Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

These Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders are a delicious chicken tenders recipe to make for a Mexican feast! So good with tacos, enchiladas, or taco salad! WATCH THE VIDEO!

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Easy Chicken Tenders Recipe

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 :)

I 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 make with chicken tenders? Serve a Mexican rice, beans, and Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe, served with your favorite tortillas.

Yummy Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

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.

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

Serve with Lime Cilantro Rice – so good!

This week I freshed up the cluttered mantle in our home, with some fresh lovelies. (Looking to paint your fireplace? Check out my Annie Sloan Paris Grey Fireplace Makeover.)

One thing I like to do is treat myself to fresh flowers every so often. I do miss our bright, beautiful pink roses and yard back home, so bringing light and color in always feels good.

My friend, Jenny, is coming to visit this weekend and we will be hiking, eating, doing a puzzle, maybe even riding bikes. Oh, wait, I see a few snowflakes outside :) I can’t wait.

Delicious Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

I might even make this delicious Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders for tacos! But it’s also great served with tostadas, burritos, taco salad, or enchiladas!

chicken tenders

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

creme fraiche

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

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! Happy Friday!

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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6


  • 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


  • 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.


More chicken tenders recipes: Lightened Up Chicken Fingers and Dipping Sauce [Wine and Glue], Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers {Gluten-Free} [Sugar Free Mom].

How to make Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

26 comments on “Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders”

  1. always love cooking with chicken and I’ll be trying this one soon! Thanks for another delicious and simple recipe!

  2. This looks yummy and simple. McCormick spices are always gluten free unless stated on label. I don’t have this one, so putting it on my list. Tell Jenny hello. xoxo

  3. 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

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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

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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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.

  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. 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!

  12. 20 minutes? You genius you!! This look totally fresh and flavorful!

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

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

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

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


  18. 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?

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

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