This cheesy Salsa Chicken for Two is the easiest homemade chicken dinner ever. No cutting or measuring needed and made all in one pan!
Back in September, I did a recipe series on Quick and Easy dinners. It consisted of recipes that are dead easy to make like my Teriyaki Chicken and Basil Chicken Pasta. Today I’m sharing the recipe I make when I don’t even have the energy to make those.
This is the ultimate low-effort dinner, requiring no measuring, no cutting, you make it in one pan, and you probably always have the ingredients on hand: Salsa Chicken.
Looks good, huh? (It tastes even better!)
How to Make Salsa Chicken
This is how you make salsa chicken: sprinkle some salt, pepper, and taco seasoning over both sides of some chicken breasts–don’t measure it, just sprinkle until it looks pretty.
Then you sear your chicken on the stove in an oven-safe pan, pour some salsa over the top and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. In the last five minutes of cooking time, sprinkle cheese over the top. Finish cooking, let rest, and you’re done.
I’ve included measurements below so I could give a calorie count, but the wonderful thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to measure anything if you don’t want to. Eyeballing the ingredients works just fine and means you don’t have to wash any extra measuring cups or spoons.
And if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet or are making more chicken than will fit in a skillet, you can just skip the searing step and bake the chicken in a casserole dish. This dish is all about making your life easy and delicious! 🙂
I think Salsa Chicken might be the most made recipe in my arsenal because aside from making it whenever I am too lazy to cook something else, I also regularly schedule it on my menu since it’s a genuinely delicious chicken dinner.
The salsa reduces down in the oven, making it perfect for spooning over rice on the side, and the chicken comes out moist and perfect every time. All you have to do is steam some broccoli or toss together a quick side salad and dinner is DONE.
As written, this Salsa Chicken recipe generously serves two. To change the recipe yield, hover over the number of servings (or click if you are on mobile) and slide the slider–no preparation changes are necessary for doubling.
Easy Salsa Chicken for Two
- 2 small (8-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Taco seasoning*
- 3/4 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup (2oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Sprinkle both sides of your chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and taco seasoning. Heat a medium to large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Grease with cooking spray or a drizzle of your favorite cooking oil. Once hot, add chicken breasts to the pan and cook until well-browned. Flip the breasts and repeat.
- Once both sides of the breasts are browned, remove pan from heat and pour salsa over the top of the chicken. Place pan in the oven and bake for 15 to 25 minutes (the size of your chicken breasts will have a dramatic effect on cooking time), until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chicken reads 150°F.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the chicken reaches 160°F. Remove from the oven and allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon extra salsa from the pan over white rice and serve with steamed green beans or broccoli and enjoy!
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