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Baked Salsa Mozzarella Chicken

Baked salsa mozzarella chicken is the perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe. Healthy chicken breasts are browned in spices, then baked in the oven with salsa, mozzarella cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

This quick and easy idea can be served on its own or with pasta, rice or quinoa.

Baked salsa mozzarella chicken on a white serving plate with forks and chopped green onion sprinkled around.

Easy Baked Chicken

  • These chicken breasts are loaded with delicious textures and flavors. You’ll be surprised at how simple the ingredients are.
  • For maximum flavor, the chicken breasts are first seared in a hot frying pan with oil. This helps to lock in moisture and keep the chicken tender.
  • My husband calls this pizza without the bread. The salsa and mozzarella cheese are reminiscent of pizza flavors, while tortilla chips add the perfect crunch!
  • Leftovers make an easy lunch to take to work or school. Just reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.
  • For similar flavors try our easy dump and bake salsa chicken, the light and fresh bruschetta chicken, or the simple ingredients in mozzarella chicken in tomato sauce.
Recipe ingredients on the counter including a container of raw chicken breasts, white bowls with salsa, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, tortilla chips, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Recipe Ingredients

CHICKEN: A pack of four chicken breasts makes this healthy meal a breeze. I used approximately 1 ½ lbs total. You can use more or less depending on how many people to feed, with adjusted cooking times.

SPICES: Three simple spices add a lot of flavor. Chili powder, salt and ground pepper are mixed with olive oil and tossed with the raw chicken before browning in a frying pan.

TOPPINGS: Salsa, grated mozzarella cheese and crushed tortilla chips make this chicken oh soo good! Feel free to use a mild or spicy salsa and substitute mozzarella for any style of cheese you prefer. Cheddar, marble, monterey jack, swiss or feta will all work great here.

Four images showing steps to make the recipe including a steel bowl with raw chicken breasts coated in spices, a frying pan with seared chicken breasts, a white baking dish with four seared chicken breasts, and a baking dish with chicken breasts covered in salsa, mozzarella cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

How To Make Baked Salsa Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

This is one of the easiest ways to make healthy flavorful chicken. Here’s a quick overview with full instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Mix the oil and spices together in a large bowl. Toss with the chicken breasts.
  2. Brown the chicken in a hot frying pan, then add them to a baking dish.
  3. Pour salsa, mozzarella cheese and crushed tortilla chips overtop of the chicken.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven for an easy lunch.

A baking dish with salsa mozzarella chicken breasts with forks and bowls of small ingredients beside it.

Recipe Tips

  • For a spicier meal, use hot salsa and drizzle cooked chicken with hot sauce.
  • The best way to tell if the chicken is done is with a meat thermometer. Poke it through the center of the chicken breast to read the temperature. Once it reaches 165°F internally, it’s cooked.
  • For crispier chicken coating, turn the oven setting to broil for 3-5 minutes, keeping a close eye on the chicken during this time (so that it doesn’t burn).
  • Tortilla chips on leftover chicken will absorb moisture and become soggy. Add freshly crumbled chips before reheating leftovers in the microwave.
Close up of one chicken breast covered in salsa, cheese, crushed tortilla chips and chopped green onion with a pile of spinach in the background.

More Chicken Breast Recipes

Baked Salsa Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

An easy all-in-one dinner that's ready in 30 minutes. Chicken breasts are browned in a frying pan, then baked in the oven with salsa, mozzarella and tortilla chips.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together 1 Tbsp oil, chili powder, salt and pepper.
    Two images. First is steel bowl with spices and oil dumped in. Second is sauce in a steel bowl with a spatula.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the bowl and toss them to coat evenly.
    Two ingredients mixed together. First is raw chicken breasts with sauce and a spatula. Second is sauce covered in chicken breasts in steel bowl.
  • Add 1 Tbsp of oil to a frying pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on each side for 2 minutes.
    Two images of a frying pan first is raw chicken covered in spices. Second is seared chicken breasts covered in spices.
  • Place the browned chicken in a baking dish. Pour the salsa over top and spread evenly.
    Two images of a white dish. First is raw chicken breasts covered in spices. Second is chicken with salsa poured on top.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella chesse and crushed tortilla chips over top.
    Two images of a white baking dish. First is chicken with salsa and mozzarella on top in white baking dish. Second is chicken with salsa, cheese and crushed tortilla chips added on top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
    Two images together of a white baking dish. First is chicken breast with salsa, cheese and tortilla chips. Second is side angle of baked chicken with salsa, cheese, and tortilla chips with green onions on top.
  • Scoop on to dishes, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven for an easy lunch.
  • For a spicier meal, use hot salsa and drizzle cooked chicken with hot sauce.
  • The best way to tell if the chicken is done is with a meat thermometer. Poke it through the center of the chicken breast to read the temperature. Once it reaches 165°F internally, it’s cooked.
  • For crispier chicken coating, turn the oven setting to broil for 3-5 minutes, keeping a close eye on the chicken during this time (so that it doesn’t burn).
  • Tortilla chips on leftover chicken will absorb moisture and become soggy. Add freshly crumbled chips before reheating leftovers in the microwave.
Nutrition
Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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jamie jarvis

Sunday 18th of September 2022

I think I will try this in an oven-safe frying pan so it becomes a 1 dish meal. However, I think that will mean that I won't be able to broil at the end!