Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

This 20-Minute Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders recipe is quick and easy, delicious to double the recipe for a potluck or large party!

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

At a recent party we hosted in our home, little did my husband and I know that our guests were using our guest outside bathroom with no lights, only a dim little candle burning on the counter. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it became apparent toward the end of the evening that 17 guests were stumbling to the bathroom in the dark (yes, it’s also our pool bathroom, but close to the kitchen/dining area). The journey is only a few steps outside the back door, but the patio area had no lighting as well.

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

It wasn’t until the end of the evening when we overheard guests talking about the “experience” when Paul and I realized that we blew a fuse on the back patio, which affected the lighting in the entire patio/yard/bathroom! Yikes!

Anyway, you just never know what will happen, but you learn to laugh about it later. (Thank goodness for the one, lonely candle!)

Posh camping.

I got a sweet thank-you note in the mail from a guest, and the “posh camping” description made me chuckle.

posh camping

Remember when?

These are the things that make entertaining memorable, fun, lively, and makes for good conversation and something to laugh about. It’s the story … remember when?

That evening my hubby and I did not go to bed until 1:30 AM, getting another load of dishes in the dishwasher, and talking about the new friends who came to dinner (never having met before), and old friends–how good it is to mix up the guest list at a dinner party. At the same time, there was one birthday girl in common with all of us around the table, which made for a very special evening.

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

This recipe today has nothing to do with the party, except I made it for dinner earlier this week and we loved it.

A 20-minute chicken dish? You canNOT go wrong. Saucy, sassy, such fresh flavor!

It was so good, I plan to make it for our friends who live not too far from our home, who we like to dine with, even on weeknights.

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Season the chicken. I used McCormick’s Perfect Pinch “Cajun” spice.

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Cook with fresh ingredients. (That is my canned Smoky Zucchini Salsa in the jar.)

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

This will be easy, light, and skies the limit on the side recipes you can serve with this … rice, quinoa, beans, a salad, wraps.

Easy, easy, easy!

Fresh and fabulous!

Oh, and I’ll make sure that the lights are turned on in the outside bathroom!

How do you cover blunders and things that go wrong when you host, or have you learned to “go with the flow?”

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

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.


  • 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


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

  1. So funny, Sandy…and this chicken looks delicious!

  2. This looks delicious, and you can’t beat how fast it is! What did you use to season the chicken? It looks like some cumin maybe and something else?

  3. This recipe sounds great. Simple and full of some of my favorite things.


  4. Yum! Looks great….I thought of your quote “never appologize for mistakes” the other night after I burned our teriyaki chicken when I got distracted…I was able to salvage most of it, but it wasn’t the best and I remember thinking “oh boy Sandy, good thing I’m not having company because I’m not sure I could cover this one”! LOL, lesson learned…in the phase of life we are going through right now I need to stay focused when cooking and take my time or I ruin the meal.

  5. This recipe looks delicious and easy and I LOVE chicken recipes. I’m going to give it a try this weekend (but I’ll have to sub the homemade zucchini salsa for store-bought).

  6. On the stove right now! Thanks, Sandy!!

  7. Love this simple dinner recipe Sandy! Love these flavors!

  8. 20 minutes? You genius you!! This look totally fresh and flavorful!

  9. Just wanted to say that I made this last night and it was delicious. This is definitely making it’s appearance in our rotation of meals! I will be looking through your blog for other recipes. Thank you!

  10. I made this for supper tonight, and it really was as quick and delicious as it looks! I served it on top of cilantro lime rice…

  11. This is a keeper! Delicious, quick and easy, with only a few ingredients, it makes my list of favorites. The Cajun Perfect Pinch spice is the key to its great flavor. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  12. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing.

  13. Excellent combination of spices. I added corn to my home made salsa and it turned all those flavors to an exquisite dinner. I just made basmati rice and green beans. Defenitely a repeat recipe!

  14. This was such a big hit in my house!!!!!  My kids loved it and it was so quick to make.  Thank you!

  15. Will be cooking this for 1st time tonight looks great and easy to do don’t want to do to much since thanksgiving is in 2 days lol

  16. I came across this recipe about 2 months ago. I’ve made it twice. I wasn’t planning on making it tonight, but when I took out the chicken tenders my very picky 16 year old son asked if I could make that “awesome salsa chicken”. How could I refuse?! If he loves it enough to request it, you know it’s  good :)

  17. Sandy, I pulled two 1 lb packages of chicken tenders, from the freezer and my wife suggested that we have a friendly cook-off. I looked in the fridge for my ingredients and saw that we had salsa. I searched the web for chicken tenders and salsa, this brought me to your recipe. We also had chive and onion sour cream, limes, homemade fajita spice (no salt) and black beans on the shelf. I made this with the substituted ingredients, my wife said she would have one, well she finished the one and went back to the stove for one more. Returning to the table she informed me that she conceded and that I should use the other package of tenders. Thank-you, Rolf

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