Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders are a delicious chicken tenders recipe to make for a Mexican feast, made with salsa and creme fraiche and lime.

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

This 20-Minute Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders recipe is quick and easy, easy to double for a large party! You can substitute creme fraiche for sour cream.

This Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders recipe we enjoyed for dinner earlier this week and everyone loved it. Looking for how to fry corn tortillas for tasty tacos? It’s the way my mama taught me :) 

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

We love a go-to “20-minute chicken dish,” and this chicken is the best chicken tenders recipe, if you love Mexican food. You cannot go wrong. Saucy, sassy, such fresh flavor! What to serve with chicken tenders? Serve a Mexican rice, beans, and Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe, served with your favorite tortillas. You can also make our Coconut Lime Rice and Homemade Refried Pinto Beans.

Yummy Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Why we love this recipe

  • What I love about chicken tenders is they do not take long to bake or cook over the stovetop.
  • Once cooked, add the salsa. Then turn the heat down and stir in fraiche–a dinner on the table in 20 minutes.
  • It’s a quick recipe for company!

Never cooked with fraiche? I buy it at Trader Joe’s and love making this Panna Cotta Basil Appetizer Recipe, too.

creme fraiche

Ingredients needed

  • Olive oil
  • Chicken tenders
  • Favorite seasoning, I used McCormick’s Perfect Pinch “Cajun” spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salsa: use fresh or canned salsa
  • Creme fraiche: optional to use sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges

chicken tenders

How do make creamy chicken tenders?

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the chicken. Cook it on both sides until golden; transfer to plate.
  3. Add the salsa to the skillet and cook on medium heat and stir.
  4. Turn the heat down to low; stir in creme fraiche.
  5. Return the chicken to pan, cover and simmer over low heat.
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with chips, rice, and lime.

How do you serve chicken tenders?

We love these served with tacos! 

Or sprinkle with cilantro and serve with your favorite chips, rice, and lime.

But it’s also great served with tostadas, burritos, taco salad, or enchiladas!

You can use this chicken for chicken or taco bowls, or chop up for taco salad!

The  best part: Scoop up the sauce with your favorite chips!

Delicious Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Tips and substitutions:

  • Cook with fresh ingredients. (That is my canned Smoky Zucchini Salsa in the jar.)
  • Optional to swap out the creme fraiche for sour cream.
  • You can use chicken breasts, thinly sliced, in place of the chicken tenders.
  • Feel free to add your favorite seasoning … a Mexican spice or Cajun, or even salt and pepper is good.

Skies the limit on the side recipes you can serve with this … rice, quinoa, beans, a salad, wraps. Don’t forget to serve lime on the side with plenty of cilantro!

Easy, easy, easy!

Great for Cinco de Mayo coming up, too!

More easy chicken recipes to try:

Lightened Up Chicken Fingers and Dipping Sauce [Wine and Glue]

Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers {Gluten-Free} [Sugar Free Mom]

Pineapple Chipotle Chicken Tacos

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Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

This 20-Minute Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders recipe is quick and easy, easy to double for a large party! You can substitute creme fraiche for sour cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 4 Tbsp.  olive oil
  • 2.5 – 3 lbs. chicken tenders
  • Favorite seasoning, I used McCormick’s Perfect Pinch “Cajun” spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche, or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges

Instructions
 

  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Season the chicken. Cook it on both sides until golden for about 3 minutes; transfer to plate.
  • Add the salsa to the skillet and cook on medium heat, stirring for 2 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low; stir in creme fraiche.
  • Return the chicken to pan, cover and simmer over low heat, 4-5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with chips, rice, and lime.
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How to make Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders