Saturday Night’s Alright For . . . Salsa Chicken!

28 Jul

Here is something quick and easy and guaranteed to impress. Whether you’re having friends over, or just having your own Bridgett Jones kind of night (Looking at you, full bottle of wine and Phil Collins Greatest Hits – and who among us hasn’t been there? Don’t judge!), this chicken dish will fit the bill. And speaking of bills, this one is also easy on the old checking account!

Only 4 ingredients are needed to make Salsa Chicken magic: Salsa, Yellow Mustard, Brown Sugar and Chicken.

Grazing in the City - Chicago - Yellow Mustard, Salsa and Brown Sugar

Yellow Mustard, Salsa and Brown Sugar

I used a pack of boneless/skinless breasts, although pretty much any cut will do – I’ve made this with full on thighs as well. (You know when you hit your mid-30’s you need to start thinking about things like boneless/skinless chicken breasts. Ugh.) Can there be anything more boring than boneless, skinless chicken breasts? I know they’re healthy, and seems like more people prefer white meat. Not me – I love, LOVE dark meat chicken and thighs are my favorite. Although, I won’t turn down a chicken leg either. I know it’s not as healthy, but to me, dark meat chicken has TONS more flavor and is just more interesting to eat – AMIRIGHT??

Grazing in the City - Chicago - Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts

Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts

But this is one dish that will jazz up those boring chicken breasts – give ’em the old ‘razzle dazzle’!  And putting the razzle in the dazzle is super easy – just use a large jar of salsa, I have found the more creative salsa flavor, the better it will complement the chicken – roasted corn and black bean, or peach, or mango – anything fruit based will work really well. I happened to have a big, family size (HUGE) container of mango peach salsa (thanks, Costco!) and combined about 3 cups of that with a cup of brown sugar (light or dark is fine) and 1/2 – 3/4 cup of yellow mustard.

Grazing in the City - Chicago - Yellow Mustard, Salsa and Brown Sugar

Mix it Up!

You’ll want to bake this in a covered casserole dish. Once you have the chicken arranged in your dish and the yummy, salsalicious mixture combined, pour it directly over your chicken. It’s that easy!

Grazing in the City - Chicago - Salsa Chicken

Pour the Salsalicious Mixture Over the Chicken

I normally bake chicken in the oven around 350 for about 35 to 45 mins. Because the chicken is covered in the salsa mixture, I kept it in the oven for a full 45 minutes and it came out perfectly – not dry at all.

Grazing in the City - Chicago - Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken - Fresh from the Oven

Here’s the recipe – hopefully it’s easy and quick enough to make before you’re on your 2nd bottle and trying to recapture your youth with Dave Matthews and Sarah McLaughlin YouTube videos – crying on another lonely Saturday night. Welcome to your mid (to late)-30’s.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 4-6 pieces of chicken (your choice!)
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350. Arrange chicken in a casserole dish. Mix 1st 3 ingredients and combine well. Pour mixture over chicken and cover. Bake for 35-45 mins, depending on your oven. Enjoy!
Grazing in the City - Chicago - Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken - Bon Appetit!

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