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Salsa chicken is your ticket to a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love! And it’s all baked in one pan for easy clean up!

You may have tried Salsa Verde Chicken before, but this version of Salsa Chicken has a traditional tomato salsa and lots of extra toppings. It makes for a hearty and filling dinner dish!

Salsa chicken topped with sour cream and avocado

easy Baked Salsa Chicken

Baked chicken dishes are the best because it usually only requires one pan which makes for EASY clean up! The more time I can focus on enjoying my meal and not worrying about dishes, the better!

This baked salsa chicken is one-pot, baked, and so easy to whip up for a weeknight dinner. It’s one of those meals that you probably already have all the ingredients in your house. Quickly layer everything in the pan and baked in the oven for 30 minutes. Done and done!

The flavors of this salsa chicken are spicy, cheesy, and just plain good. The chicken always comes out tender and juicy, and I love all the salsa and melted cheese on top.

Step by step pictures of making salsa chicken recipe

How to Make Salsa Chicken

PREP. Make sure your oven is preheated to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan and lay the chicken breasts in it.

TOP. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of the chicken. Then pour the salsa on top of the chicken breasts. How easy is this so far?

BAKE. Put the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

After it’s cooked, take it out of the oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until the cheese is all melted. Serve with sour cream and your favorite Mexican toppings!

Crock pot instructions

If you want to make this salsa chicken in the crock pot, it’s just as easy!

Place the chicken (sprinkled with taco seasoning already) in the crockpot with about 1/4 cup of water on the bottom. Pour the salsa on top of the chicken breasts and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

During the last half hour of cooking, sprinkle the cheese on top and cook until the cheese has melted. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

Baked salsa chicken in a baking dish

Serving and Storing

Definitely top this chicken with yummy Mexican flavored toppings. It takes the chicken to another yummy level. Here are some suggestions:

  • avocado cubes
  • guacamole
  • more salsa (check out all our salsa recipes HERE)
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro

We usually serve some yummy Mexican rice with this salsa chicken. Some of our favorites include:

If you end up not finishing all of the chicken, it makes great leftovers! Just keep it STORED in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. We also like to heat it up and have with our salad. Leftovers can also be shredded and used in burritos, on top of nachos Inside of Quesadillas, or over rice.

Two salsa chicken breasts on a white plate

You really can’t go wrong combining two amazing things like chicken and salsa. And it’s even better that this recipe is so simple and delicious. I know you’ll love it.

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5 from 19 votes

Salsa Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Salsa chicken is your ticket to a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love! And it's all baked in one pan for easy clean up!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


  • 4 chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 4 tsp taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese shredded
  • sour cream
  • cilantro, tomatoes optional
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  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease 9×13 dish and place chicken breast in baking dish. Sprinkle with taco seasoning on both sides of breasts, and pour salsa on top of both breasts.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until internal chicken temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Sprinkle chicken with cheese and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes. Top with sour cream and any other toppings desired. 


Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 55g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 171mg, Sodium: 923mg, Potassium: 1045mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 565IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 215mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. Pat Neuberg says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! Quick, easy, and delicious. I made my own salsa for it.

  2. candice says:

    5 stars
    Easy fabulous dish made just the way u printed it…….I use pace med salsa delish

  3. Melissa Mathew says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and so delicious! I get intimidated by recipes with a ton of ingredients and complicated directions. This recipe is the exact opposite and so it’s perfect for me.. Not going to lie, I didn’t measure any of my ingredients. I just made sure the chicken breasts were thoroughly covered with taco seasoning, salsa, and cheese. I paired it with the Spanish rice also found on this site and it was a perfect supper.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I’m all about the simple recipes that you can eyeball too! So glad to hear it was a hit!!

  4. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    Easy way to add flavor to chicken. Definitely one to keep in the menu rotation.

  5. Fatima Kassira says:

    Quick question,
    What salsa is used?

    1. LilLunaTeam says:

      You can use any type of salsa you prefer. I usually make this dish with my homemade salsa.

  6. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my very favorite ways to prepare and serve chicken. All family members enjoy this recipe! Win, Win every time!

  7. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    I love pairing this with your spanish rice! It is so tasty & easy to make!

  8. Katie says:

    5 stars
    This is one of those dishes that’s yummy every single time! It’s a weekly staple.

  9. Allyssa says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this salsa chicken recipe! so excited to try it at home! 🙂