This salsa chicken is chicken breasts coated in taco seasoning, salsa and cheese, then baked to perfection. A quick and easy meal that the whole family is sure to love.

When I’m looking for dinner in a hurry, I often turn to easy chicken dishes. My kids adore baked lemon chicken and this super easy salsa chicken. You can serve this chicken over rice, or cut it up and wrap it in tortillas for burritos or fajitas.

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A dish of baked salsa chicken topped with cheese and sour cream.

Sometimes I just need to get dinner on the table without a lot of fanfare, and this salsa chicken is the perfect solution. It literally takes 5 minutes to put together and everyone in my house likes Mexican food so this meal is always a big hit.

How do you make salsa chicken?

The first step is to grab some chicken breasts and place them in a baking pan with some salsa. The chicken breasts get sprinkled with taco seasoning, then topped with more salsa and baked. The finishing touch is some cheese, a dollop of sour cream and green onions.

Chicken breasts in a baking dish topped with taco seasoning.

Tips for salsa chicken

  • You can make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs. Try to choose chicken pieces that are about the same size and thickness so that they cook evenly.
  • You can use any type of salsa you like. I typically use a mild red salsa. Other great options are green salsa, chipotle salsa, or even enchilada sauce.
  • I typically top my salsa chicken with sour cream and green onions, but sometimes I add other toppings such as diced tomatoes, olives, tortillas strips or avocado.
  • You can make this recipe a complete meal by adding some black beans and corn to the pan along with the salsa.

Chicken breasts in a baking dish coated with salsa.

What temperature do you bake chicken?

I bake my chicken breasts at 375 degrees F. The chicken typically takes around 30 minutes to cook. If you’re not sure if your chicken is done, you can cut into it to make sure it’s not pink, or use a thermometer. A thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read 165 degrees F when the chicken is done.

Chicken breasts coated in salsa and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

You can serve this salsa chicken as is, or sometimes I cut the cooked chicken into strips and serve up a side of warm tortillas, rice, and beans for people to make tacos with. Regardless of how you serve it, it’s a healthy and easy dinner you can feel good about feeding to your family!

Salsa chicken served over Mexican rice with broccoli.

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5 from 17 votes

Salsa Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
A dish of baked salsa chicken topped with cheese and sour cream.
This salsa chicken is chicken breasts coated in taco seasoning, salsa and cheese, then baked to perfection. A quick and easy meal that the whole family is sure to love.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons green onions sliced
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of salsa in an even layer in the bottom of the dish. Place the chicken breasts on top.
  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning evenly over the chicken.
  • Pour the remaining salsa over the chicken.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the dish from the oven. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. 
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Top each chicken breast with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of green onions, then serve.


Salsa can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before serving.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 1.1mg

This post was originally published on January 3, 2017 and was updated on January 20, 2019 with new content.

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  1. 5 stars
    This got rave reviews from my crew! They had theirs sliced into wraps and I had mine over rice. Such a nice way to change up chicken wraps. My husband can’t wait for me to add beans and corn next time I make it!

  2. 5 stars
    The perfect entree when you are short on time but need something flavorful. I used my homemade salsa fresca and it gave up quite a bit of water so I ladled it out. I will definitely buy a jar of salsa just for this. I served it with a big dollop of quacamole and a drizzle of crema. The finishing touches are really endless.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious and simple recipe! I used a little bit more taco seasoning and rubbed onto the chicken than just sprinkling on top. Our youngest loves it and asks to make it again tomorrow 🙂 We serve it with southwestern style corn and rice.

  4. 5 stars
    This Salsa Chicken looks so good! I love this. I need to try your recipe. And yes, I’ll add more cheese for sure!

  5. 5 stars
    Such a great dish to try for the family. I know our boys love chicken and cheese. Definitely sounds like a hit.

  6. 5 stars
    This salsa chicken recipe looks delicious! Great idea to pair it with some veggies. Curious if our girls would enjoy it? They’re picky eaters

  7. 5 stars
    Salsa Chicken sounds yummy. I might switch up my “Taco Tuesdays” for this dish because technically – it has taco seasonings. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. You can do the same thing with fish; I’ve cooked tilapia with salsa, but I’m off tilapia now. A nice firm white fish would work, or even salmon…..which I’ve also cooked with salsa on top.

  8. 5 stars
    I love cooking chicken breast and this recipe you shared is something new so I am bookmarking this post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    Hello Sara! Thank you for sharing your recipe. This dish has almost everything I like. I like chicken. I like cheese. I also like food when it’s baked!

  10. 5 stars
    Definitely making this dish this week! I love Mexican food and top everything with fresh salsa, sour cream and guacamole!

  11. 5 stars
    Yum, this dish looks beyond tasty! I love the avocado suggestion, and since our family always enjoys a touch of heat, I would use a medium salsa.

  12. 5 stars
    Salsa and cheese is the best way to make anything better! I can’t wait to make this for my family. They’re going to love it.

  13. 5 stars
    This chicken is super flavorful. I love having everything in one pan. I ate mine with corn tortillas.

  14. What a great combination of flavours and textures! Love one-pan meals like this 🙂