Sheet Pan Chicken with Corn Salsa bursts with sweet, spicy and smoky flavors from chipotles. It will totally wow your guests and can be made is 30 minutes. This is the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight or a fancy dinner party.
If you know me, you know how much I love to spend time in the kitchen.
That said, I have two very hungry teenagers, one hungry husband, and two adorable, needy dogs.
So, time is very often tight during the week. This is of course, part of why I love Cooking On The Weekends. 😉
Sheet Pan Chicken with Corn Salsa is one of my favorite dinners that my whole family loves, and from start to finish, I can get it on the table within thirty minutes.
And get this . . . it’s lovely enough, and certainly delicious enough, for a fancy dinner party, too!
This dish has essentially 3 components: chipotle butter, chicken and corn salsa.
Let’s break it down . . . .
After the salsa and chipotle butter are made, it’s all put together with boneless, skinless chicken breasts on a sheet pan and baked for ten minutes. The chicken cooks during this time, but just as important, all of the flavors meld together.
And there’s only one pan to bring to the table — oh, and a side of sliced avocado, which is so good with this!
The chipotle butter. A chipotle butter is made with chipotles in adobo sauce, cumin, lemon juice, butter and olive oil. This is spread under and over the chicken breasts on the sheet pan before it goes in the oven.
The corn salsa. This is made with corn, lime juice, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and a touch of cayenne pepper. (I like to mix yellow and white corn.)
The salsa is spread around the chicken on the sheet pan and absorbs some of the chipotle butter. Since it only cooks for about ten minutes, the corn keeps its crunch. Delicious!
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- If you don’t have fresh corn, or it’s out of season, you can use canned or frozen. Drain it thoroughly if it’s from a can, and thaw completely before using if it’s frozen.
- For a little less heat, remove some of the seeds from the chipotles in adobo.
- It’s important not to skip pounding the chicken, as this helps it cook evenly and much more quickly.
What to Serve With it
I always serve this with sliced avocados. That, with the chicken and corn salsa is enough — however, if you want to add more variety to your meal, a rice dish and/or a salad would be great with this. Coconut Cilantro Rice is a perfect choice.
Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken with Corn Salsa
For the Corn Salsa
For the Grilled Chipotle Chicken
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ tablespoon chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1½ teaspoons olive oil (plus a bit extra for grilling)
- 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- about ½ large avocado, thinly sliced (click here for How to Peel and Cut an Avocado)
For the Corn Salsa
- Prep corn (if using fresh). Wash and dry the corn. Then use a chef's knife to remove the kernels and add them to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Mix ingredients. Add the remaining salsa ingredients and set aside.
For the Chipotle Chicken
- Make chipotle butter. In a small bowl, mix the butter with the chipotles, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Mix until smooth.
- Pound chicken. Trim any excess fat off the chicken and gently pat it dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breasts on a clean dry surface, and place a large piece of plastic wrap over and under them. Use a smooth meat mallet to gently pound the thicker side of the chicken breast, so that it’s even with the rest, and then pound the whole thing to make it about ½ inch. This will help it cook evenly and quickly. (If you don't have a meat mallet, you can easily use the bottom of a small sauté pan.)
- Assemble. Spread a thin layer of the chipotle butter on the parchment-lined sheet pan, and place the chicken breasts on top. Divide the remaining chipotle butter among each one, spreading it evenly on top. Now add the corn salsa to the sheet pan, around and between the chicken.
- Bake. Bake in the preheated 375°F oven just until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Serve. Serve with the avocado slices. (For a more elegant presentation, slice each breast and top it with the avocado slices, followed by the salsa.)
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