This Salsa Chicken is not only easy but insanely delicious! A weeknight favorite, this meal can be on the table in no time.

This dish couldn’t be easier to make… all you need is your favorite salsa and a few other ingredients. There’s no major cooking or prep work, so it’s ideal for those hectic back-to-school evenings!

salsa chicken overhead shot with metal spoon topped with sour cream and cilantro

Suppose you need a dinner idea that is simple to make and will please everyone. You only need one dish and 30 minutes. Plus, there are plenty of serving options – tacos, over rice, in a salad, as a tostada… to name a few!

Life is busy, and we all need ways to simplify dinner time but not eliminate incredible flavors and meals. You can still have a delicious meal in under 30 minutes.

If you liked my recipe for Sweet & Spicy Chicken, this will be a dish you will want to add to your menu!

salsa chicken in skillet with hand on metal spoon, scooping from the skillet

Ingredients to make this salsa chicken recipe

  • Taco seasoning
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salsa
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Olive oil
  • Cheddar cheese
ingredient shot for salsa chicken, chicken, seasonings, salsa and cheese

How to make skillet Salsa Chicken

Heat the oil and chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat for a minute, then add the taco seasoning, garlic, and onion powder; stir to coat the chicken.

Cook chicken until it is no longer pink in the center.

cooked chicken with taco seasoning

Add the salsa to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the temperature and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and the chicken has a nice glaze.

cooked chicken cubed in skillet with salsa over it

Top with shredded cheese, return to heat, cover, and turn off the heat. Let it set for about 6-10 minutes until the cheese completely melts. Remove from the stovetop and immediately serve.

melted cheese in skillet with sauce and topped with cilantro

What type of salsa should I use?

  • I recommend using a store-bought medium salsa for this recipe as it works well with the cheese and provides a creamy texture. Choose a saucy salsa over fresh, uncooked options like pico de gallo. If you want to add smokiness to the dish profile, try opting for a chipotle-flavored salsa.
tostada with salsa chicken topped with lettuce

How to serve this salsa chicken recipe

Tacos – Fill up warm tortillas with chicken and top it with shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, sour cream, or guacamole. If you’re feeling adventurous add any of your other favorite toppings!

Burritos – There’s nothing quite like a homemade burrito. And with this easy recipe, you can make your own in no time! Start with a warm tortilla, and add the salsa chicken and all your favorite fillings. Wrap up and devour!

Tostadas – Enjoy the salsa chicken on top of a crispy tostada shell. Add toppings if you like, but it’s certainly not necessary!

Over rice – Serve rice, top with cilantro, and dinner is made!

Quesadillas – Fill the quesadillas with salsa chicken and cheese. Griddle on both sides for a toasty outer shell and serve with sour cream and guacamole.

Salad – Try the salsa chicken over romaine lettuce for a light meal. You can add any sort of toppings or dressings you want.

salsa chicken served over white rice topped with cilantro

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Salsa Chicken

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 7 3/4 cup servings
Calories: 378 kcal
This Salsa Chicken is not only easy but insanely delicious! A weeknight favorite, this meal can be on the table in no time.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 24 ounces medium salsa
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil and chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat for a minute, then add the taco seasoning, garlic, and onion powder; stir to coat the chicken.
  • Cook chicken until it is no longer pink in the center.
  • Add the salsa to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the temperature and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through and the chicken has a nice glaze.
  • Top with shredded cheese, return to heat, cover, and turn off the heat. Let it set for about 6-10 minutes until the cheese has completely melted. Remove from the stovetop and immediately serve.

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Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 36gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 1057mgPotassium: 758mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 896IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 262mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Salsa chicken is now in my regular dinner rotation! The salsa adds so much flavor, and it’s a great way to switch up plain chicken!

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