Southwest Chicken Skillet

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Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!

Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!
Southwest Chicken Skillet

This veggie-loaded chicken dish is perfect for weeknight cooking! The chicken and vegetables are so flavorful, seasoned with Mexican spices and a squeeze of lime juice at the end which brightens it all up. And bonus, it’s made all in one pot for easy cleanup! I used boneless chicken thighs which for more flavor, but breasts would also work.

Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!

This recipe is from Mary Younkin’s new book The Weekday Lunches and Breakfasts Cookbook (affil link) which is filled with so many easy home-cooked recipes that I know I’ll be making soon because they are recipes my family would actually eat! In fact, I had a hard time deciding which recipe to share because there are so many winners! Although this recipe could be cooked ahead and packed ahead for lunch for the week, it also makes a great dinner. I ate this as is, but you can also serve it over rice. Totally optional, but you can also add some queso fresco or Cotija cheese on top if you wish, although it honestly doesn’t need it!

Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!

Southwest Chicken Skillet Make Ahead Tips:

  • Store this in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat on the stove, in the microwave, or covered in the oven.

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Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!

Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!
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Southwest Chicken Skillet

303 Cals 36 Protein 18 Carbs 10 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot!

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch thin strips (for breasts see notes)*
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican Seasoning Mix, see below
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Vegetables:

  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced into thin matchsticks, about 1 cup
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican Seasoning Mix
  • 14 ounces zucchini or summer squash, sliced 1/8-inch-thick (2 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about 2 small limes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled (optional)

Mexican Spice Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium-size bowl, drizzle chicken with 1 teaspoon of the oil and season with 1 tablespoon of the Mexican Seasoning and salt.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add remaining teaspoon oil to the skillet.
  • Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cook 4 minutes, constantly stirring, until the chicken has browned and is cooked through. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Add bell pepper, corn, and garlic to the empty skillet. Sprinkle with the Mexican seasoning. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the peppers soften slightly, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, season with remaining salt and cook, stirring often until the zucchini softens slightly, about 4 minutes.
  • Return the chicken back to the skillet, add the lime juice and scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet, stirring and mixing the juices over the chicken and vegetables.
  • Remove from the heat. Sprinkle cilantro and Cotija if desired.

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Notes

If using breast instead of thighs, Freestyle Points are 1 per serving. Calories 202.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 160.5mg, Sodium: 586mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4.5g
WW Points Plus: 7
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201 comments

  1. Very quick and easy recipe. Tip – prep ALL ingredients before starting to cook. Once you start, it cooks very fast. Also, if adding black beans, add with the chicken at the end. 
    We’ll definitely be making this again!

  2. I have been using this recipe for years now. My Son requested it for his B-day today. It’s cold out.. going to do it on the BlackStone anyways. A great combo of flavors, I usually switch out veggies depending what we have on hand. Cojetta, lime, and cilantro are a must. I don’t follow the recipe except for the spice mixture and season taste, plus the family loves lots of lime and cilantro. Anyways thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Nick

  3. This recipe is absolutely fantastic!  Super flavorful and quick to make. 

  4. SO easy and SO delicious!! The mexican spice mix is so flavorful and makes this meal amazing!

    I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and substituted an onion for zucchini but otherwise followed the recipe- definitely would recommend adding onion. This was so easy to make and was a hit with my husband too! Will definitely throw this into our regular rotation. Thank you!!

  5. Made this tonight it was excellent I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to it