Salsa chicken baked in a tangy spicy Salas has Juicy Chicken and is packed with flavour. With less than 5 ingredients, you need only 20 minutes to make an easy Chicken dinner.
Salsa chicken baked in spicy tomato salsa and topped with cheese is one of the easiest dinners to make on busy days. Everything gets cooked in a skillet, so no clean up required. Salsa and cheese once baked make a delicious sauce together and it also he's to keep the chicken juicy.
We love Mexican food at home. There is always a jar of Tomato Salsa in the refrigerator. My favourite Roasted Tomato Salsa is easy to make and is packed with flavour.
Tips for making Salsa Chicken
- If the Chicken breast is too thick, then using a meat mallet flatten the thick part.
- For best flavour, sear chicken breast to caramelize it and seal all the juices.
- I would always prefer fresh salsa over bottled one, but bottled salsa also works well.
- Hot or mild salsa, use as per your taste preference. If it has too much liquid, strain the extra liquid. Else at the end of cooking, there would be too much liquid.
- Use ingredients at room temperature, for even cooking.
- I like to use Mexican blend cheese, but you can use Cheddar, pepper jack etc.
What type of Chicken Cut to use?
Chicken breast is my first choice because this recipe is meant to be a quick dinner. You can also use chicken thigh. Just adjust the cooking time as per the cut of chicken used. I would not recommend skin on, as it will turn soggy after baking.
Can we use CrockPot?
Crockpot works well for this recipe. Season and sear chicken, add it to the slow cooker along with salsa. Cook and at the end of cooking time sprinkle Cheese on top. Cook until the cheese melts.
If you love Mexican Chicken, then give this Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken a try. Shredded chicken is perfect in Tacos.
Baked Salsa Chicken
- 3 Medium boneless Chicken Breast
- 1.5 cup Tomato Salsa (ref note 1)
- 1 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F .
- Heat oil in a cast Iron Skillet.
- Place chicken in the pan, season with salt and pepper. Sear chicken 2 minutes on both the side.
- Top Chicken with salsa and shredded Cheese.
- Bake (covered with a foil) for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is done and juices run clear. Then broil for 1-2 minutes(optional). (The cooking time depends on its thickness)
- Cover and let the Chicken rest for 10 minutes before cutting it.
- Note: Quick Video showing the steps is attached below the recipe.
- Use slightly thick chunky salsa for the recipe.