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Simple Dinners: Salsa Chicken Thighs

When I first wrote this post in 2013, I needed easy dinner recipes to get on the table quickly on nights when we had commitments. As I work my way through my first Whole30, I am digging into my recipes for ones that can be adapted to be Whole30-compliant and still work for the entire family. Check my Salsa recipe list at the end of the post for Whole30-compliant recipes.

Not sure what Whole30 is? It’s simply meat, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats. No sugar, no grains, no processed foods.

These Salsa Chicken Thighs are a simple dinner recipe I came up with one night. I like to keep jars of salsa and storebought tomato sauce on hand since they are the perfect foundation for creating simple dinners. Serve with a side of rice and a veggie, and you’ve got a dinner.

Quick Weeknight Meal: Salsa Chicken

This chicken recipe is one of those last minute desperation recipes. You realize you have no time to make the chicken recipe you planned but you still need to get the chicken in the oven. I had the salsa jar on the country because I added it to the Cowboy Chili I was making as a side dish for dinner. Then, a light dawned; I could pour some salsa on the chicken and bake it. I served our Salsa Chicken over rice with the meatless Cowboy Chili on the side along with leftover sauteed green beans from Sunday night’s dinner.

You can vary this recipe with your salsa. I used the mild organic salsa from Costco which I bought for a party and forgot about. Costco also sells a tasty mango salsa that would be good with the chicken. This grilled Pineapple Salsa from Tide and Thyme looks good, and could be made year-round. I also like this Bean and Corn Salsa from Celebrations at Home and this Roasted Red Pepper Salsa from Bobbi McCormick.

Simple Dinners: Salsa Chicken is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Salsa Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 chicken thighs
  • approximately 2/12 cups of salsa
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Lay the chicken thighs in a single layer in an oven-proof baking dish.
  2. Pour the salsa over top and use a spoon to make sure the chicken thighs are lightly coated with the salsa.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs.
  4. Bake the chicken thighs at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes or until done.
Notes
I used the mild organic Salsa from Costco. I needed about half of the jar to cover 10 thighs.

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Whole30 Salsa Recipes

Since I’m doing the Whole30, I’m updating this recipe with sugar-free Whole30-compliant salsa recipes:

Mango salsa
Paleo Salsa
Spicy Pineapple Salsa

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Meet Barb

Barb Hoyer has written 4060 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.



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