One Dish Delish: Mexicana Chickana

I gotta tell you. One Dish Delish recipes are starting to rock my world. Are they rocking yours?

These recipes are the ultimate way to cook without actually having to cook. They hardly require a recipe. They are unanimously adored by everyone in the kitchen vicinity. And they make you look faaaabulous, despite the secret fact that you spent exactly 1.02 seconds tossing the meal together.

Of course, you DO look fabulous, darling. So own it.

Here’s how this one rolls…really basic Mexican flavors. All together in wedded bliss. It’s like the ultimate episode of Sister Wives, where Christine gets to take over, Meri gets to go to Cancun on vacation, and Robyn cries NOT over absurd drama, but because she’s been chopping jalapenos. That’s what I’m saying. This dish is the polygamist version of food joy.

To make it all extra easy, I raided the Mexican food aisle in our grocery store and nabbed a 99-cent packet of Salsa Mix. If you can find such, stick it in your grocery basket. If you can’t, I’ve included a spice mix alternative in the recipe below. My running total for this recipe was about $18.41. A little more than I like to spend on a meal, but I was buying the chicken not on sale, and you’re going to be smarter than me, so I’ll bet you can make this little dish for about 12 bucks. See? Told ya you were fabulous.

Now we’s just gonna layer. And layer. And layer. Tomatoes. Onions. Chicken chicken chicken. Our hearts are so happy. They are SO happy.

Then we’re gonna drizzle it all with olive oil and spices. Our hearts are so grateful. They are so, so grateful.

Toss it in the oven, bake away, and 30 minutes later, you’ve got your entire meal ready to burst forth from the dish. A little sprinkling of Queso Fresco, a dabble of cilantro, and all be well.

All be well, indeed.

You really ARE fabulous, you know. FAB.U.LOUS.


Mexicana Chickana


5-8 thinly sliced chicken breasts
5 large, ripe tomatoes, sliced thin
1 large purple onion, sliced thin
1 jalapeno, sliced thin
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon Mexican Salsa seasoning OR
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup Queso Fresco, crumbled
1/2 cup cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large casserole dish, layer the chicken, tomatoes, sliced onions, and jalapenos. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, spices, and olive oil. Drizzle over the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add lime wedges around the top of the chicken. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake or bake immediately, uncovered, for 25-35 minutes, just until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, top with crumbled cheese and cilantro. Spoon, serve, and enjoy!

16 Responses to “One Dish Delish: Mexicana Chickana”

  1. Rana says:

    Wow, you’re really on a roll! Love this One Dish Delish theme, great for a busy family! You know it, baby ;)

  2. Anne says:

    This looks amazing. I’m for sure making it the second I get back to America! Sadly veggies are pathetic (red onions don’t even exist!) and the chicken is gamey here, so I practically live off of macaroni and cheese. You should probably feel really bad for me.

  3. This is basically like 15 wet dreams for me. Really.

  4. The less I have to dirty up in the kitchen, the happier I am. Flavors like the ones in here will make me even happier! You’re quite fabulous thinking this one up!

  5. Kendra says:

    I grow most of these ingredients in my garden during the summer so take that $18 dish down to about $6! I’ll keep this one in mind when my tomatoes are ripe and I have them coming out my ears.

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  7. Kimmie C says:

    DELISH! Loved this! Very fresh tasting! Perfect since I am trying to eat more Paleo-ish. I say “-ish”, because I definitely ate the cheese too! LOL! I can’t completely cut out dairy…

  8. Adri says:

    I made this tonight and really liked it. Love these kinds of dishes during the week were you can “set-it-and-forget-it” and get thing done while delicious food cooks in the oven. Next time I would like to try drizzling some crema fresca at the end to cut the spiciness a bit and complement the freshness of the avocado and cilantro. Totally a keeper!

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  11. Tanya says:

    I have made this dish at least 20 times since finding this website and it is always a hit. Thank you!

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