This recipe for Creamy Salsa Chicken is incredibly delicious and ready in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for tacos, sandwiches, salads, served over rice, or anything else!

On busy weekday nights, I rely on simple recipes that include ingredients I always have on hand, like salsa.

Salsa gives so much flavor without a ton of work. Everything you’ll need is contained in that one jar. It makes weekday dinners just as simple as that. Add in a few other ingredients, including chicken and whatever else you have on hand, and viola, you have dinner.

Ingredients

  • Taco seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salsa
  • Cream cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken best, boneless and skinless
cream cheese salsa chicken skillet recipe topped with cheese and cilantro

If you enjoy my 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Tacos, you’ll also love this Creamy Salsa Chicken. It has the same flavor profile and uses about all the same ingredients, just the addition of the cream cheese makes it creamier. This skillet dinner will be ready in under 30 minutes.

How to make Creamy Salsa Chicken

Over medium-high heat, cook chicken in a large skillet with oil for 1-2 minutes.

Add taco seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder; stir to coat the chicken. Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.

skillet with chicken, cream cheese and salsa

Add salsa and cream cheese to the skillet; bring to a light boil, then reduce heat and stir until the cream cheese has completely melted and is incorporated. Cook for another 3-5 minutes over low heat or until heated through and the chicken has a nice coating. 

Tips on making cream cheese salsa chicken.

  • Fewer calories. You can use low-fat cream cheese to consume fewer calories.
  • Make this in your slow cooker. Throw all the ingredients in your crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken when done and stir together to make this easy meal in your slow cooker.
tacos with chicken topped with cheese and cilantro on black plate

What kind of salsa should I use?

Any store-bought salsa can be used for this recipe, but I recommend a medium restaurant-style salsa, as it works well with the creamy cheese and gives it a nice creamy texture.

Choose a saucy salsa over a fresh, uncooked salsa, like pico. A chipotle-flavored salsa would also be great, and give it some smokiness to the dish profile.

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creamy salsa chicken in skillet with wooden spoon

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Creamy Salsa Chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 7 3/4 cup servings
Calories: 312 kcal
This recipe for Creamy Salsa Chicken is incredibly delicious and ready in under 30 minutes. The options on how to serve it are endless!

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 24 ounces salsa
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Toppings

  • shredded cheese
  • cilantro
  • lettuce
  • sour cream
  • guacamole

Instructions
 

  • Over medium-high heat, cook chicken in a large skillet with oil for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add taco seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder; stir to coat the chicken. Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  • Add salsa and cream cheese to the skillet; bring to a light boil then reduce heat and stir until the cream cheese has completely melted and is incorporated. Cook for another 3-5 minutes over low heat, or until heated through and the chicken has a nice coating. 

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Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 32gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 962mgPotassium: 814mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 751IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
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