Santa Fe Skillet Chicken Dinner

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Keep it simple tonight with this easy Santa Fe Skillet Chicken Dinner. So cheesy, rich, and so much flavour! Chicken dinner doesn’t get much better than this.

What makes this skillet chicken dinner so extraordinary?

Plenty of vibrant veggies such as bell peppers, black beans, tomatoes, and corn add healthiness to this easy gluten-free chicken dinner. In addition, this Santa Fe chicken dish has various textures, cheesiness and is rich in flavour.

easy chicken dinner using only one skillet…

By using only one skillet, there is minimal clean-up. The recipe itself is so easy. Here are three simple steps to follow to make this satisfying gluten-free chicken dinner.

First, season the chicken with all the spices. Then, lightly sear the chicken to give it a tasty coating. Set the chicken aside on a plate.


black beans


To the same skillet, add the onions, garlic and bell peppers. Cook them until softened, then add the tomatoes, black beans and corn and cook until heated through. I always cook my black beans in an Instant Pot before I add them to recipes. However, to keep things simple, you can use canned beans in this chicken dinner recipe.

To finish, return the chicken pieces to the skillet, pour the veggies over top and plenty of cheddar cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, and dinner is ready. Easy right?

This Santa Fe chicken recipe is one of my favourite chicken dinner recipes. Firstly, the Mexican flavours combined with cheese, chicken and veggies baked to perfection are undoubtedly insanely good!

You may also enjoy our popular chicken recipes such as the Skillet Roasted Herb Chicken With Lemon Potatoes and Shallots or the Gluten-Free Louisiana Style Crispy Parmesan Chicken Pasta.

for an easy weeknight meal.


Santa Fee Chicken Dinner


so much flavour and deliciousness and only one skillet…

There are many ways you can serve the Santa Fe chicken dinner. If you want to keep the meal light, add a salad. If you need to satisfy big appetites, add rice or gluten-free corn chips.

the toppings make this Santa Fe chicken dinner complete…

Add your favourite toppings such as cilantro, sour cream, green onions and avocado. This gluten-free chicken dinner is ideal for lazy nights in the kitchen or last-minute guests. Enjoy!


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. GF chili powder
  • 1 tsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. GF garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. GF paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • GF cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (if using canned rinse and drain)
  • 1 cup cooked corn (can be frozen)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: cilantro, sour cream, green onions, avocado
  • *Note: you can substitute GF taco seasoning for the spices
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  • In a large bowl mix together chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the chicken and coat with the seasoning
  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a plate
  • Using the same skillet, add onions, garlic and bell pepper and season with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat until tender. Add tomatoes, cayenne pepper, black beans and corn. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes, then transfer half the mixture to a bowl, leaving half in the skillet
  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Return the chicken back to the skillet and top with the saved bean mixture and cheddar cheese. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted
  • Serve with your favourite toppings
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    5 Responses to Santa Fe Skillet Chicken Dinner

    • TravlinJeff November 12, 2020

      Loved it. I used 3 different colors of peppers as well as tricolor beans. I also uses a mixture of cheeses and boneless chicken thighs, but sans corn for I had none in the pantry of freezer. For the two of us it easily made too meals.

      • Kristina November 12, 2020

        sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing

    • Jennifer C. May 25, 2021

      this recipe was awesome!!!

    • Tracy. H September 19, 2021

      Thank you Kristina, omg this chicken dinner recipe is so easy and has become my family’s favourite. My family are picky eaters, but they love this Santa Fe Chicken dish!

      • Kristina September 19, 2021

        thank you Tracy

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