Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken created by DianaEatingRichly

When I was doing Weight Watchers and the boys were home, I got really tired of fixing 3 sets of meals each night. When I came upon this recipe - I just didn't tell them this was WW and to this day they still don't know. When the boys come home now - this is one dish they will request. Super fast & easy to fix on work nights. 4 oz. = 4 WW points (without rice) *Note - in response to some reviews that experience the sauce being too runny or thin...extend the reduction time (after removing lid). It may take another 5-10 minutes to thicken and have the consistency you desire. **Use any diet cola you like. Back when this recipe was given to me (early 1970s) Diet Coca Cola was the only Diet soda around and the scares were not out like today (2018)To this day I call any Diet Soda - Coke.

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  • In 12 inch skillet, cook chicken over medium high heat in UNSEASONED pan (do NOT spray with PAM or add any oil or butter).
  • Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chicken will stick a bit to skillet when turning but that is ok.
  • Cook till just brown- you want a bit of color.
  • Add the entire jar of Salsa and the can of Diet Coke.
  • Reduce heat to medium low- and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes, covered.
  • Remove lid, turn chicken and continue to simmer until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.
  • When ready to serve, squeeze juice from 1 fresh lime over the chicken.
  • I serve this over yellow rice (I just add turmeric to my rice when cooking- adds nice bright yellow color!).
  • Do not use regular Coke as this will turn out too sweet.
  • I promise--you cannot taste the Diet Coke.
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"When I was doing Weight Watchers and the boys were home, I got really tired of fixing 3 sets of meals each night. When I came upon this recipe - I just didn't tell them this was WW and to this day they still don't know. When the boys come home now - this is one dish they will request. Super fast & easy to fix on work nights. 4 oz. = 4 WW points (without rice) *Note - in response to some reviews that experience the sauce being too runny or thin...extend the reduction time (after removing lid). It may take another 5-10 minutes to thicken and have the consistency you desire. **Use any diet cola you like. Back when this recipe was given to me (early 1970s) Diet Coca Cola was the only Diet soda around and the scares were not out like today (2018)To this day I call any Diet Soda - Coke."
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  1. janice_crofut
    Made this for DH and I using a roasted tomato salsa. It added a bit of smokiness to the dish. My sauce was thin even after a further 10 minute reduction over a higher heat (sans the chicken so it wouldn't overcook) it might depend on which salsa style you use? I didn't feel the lime was necessary, so won't use that again. Anyway, we loved the flavour and will put on rotation for sure.
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  2. agypsyfoot2
    has anyone made this recipe with honey instead of coke?
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  3. Barbara W.
    Can salsa chicken be pre cooked for re heating later
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  4. mbleck247
    I can only give 4 stars because I had to alter the recipe. I refuse to consume artificial sweeteners, so I used 6 oz. of regular Coke. (I imagine I could have used just a bit of sugar with water.) Please be aware that aspartame should not be heated. Excellent flavor! I will try this again using a different type of salsa. This is a great dinner idea--delicious, quick, and easy! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Lascella I.
    I am allergic to aspertane which is the sweetner in diet drinks. Why can't I substitute a regular cola?
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