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Mexican Chicken Marinade

Mexican chicken marinade is a quick, easy, and beautiful dinner the whole family will love! Packed with flavor and melty cheese, it's a perfect meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword mexican chicken marinade, skillet mexican chicken
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 412kcal
Author Alli


For the Marinade

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 limes sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano dried
  • 6 ounces diced green chilis 1 small can
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed or minced
  • 3 chicken breasts see note

For the Skillet Chicken

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese or Monterey jack or pepper jack


  • Combine marinade ingredients and add the chicken.
  • Place in the fridge and marinate for 4 hours, up to 24 hours.
  • In a large skillet, add canola oil and heat on medium-high heat until smoking.
  • Add chicken and brown on both sides.
  • Once the chicken is browned, turn heat to medium-low and add the tomato sauce and the water.
  • Simmer until the chicken is cooked to 160ºF. Add cheese on top of each chicken breast.
  • Add cheese on top of each chicken breast. Cover until melted.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1258mg | Potassium: 1009mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1688IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 3mg