Want a scrumptious meal that will please the family, is healthy AND quick? Then you need to try my version of this Salsa Fresca. It’s fresh, flavorful & packed full of vitamins! No more feeling guilty when serving up this bad boy to the clan!
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I am a lover of all things Mexican, but I prefer flavour over spice! This is great if the kids aren’t too keen on anything overly spicy, because it’s a TexMex fusion with little spice & doesn’t compromise on flavour! It’s a really delicious meal full of fresh flavours. Teamed with a freshly made salsa & baked with rich cheese over the top, a filling, one dish meal that’s healthy & a crowd pleaser!
The Salsa –
Salsa fresca, also known as Pico De Gallo (it literally translates to – rooster’s beak) is a type of salsa that is fresh, an uncooked mixture of chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander, fresh chilies, lime juice, & salt. It’s super easy & super delicious!
As you know, I don’t like any recipes that are too “far fetched” complicated or take a long time, so here is my quick #bishbashbosh version of this awesome TexMex dish!
Salsa Fresca Chicken
This Salsa Fresca Chicken is gluten free, low carb & keto diet friendly. It's packed full of flavors. A #nonasties home made recipe. It comes together easily for a quick weeknight meal & even quicker clean up because it's just one dish!
- 2 LBS Boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/4 TSP Cumin
- 1/4 TSP Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 TSP Black Pepper
- 1/4 TSP Garlic Powder
- 2 CUPS Fresh Pico De Gallo Salsa
- 1 CUP Monterey Jack Cheese or Gouda
- 1 TSP Smoky Paprika
For the salsa
- 2 Cups Sweet Tomatoes Cherry or Roma Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Yellow Pepper Diced
- 1 Jalepeno Pepper/ Chilli if using Sliced
- 1/4 Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 Lime Juiced
Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6
Marinade the chicken in a bowl with a little olive oil, cumin, garlic, paprika salt & pepper
Meanwhile make the salsa -
Dice the tomatoes, onion, & chop the coriander. Wash & dice the pepper.
Mix the tomatoes with the salt & place them in a mesh food strainer over a bowl for 10 minutes. Discard the juices that have drained from the tomatoes.
In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, onion, coriander, pepper & lime juice together & mix well
Take the chicken & lay flat in a large baking dish
Then cover chicken with the salsa & top with grated cheese.
Bake on middle rack for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through& cheese is bubbling.
If you can't get Montery Jack Cheese you can substitute it with a Gouda or nutty Swiss style cheese, Mozzarella won't give the same taste!
I only use Pink Himalayan Salt, but feel free to use normal table salt!
Slice the chicken breasts in half length ways for quicker cooking.
See?! Quick, simple & tasty! This is ready in no time, great for impressing unexpected guests because it’s literally ready in just over half an hour with little prep, so you have time for other things! This dish can be served with anything, like Mexican rice, or slice it up & wrap it in some flour Tortilla’s, but I prefer to put it along side some Quinoa or Buckwheat & add a dollop of fresh Cucumber & Mint Yogurt!
Would you add any other spices to this dish to pep it up? What would you serve it with? Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to share!!