Cooking with Aubrey

Salsa Baked Chicken

Schedules can get nutty in September during back to school season. Getting dinner on the table can be a struggle. Here’s a quick, flavorful baked chicken recipe that comes together with very little effort. As you look over the recipe, you might wonder, why take the time to make a salsa when I can just open a jar? True, but the flavors of the cilantro shine through and boost the flavors better than any jar of salsa I’ve ever had. It doesn’t take long to cut up an onion, pepper, garlic and cilantro. Precision isn’t important, you are just preparing the veggies for the blender to do its job. After a quick whirl, the salsa is prepared and the chicken is ready for the oven. While the chicken is cooking, you can attend to other things; like laundry, dishes or helping with homework.

Salsa Baked Chicken:


  • 1 15-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes (or canned whole or crushed tomatoes if fire roasted are not available)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 3 inch wide pieces
  • 4 oz Monterey jack cheese, grated or sliced

Optional Toppings:

  • Avocados
  • More chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Rice


  1. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, pepper, lime juice and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth, with a few chunks remaining.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken in a baking dish in a single layer (about an 8x10 pan). Spread the salsa over the top of the chicken.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, cover with a layer of cheese and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes.
  4. Serve with rice or tortillas. Garnish with toppings of your choice.

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Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at

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