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Salsa Roja Chicken

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Quick pan-seared chicken breasts served with salsa, cotija cheese, and cilantro for a wonderful south-of-the-border taste. The whole family loves this! Easy and quick. Garnish with chopped avocado and sour cream if you like. Serve with Mexican rice and a tossed green salad."
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37 m servings 297
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to 1/2-inch thickness.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and ground black pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.
  3. Coat a large skillet with olive oil; heat over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add chicken; cook until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip chicken and continue cooking until second side is golden brown, about 4 minutes more.
  4. Stir diced tomatoes, salsa, chili powder, and cumin into the skillet. Cook until flavors combine, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and lime juice; stir to blend. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Add 3 ounces cotija cheese and tortilla pieces to the sauce; simmer, about 1 minute. Spoon sauce over chicken on the platter.
  5. Garnish chicken with remaining 1 ounce cotija cheese and fresh cilantro.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute chicken thighs for the chicken breasts if desired.
  • Substitute canola oil for the olive oil if preferred.
  • You can use fire-roasted diced tomatoes if desired. You can use homemade salsa instead of store-bought.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 297 calories; 12.1 13.8 32.1 89 699 Full nutrition

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Made as written and this turned out pretty good. I am glad that I used the fire roasted tomatoes that the recipe submitter mentioned. They gave the dish a nice smoky taste. The one thing I did n...