Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa (mild, medium or HOT)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Place chicken breast in a 2 quart baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Combine the salsa, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard in a bowl; pour over chicken Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
- Serve with rice or buttered noodles.
Made this tonight for DH's birthday dinner, along with black beans, and he loved it! I used hot Arriba! roasted salsa with chipotle peppers, and boy, was it nice and zingy! I had two boneless skinless chicken breasts and two legs with skin and bones, so I browned the legs and cooked them separately for about 20 minutes, then browned the chicken breasts, then baked them as directed. Delicious! Loved how the vinegar, brown sugar, and dijon mustard really added a depth of flavor to the sauce. Thanks, Denise, for a lovely birthday dinner!
Made this tonight using the fresh salsa you buy at the the grocery store deli or refrigerated section, the salsa in a plastic container. I used three breasts which I butterflied. I followed directions exactly. I loved it! Initially after mixing the sauce and tasting before cooking, I was a little unsure. I put it in the oven and hoped for the best and was pleasantly surprised. My 8 year old liked it, my 11 year old ate it which is all I can hope for, and my 5 year old loved it and asked for seconds. The ease of preparation and the finished result are amazing. My husband hasn't tried it yet but he's usually no better than the 11 year old with new recipes so I guess we'll see. If he likes it, it will be a weekly dish.
I may as well toss all of my other recipes for this dish because this isn't your Mama's plain old salsa chicken! The flavors combined well, but each element shined on it's own in the dish. The balsamic gave it a sweetness, the salsa added the spicy and the brown sugar helped the sauce to thicken nicely and cling to the chicken. It took about 5 minutes to prep and I cooked 5 small/medium B/S breasts for 40 minutes and they were cooked perfectly. My kids loved it and my husband all but licked his plate! I served it with Black Bean and Couscous Salad and it made for a very satisfying dinner. Thank you for posting! We have a winner!