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Easy Salsa Chicken

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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 of this Easy Chicken Breast Recipe!

Easy Salsa Chicken on a small white plate with casserole in the background

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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’s sake.

Process Shots of Easy Salsa Chicken

How to Make This EASY Chicken Breast Recipe

The process is super simple. 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 greased 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.

If you’re a fan of Tex-Mex recipes, I’m loving the look of this Green Chile Stew.  From the blog, I need to add this Spicy Mexican Corn Salad and this Mexican Chicken Manicotti back on our menu ASAP.

Easy Salsa Chicken in a white rectangular porcelain dish


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.
One serving of easy salsa chicken on a black spatula in front of a white casserole with more salsa chicken pieces
Easy Salsa Chicken - a simple recipe that will be a hit with your family!

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


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour or Wondra 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 745Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 1443mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 63g


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23 comments on “Easy Salsa Chicken”

  1. The cheddar atop makes all the difference, doesn’t it? They look droolworthy!

  2. Hi LIz…! am a big fan of chicken and this looks soo yummy & delicious…i can’t wait make this salsa chicken…Thanks for sharing & keep shared your new amazing recipes……!

  3. I’m always after quick recipes! This looks great — I like the extra step, I bet that takes the flavor to the next level! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. This chicken sounds wonderful and so… easy for a busy day!

  5. Wow really simple and quick chicken indeed. More cheese, please. I know lots already but love cheese.

  6. Great Recipe! I am always going after the fastest recipes. This wonderful recipe has fulfilled all my expectations!
    Thanks a lot.

  7. I should get out of my comfort zone (teriyaki) and should try different way to cook chicken 😀 This recipe is great! Thank you 😀

  8. I love easy dinners like this, and my family really enjoys this meal as well. Thank you 🙂

  9. Holy yum that looks good!

  10. Perfect meal for nights when you’re running from place to place. Quick and easy is how we like it in our house!

  11. Gosh, the salsa is enough to make me drool, Liz! Happy weekend! xoxo 

  12. Mmm! I’ll bet this is tasty.

  13. How easy is this?!! Walt Garrison is my favorite salsa.

  14. You gotta love super easy meals like this with just a handful of ingredients. Cheesy goodness that the whole family will enjoy. Take Care

  15. Looks totally delicious and easy too!

  16. So simple and so good!

  17. So yumm and easy-cooking! I still can use a different type of cheese, right?
    – Natalie Ellis

  18. The checks all the boxes for me. Quick, easy and tasty!

  19. When do you use the taco seasoning?

    • Thanks for catching my omission. You sprinkle on the taco seasoning after you place them in the baking dish. Do one side, flip and season the other side. Then top with the salsa. Hope you enjoy!

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