Pico De Gallo Chicken

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

This easy and healthy Pico De Gallo Chicken is made with fresh Mexican salsa for a simple, yet flavorful, chicken dinner idea! If you’re a fan of juicy chicken with a little bit of heat, you’ll love this baked chicken recipe.

Pico de gallo chicken with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

An Easy Mexican Chicken Dinner Idea

This flavorful Pico De Gallo Chicken should definitely be up next on your list of chicken dinners to try. Regular baked chicken is always a treat, but why not spice things up – pun intended – with a little homemade salsa fresca?

These chicken breasts are dusted with taco seasoning, covered in fresh pico de gallo, and smothered in gooey cheese. Sounds delicious, right? I’m here to tell you it definitely is and, seeing as you can put it all together within 30 minutes, this Mexican-style chicken is a great quick dinner option.

At under 400 calories a serving, this is one of our favorite easy and healthy dinner recipes. You can serve it with all kinds of sides, but when I am really trying to watch my diet, I often serve it over some cauliflower rice!

Plate of pico de gallo chicken.

Recipe Ingredients

To make this dinner, you’ll need only 6 ingredients! (If you’ve already assembled the homemade pico de gallo, that is.) Here they are:

  • Chicken Breasts: I used 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • Taco Seasoning: You can use store bought taco seasoning, or I found a great homemade taco seasoning I have been using lately.
  • Lime Juice: you’ll only need the juice of half a lime.
  • Pico De Gallo: I prefer to use my fresh homemade Pico De Gallo, because it gives the chicken the most flavor. However, you can use store bought in a pinch. When I use store bought, I usually add a little extra fresh lime juice and cilantro to punch up those flavors.
  • Monterey Jack Cheese: shredded. You can also use shredded mozzarella if you prefer.
  • Optional Garnishes: fresh cilantro, limes, avocado, and sour cream are all delicious.

How to Make Pico De Gallo Chicken

Once you have the pico de gallo chilling in the fridge, prepping the rest of the meal is a breeze. You just season the chicken breasts, add the pico de gallo and cheese, pop the pan in the oven, and wait to dig in!

For the chicken

Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 ̊F. Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray.

Season Chicken Breasts: Lay chicken breasts in an even layer in baking dish. Squeeze lime juice on top of chicken breasts and evenly sprinkle with taco seasoning.

Chicken breasts with taco seasoning on them.

Top with Pico De Gallo: Cover top of chicken with pico de gallo and sprinkle cheese down the center.

Chicken breasts topped with pico de gallo.
Chicken with cheese and pico de gallo.

Bake Chicken: Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the center of the chicken breasts reaches 165°F.

Serve and Enjoy: Serve immediately with your desired garnishes!

for the pico de gallo

Making your own Pico De Gallo is so easy, and it’s incredibly delicious and tangy too! Be sure to pick the ripest Roma or cherry tomatoes that you can, and let the whole mixture marinate for at least 30 minutes before making the chicken – the flavors are more pronounced this way. Save some pico for dipping chips in as well!

Two plates of chicken with salsa.

Tips for the Most Tender Chicken

So, as you can see, this baked chicken is totally doable – even on a busy weeknight. Here are some tips to ensure the best results with this recipe:

  • Pico De Gallo Substitute: You can substitute salsa in a pinch, but fresh pico gives the best final flavor and texture.
  • What Kind of Chicken to Use: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you can definitely use chicken thighs or tenderloin – change cooking time accordingly, though. (With thicker chicken you’ll need to cook a little longer. With thinner cuts, reduce the time.)
  • Taco Seasoning Substitute: You can also season the chicken with a little salt and pepper instead if you don’t want to use taco seasoning.
Cut up chicken with pico de gallo.

Serving Suggestions

Once you have the chicken, what should you serve it with? Here are my thoughts:

  • Chips: tortilla chips are needed to scoop up that extra pico!
  • Salad: a light green side salad goes very well with this chicken.
  • Rice: you could also serve this chicken over Spanish rice or with just standard white rice. We also love it served over cauliflower rice (seasoned with cilantro and lime) when trying to get more vegetables into our diet.
  • Beans: add in some refried beans, black beans, charro beans etc.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze in an airtight container for up to a month.

To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight, and then microwave leftovers or bake them in the oven for a couple minutes if you have more time.

Plate of pico de gallo chicken.
Yield: serves 4

Pico De Gallo Chicken

Pico de gallo chicken with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

Pico De Gallo Chicken is an easy 30-minute chicken dinner! Perfect for weeknights, this Mexican baked chicken is bound to be a hit with each and every family member.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 cups fresh pico de gallo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or mozzarella)

Optional Garnishes:

  • fresh cilantro
  • limes
  • avocado
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ̊F. Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Lay chicken breasts in an even layer in baking dish. Squeeze lime juice on top of
    chicken breasts and evenly sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  3. Cover top of chicken with pico de gallo and sprinkle cheese down the center.
  4. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the center of
    the chicken breasts reaches 165°F.
  5. Serve immediately with your desired garnishes!

Notes

Can substitute with salsa in a pinch, but fresh pico gives the best final flavor and texture!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 47g

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