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Chicken Smothered in Queso

Are you craving a hearty meal smothered in cheese? The Chicken Smothered in Queso is a delicious recipe you can easily make regardless of your experience with cooking.


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Chicken breasts, boneless, pounded to be even
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Chili powder OR Southwest Seasoning
  • 1 bottle Baja Marinade, 30 minutes style
  • 8 ounces Velveeta Cheese loaf, diced
  • 110 ounce can of Rotel, diced tomatoes and green chiles


  1. Add the chicken breasts to a Ziploc bag and pour the Baja marinade. Carefully squish out the air and close the Ziploc bag. Let it marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. A couple of hours or overnight always works the best. 
  2. Remove the chicken from the Ziploc bag and cook it on the grill until it is no longer pink and is thoroughly cooked. 
  3. Add the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Cook the orzo until brown. Add chicken broth, tomato paste, and southwest seasoning. Mix well to combine. 
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then set to low heat. Cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  5. Add the Velveeta, green chilies, and diced tomato to a microwave-safe bowl. Mix to combine. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat until the cheese melts. Serve cooked orzo on plates and add a piece of grilled chicken. Top with queso sauce and enjoy!
  • Author: Marie