The World’s Easiest Healthy Chicken Recipe

Quite the claim, I know. And while it may or may not be true, this meal is unbelievably simple … and the recipe is a cinch to customize to your own tastes. My husband quite literally threw this dish together one night when we were starving and uninspired. It has since become one of our go-to meals on those hurried nights.

Please excuse the less than stellar photo. It was night (no light), but I still wanted to give you an idea of the end result …


Tony’s Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken
This recipe is Low-Fat, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Sugar-Free

  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Salsa (your favorite will do, see below)
  • Chopped or Sliced Olives (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and lightly grease a baking dish large enough to fit the chicken.

If your chicken breasts are particularly thick, you may want to butterfly them for a faster cooking time and to ensure that they evenly cook through. Lay the chicken breasts in a single later in the baking dish, douse with salsa, sprinkle with olives (if using), and put it in the oven, uncovered. Bake for about 30 minutes. The baking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken. You don’t want to cook it for too long, lest the meat become tough, but do make sure it is cooked through, with no pink left in the middle.

Choosing your salsa – One of the great things about this dish is that you can easily customize the flavor. Go mild (for timid taste buds) or extra-spicy (for fire lovers), use green salsa, a fresh homemade salsa, or stick with the cheapest all-natural salsa in a jar that you located on sale at your local grocer for $1.34 (that would be our pick!).

Make it a meal – I throw in some veggies to roast for an easy one dish meal. You can either add some extra salsa to flavor the veggies, or toss the veggies with just a wee bit of oil, some salt and pepper, and place them in the baking dish around the chicken just before you put it in the oven. I like cauliflower florets best, which seem to roast to perfection along with the chicken. 

To serve – We usually have a grain-free dinner, with just the chicken and a plate full of veggies, but this meal also goes well with rice.

Yields 2 to 3 servings

17 thoughts on “The World’s Easiest Healthy Chicken Recipe

  1. Salsa makes the world go round!! I love that stuff 🙂

  2. These are my favorite recipes. No fuss, no mess, and still quite delicious!! Thanks for the idea I will be making this one soon for sure.
    I am loving your blog, it’s full of great tips 🙂

  3. Sometimes the tastiest dishes are the ones we whip up in a hurry.

    Lovely chicken dish. 🙂

  4. Yum!! I’ll definately be trying this out…with green salsa!

  5. Great, easy dish! I actually make something similar to this in the crockpot (it’s one of the only things I make in the crockpot!). I add a can of drained black beans and some seasonings. At the end of the day, it shreds effortlessly to eat on its own or use for tacos, etc.

    • Heather

      Hello Elly,

      I just got a crockpot (small one for two ppl) – and I really have no idea how to use it. My daughter has decided to go gluten and dairy intolerant, oh dear, at age 12.

      So now I have to figure out how to cook great things, also without olive- or olive oil – her other allergy….

      I would love to know the cooking time and prep that you use for your crockpot.

      Mine was a gift, and as I was not brought up on its use, your expertise would come in quite handy!

      Many thanks in advance,

      • For whole boneless skinless chicken breasts, I would do 4 to 6 hours on low – not too long. Just place the chicken in a single layer in your crockpot, cover with additions (salsa, beans, seasonings, etc.), making sure the chicken is well coated and there is a good amount of liquid from the salsa (you don’t want the chicken to dry out), cover, set on low, and come back later.

  6. Yum!
    I actually like a lot of the salsa that Target makes – the Archer Farms brand. I like salsa with fruit in them…pineapple or mango.

  7. definitely i would make rice for this recipe, it looks deliciious. Thank you for sharing this with us

  8. Can’t wait to try this – 2 ingredients is perfect for me!

  9. looks very tasty and so easy too!
    I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the episode of Seinfeld where they talk about salsa but it is amazing!

    JERRY: “What do you need salsa for?”

    GEORGE: “Salsa is now the number one condiment in America.”

    JERRY: “You know why? Because people like to say “salsa.” “Excuse me, do
    you have any salsa?” “We need more salsa.” “Where is the salsa? No salsa?”


  10. Meals that are simple can be the best! Love the looks of the salsa chicken. Bet it tastes great as well.

  11. wow! that does look healthy and extremely easy! Just the type of recipe I love! I will have to try this!

  12. Cant go wrong with chicken!

  13. I love how simple this recipe is! I always have salsa AND olives, so this is perfect for me.

  14. Wow, the cooking way of this dish is great, I’ll try it later and I hope it tastes delicious. Just one suggestion: If you add some cooking pictures it will be easier to follow!

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