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Chicken Breasts, Southwestern Style Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Chicken Breasts, Southwestern Style

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

These baked, crunchy coated chicken breasts topped with a dollop of sour cream, salsa, and avocado slices when served on a platter make a colorful presentation. Serve with Double Corn Polenta.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


For the chicken:

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 large boned and skinned chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1 cup finely crushed corn chips or tortilla chips
  • ½ cup Fresh Tomato Salsa (see recipe below) or good-quality purchased tomato salsa
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • Lime wedges for garnish

for the fresh tomato salsa (makes about 3 cups):

  • 4 tomatoes, seeded, chopped, and drained
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper (optional)
  • 1½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and minced jalapeno pepper, or 1 tablespoon diced canned chiles, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


To Make the Fresh Tomato Salsa:

In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients. Cover and let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend, then cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Drain, if necessary, before using. Homemade salsa is best eaten the same day as prepared.

To Make the Chicken:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and turn to coat and let stand 10 minutes. Spread crushed chips on a large piece of waxed paper. Remove chicken from lime juice mixture, reserving leftover juice, and roll in chips to coat evenly. Place in a lightly sprayed or oiled 8-by-10-inch glass baking dish. Pour remaining juice over all. Bake until chicken is no longer pink in the center and coating is crisp, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a warm platter. Top each breast with a dollop each of salsa and sour cream and a few avocado slices. Garnish with lime wedges.

© 2005 Maryanna Vollstedt

Editor's Note

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

432kcal (22%)
546mg (23%)
18g (27%)
4g (18%)
148mg (49%)
43mcg RAE (1%)
7mg (11%)
52mg (5%)
1mg (8%)

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