end if you’d like.)
- Serve hot with sour cream, salsa, chopped avocado, or Green Tabasco Sauce to add at the table if desired.
Serve hot, with things like sour cream, salsa, chopped avocado, or Green Tabasco Sauce to add at the table if desired.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe should be good for any low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diet plan if you choose a green chile sauce that’s low in sugar. If you’re making this for the South Beach Diet you’ll need to also use low-fat cheese; other low-carb diets will prefer full-fat cheese.
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