Queso chicken skillet with vegetables is an easy, delicious one-pot dinner the whole family will enjoy! The Mexican spices flavor the tender chicken pieces and fresh veggies and the queso dip coats every bite with creamy, cheesy flavor.
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So I had jury duty yesterday and it was super interesting!
I had loaded up my bag with work, expecting to sit in the jury waiting room all day like I did last time, but I was immediately called into the courtroom and sat in a jury box.
After multiple hours of having the plaintiff's side question us, I finally was dismissed because I have a trip coming up next week and this trial is expected to take a couple of weeks. I also knew one of the lawyers, so I'm sure I would have been dismissed for that too.
I definitely dodged a bullet, but at the same time, I do kinda wish I could have seen it all play out. It's a divorce proceeding for a Nascar driver and from the line of questioning, it sounds like a juicy one! (And I really do see it as an important civic duty.) Ah well... back to work for me!
Today I’ve got an easy, cheesy chicken dinner that your whole family is sure to love! ❤️
This queso chicken skillet with vegetables is a one-pot dinner that’s loaded with fresh summer vegetables, seasoned with Mexican spices and coated in a creamy, delicious queso dip.
You’re going to be going back for bite after bite after bite. It’s kind-of irresistible!
The chicken strips are so flavorful from the Mexican spice mix that also seasons the vegetables. And we’ve got LOTS of veggies here - onion, zucchini, bell pepper and corn. 🙌
And then to take it totally over the top and create a cheesy, gooey sauce that coats the whole skillet, I add a delicious queso dip at the end.
My now go-to is La Terra Fina’s Queso Cheese Dip, which makes this dish so easy. You just add the entire tub at the end to get it warmed through and bam! You are ready to dig in!
And it’s such a flavorful queso, with just a bit of spice and made with high-quality cheeses. It's also free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and is certified gluten-free. 👍
Oh, and it's seriously delicious! I mean, you've got all that oooey gooey melty cheese - you know it's gonna be good! 😍
I have legitimately made this cheesy chicken skillet three times in three weeks! (And it’ll be on the menu again soon.)
We can’t get enough!
Notes on making queso chicken skillet with vegetables:
- I love this combo of vegetables but feel free to skip or substitute any of them if you aren’t a fan.
- I use a red bell pepper, but you could substitute a yellow or orange bell pepper. You could also use a mix of some of those mini sweet peppers instead.
- I use the La Terra Fina Queso Dip, which has just a touch of heat. (My daughter doesn’t like spicy and she’s totally OK with this.) However, if you want to go spicy, you could try this with La Terra Fina's Spicy Sriracha Three Cheese Dip. 🌶
- We love serving this over steamed brown rice. You could also serve it as is, with tortillas or with cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
- Or you could stir in some cooked pasta (and maybe a splash of the pasta cooking liquid) to make a queso chicken pasta dish.
- You could also set out a bowl of chips and just let everyone go to town! If you want to serve it that way, I’d suggest cutting the chicken and zucchini into a smaller dice, so it’s more scoop-able.
- You can also add some black beans to this to bulk this up.
- Don’t skip the fresh lime juice to finish this at the end. It brightens up the dish and helps cut the richness from the queso.
Also, don’t forget to add your favorite toppings! We love some fresh chopped cilantro on top of this queso chicken skillet with vegetables at a minimum. Some other ideas include diced avocado, some chopped fresh tomatoes or even some dollops of salsa.
Your dinner table needs this queso chicken and veggie skillet for sure. It’s sure to earn you lots of smiles and high fives.
Looking for more cheesy chicken ideas? Check out these recipes:
- Cheesy chicken pasta with zucchini and peas (Family Food on the Table)
- Cheesy fiesta grilled chicken (Family Food on the Table)
- Cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole (Oh Sweet Basil)
- Easy cheesy crockpot chicken (Back for Seconds)
- Cheesy chicken meatballs (Family Food on the Table)
For the seasoning mixture:
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
For the chicken skillet:
- 2-3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided (see instructions)
- 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into about 1-inch long strips
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into ¼-inch half moons
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (see notes)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or from a can)
- 1 (10 oz.) container La Terra Fina Queso Cheese Dip
- Juice of 1 lime
- Chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, etc.
- Make the seasoning mixture. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Use a little more than half of the seasoning mixture to generously season the chicken pieces on both sides. Save the remaining mixture.
- Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the seasoned chicken and cook 7-8 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Reduce heat to medium. If your pan is dry, add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil. (If you have enough liquid from the chicken, you can skip it.)
- Add the onion, zucchini, pepper and garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until the veggies are softened.
- Add the corn and stir to combine then season the veggies with the remaining seasoning mixture. Stir well.
- Return the chicken to pan (along with any accumulated juices) and add the entire container of queso dip. Stir well to warm everything through and get everything coated in the dip.
- Finish the dish with the fresh lime juice and serve hot with desired toppings.
I love this combo of vegetables but feel free to skip or substitute any of them if you aren’t a fan.
I use a red bell pepper, but you could substitute a yellow or orange bell pepper. You could also use a mix of some of those mini sweet peppers instead.
I use the La Terra Fina Queso Dip, which has just a touch of heat. However, if you want to go spicy, you could try this with La Terra Fina's Spicy Sriracha Three Cheese Dip.
We love serving this over steamed brown rice. You could also serve it as is, with tortillas or with cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. You could also try it over pasta.
You could also set out a bowl of chips and just let everyone go to town! If you want to serve it that way, I’d suggest cutting the chicken and zucchini into a smaller dice, so it’s more scoop-able.
You can also add some black beans to this to bulk this up.
Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings! Chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes or even some dollops of salsa would all be great here.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 875mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 58g