Cheesy Salsa Chicken Bake

Janice Bartholome


This is a super-easy, delicious dish to bake just before you leave for a potluck. Wrap your cake dish in foil and a big beach towel, and it will stay hot enough to be good for quite awhile. It’s even good when it cools off.

For a main dish at home, pair it with a dish of Spanish rice or pinto beans and a salad, and you have a quick, satisfying meal for a big family. For a smaller family, use four boneless, skinless chicken breasts in an 8x8 baking dish and cut down on the rest of the ingredients. The baking time is a little longer for the bigger pieces of chicken, maybe 25-30 minutes.

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15 Min
25 Min


1 ½-2 lb
fresh or thawed boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into smaller pieces
1 24-oz. jar(s)
very chunky salsa, as spicy (or mild) as you like (this is actually a little skimpy, 30 oz. would cover the chicken better.)
1-2 c
shredded mexican blend cheese (or use plain cheddar or your preference )
1 c
chopped green onions, including tops
½-1 c
sour cream (optional)

How to Make Cheesy Salsa Chicken Bake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Spray a 9x13 cake dish with cooking spray. (I used a disposable aluminum pan, but I doubled them—nested two and baked them on a baking sheet for stability. This way, I don’t have to worry about retrieving a dirty cake dish to bring home.
  • 2Spread chicken pieces evenly in bottom of cake dish.
  • 3Pour salsa over chicken.
  • 4Bake uncovered about 20 minutes. Check for doneness.

    When chicken is done, remove dish from oven and sprinkle cheese over top of salsa. Sprinkle green onion over cheese, reserving a little for garnish.
  • 5Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • 6Top with dollops of sour cream just before serving, if desired, and a sprinkle of fresh chopped green onion for color.

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About Cheesy Salsa Chicken Bake

Course/Dish: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy