I think you’re going to love this easy Chicken Picado recipe! Chicken Picado is a savory, healthy Mexican-inspired dish of chicken and vegetables simmered in a richly flavored tomato sauce.

Our Smoky Latin Recipe Starter and Cooking Sauce brings all of the flavor to the recipe, transforming the simple meat and vegetables into a skillet meal that will be sure to bring life to your table!

Easy, healthy Chicken Picado Recipe

  • The ingredients in our Chicken Picado recipe are Whole30-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy free, and perfect for Paleo diets, as well. The sodium level is adjustable, so you can control the salt to your own tastes and health needs.
  • Serve our easy Chicken Picado recipe with warm tortillas, with regular rice, brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice, or enjoy like a stew right out of a bowl!

Since I first made this recipe, it has become one of our favorite go-to meal on busy weekdays. I hope you love this recipe as much as I and my family did.


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Skillet full of saucy, richly-flavored chicken and vegetables with a Mexican simmer sauce

Chicken Picado Recipe from Mesa de Vida

Chicken Picado – a richly-flavored, healthy skillet meal made with chicken and vegetables simmered in a richly flavored, Mexican-inspired sauce.
Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice optional if using a nonstick pan
  • 1-1/2 to 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs cut into cubes. I used 1 lb chicken breasts and 1 lb beef sirloin steak for a delicious chicken and beef version that my family loved!
  • 2 bell peppers, any color cut into 1" dice
  • 1 onion chopped into about 1" dice
  • 1 clove garlic minced *Mesa de Vida already has garlic, but a little extra boost of fresh garlic is very nice for this simmered dish. Leave out if you like mild garllic flavor.
  • 1 carrot *optional, and not traditional, but we found this was a delicious addition that complimented the flavors well.
  • 1/2 jar (about 1/2 cup) Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Recipe Starter & Cooking Sauce
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • Salt and hot sauce, or diced jalapeno, to taste Mesa de Vida products are extremely low in sodium so you can salt to your own tastes/health needs, and our Smoky Latin sauce is very mild, so it's approachable for all palates. Spice it up to your own tastes! *I love to add one sliced jalapeno to simmer along with the chicken for a nice spice that my family loves..and we can give my husband all of the jalapeno slices when we eat!
  • fresh chopped cilantro *optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add oil to coat the bottom of the pan (optional if using a non-stick pan), swirl to coat.
  • Add the meat to the pan, cook until lightly golden brown on all sides.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pan, bring to a simmer, then lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro if you like.
  • Serve as you wish – with tortillas, rice or cauliflower rice, with cooked beans (simmer a can of beans with a dollop of Smoky Latin sauce and 1/2 cup of broth for 10 minutes for some delicious beans), or in a bowl as a stew.
  • Enjoy!

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