Baked Salsa Chicken

Baked Salsa Chicken with cheese and cilantro on white plate.

This is one of my favorite go to recipes, when I’m time starved but want to put a good dish on the table for my family.  It takes just a few ingredients and it is really easy to make.

When I was working in a corporate job with demanding hours, I’d often leave the house at 7 am. and not get back home until 6 pm.  My husband and kids were starving and ready for dinner the moment I walked in the door. I didn’t have the energy to devote to making anything very complicated. 

This dish became one of my regulars. I typically had all of the ingredients on hand. I also knew I’d be feeding them something nourishing and filling in less than 30 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, I’d usually make up a simple greens salad or a side of rice and beans.

Here’s what you’ll need:

This dish is made with just 5 ingredients: chicken, oil, taco seasoning, salsa and shredded cheese.

Making the recipe:

Start by washing your chicken and giving it a pat dry.  Rub a little oil in a 9×13 baking dish and on the chicken to help seal in the juices while it’s cooking. 

Rub the chicken with taco seasoning.  You can use a store-bought package or make my homemade taco seasoning.

Next, top the chicken with your favorite salsa and cheese and bake in the oven.

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Baked Salsa Chicken with cheese and cilantro on white plate.

Baked Salsa Chicken

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  • Author: Cheryl Englebretson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This is an easy healthy family favorite dish that can be on the table in roughly 30 minutes.


  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts
  • 4 tsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (colby jack)
  • 1 cup prepared salsa


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with oil
  3. Season each chicken breast with 1 tsp. taco seasoning and place in the baking dish
  4. Top the chicken breast with salsa and shredded cheese
  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts


Substitute cheddar or mexican blend cheese if you don’t have colby jack

Topping ideas: avocado, peppers, sour cream, shredded lettuce, etc.

You can use a store bought taco seasoning or my homemade gluten free taco seasoning recipe

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