Grilled Salsa Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 11, 2010

Alrighty friends…here is the Grilled Salsa Chicken that I intended on posting last night.  But my day just didn’t play out as I thought it would and I did not get a chance in the early evening to get it all together!

A big thanks to Steve for photographing some of the pictures below. You might notice that 2 hands are in the photographs, and I don’t quite trust Ryan with my camera yet!

Speaking of moms having 3 hands, I read this quote the other day…

“If evolution were true, then why don’t mothers have 3 arms?!?”  Amen!!!

*ahem* Back to the Grilled Salsa Chicken.

You can’t go wrong with this one!  Especially with $.99/lb bone-in chicken thighs!!!

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Grilled Salsa Chicken

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes (+30 min to marinate)

Cooking Time – 15-20 minutes


  • 2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs ($2)
  • 1 cup salsa ($.50) Bought when on sale with coupon and store promotion!
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder ($.05)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin ($.05)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder ($.05)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup brown rice ($.40)
  • 1 box frozen spinach ($.50)


So recently we had the Baked Black Bean and Salsa Chicken. And then I made it again last Saturday. And then I made it for some friends who just had their first baby. So the salsa jars were looking like this! But that’s the perfect amount for this recipe.

1 cup-ish.

Toss the garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Separate the skin from the thigh.

And spoon in some seasonings.

(Steve is still taking the photographs, despite the fact that my other hand is free.)

So I am handling raw chicken here, but you might be interested to know that I really don’t like raw chicken. Or chicken feet. I used to be a “BS snob.” I much prefer to just drop it straight from the package into the baking dish or slow cooker and cover it with something and cook it.

BUT, this was so tasty, I’d be willing to handle raw poultry and make it again!

Spoon in some salsa. Repeat for all the chicken thighs that you’ll be grilling.

Sprinkle any remaining seasonings on top of the chicken thighs.

Spread any remaining salsa into the bottom of a shallow dish or baking dish and let the chicken sit on top of the salsa, so the underside of the chicken marinates and takes on a bit of the salsa flavor. Let sit for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.


Until cooked through.


Cook rice and frozen spinach as directed on packages.

Serve Salsa Chicken with rice and spinach.

Cost $3.55

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

FoodontheTable May 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

This is a great recipe! I just finished posting “grill tips” on my blog and this is a perfect complement.


Cupcake Mommie (Jessica) May 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm

That is beautiful! I love how you stuffed the spices and salsa under the skin!


Mercedes May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm



Sarah May 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm

That looks so yummy! I’m going to have to try it soon. I’m usually not a bone-in fan but it makes for really moist and tender grilled chicken. :)


TheVintageChain May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm

YUM!!! That looks and sounds really good!


Anastasia May 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Um yeah. I love it when you have food that is also on my diet! Just taking the skin off after cooking is all I need to do! Yummy!


brandy May 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

Yummy! Those look so good! I love the fact that the flavoring is underneath the skin. :D Thanks for sharing.


Allecia Steckel May 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I made these tonight and they were a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

@Allecia Steckel,

So glad you enjoyed them!


Jennifer May 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Just made this for dinner – we all loved it!


Renee May 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

I want to thank you for this yummy recipe. I have been caring for my mom (and Dad LOL) who just got out of the hospital recently. I made this for them on Saturday for lunch and they loved it! Especially since my dad will only eat thighs, this was perfect! Thanks!


Ginger May 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I am not a fan of thighs or any kind of dark meat could you do this with white meat like breasts instead? Thanks for all the great recipes.


L2L June 20, 2011 at 7:08 am

Yeah, we just got a grill for Father’s Day….. I bet this will be a hit as well as your black bean brownies were……. kids have no idea there were black beans in them and I had to hide the bag so they wouldn’t eat them up all at once!!!!! Shhhh… it’s our secret ;)


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