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Salsa Chicken – Quick Weeknight Dinner

This Salsa Chicken makes a quick but delicious weeknight dinner. Chicken is simply baked with a coating of purchased salsa.

This Salsa Chicken makes a quick but delicious weeknight dinner. Chicken is simply baked with a coating of purchased salsa. https://www.lanascooking.com/salsa-chicken-quick-weeknight-dinner/

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This recipe is a good choice for a week night when you’re pressed for time but still want to put something homemade on the table. I chose to use thighs because they tend to stay moist through the longer cooking time needed in the oven. However, you could surely use whatever pieces you and your family like, or a whole cut-up chicken instead.

How to Make Salsa Chicken

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Chicken thighs skin side down on baking sheet.

For easy clean up, line a large baking pan with foil.

Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Generously drizzle olive oil in pan (about 3-4 tablespoons). Place chicken skin side down without crowding.

Make sure to leave some space between the pieces. The less crowded the chicken, the better it will crisp.

Partially cooked chicken thighs coated with salsa.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until skin has browned and begun to crisp. Turn pieces over and spoon on enough salsa to cover (about 2-3 tablespoons) each piece. Return to oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the juices clear when pierced with a fork.

So easy. Very yummy.

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This Salsa Chicken makes a quick but delicious weeknight dinner. Chicken is simply baked with a coating of purchased salsa. https://www.lanascooking.com/salsa-chicken-quick-weeknight-dinner/

Salsa Chicken

This salsa chicken is a scrumptious and easy weeknight meal. Chicken is baked with a coating of purchased salsa.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 453kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup salsa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Line a large baking pan with foil.
  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Generously drizzle olive oil in pan (about 3-4 tablespoons).
  • Place chicken skin side down without crowding. Make sure to leave at leave some space between pieces. The less crowded the chicken, the better it will crisp.
  • Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until skin has browned and begun to crisp. Turn pieces over and spoon enough salsa to cover (about 2-3 tablespoons) over each piece.
  • Return to oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the juices clear when pierced with a fork.

Notes

Variations: Make Italian Chicken by substituting spaghetti or marinara sauce for the salsa. Make Oven-Barbecued Chicken by substituting your favorite barbecue sauce for the salsa.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 453kcal | Carbohydrates 3g | Protein 24g | Fat 38g | Saturated Fat 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat 7g | Monounsaturated Fat 20g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 142mg | Sodium 417mg | Potassium 420mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 2g | Vitamin A 321IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 25mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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13 Comments

  1. Hi there. I used this technique last night, with a bit of a twist. I used boneless pork chops, with homemade peach salsa. It was quite tasty.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Miss P

    1. Oooohhh…. sounds yummy!!

  2. Yes, and you could also do it on a barbecue grill outdoors!

  3. s. Stockwell says:

    Quick and easy and Cinco de Mayo is coming. This looks like it could feed a crowd…best from Santa Barbara, s

  4. Kim - Easy French Food says:

    This looks perfect for those nights when, yikes! I’ve got nothing planned (this happens far more often then I’d like to admit). Plus I can actually find Salsa in the grocery store since we’ve moved close to Paris. Thanks for the recipe and I’ll be seeing you on Foodbuzz! (PS – Your grandkids are darling.)

  5. This looks delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Looks and sounds great! Something that would be a great meal or me (with a cold!) as heat in food always helps me feel better!

  7. Yum. This looks delish!!

  8. Wow – this looks amazing…must add it to my must try list. I LOVE recipes that are easy and healthy just like this.

  9. dragonlife says:

    Dear Friend!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    This looks not only delicious, but also healthy!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Will have to tell the Missus to emulate you!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles
    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpresss.com/