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Baked Salsa Chicken

My husband and I prefer our food a little spicier than our children do, so I created this baked salsa chicken recipe just for the two of us. It's now a regular menu item at our house. —Jan Cooper, Troy, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons taco sauce
  • 1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Optional: Lime wedges and sliced avocado

Directions

  • Place chicken in a shallow 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt. Combine salsa and taco sauce; drizzle over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°. If desired, serve with lime wedges and sliced avocado.

Baked Salsa Chicken Tips

What can I serve with baked salsa chicken?

Baked salsa chicken pairs well with just about any vegetable side dish or a fresh side salad. Or, try a Southwestern or Mexican-inspired side dish.

Can I make baked salsa chicken ahead of time?

The dish tastes best the day it’s made, however there’s no food safety issues with making it 1-2 days in advance (as long as it’s stored properly in the refrigerator). When you’re ready to serve, simply place the cooked chicken breasts in a shallow 2-qt. baking dish and reheat in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. For optimal results when reheating, you may want to add additional salsa and fresh cheese to help keep the chicken as moist as possible, and remove it from the oven as soon as it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Find more tips on how to bake chicken breasts.

How should I store baked salsa chicken?

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
Are you a salsa lover? Pull out the tortilla chips and try one of our top 10 salsa recipes, or create a one of our other zesty dishes with salsa that will shake up the usual dinner rotation.

Research contributed by Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 226 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.

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