Salsa Verde Chicken to Spice Up Your Grill Night

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The flavors of lime, spices, and tomatillo salsa combine in a flavorful marinade for chicken, perfect for grilling. This Salsa Verde Chicken is also freezer friendly to make supper a little easier.

My mother-in-law used to make a wonderful chicken that she marinaded in green salsa and then breaded with flour and spices before baking. Bryan requested this as his birthday supper for many, many years.

I’ve adapted the similar flavors for the grill. The lime adds a touch of sweetness while the cumin and chile powder add just a bit of heat. The grilled chicken makes a lovely protein for salads, to fill tacos, or to eat as a main dish.

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platter of grilled marinated chicken
Salsa Verde Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
The flavors of lime, spices, and tomatillo salsa combine in a flavorful marinade for chicken, perfect for grilling. This recipe is also freezer friendly to make supper a little easier.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken, grilled chicken tenders, marinated chicken, marinated chicken tenders, salsa verde chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde I like this one
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the salsa verde, lime juice, chile powder, cumin, and garlic. Mix well.
  2. Whisk in the oil.
  3. Place the chicken in a glass dish. Pour marinade over the top. Cover and refrigerate. Marinate for 2 hours or longer.
  4. Cook chicken over hot grill until cooked through and juices run clear.
Recipe Notes

Note: Cool, wrap, label and freeze the cooked chicken. Or freeze the uncooked chicken in the marinade in a ziptop freezer bag.

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/8 the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Verde Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 238mg10%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Salsa Verde Chicken | Good Cheap Eats

Updated April 1, 2017.

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  1. Hmmm, never considered using salsa verde as a marinade. Sounds delicious!

  2. Annette Hart says

    Could this be done in the oven, stovetop or crockpot? This sounds delicious and I just bought salsa verde to try with beef!

    • Jessica says

      Yes, I’m sure all those methods will work: bake, stirfry, or slowcook. I haven’t had time to test them all out. 😉

    • Emmajean Hicks says

      Annette, Salsa Verde is also good with eggs.. scramble eggs and add Salsa Verde warmed as a sauce on the eggs..

    • Nathan says

      This recipe is so good for a fried chicken marinade! The spice gets mostly lost in the frying oil so I would say amp up the spice everywhere: marinade, flour mix, dipping sauce, glaze, etc. I also add a lot more garlic.

  3. Carla says

    I read this earlier in the week as I brought the boys home from an extended Labor Day trip. I needed something for the crockpot for Thursday night so I took this idea and blended it with your salsa verde beef which my family clamors for. I cut up a few chicken breasts, added the salsa verde, a cut up onion, a bit of taco seasoning (I was in a hurry) and some black beans. Served over rice it was wonderful for after a night of martial arts practice. Will tried the grilled recipe later but your timely post saved me from making plain ole tacos, again. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      @Carla, glad to know the beef recipe works well with chicken. Thanks for testing that!

  4. Claire says

    I just opened a can of this salsa to go with our slow cooker chicken tacos the other night. My boys really enjoyed it with chips. I must try this recipe. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Melinda says

    So I buy the chicken in bulk already frozen, so when doing freezer cooking, do I need to defrost the chicken, then put it with the marinade and then freeze it again? Or can I pour the marinade on frozen chicken?

    • I put the frozen chicken in freezer bags with the marinade and send it back to the freezer.

  6. Heather says

    Do you have suggestions for defrosting the chicken when it’s been frozen in the marinade? Maybe in a slow cooker?

    • I would caution against defrosting the chicken in the slow cooker. Thawing is best done on a tray (to catch drips) in the fridge overnight. To cook it, you can grill or saute.

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