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Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken is a super easy 6-ingredient chicken recipe that is family friendly and quick to prepare.

salsa chicken breasts on white platter with bowl of salsa

This is one of those recipes you don’t even have to think a lot about when cooking. There is a short list of ingredients and simple directions. Salsa Chicken is so quick to whip up for an easy meal, and the ingredients are all things that people usually enjoy. It’s family friendly!

This recipe comes from The Best of Bridge 5-Ingredient Cooking cookbook. The book has 125 recipes for fast and easy meals. I am enjoying this book because I really love cookbooks with easy recipes and call for few ingredients. They make a lot of sense! It’s a good book to buy and add to your cookbook collection. I’ve made the blender pancakes (fabulous!) and the cauliflower tots, and I have plans to make more from the book! 

Here are the recipes I’ve bookmarked to make: 

  • Double Cheese Polenta Fries
  • Chicken Meatball Feta Wraps
  • Pizza Soup
  • Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Grilled Peanut Butter Pineapple Chicken Skewers
  • Ham and Ricotta Stuffed Lasagna Rolls
  • Bow Tie Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
  • Ricotta- Zucchini Pizza
  • No Churn Mango Ice Cream
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse

ingredients displayed for salsa chicken, and then bowl showing chicken marinating

How to make Salsa Chicken:

The chicken is marinated with oil, chili powder, salt and pepper. That’s it!  If you wanted to add cumin powder, oregano, smoked paprika or garlic powder, that’s okay too. But this is a really basic recipe so the spices are simple. At this point, you can cover the bowl of chicken and refrigerate it until you’re ready to proceed with the recipe. Or you can go ahead and cook the chicken right away.

4 chicken breasts cooked in skillet and then salsa being spooned on top

Grab an oven-safe skillet for cooking the chicken. A cast iron skillet works just fine. The chicken is browned on both sides. I like to pound out the chicken breasts so they are similar in thickness before cooking. You don’t have to cook the chicken all the way through because it’s going to go in the oven for a while. Next you’ll spoon salsa on top of the chicken.

two photos showing process of finishing up salsa chicken recipe with chicken cooking in cast iron skilletAnd then you’ll add shredded cheese (I like the cheddar-jack blend). And then a few crushed, flavored tortilla chips. Nacho cheese or ranch flavored Doritos work well for this. Place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes. The chicken will cook through, and the cheese will melt.

salsa chicken cooked in cast iron skillet

And that’s it!  If you want to get fancy, you can add a little chopped fresh cilantro on top of the chicken to finish it off (totally optional). 

salsa chicken breasts on white plate with sour cream and more salsa

And we like to add a little sour cream and extra salsa to our Salsa Chicken.  Serve with (our favorite) Skillet Macaroni and Cheese and our other favorite Avocado Pine Nut Salad. Enjoy!

salsa chicken breasts on white platter with bowl of salsa

Salsa Chicken (shared from the Best of Bridge 5-Ingredient Cooking Cookbook)
Super easy, 6-ingredient chicken recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 500 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • In a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon oil, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat the chicken evenly.
  • In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove the skillet from heat. Pour the salsa all over the chicken and sprinkle with the cheese and chips.
  • Place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink and the cheese is bubbly and golden.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 44gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 1018mgPotassium: 887mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 873IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, salsa
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