Easy Oven Baked Salsa Chicken

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shredded salsa chicken tacos with tomato, lettuce, cilantro, and red onion

This Oven Baked Salsa Chicken is guaranteed to spice things up at your kitchen table! It has quickly become one of our fast and easy “go-to” weeknight meal time situations. Since my husband is vegetarian I am always thinking about ways to prepare meat for the kids and I that can easily blend in with our vegetarian main dishes flawlessly. 

Shredded Oven Baked Salsa Chicken in bowl with tortillas on the side

This salsa chicken has paired perfectly with every vegetarian main dish I’ve thrown its way. Tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, enchiladas…you name it – we’ve tested it and it has worked EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Plus, I have a little added bonus for you, not only is it a versatile dish on the table. I’ve tested this recipe in the Instant Pot too, so if you have one of those fancy gadgets you can take your cook time down from 35 minutes to only 7! What the what?! Either way, this recipe is fast, easy, and tastes A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! ( I’m also a BIG fan of this pressure cooked pulled pork in the Instant Pot in case you are into that sort of thing!) 

Oven Baked Salsa Chicken taco on plate with rice, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cilantro

Now that you’ve got your meaty main (scroll down for the recipes), here are 3 of my favorite vegetarian dishes to pair with it! 

Vegan Tortilla Soup with an Autumn Twist || This autumnal spin on the classic tortilla soup calls for thinly sliced half moons of delicata squash. It’s a perfect veggie friendly main dish that is made even better with the addition of a small helping of Oven Baked Salsa Chicken scattered into each bowl.

tostada with refried black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, fried egg, and avocado

Crave Worthy Breakfast Tostadas ||  I could eat breakfast for pretty much any meal of the day! While Todd and I love these tostadas as-is, the kids pile on the Oven Baked Salsa Chicken every time I serve it! 

crispy black bean taco cup in muffin pans with toppings

Crispy Black Bean Taco Cups || Hands down, this is one of the easiest dinners to make on our entire site! Simply add shreds of Oven Baked Salsa Chicken to some of the muffin tins with the black beans and cheese. You don’t even need a separate pan since the muffin wells keep the vegetarian taco cups completely separated from the chicken ones. 

Shredded Oven Baked Salsa Chicken in Bowl

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 servings
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, I use Pensey’s 9000
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup roasted tomato salsa, or your favorite salsa


  1. Place the chicken breasts into the Instant Pot. Drizzle with half the olive oil, and sprinkle with half the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Flip the chicken over and repeat with the rest of the oil and spices. Cover with the salsa.
  2. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and the “-” button until the display reads ” 7 ” minutes.
  3. When the chicken is finished cooking, immediately release the pressure manually.
  4. Remove the lid right away and transfer the chicken to a separate bowl to prevent overcooking.
  5. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Pour the cooking liquid on top of the chicken and toss well to coat.











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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.