Smothered Salsa Chicken
- 3 medium roma tomatoes diced
- ½ medium yellow onion diced
- 10 cloves garlic (about 1 bulb) peeled and minced
- 1 jalapeño diced (optional ingredient)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
- Preheat oven to 375 °F.
- Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño (if using), cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin and salt in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle taco seasoning evenly over both sides of the chicken breast and arrange chicken in a 9 x 13" baking dish.
- Smother the chicken with the tomato mixture and bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 °F internal temperature.
- Serve as-is, or sliced over salad, shredded in tortillas (our personal favorite), or over a bed of rice!
- If you have a food processor, you can rough chop the tomato and onion and leave the garlic cloves and cilantro whole and pulse a few times in the processor until it’s the consistency you want, then stir in the lime juice and seasonings.
- I prefer to use homemade taco seasoning – this is my go-to recipe (I leave out the red pepper flakes and reduce the black pepper so it’s less spicy for the kids)
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Obligatory Fictional Backstory
I was super excited to sign up for a salsa class! I knew the basics of salsa making already, but I was excited to hone my techniques and learn about different varieties of peppers.
Unfortunately, I did not pay close enough attention when enrolling and failed to notice that I was signing up with a dance studio, not a culinary school as I originally thought.
On the bright side, I met some lovely people and now I know how to salsa dance which is great for parties. But sadly my salsa making skills are still limited to homemade Pico de Gallo – though it makes an incredible smothered salsa chicken!
This is one of the rare recipes that EVERYONE in my family loved. Even the picky child. And the picky husband who usually doesn’t eat tomatoes. Everyone liked this salsa chicken.
If you are unfortunate enough to have the “cilantro tastes like soap” gene, you can absolutely leave it out. You might double up the cumin if you do that, though.
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