144.8...Salsa Chicken

Are you ready for the simplest chicken recipe ever? There’s only a few ingredients and I bet you have them all right now! You have no excuse not to try Salsa Chicken tonight! 

I do apologize for the orange/yellow plate of food that was our dinner Wednesday night. I probably should have thrown something green in there….

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Salsa Chicken (Serves 4)

Recipe adapted from All Recipes


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness

4 tsp. taco seasoning mix (store bought or homemade)

1 cup salsa

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts, and pour salsa all over.

3. Baked at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juicy and its juices run clear.

4. Sprinkle chicken evenly with cheese, and continue to bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Printable Recipe 

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I served the chicken with Mexican Rice (recipe coming) and Trader Joe’s roasted corn. Really delicious dinner!

Breakfast yesterday:

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I had a blast yesterday. Awhile back, Alicia bought us tickets to go see Ina Garten speak in Orange County. Yesterday was finally the day! Ina Garten is my food idol. She can do no wrong in my book. Her recipes are always amazing. 

We decided to make a day of it and head out early to South Coast Plaza for some shopping. We stopped for lunch at my favorite restaurant there, Quattro Cafe. My lunch started with the Zuppa di Verdure (puree of potatoes, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, no cream):

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I can’t believe there was no cream in this soup! It was so creamy and delicious!

We shared my favorite pizza, Prosciutio E Arugula (tomato sauce, fontina cheese, arugula, Italian prosciutto):

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Then our day of shopping began. Somehow it flew by too quickly and we needed to grab dinner before the show. We decided on Anqi. We shared several small plates:

Surf & Turf Roll (Meyer’s natural sirloin, spicy tombo tuna, poblano peppers, delta asparagus, white truffle):

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Roasted Pork Bao Bun (pork belly, pickled cucumbers, mongolian bbq):

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Filet Mignon Potstickers (sesame soy dressing, ginger-hoisin sauce):

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An’s Famous Garlic Noodles:

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Crispy Lobster Dumplings (golden couscous, sweet chili honey):

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The Lobster Dumplings were our least favorite. Everything else was outstanding!  

We drove to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for Ina Garten’s Lecture. It turns out we weren’t supposed to take photos but Alicia was able to quickly take one:

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Ina spoke about how her Food Network show came to be, how she got into cooking as well as her favorite recipes and her new cookbook that is due out in October. The lecture ended with an audience Q&A. I throughly enjoyed listening to her tips, tricks and stories. 

What an amazing day!!! 

It wasn’t so amazing getting up early this morning after getting home late last night. At least I could look forward to my favorite breakfast!

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I am not sitting at Starbucks, waiting for my Zumba class to start later this morning. I definitely need to get some exercise in after all that delicious food yesterday!

Are you an Ina Garten fan? What is your favorite recipe of hers?

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