Southwestern Chicken Packets Recipe
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Southwestern Chicken Packets Recipe

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For flavor as big as Texas, Tonya Vowels partners juicy chicken with black beans, corn and salsa. “It tastes savory under a sprinkling of melted Mexican cheese. Dinner's a snap to make and clean up,” she adds from Vine Grove, Kentucky.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 314 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 18g protein


  1. Place each chicken breast half on a greased double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with salsa, corn, beans and cheese. Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly.
  2. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Chicken Packets in Country Woman August/September 2007, p32

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"This was very good! simply, but very flavorful. I made fried potatoes to go with it,and the meal was gobbled up!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"My husband and I, as well as our three kids, LOVED this. And I enjoyed how simple it was, not only to make but also to clean up--just toss out the foil! I didn't have enough corn and beans for the recipe so I ended up substituting a frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix, and it smelled and tasted heavenly. We'll definitely be making this again."

Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"This was sooo good! A big hit. I didn't have a package fresh or frozen corn so I used a bag of a mix of vegetables: asparagus, corn and carrots and that worked out just fine."

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