Crunchy Salsa Chicken Bake

Even though I am currently stuck in a soup-only diet, it doesn’t mean that my family is. While flipping through this month’s issue of All You (seriously – the coupons are crazy good), I came across Sandra Lee’s recipe for Crunchy Salsa Chicken Bake in an Ortega ad.

I bought all the ingredients this weekend (after the hospital trip – I am wonder mom after all) at the Super Target on Roberts, and after taking some time today assembling them, I’ve found that the smell of chopped cilantro gives me a headache. Yay.

I painstakingly cut out the recipe which I promptly (and almost immediately) lost… only to find it again today after I put it in the oven. Turns out, I stuck a magnet to it on the fridge – pain medication will make anyone loopy.

I did end up finding the recipe online at the Ortega website (Sandra Lee also has a similar version to this one on her website) which leads us to… right now.

I realized when I took this picture that I made entirely too much – even more than what Rob can take to work for lunch, so I offered up the leftovers to our next door neighbors.

Sandra Lee for Ortega Crunchy Salsa Chicken Bake



  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the broken chips into the baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the taco seasoning. Rub the chicken cubes with your fingers to thoroughly distribute the seasoning.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the salsa, taco sauce, and sour cream.
  • Stir in the chiles, olives, and cilantro.
  • Pour over the chicken and combine thoroughly.
  • Stir in 3 cups of the cheese and the chicken broth.
  • Pour the chicken mixture into the 9×13-inch baking pan over the broken taco shells.
  • Add remaining cup of cheese to the top
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly.


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Grace is the creator of and She has two amazing daughters, Mia and Eva (who are 13 months apart in age), who keep her busy. When she's not stopping them from leaping off tall pieces of furniture, she's the wife to Rob - the best husband and man on the planet.


  1. The neighbors next door loved it !

  2. Grace sent some home with me too, after our day at the studio. Alyson’s first bite was followed with a “YUM!”

    Rob was right, btw, it is stellar on a bun.

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