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Dump and Bake Salsa Chicken

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Dump and bake salsa chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea. Chicken breasts lay on a bed of black beans, corn, tomatoes and salsa. Everything is cooked in one baking dish, making clean up much easier.

dump and bake salsa chicken recipe inside an oval baking dish. On top of a cutting board with kitchen towel.

Dump and Bake Salsa Chicken

The whole goal of this recipe is to make life easier for you. So let’s dump everything together into one dish and bake it. Nothing fancy to see here folks. Just an easy dish for mamas with hungry families.

This entire meal can be prepped in 10 minutes, then let the oven take care of the rest. I love using budget-friendly canned beans and vegetables in my meals because, well, they’re cheap and still healthy! I mean, the salsa base of this recipe cost less than $3 to put together. Who doesn’t love that!? The chicken breasts cost me $7 so that’s about $10 for an entire meal! I know my fellow budget mamas out there are happy about this one.

Got a really hungry family? Serve this with rice, quinoa or pasta. This recipe is such a simple idea, with totally delicious results. We all need more “dump and bake” recipes in our lives, don’t we!? Ok, let’s get on to just how easy this recipe is to make…

close up of dump and bake salsa chicken in a white baking dish.

Dump and Bake Salsa Chicken Ingredients

This colorful one-dish dinner comes together with a few simple ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts – I used 3 chicken breasts, but you could probably squeeze 4 on to your dish.
  • Black Beans – You’ll need one 14 oz can of black beans. You can drain and rinse them in a strainer before using.
  • Corn – You’ll need 1 ½ cups of canned or frozen corn. I used canned peaches and cream corn.
  • Diced Tomatoes – This recipe uses one 15 oz can of diced tomatoes that are drained through a strainer to remove excess liquid.
  • Salsa – I used 1 cup of mild salsa. You can also use medium or hot.
  • Spices – For spices, you’ll need garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

baked chicken and black bean corn salsa on a white plate with a fork.

Dump and Bake Salsa Chicken Directions

This dinner recipe comes together fast with just a few simple steps.

  • First, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Mix The Salsa – In a large bowl, add the black beans, corn, drained diced tomatoes, salsa, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix everything together then pour into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Chicken – Lay the chicken breasts on top of the salsa. Drizzle a little bit of cooking oil with a high smoke point (coconut oil, avocado oil, etc) and season chicken with salt and pepper. Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on the size of your chicken breasts and whether or not they’re slightly frozen.
  • Serve – This recipe can be eaten on it’s own (a great low carb option), or served with rice, quinoa or pasta.

Chicken FAQs

Is It Safe To Cook Raw Chicken On Top Of Vegetables?

Yes! All ingredients will heat up and cook together in the process, making it totally safe to eat. However, if you were to remove the vegetables halfway through, while the chicken is still raw, they wouldn’t be safe to eat. Basically, all I’m trying to say is that once the chicken is cooked, the vegetables are safe to eat.

Can I Cook The Chicken Breasts Frozen?

No. They will cook unevenly. I recommend thawing them in a freezer bag sitting in a bath of water for a few hours in the fridge.

How Do I Know When My Chicken Is Cooked?

The chicken will be cooked when juices run clear and is no longer pink inside. To speed up cooking, you can slice the chicken into smaller pieces. Chicken should also reach an internal temperature of 165°F when poked in the center with a meat thermometer.

baked chicken breasts with black bean corn salsa in a white baking dish on wood cutting board

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Ok, now that you’ve got this recipe in your back pocket, let’s not stop there! Here are some more healthy dinner recipes to inspire you:

Dump and Bake Salsa Chicken

Dump and bake salsa chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea. Chicken breasts lay on a bed of black beans, corn, tomatoes and salsa. Everything is cooked in one baking dish, making clean up much easier.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 281kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans (14 oz) - rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups canned or frozen corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz) - drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a bowl mix together black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin.
    ingredients mixed in a steel bowl with wooden spoon
  • Pour the salsa mixture into the bottom of a baking dish.
    salsa mixture in white baking dish on a wooden cutting board
  • Add chicken breasts on top and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle as small amount of cooking oil with high smoke point (coconut oil, avocado oil etc) over top of chicken.
    uncooked chicken breasts on top of salsa mixture in white baking dish
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until chicken breasts are no longer pink inside and internal temperature of 165°F when poked with a meat thermometer.
    baked chicken with salsa in white dish
  • Serve chicken and salsa on a plate on its own, or with a side of rice, quinoa or pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 28gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 708mgPotassium: 1114mgFiber: 10gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 467IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg

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