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My entire family loves this Baked Salsa Chicken. I love it because it’s simple to throw together in no time at all with only 4 ingredients.

Salsa Baked Chicken in a baking dish topped with cheese
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Baked chicken with salsa recipe is a super easy chicken dinner recipe. All you need are a handful of ingredients and a little bit of effort and dinner is done. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

If you are looking for more baked chicken recipes, check out these recipes. Baked Ranch Chicken Recipe, The Best Ritz Cracker Chicken, Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe, or the The Best Mexican Bake Chicken all are family favorites and easy to make.

Why We Love this Recipe:

This salsa chicken recipe is only 7 carbohydrates and 43 grams of protein per serving. Which makes it perfect if you are following a low carb or Keto diet. 

You will love how tender and juicy this chicken is when it bakes.


Ingredients for baked salsa chicken - chicken breasts, taco seasoning, salsa, cheese
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Salsa – Use your favorite store bought salsa or even salsa verde.
  • Toppings – Add your favorite toppings like cilantro, sour cream or avocado.
  • Chicken – You can make this recipe with chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
  • Add-ins – You can add black beans and corn for additional additional flavors.
  • Cheese – Feel free to use different types of cheese. We have even used Pepper Jack Cheese for an extra kick of flavor.

Step by Step Instructions:

Slicing chicken on a cutting board

Step 1 – Cut the boneless skinless chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have 6 thin chicken breasts.

Placing sliced chicken in baking dish

Step 2 – Place the  chicken in a single layer in the baking dish.

Topping chicken with taco seasoning

Step 3 – Then sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning.

Topping chicken with salsa

Step 4 – Pour salsa over chicken. I used medium salsa and it was not too spicy for my little ones.

Topping baked chicken with shredded cheese

Step 5 – Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven or until juices run clear and the seasoned chicken breasts is cooked. After this cook time, top chicken with cheese and bake an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Baked salsa chicken in the casserole dish

Step 6 – Serve, season with salt and pepper and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Baking Dish – Before placing the chicken in the casserole dish, we recommend spraying with cooking spray.
  • Slow Cooker – You can also cook this chicken recipe in the slow cooker on low for about 4-6 hours. You can also cook on high for 3-4 hours.

How Long to Bake Chicken:

The baking time for chicken in the oven all depends on the size of the chicken breasts.  Generally, I like to cut the chicken in half lengthwise so that it cooks quicker for this salsa chicken recipe.

Based on the size of the chicken, it will take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for the chicken to cook completely.  Small chicken breast will take shorter amounts of time and the larger chicken breast will need to more time.

Sometimes, I slice the chicken to ensure that there is no longer any pink in the middle or you can always use a meat thermometer to ensure that it’s fully cooked.  I have this one from amazon and I love.

Baked chicken on a plate with spanish rice

Can you Freeze Salsa Chicken?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this salsa chicken recipe.  You can freeze this prior to baking or afterwards whichever you prefer.

If you freeze prior to baking, assembly the chicken as instructed beside the cheese, cover and freeze.  When you are ready to bake, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then continue to cook based on the recipe instructions.

You can also freeze this after it’s cooked.  This is a great way to store leftovers so that you can enjoy it on a later day and not waste any food.  I would place the leftovers in a casserole dish and cover to freeze.  Then just completely defrost prior to reheating so that it can be enjoyed again.

What to Serve with Salsa Chicken Bake:

This baked salsa chicken recipe is delicious served with many different side dish. These are some of my favorites.

Baked salsa chicken in a casserole dish with a serving on a spatula

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

How to Reheat:

If you have a small portion that you are reheat, I recommend reheating in the microwave. Larger portion, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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We love hearing from you. If you make this chicken salsa bake, please leave a comment or a star review.

Baked Salsa Chicken

4.85 from 20 votes
Try this Healthy Chicken Salsa Recipe. With just a few ingredients, make this easy salsa chicken recipe. Your family will love baked salsa chicken recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 304


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  • Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).
  • Spray a 9X13 baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
  • Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have 6 thin chicken breasts. Place chicken in a single layer in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning. Pour salsa over chicken. I used medium salsa and it was not too spicy for my little ones.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Sprinkle with cheese (I used colby jack) and bake an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted.

Recipe Notes

This Healthy Chicken Salsa Recipe is a super easy salsa chicken dinner.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 304kcal, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 43g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 130mg, Sodium 1183mg, Potassium 833mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 965IU, Vitamin C 5.2mg, Calcium 169mg, Iron 1.3mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  2. Nadine says:

    This recipe was a big hit for dinner. It was delicious! Thank you for such an easy dinner!!

  3. Carrie says:

    Great to hear – Thanks for sharing!

  4. Theresa Cripe says:

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight!! Super easy, and didn’t take long to make. I would definitely make it again!

  5. Carrie says:

    It’s 1/4 of the recipe as the entire recipe serves 4. Thank you!

  6. Lucy says:

    Portion Size please?

  7. Carrie says:

    I used picante for this recipe but you can definitely use whichever you prefer or whichever is on sale. Thank you!

  8. Steven Jose Torres says:

    What brand of salsa do to you Use

  9. Wendy D says:

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it came out well. Filleting the chicken is the messiest and most time consuming part. I used a Ziplock bag to coat chicken with the taco seasoning. Much faster and easier to shake them up in there, but took more like 2/3 to 3/4 the packet instead of half. Cooked the chicken for about 23 minutes before adding the cheese for two more. I used a finely grated taco blend (Mexican) cheese. Served with Bush’s already seasoned Black Beans Fiesta and light sour cream. Got everything except the beans for Aldi, so super savings. May just try with regular black beans next time and one stop shop there. Hubby loved it and gobbled up leftovers today. Will make again. Thanks, Carrie!

  10. Wendy D says:

    Question about the meat size. The recipe says cut in half lengthwise, you mentioned in comments filleting them, those seem like two different things. I understood it like fillet as you would a fish so they are flatter, thinner pieces. Is that correct?

  11. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Will be making it again.

  12. Denise says:

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! We don’t use the oven much (live in our RV) so I made it in our waterless cookware and it looked and tasted perfect. ?

  13. Susanna Heller says:

    4 stars
    I love this recipie! I added garlic on top of the salsa for some extra flavor, but it’s a new favorite for week nights!

  14. Carrie says:

    We usually serve it with brown rice and then either zucchini or broccoli.

  15. April says:

    What goes good with this recipe as a side?

  16. Carrie says:

    That might have been the case. I like to filet my chicken so they cook faster. I’m glad you liked the recipe. 🙂

  17. Nancy Wilcox says:

    4 stars
    I made this recipe and it was delicious!! The only problem was the cook time, I had to cook mine for 40 minutes. I may have had larger chicken breast though

  18. Carrie says:

    Let me know how you like it. 🙂

  19. Minnie(@thelady8home) says:

    Incredible!!! This is sounding really delicious. Something I am surely going to try out.