Easy Baked Salsa Chicken

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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, tasty, 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.



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Baked Salsa Chicken

Perfectly tender and juicy Salsa Chicken baked on a bed of fresh tomato salsa and topped with melted cheese.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 serves


  • 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
  • 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)
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  • 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.



  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Roger Diamantini says:

    Can the chicken with the salsa be prepared ahead , then baked in oven until cooked.

    1. Katerina says:

      Yes, that will work, and it will also give the chicken more flavor because it will have time to marinate. 🙂

  2. Susan Whitehead says:

    Was absolutely delicious. Make sure to tenderize the chicken. Makes a huge difference. Even the leftovers were delicious.

    1. Katerina says:

      Great tip on tenderizing the chicken! It definitely helps to make the meat more flavorful and tender. I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Susan Whitehead says:

    Made it for dinner last night and it was delicious.

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! It’s always great when a meal turns out well. Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Al says:

    Made this and it became a favourite 1st time. I served it over linguine with Garlic Bread.
    I also made it with cheddar and shredded Parmesan for a change.

    1. Katerina says:

      That sounds delicious! Serving it over linguine with garlic bread is a fantastic idea, and the addition of cheddar and shredded Parmesan must have given it a nice twist. It’s great to hear it became a favorite on the first try! Thank YOU! 🙂

  5. Lenah Tingo says:

    wonderful. Easy to make and the taste is heavenly

    1. Katerina says:

      So happy to hear it was a hit! Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

  6. Kathy says:

    This recipe is very easy and tasty. My husband loves it. The salsa you use is the key. I use Mateo’s salsa. The leftovers are good as is or slice the chicken it and put in a tortilla.

    1. Katerina says:

      It sounds like you’ve found a great recipe that’s both easy and delicious! Using Mateo’s salsa really seems to make a difference, and it’s clever how you use the leftovers in tortillas. I’m very glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  7. Tony says:

    Mine didn’t turn out so well, I added too much salsa and it was soupy lol, will definitely try this again but less salsa next time. It still tasted good just not the preferred consistency lol

    1. Katerina says:

      It’s all part of the cooking adventure! 🙂 Adjusting the salsa next time sounds like a good plan. Glad it still tasted good, and I’m sure the next attempt will be even better with the perfect consistency.

    2. Birdie says:

      I put rice in the bottom with the salsa so it could cook with the chicken. I was thinking what a waste of good salsa! That really made it better

      1. Katerina says:

        That sounds like a smart and tasty modification! Using salsa to cook the rice must have added some great flavor. It’s always fun to experiment and find new ways to enhance a dish! Thank you! 🙂

  8. carol says:

    Has anyone tried Mango salsa for this recipe? I have a jar I need to use.