Southwest Smothered Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: May. 11, 2023
There's a party in every bite of this fiesta chicken dish. Let it spice up dinner tonight! If you're worried about the heat, simply reduce the amount of jalapenos. —Debbie Schaefer, Durand, Michigan
Southwest Smothered Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle both sides with cumin and cayenne. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat until no longer pink, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  2. Meanwhile, combine corn and salsa; spoon over chicken. Top with cheese and jalapenos. Cover and cook until heated through and cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. Top each chicken breast with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast half: 409 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 593mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 43g protein.