Work Night Dinners: Salsa Chicken

One night a week I get home earlier than the other nights, and on that night I like to make dinner so that it’s ready when everyone else gets home around 6pm. Last week I was on the bus headed home, and realized that I didn’t have a plan for a meal besides “something with chicken.” Then I remembered a meal that my mom made when I was a teen that I loved; Salsa Chicken. It’s a great, versatile recipe since it can mostly be recreated out of chicken, salsa, and any kind of cheese that happens to be on hand. Ultimately this meal comes together in under 30 minutes. For a particularly delicious version of the meal, I put together the following:



2 boneless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (canned or fresh)

3-5 leaves of fresh basil (optional)

1 cup mild or medium salsa

1.5 cups taco cheese blend

2 green onions

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Pour your olive oil into a pan and set on the stove. Add your salt, pepper, garlic, and bay leaves to the oil and set aside. Add 1-2 tablespoons of salsa to this mixture if desired.

3. Cut chicken breasts into halves and flatten slightly with tenderizer. Set each breast into the pan and turn on medium heat. Cook thoroughly.

4. Spread a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of a glass or metal cooking pan. Place the cooked chicken breasts on top, and layer each piece of chicken with salsa and taco cheese. Add slices of green onion on top of the cheese.

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the oven.

6. Serve with sour cream and your hot sauce of choice.


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