Queso Smothered Chicken

  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 30min
  • Cook Time: 20min
  • Total Time: 50min
  • Yield: 6 1x


Seasoned grilled chicken smothered in queso sauce and served with orzo



For the marinade

  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of chicken stock fat-free
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 medium chicken breasts split in half lengthwise

Orzo pasta

  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tsp of Mrs Dash Chipotle Seasoning blend
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (no salt added)


  • 1 jar of Tostitos Medium Queso Cheese Sauce
  • 2 or 3 medium scallions, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced.


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the chicken marinade in a bowl or in a zip lock bag. Place the chicken inside the marinade and let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. You can grill the chicken or cook the chicken in the oven. I cooked mine in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. To grill the chicken, set your grill to high heat between 400 to 600 degrees and cook the chicken on each side for 5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make the orzo pasta. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan and add in the uncooked orzo. Stir the orzo around in the olive oil for a bit so that it gets toasted. Be careful not to let it burn. Pour in the chicken stock and let the chicken stock cook for 8 minutes. Add in tomato paste and seasoning. The water should be absorbed when the orzo is done.
  4. Serve the chicken with the orzo and top with scallions, diced Roma tomatoes, and queso dip. Enjoy!
  5.  Serving Size: 1/2 cup orzo + chicken breast and 2 tablespoons of queso


MyWW points: Blue: 5; Green: 9; Purple: 5

 1/2 cup orzo + chicken breast and 2 tablespoons of queso

Points are calculated with the WW recipe builder app and not using the nutrition info. 

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 181mg
  • Fat: 27
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 13G
  • Fiber: 2G
  • Protein: 45mg

Keywords: queso smothered chicken