4.43 from 7 votes

Salsa Chicken

Salsa chicken is a flavorful chicken breast that is smothered in flavor and an easy weeknight dinner. You can have this dinner ready in under one hour. Cheesy, flavorful, and an easy chicken recipe that the whole family can enjoy. 

I remember my mom making this easy recipe for Salsa Chicken all the time growing up. It’s so simple that you really don’t even need a recipe! I’ve got one here for you anyways, though.

It’s basically some chicken breasts sprinkled with a little spice and baked with salsa and cheese. Top with some green onions for a prettier presentation, if you wish!

Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.


Salsa Chicken

The chicken comes out moist, tender, and full of flavour. You can control the spice by using a mild salsa. I love spicy, but some of my family doesn’t so we usually stick to the mild kind. It’s a delicious weeknight meal for when you are short on time. Your oven pretty much does all the hard work. I love the dump and bake kind of meals.

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    Now, I can totally see why my mom made this recipe so often! I’m doing the same with my own family. Yay for easy recipes! 

    Can I Use Bone-In Chicken 

    If you use bone-in chicken, you will need to add time to your cook time. The bone-in chicken will take a lot longer to cook instead of boneless. It can be done, I just recommend you use a meat thermometer to check to ensure your chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

    The other thing is to make sure you do not put the meat thermometer right on the bone or that can give you a false reading. 

    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    How to Make Salsa Chicken 

    Start by preheating your oven. Then you will want to take your chicken and place them in your casserole dish. Then sprinkle with the spices in the recipe. Then bake for 15 minutes. 

    Now take your chicken out from the oven and then cover with the salsa and cheese. Toss back in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. 

    Top with green onions, sour cream, or any other of your favorite toppings.  Full directions are in the printable recipe card below. 

    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    What to Serve with Salsa Chicken

    • Salad topped with Pico De Gallo
    • Mexican Rice 
    • Mashed Potatoes 
    • Green Salad 
    • Cauliflower Rice for a low carb option 
    • Steamed or roasted vegetables 
    • Homemade salsa

    Feel free to pair with any of your favorite sides. Top how you would like and create a meal that fits your needs. 

    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    Can I Double this Recipe 

    Interested in doubling this chicken recipe? Feel free to double and use a larger pan or multiple pans. You just want to make sure you don’t overstuff the pan or it will take a lot longer to cook. 

    This recipe does double nicely and is great for serving a crowd or a large family. Enjoy this tasty chicken any day of the week. Great for lunch or even dinner. 

    For more chicken recipes, try my Hawaiian Chicken, Peking Chicken or Sweet and Sour Chicken. You’ll also enjoy this Mexican Tater Tot Casserole.

    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    Homemade Salsa Vs. Store-Bought 

    You are welcome to make and use homemade salsa or buy your favorite brand. Either will work for this chicken dish. Now, you will know that the flavor will change depending on what you choose. 

    I have done both and they are both great methods. For ease, we tend to reach for store-bought just since it makes this recipe super easy. But, if we have some fresh leftover, I will then, of course, do homemade. 

    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    Interested in More Easy Dinner Recipes

    • French Fry Casserole | Looking for something a bit different? Try my french fry casserole that is a ground beef-based casserole topped with french fries and baked in the oven. 
    • Mushroom Swiss Steak | Here is a fantastic Swiss steak that is loaded in a rich and savory mushroom-style gravy. Pair with mashed potatoes, cauliflower mash or your favorite sides. 
    • Lasagna Tater Tot Casserole | Here is a fun twist on the classic lasagna dish you know and love. Saucy, savory tater tots, and we can’t forget the cheesy goodness in each bite. 
    • Chicken Fajita Foil Packets | Check out these foil packet dinners. A great way to get your favorite fajitas in an easy and quick dinner idea. Whip this up and pair with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings. 
    Salsa Chicken - The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    How to Store Chicken 

    With any recipes using meat, you can store for up to three days. Place in an airtight container and enjoy. Now, you could meal prep for a few days with leftover chicken. Add in some rice and veggies on the side and then just reheat in the microwave for an easy lunch or dinner. 

    If you store it for longer than 3 days make sure to use your best judgment in terms of quality. 

    You’ll also like Bruschetta Chicken, Hawaiian Chicken, South of the Border Chicken, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Sticky Chicken.

    Do you make your own version of Salsa Chicken, too?

    4.43 from 7 votes

    Salsa Chicken

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    The easiest Mexican chicken recipe! Smother your favorite cut of chicken with tomatoes, peppers and spices for a quick and easy family-friendly dinner.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 cup salsa
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
    • 2 green onions sliced

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Add chicken breasts to a casserole dish. Sprinkle with cumin and garlic powder. Bake for 15 minutes.
    • Remove chicken from oven and cover with salsa and mozzarella cheese. Put back in oven and continue to bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken reads 165°F on a meat thermometer.
    • Top with green onions and serve hot.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 728mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Main Dishes
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Salsa Chicken

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    1. Calvin F. says:

      Combination of my favorite food and flavors!

    2. Stacie, sometimes simple works! I tend to get too complicated about dinner! This looks really good. I’m going to Pin it and make it really soon.

    3. Congratulations!
      Your post is featured on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday and pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
      Miz Helen

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