Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches.

We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner! I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you! These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are […]

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We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!

I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are one of those meals that look ridiculously simple, and well… they kind of are. But they are SO incredibly flavorful and just taste so GOOD. These are idea for a warm summer evening or even a busy weeknight. Add in a glass of chilled white wine and HELLO it is heaven.

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches ready to go

I’m always looking for easy, delish dinner ideas for weeknights and these cannot be beat. I was inspired to make them after falling in love with my grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches last year – which we freaking LOVE! They are so flavorful and delicious.

I knew we could do something similar with another combo that I adore so much – chicken caesar salad! Just… minus the salad.

But we do have some green leaves sooooo… there’s that. 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

The caesar dressing is my classic fave that I’ve used for years. You’ve read me ramble about it for ages and it’s truly the best. Greek yogurt based with a little bit of everything. Don’t skip the anchovy paste! It really makes it taste like traditional caesar and adds that savory pop. 

You can make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t use the actual dressing as marinade, but instead toss together some olive oil, garlic and dijon for a quick marinade for the chicken. The caesar dressing is just going to be our sauce/topping for the sandwiches. Or our dip! Whatever you want it to be.

marinated grilled chicken

The marinade is so easy and you can let the chicken soak for 30 minutes or even overnight, whatever you have time for. The real kicker is how smoky and wonderful the chicken tastes right off the grill!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

I love to use brioche buns here (they are the best) and crispy romaine leaves for the sandwiches. This combo is what really makes up the chicken caesar flavor explosion.

It goes like this:

The brioche buns are buttery and soft. They almost melt in your mouth – and if you grill them? Even better. 

The romaine is so refreshing and crisp and reminds you of that base of a classic caesar salad.

Our chicken is smoky, flavorful and juicy. I like to use thin-sliced chicken breasts, whether you buy them like that or slice them thin yourself, because that’s just what I prefer to bite in to. You know?

And then the caesar dressing finishes it all off. That stuff is drinkable, I swear. (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan.

This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good! We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm! This […]

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This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good!

We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm!

grilled chicken parmesan

This classic fave is a dream when you grill it – the chicken is full of smoky flavor and super juicy, then it’s covered in melty cheese. And served with saucy sauce! And sprinkled with fresh basil and parmesan. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this.

I wish I would have started grilling my chicken parmesan a decade ago!

sliced tomatoes and mozzarella

I’m so excited to be partnering with ALDI again to bring you this amazing warm weather recipe. Just in time for the sunshine to hit. It’s a great way to kick off the grilling season with one heck of a delicious meal too. ALDI has the best selection of seasonal food and super high-quality meats at an affordable price. Perfect for grilling season. When I’m planning out our weekly menus, their chicken and steak is always on my list.

As is the produce. You can’t beat the quality. 

marinating chicken in balsamic

Let’s make it! 

To start, I marinate the ALDI Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts in a balsamic mixture that is wonderful. I use their Specially Selected Olive Oil, Priano Balsamic Vinegar and Stonemill Dried Basil, along with some minced garlic, salt and pepper. It’s such a classic, simple marinade but really adds a ton of flavor to the chicken. You want to marinate it for at least 30 minutes or so – but I’ve even marinated it overnight too. And it’s a game-changer.

grilling the chicken parmesan

ALDI also has the most vibrant, fresh produce right now and I.am.here.for.it. Their tomatoes are incredible. I grabbed a bunch of the Campari tomatoes on the vine and sliced them up – perfectly juicy! While I don’t always add fresh tomatoes to chicken parm I may bake in the oven, adding it to this grilled version is the best way to elevate this meal. It gives it an even fresher take on the traditional dish and really adds something special. 

chicken with tomatoes and cheese off the grill

The other great thing?

We also have a variety of cheeses for this recipe! That’s what I love so much about this dish – while I love to use the Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella, you can also grab some of the Happy Farms Mozzarella Shredded Cheese or even the Happy Farms Deli Sliced Mozzarella! Whatever makes it easier on the grill for you! That’s what it’s all about here: we want the most flavorful chicken, tomatoes and cheese because they are the stars of the show. Topping it off with the fresh basil is just the icing on the cake.

grilled chicken parmesan

Grilling season always makes me so happy because I don’t have to turn on the oven in the warmer months! This recipe is no exception. You can make the entire thing on the grill. The only thing I do in the kitchen is warm up some of my sauce. That’s the last component to our recipe! I love to serve this on a light blanket of sauce, or with warm sauce for spooning over. I use the Simply Nature Organic Tomato Basil Sauce, and just heat it on the stovetop for a few minutes so it pairs perfectly with the chicken.

Top everything off with some freshly grated Emporium Selection Parmesan Cheese! And it’s DONE. 

grilled chicken parmesan

I mean, look at this plate!  (more…)

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Layered Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad.

This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible. I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad! This pasta salad makes me so happy! It […]

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This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible.

I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad!

grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

This pasta salad makes me so happy! It can be the side dish at your BBQ, even a main or dish dish for dinner tonight. It could even be lunch! You can prep it ahead of time or make it 30 minutes before serving. It really can’t be beat.

layered grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

Um, okay, who else is getting Friends trifle vibes from the photos of this layered pasta salad? Ha!

I can assure you that this is nothing like Rachel’s layered shepherd’s pie and cake trifle recipe. Promise. 

I do love the idea of a layered pasta salad though! You can layer it all up, it looks fun and pretty to serve, then just toss it right before serving. Or let others toss it as they serve themselves. Absolutely perfect. 

Whatever you want to do!

grilled chicken

I’ve been making regular old caprese pasta salads for years. I’ve always shared them on instagram, but never here because they are just so simple. When I decided to do some balsamic chicken, I KNEW it was a recipe I needed to share in time for summer. This is perfect for Memorial Day weekend or even dinner tonight. It’s one of those versatile dishes that is just so delicious.

You can also make is ahead of time!

chopped grilled chicken

First up, the easiest balsamic chicken.

I like to marinate and grill the chicken. You can even do this a few days ahead – or use leftover grilled chicken too. It’s so simple. Whether you’re planning ahead of time or flying by the seat of your pants, you can get the chicken made quickly.

tomatoes and fresh basil

The rest is fairly easy – think your favorite caprese, but in pasta salad form! 

So we have fresh mozzarella. I like to use the fresh mozzarella balls (especially if they are marinated!) but you can also buy a log of it and chop it up. 

Then grape or cherry tomatoes. You know these will only get better as the season goes on.

Lots of fresh basil. 

pasta and fresh basil with dressing

And then your favorite pasta! I always get questions about this squiggly one I use. It’s the spirali from delallo and definitely my favorite for pasta salads.

pouring dressing on grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

For the dressing, I love to use a version of a balsamic vinaigrette. Mostly because everything can hang out and marinate in it overnight and it’s still absolutely fantastic. 

Of course, it’s also a classic dressing for caprese and one that just can’t go wrong. The flavors mesh well together and everything gets a chance to shine. (more…)

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Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Avocado Salsa.

These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go. Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today! Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is […]

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These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go.

Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today!

grilled chili lime chicken tacos with pineapple salsa

Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is the star of the show. Make a bowl of that and pass the chips please!

It’s incredible.

grilled chicken, pineapple and tortillas

Actually, the real star of this show is Tajin! I love using Tajin seasoning for just about anything – all my meats, roasted vegetables and even the rim of a margarita (when I can drink them, haha). Today, the chicken marinates in Tajin and tastes like heaven. 

If you haven’t tried Tajin before, it’s not overly spicy. I don’t love a ton of heat and I find it to be more like chili powder mixed with fresh lime. The lime flavor is so fantastic here!

If you can’t find Tajin or would prefer something else, I’ve also found chili lime seasoning at Target and Trader Joe’s before too. If neither of those options work either, you can make your own! I suggest combining chili powder, a bit of salt and pepper, garlic powder and fresh lime zest. It will taste fantastic. 

chopped grilled chili lime chicken

After the chicken takes a little Tajin soak, I grill it for even more smoky, charred flavor. It’s divine!

At the same time, I grill some pineapple spears too. If you’ve been around this blog long enough you probably remember back in 2009 when I had an obsession with fruit salsa. I mean, I still do have an obsession with fruit salsa! I’ve probably made just about every version of fruit salsa there is. Almost. 

grilled pineapple avocado salsa

In this case, I wanted to do a smoky grilled pineapple, which in turn would caramelize ever so slightly and that would bring out the sweetness. Combine that with some creamy avocado and spicy jalapeño. And a few classics like red onion and cilantro and lime.

Oh my WORD.

You will love this salsa so much. Seriously considering just eating it with a spoon and calling it a salad. I mean, that would work, right?  (more…)

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Peppers with Cashews. An Everyday Dinners Sneak Peek!

This sheet pan cashew chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner! The sauce is delish and my method for cooking the veggies and chicken works great, bringing the meal together in about 30 minutes. We adore this meal, which you can find inside my new book, Everyday Dinners! I can barely contain my excitement – we […]

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This sheet pan cashew chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner! The sauce is delish and my method for cooking the veggies and chicken works great, bringing the meal together in about 30 minutes. We adore this meal, which you can find inside my new book, Everyday Dinners!

I can barely contain my excitement – we are TWO WEEKS away from the launch of Everyday Dinners!

sheet pan cashew chicken

And I’m back today sharing one more sneak peek recipe with you before the launch. This sheet pan cashew chicken is in permanent rotation in our house – and it’s so delicious and satisfying. I can’t even explain how hard it has been to keep this recipe from you until now!

But first! Let’s talk Everyday Dinners!

everyday dinners by jessica merchant

It comes out in TWO WEEKS! May 4th, to be exact. Everyday Dinners is LOADED with – you guessed it – dinner recipes! They are perfect for busy weeknights, all include meal prep tips and tricks and are absolutely DELISH if I do say so myself.

If you preorder a copy today, you get not only Everyday Dinners when it releases on May 4, but you also get the free (!!!) bonus cookbook too

And! You can preorder a signed copy (!!!) from Penguin Bookshop! Perfect, just in time for Mother’s Day. There are a limited number of signed copies, so if you’d like a signed book, grab one HERE!

YOU CAN PREORDER FROM:

Bookshop

Target

Amazon

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Google Play

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Regardless of where you order you book, everyone can also get a signed book plate, essentially giving you a signed copy of the book. 

In order to get a signed book plate for your book, you must follow these instructions below.

  1. Forward (or send a screenshot of your order) to everydaydinnersbook@gmail.com
  2. Include your name and full mailing address. The signed book plate will be arriving via snail mail (so you can stick it in your book!) and we will need your full mailing address to send it to you.

The book plates will ship separately from your book and may arrive before your book, so be sure to hold on to it!

chopped bell peppers and onions

Now back to our cashew chicken.

Sheet pan meals are so tricky. While I love how easy they seem, it’s difficult to figure out cook times and make sure everything on the pan cooks perfectly. You know?

It’s also easy to crowd the pan, which makes everything steam instead of roast. And then you lose lots of flavor. 

Um, no thanks!

sheet pan cashew chicken

So!

I use my go-to method for sheet pan meals for this recipe – and you’ve seen it before in my fajita and salmon recipes too. I cook the vegetables first, so they get all caramely and roasty and wonderful. You know, the best way to do veggies?! 

After a nice little roast of those, I push them all over to the side and add the chicken and cashews. Do another roast and and we’re good to go!

The sauce thickens and the cashews get all golden and toasty too. We love it! (more…)

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Avocado Chicken Salad with Chipotle and Lime. AKA, What To Make For Lunch Today!

Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today!  I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon. Pass all the crunchy crackers, please. This avocado chicken salad is another great […]

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Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today! 

avocado chicken salad with crackers

I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon.

Pass all the crunchy crackers, please.

chicken, scallions, yogurt, mayo, chipotle peppers, lime

This avocado chicken salad is another great option to have during the week. Of course, you could eat it for breakfast or dinner too. You do you.

I just love it for lunch. 

Speaking of lunch, are you still working at home right now or heading back to the office? I love this recipe for both situations: it lasts, you can throw it together the night before and it’s basically a pantry meal if you grab a rotisserie chicken and a bag of pita chips. 

chipotle lime chicken salad base

Now, I have made chicken and egg salad with the avocado as a binder in the past. Like, mash it up and use it with the wet ingredients to bring everything together. I really love that too, it just doesn’t last as long in the fridge. 

Chicken salad is one of those dishes I like to prep ahead so I have it for a few days. My current favorite way to enjoy it is on super crunchy crackers. So if it’s prepped ahead, I know it’s in the fridge and makes for a wonderful snack or lunch. 

avocado chicken salad

This is another version of that, and it may just be my favorite one yet. I used the base for my summer chicken salad (aka, the best one ever) and instead of using lemon, used lime. And some diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. This adds the perfect amount of spice, especially if you have it with tortilla chips or crackers!

I like to make that base above and store it in the fridge. Much like my make-ahead marinated chickpeas. This is our base! But then…

avocado chicken salad with crackers and pickled onions

Go ahead and add a few more delicious things.

Or, at least one more delicious thing.

(more…)

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Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers with Ranch and Roasted Broccoli.

Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever. These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. […]

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Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers with ranch and roasted broccoli

These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. The combo is wonderful! Satisfying, filling and tastes like heaven. 

kettle cooked potato chips in a bag

Chicken fingers are not a new thing around here… I mean, you may remember me making them in 2010! It’s insane that I’ve made so many different variations over the last decade. I find that we go in and out of phases with them. They’re easily one of Eddie’s favorite foods too. 

But I probably make them most often to chop up and use in my house salad for dinner. We LOVE that kind of meal. It tastes so indulgent and is just super good. 

P.S. definitely happy to report that I’ve chopped these potato chip chicken fingers up too and used them in salads. Absolutely excellent! I mean, how can you go wrong with insane crispy crunch?

potato chip crusted chicken fingers ready to bake

Anyway!

Let’s get to the potato chip coating!

Years ago, I started making potato chip crusted fish (and more recently, fish sticks!) –  which is SO SO good. It’s where I originally got the idea to do chip crusted chicken and I’m thrilled it works with both. 

I like to use kettle cooked chips here, but that’s just personal preference. I’m not a huge chip lover unless there is a really fantastic dip around. But I only buy kettle cooked chips because the crunch is unbeatable! That’s why I suggest those here.

homemade ranch dressing ingredients

Also! I find it important to really crush the chips so you have mostly tiny crumbs, but then there will always be a few bigger pieces that give some extra crunch on the chicken. The best part! If you want to see exactly how I do it, head to instagram where I’ll make this recipe on stories today.

You can probably imagine that once these are baked, the coating is even more crisp and crunchy than before. If you’re a crunch lover like I am, you will freak over these.

howsweeteats house ranch

Also, yes I do think these can be made in the air fryer. And I do really love my air fryer. However, it’s difficult to make one batch at a time because these need to be in a single layer! So I find the oven to be more efficient overall, because it’s one bake time and then they’re done. 

potato chip crusted chicken fingers right after baking

My homemade ranch is the recipe that made me fall in love with ranch. I make a big batch and everyone goes crazy for it – we dip ALLLLLL the things in it. It’s one of the dips I love to serve with these chicken fingers (along with my house sauce, of course). The combination is classic and so darn good.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers

Finally!

I roast some broccoli for the side. It’s easily my favorite vegetable, so anything else you love works here too. My family LOVES this meal. It’s such a great balance – crispy crunchy chicken with roasted, flavorful broccoli. And everything is drizzle in a touch of ranch. We all get so excited when a plate looks like this.  (more…)

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Stuffed Chicken with Scallion Smashed Potatoes.

Dinner is served! This asparagus stuffed chicken is on the menu tonight. This is a MEAL.  A perfect-for-spring, healthy and comforting meal. We love it!  Oh yes.  Today we’re stuffing our chicken with asparagus and eating it! And throwing a bunch of scallions in our mashed potatoes.  It’s going to be good.  While the title […]

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Dinner is served! This asparagus stuffed chicken is on the menu tonight.

prosciutto wrapped asparagus stuffed chicken

This is a MEAL. 

A perfect-for-spring, healthy and comforting meal. We love it! 

chicken breast stuffed with brie and asparagus

Oh yes. 

Today we’re stuffing our chicken with asparagus and eating it! And throwing a bunch of scallions in our mashed potatoes. 

It’s going to be good. 

While the title seems ridiculously complicated, the dish itself is not! There is, indeed, asparagus (and brie cheese!) stuffed in the chicken breasts. And the entire thing is wrapped in prosciutto. But it comes together easily… and deliciously!

prosciutto wrapped chicken

By cutting a pocket into the chicken breast, you can stuff it with brie and the asparagus spears. Then we wrap the entire thing in prosciutto (I’m always into this) so the cheese doesn’t spill out while cooking. The prosciutto also gets so crispy crunchy, like super thin bacon. It’s wonderful.

It’s flavorful! 

The chicken starts in a skillet and finishes in the oven, which also allows the asparagus to roast. 

So you have your chicken and vegetables in one little pouch! 

To take things really over the top, I like to serve this with scallion smashed potatoes. I mean, this plate is so wonderful to serve your family or friends. 

scallion smashed potatoes

These scallion smashed potatoes are a little refreshing spring take on the classic. Now, I’ve rambled for years about how when it comes to traditional meals (like thanksgiving or christmas, where mashed potatoes are served), I prefer the classic, plain version.

However! When it comes to a special spring dinner, be it easter or even just… a random Wednesday night, I don’t mind a little something extra. 

First, I keep the skins on when mashing the potatoes, bringing more texture to the dish. Eddie absolutely loooooves mashed potatoes this way!

Then, I throw in a bunch of sliced scallions. They add a little crispy crunch, some delicious onion-y flavor and all around bring the meal together.

prosciutto wrapped asparagus stuffed chicken

Just look at this! The dish is so satisfying. (more…)

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Crispy Baked Salsa Chicken Tacos.

Crunchy baked chicken tacos are on tap for dinner tonight! These little hand-held crispy bites of creamy salsa chicken are so delicious. Topped with a quick pico de gallo, some cotija cheese and pickled onions, they are definitely one of my favorite weeknight meals. You won’t believe how easily they come together! This is another […]

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Crunchy baked chicken tacos are on tap for dinner tonight!

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

These little hand-held crispy bites of creamy salsa chicken are so delicious. Topped with a quick pico de gallo, some cotija cheese and pickled onions, they are definitely one of my favorite weeknight meals. You won’t believe how easily they come together!

shredded chicken with salsa, spices, sour cream

This is another one of those recipes that I was almost too embarrassed to share because it’s just so simple. The taco filling is so easy. You can prep the pickled onions and pico ahead of time. You can bake a big sheet pan of these so they are done for your family at once. 

Wins all around!

tortillas with salsa chicken filling

These baked chicken tacos are kind of a hybrid between my weeknight chicken tacos and crispy baked quesadillas. Those are two well-loved recipes here on the blog, so you may have even caught on. Plus, I just shared the Everyday Dinners Bonus Cookbook and there is a reeeeeally delish baked taquito recipe in there… hence the birth of crispy baked chicken tacos.

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

The weeknight chicken tacos are so easy to throw together – you actually mix the spices in after you cook the chicken.

And the crispy baked quesadillas are so versatile, allowing you to use whatever fillings you have on hand, and baking until the outsides are crispy and crunchy.

For these tacos, I love to use a rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken. They are perfect for that! A super quick weeknight meal that can come together seamlessly if you have a few things planned. Brush the baking sheet and tortillas with olive oil. That results in extra crunch.

Who can say no?

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

Going the shredded chicken route, I like to add in spices for some extra oomph, along with salsa and sour cream (or plain greek yogurt!). You can use any kind of salsa you love – I suggest using your favorite that you dip chips in. And try not to get too much salsa “juice” – keep it mostly to the good, chunky stuff. 

The chicken mixture doesn’t look super appetizing. But! Mix it with some shredded cheddar (if you’re going the pre-shredded route, I only recommend tillamook! Otherwise grate your own – there is no comparison.) and the filing gets so melty and warm. When baked in the tortillas, it’s wonderful. I want to eat it with chips alone.

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos with pico de gallo

Of course, my favorite part of this whole thing is the bit of cheese that bubbles out of the tortillas and onto the sheet pan, creating that delicious, almost-burnt cheese crisp on the edge. Oh my word. It is so.freaking.good. It almost tastes like that part is purposely built into the recipe, that’s how good it is.

Just like making taquitos at home, you want to warm your tortillas for 30 to 60 seconds so they fold nicely and don’t tear. I usually warm mine for the full minute – I find that there is no tearing that way. And don’t overfill them. This helps keep them in their baked taco shell too! 

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

Pretty sure I’ve died and gone to heaven with all that crunch.

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

Baked Creamy Salsa Chicken Tacos

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Baked Creamy Salsa Chicken Tacos

These baked chicken tacos are filled with a creamy salsa shredded chicken and cheddar. Top with pico de gallo and pickled onions! Delish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken, (from a rotisserie chicken, or leftover shredded chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons your favorite salsa
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 12 4-inch corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • pickled onions, for topping
  • cotija cheese, for topping
  • sour cream, for serving
  • cilantro, for serving
  • lime wedges, or serving

quick pico

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Brush or spray a baking sheet with olive oil so it’s coated for the tortillas.
  • In a bowl, combine the chicken, sour cream, salsa, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper until combined.
  • Slightly warm your tortillas so they don’t break. I do this either in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds – you just want them more pliable so they roll. You can keep them in between damp paper towels, so they stay pliable without breaking. I warm about 4 at a time, and then build 4 tacos, then warm 4 more, and so on. Just try to move quickly and carefully so they don’t break!
  • Fill each tortilla with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the creamy salsa chicken. Top with the shredded cheddar. Fold over the tortilla and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and place them on the sheet. Spray or brush the outsides of the tortillas with olive oil.
  • Bake the tacos for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve the tacos immediately with the quick pico, pickled onions, sour cream, cotija cheese, cilantro and lime wedges for spritzing.

quick pico

  • Stir together ingredients with a big pinch of salt and pepper until combined. You can make this a day ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

crispy baked salsa chicken tacos

Texture lovers unite.

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Loaded Smoked Chicken Nachos

When the nacho craving hits, nothing satisfies quite like a mountain of hot and melty nachos. Our version is topped with savory smoked chicken and a creamy cheese sauce so flavorful you’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful. Way beyond your basic ballpark nachos, these loaded smoked chicken nachos are topped with all […]

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When the nacho craving hits, nothing satisfies quite like a mountain of hot and melty nachos. Our version is topped with savory smoked chicken and a creamy cheese sauce so flavorful you’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful.

Way beyond your basic ballpark nachos, these loaded smoked chicken nachos are topped with all the good stuff including pickled jalapeños and pickled red onions (pickles are the secret to next-level nachos), plus olives, fresh radishes and micro cilantro.

Overhead, sheet pan of Loaded Smoked Chicken Nachos with radishes, micro cilantro on a turquoise background

Ready for a little nacho history?

What we think of as nachos here in the US, a heaping mound of crispy tortilla chips drenched in globs of plasticky orange cheese sauce, looks nothing like the original nacho which originated in Northern Mexico in the 1940s. Invented by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya as a simple and satisfying snack, the original nacho featured simple triangles of fried corn tortillas topped with melted shredded cheese and pickled jalapeño.

Heck, if I created such a brilliant snack I’d name it after myself too.

The “Nacho Special” eventually made it across the border to Texas in the 1970s, where it started to evolve into the ballpark snack we know today.

Closeup, Loaded Smoked Chicken Nachos topped with sour cream, cilantro, radishes and pickled onions

This recipe takes that original idea of chip, cheese, and pickled jalapeño (a perfect combination if there ever was one) and loads it up with even more goodness, including smokey shredded chicken, pickled red onions, black olives, sour cream and cilantro.

I mean, I’d argue that these nachos are less snack and more meal (and indeed, we thoroughly enjoyed a pan of them between the two of us for dinner).

The inspiration for this particular iteration of nachos comes from a Nashville bar called Bastion. Let me just say, their nachos are phenomenal, and I’ve driven across town more than once just to fulfill a craving.

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