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Perfectly tender and juicy Salsa Chicken baked on a bed of fresh tomato salsa and topped with melted cheese. A low carb, Keto-friendly, scrumptious, and cheesy chicken dinner LOADED with flavor. 

Baked chicken breasts with salsa and cheese.


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts stay juicy baked in this beautiful Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa, getting all the flavors from tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and garlic.

Incredibly simple and SO easy to make, this Baked Salsa Chicken is always the perfect recipe for when you’re short on time, but still want a delicious, homemade dinner. 

Salsa poured over chicken breasts.


This easy recipe needs just a few ingredients and it’s a snap to prepare.

If time allows, start with making your own Salsa. BUT, if you want to use store-bought, that’s cool, too. Just choose your favorite chunky salsa

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Warm some olive oil in a skillet.
  • Season chicken breasts with a mixture of seasonings, herbs, salt, and pepper; transfer chicken to skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side, or until just browned. For the seasonings; you can also use store-bought or homemade taco seasoning mix. 
  • Cover the bottom of a baking dish with salsa. Arrange chicken on top and add more salsa over each chicken breast.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  • Add shredded cheese on top and bake for 4 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Let stand 5 minutes, then serve.

Baked Chicken breasts in baking dish with salsa.


I like to serve it with just a big leafy green salad for when we’re counting carbs, but if not, Fiesta Rice is the way to go. It’s SO GOOD! Just as well, I can’t forget this Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice – it always hits the spot. 

Also, you can shred the cooked chicken breasts, mix everything together, and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Shredded chicken is great for using in tacos, burritos, and on top of salads.




4.89 from 26 votes
Baked chicken breasts with salsa and cheese.

Baked Salsa Chicken

9 9 9
WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time45 mins
Perfectly tender and juicy Salsa Chicken baked on a bed of fresh tomato salsa and topped with melted cheese.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, American/Southwest, Mexican
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 308


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups Chunky Salsa <-- click for Homemade Salsa Recipe (you can also use store-bought Chunky Salsa)
  • 1 cups shredded cheddar cheese, (I use a mix of white and yellow cheddar)


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness and season with cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Transfer to skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side, or until just browned.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup salsa on the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Arrange browned chicken breasts on top of salsa and add the remaining salsa over the chicken breasts.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use a thermometer to check for doneness - chicken is done when internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake for 3 to 4 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


NET CARBS: 5 grams
Store leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Salsa Chicken
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 1011mg42%
Potassium 744mg21%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1205IU24%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 242mg24%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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40 Responses
  1. DD

    Have made this many times and it delicious! We are not fans of cheddar so I use
    Monterey Jack, Colby or a mixture of Jalapeno Jack. Turns out good each time/

      1. Janice Jones

        This was amazing I seasoned my chicken with black pepper, salt, garlic powder and garlic salt. Used shredded Mexican cheese it was amazing and the leftovers 2 days later was even more delicious 😊

  2. Brad

    Hi! I haven’t made this yet but plan to do so soon. How cooked should the chicken be when it is done initially on the pan? Is the internal temperature not very relevant at that point since it is just going in the oven anyway?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Yep, it’s going to cook through in the oven. You just want to brown it a little bit on the stove top.

  3. Linda Thom

    Tried this tonight. It was absolutely delicious! My husband loved it too. I will be making this again & again. Low on my diet points too. So easy to make too. Thank you!

  4. Pam

    Fantastic! I injured my hand and wasn’t able to cook so I needed a recipe that was super simple for my husband to make (he is definitely not a cook) and this recipe fit the bill. He followed the recipe exactly and served with rice and roasted asparagus. It was delicious. Thank you for such an easy, flavorful recipe.

      1. Eddie

        Just made this with the Fiesta Roce. It came out much better than I anticipated. I used some Salsa Roja from the local Mi Tierra and it was fabulous though it came out much more spicy than uncooked Salsa Roja. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts

  5. Gail

    I marinate my chicken in salsa overnight in a plastic bag, then bake it the next evening. Adds extra salsa flavor to the chicken.

  6. Jacque

    I’m going to give 5 stars because I believe the above comments. I must have done something wrong. It was extremely bland 😢

  7. Claudia Aldrich

    SO GOOD! Super easy when I’m crunched for time. Will definitely go in the regular rotation. Served with brown rice and avocado.

  8. Valerie


    This was delicious!! I served it over yellow rice and the flavors from the chicken seasonings, salsa, and the cheese blended perfectly. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. It’s also a great way to use up leftover salsa!!

    1. lmneuf@telus.net

      So easy and flavorful! The chicken was incredibly tender and there was enough sauce to top the cauliflower fritters I cooked as a side dish. Will definitely make again!

  9. Jeanne

    Excellent! Chicken was moist. Great flavor. And super easy. I follow WW and this was only 4 Freestyle Smart Points using Kraft 2% cheddar. Served with black beans. Will make again and again.

  10. Jan L

    Low carb is fine for those that need to watch it but for me it has to be low sodium….and it is so darn hard to find any recipe that is and my daily limit is 1000-1200 mg! So I make this, eat a serving and toss the rest and sit and not eat another thing cause it gets to my limit..

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I understand your frustration because my dad’s diet is also low sodium and he’s always looking for alternatives. I know he and my mom have started to use Himalayan Salt which is slightly lower in sodium than regular table salt. Also, they just don’t salt their food after cooking.
      In as far as this recipe, if you make your own Salsa, you can avoid a lot of the added sodium that you get in the store-bought versions. You can also use mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar because mozzarella also contains less sodium. I hope this helps, somewhat.

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