When you’re looking for a quick, tasty chicken dish that will disappear in a flash, this Easy Salsa Chicken is the answer!
With only a handful of ingredients, this cheesy Tex-Mex chicken is a cinch to prepare. Kids and adults alike will love every bite!
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3 Ingredient Easy Salsa Chicken
I started out making a 3 Ingredient Salsa Chicken, but I added an extra step that is optional. As you can see in the top left hand photo below, I quickly dusted the chicken in some seasoned flour and gave each side a light browning before proceeding. Totally up to you if you’d like to include this step. After that, a generous sprinkling of taco seasoning gave this salsa chicken a boost of flavor.
The three main ingredients in this recipe are chicken, salsa and cheese. It’s important to make sure each of these components is high quality. I picked up a jar of Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica on a whim and it was excellent in this recipe. I used the whole 12 ounce jar which was a little over a cup. Grating your own cheese is always a step up in quality, but I used a bag of grated cheese for convenience sake.
How to Make Salsa Chicken
The process is super easy. I started with some Wondra flour and seasoning salt in a large Ziploc bag and added my boneless, skinless chicken breasts and gave them a good shake until all were well coated.
Next these breasts were given a quick saute in some olive oil before being placed in a grease casserole dish.
Then a cup (or more) of salsa topped the chicken before baking. The last step was to sprinkle with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and popping the casserole dish back in the oven until the cheese melts. As Ina would say, “How easy is that?” Very.
Tips for Tweaking
- You might like to try this recipe with a green sauce. After a trip to Santa Fe this spring, I remembered how fabulous salsa verde tasted!
- Monterey Jack or even Pepper Jack cheese could easily replace the sharp Cheddar Cheese.
- If you have some of my Homemade Taco Seasoning, it would be terrific on this salsa chicken. My kids use Penzey’s Taco Seasoning and it’s quite good in a pinch. Even fajita seasoning works well.
Easy Salsa Chicken
A quick, tasty chicken dish that will disappear in a flash!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- Category: Chicken, Entree
- Method: Saute, Baking
- Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup Wonder or all purpose flour, optional
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, optional
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 cup salsa (I used a jar of Trader Joe’s salsa that was a bit more than 1 cup)
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Grease a casserole dish that will fit 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, a 9 x 9-inch or comparable size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
If you’d like to saute your chicken first, mix together the flour and salt in a large Ziploc bag, then seal Add the chicken and shake until coated.
Heat the olive oil in a saute pan. When hot, add the chicken and cook 2-3 minutes per side, just until lightly browned.
Remove and place in prepared dish. Sprinkle one side of the chicken with taco seasoning, flip and repeat on the other side. Top with salsa.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Feel free to use Monterey Jack cheese instead of cheddar.
Any green or red salsa would work well in this recipe.