Salsa Chicken

Chicken breasts seasoned with taco seasoning and topped with salsa and melted Monterey Jack cheese. This fast and super easy weeknight dinner is always a hit with my family. Serve with Mexican rice and a slice ofΒ cornbread for a dinner that is sure to please. If you are looking to save a few calories, serve without melted cheese on top. I have been making this quick and easy chicken dish for several years. If I am short on time or don’t feel like making an elaborate dinner, I always turn to this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! πŸ™‚

Salsa Chicken

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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning mix, plus more if desired
  • 2/3 cup water
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  1. Combine taco seasoning and water in a resealable plastic bag. Shake to combine; add chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Spread a layer of salsa on the bottom of the prepared baking dish and add chicken. If desired, sprinkle more taco seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts. Shake on hot sauce if desired. Pour remaining salsa over all.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until juices run clear, or a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees F.
  5. Sprinkle chicken evenly with cheese, and continue baking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sour cream if desired.

Source: adapted from

Serve with or without melted cheese. Delicious both ways!

17 Responses to “Salsa Chicken”

  1. #
    briarrose — December 29, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Wonderful easy dinner idea. I never get tired of a mexican style meal.

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    Kim-Liv Life — December 29, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    MMm!!! This is absolutely our kind of meal! I think I’ll use some Pepper Jack that I have left over from another recipe. I love this one!

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    Mary Mendoza — December 29, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Yummy! We are doing the low carb thing so this recipe is perfect πŸ™‚

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    Peggy — December 29, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    I love easy dinner ideas! Thanks for sharing and I know I’ll be trying this soon!

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    Laura — December 29, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    We will have this tonight! Thanks for the easy idea!

    • Laura replied: — December 30th, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

      AND…we loved it. See you soon!

      • Christina replied: — December 30th, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

        Yeah Laura!!! I am so glad you guys loved it!! πŸ™‚

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    Carrie — December 29, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Looks fabulous! I am always looking for new recipes for chicken breasts. I’ll definitely try this out soon!

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    Medifast Coupons — December 29, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    This chicken is something everyone can make! A great way to dress up your chicken with a bit of zip from the taco seasoning! This salso chicken can be served with anything as a side to compliment this tangy dinner idea.

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    Susan — February 7, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    So easy and tasty. I will be making this recipe again! I think I will try a salsa verde next time.

    • Christina replied: — February 7th, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      Mmmm…I bet a salsa verde would be great! πŸ™‚

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    Samantha — March 25, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    DELICIOUS!!! I wonder what it would taste like with mango salsa…

    • Christina replied: — March 26th, 2011 @ 12:11 am

      Mmmm…i bet it would be delicious!:) I made grilled chicken with a peach and pepper salsa this past summer that was amazing…you should check it out… πŸ™‚

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    Brittany — January 24, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I just had to stop by and tell you that I made this chicken last night, along with the Mexican Rice also on your blog, and both of them were SO DELICIOUS. I have a feeling I’ll be making this all the time now! πŸ™‚

    • Christina replied: — February 3rd, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed both the chicken and rice Brittany! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! πŸ˜€

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