Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
6 Mins
Cook Time
12 Mins
Chill Time
30 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 tomato slices, 1 chicken breast half, about 1/2 cup salsa, and 2 tablespoons queso fresco)

The shortcut marinade begins with the flavorful drained liquid from the salsa. Choose a fresh juicy salsa with chunks of tomatoes and onions, which you can find in the deli or produce section of your supermarket, rather than a thick, tomato sauce-based product. Serve with tortillas.

How to Make It

Step 1

Drain salsa in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Set salsa aside.

Step 2

Combine reserved liquid, oil, salt, and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken and tomato to bag; seal and shake gently to coat. Chill 30 minutes.

Step 3

Prepare grill.

Step 4

Remove chicken and tomato from bag, reserving marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; pour reserved marinade over chicken. Place tomato slices on grill rack. Grill chicken 6 minutes on each side or until done. Grill tomatoes 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve chicken with tomatoes; top with reserved salsa and queso fresco.

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Ratings & Reviews

mexican's Review

September 04, 2014

jojoruns's Review

July 17, 2013

meme1973's Review

March 12, 2013

jordane18's Review

July 20, 2012
I just have to rate this chicken because it was SO good! It is so hard for me to get my husband to even eat grilled chicken, but this one he gets excited about! I used a medium-heat store bought salsa and tasted it before putting the juice on the chicken. I decided it was just a little "blah" and not so "fresh" tasting so I added some lime juice, fresh cilantro and a few fresh sliced jalapenos for a little kick. I served this with black beans and quinoa and grilled corn on the cob. I also made some guacamole to top it off like another reviewer since my local store doesn't carry queso fresco and it was just the right thing to cool the dish down a bit. I'll be making this again!

mja489's Review

July 09, 2012
This was so easy and really good. I couldn't get queso fresco at my store, but I had an avocado from the farmers' market, so I mashed it and mixed it with the salsa - it tempered the heat and made a fantastic topping. Served with corn on the cob and "fiesta rice" a CL recipe. I think I like grilled green tomatoes even better that fried green tomatoes. They were excellent.

JeanieK's Review

October 25, 2011
Very, very good. I grilled the tomatoes, just for grill marks. Awesome!

RVChrissy's Review

February 01, 2011
This is very good and company loved it. Easy meal to impress guests with.

heaven28rangers's Review

May 15, 2010
Very, very good and the cheese is just icing on the cake.

loosely123's Review

March 31, 2010
I found this recipe during a "search" and thought I would give her a try. OMG it is delicious!!! I bought hot salsa and followed the recipe to the letter. Very good and my family loved it as well. My husband says it's a keeper. Of course if you don't like hot and spicy, buy the milder salsa. I served w/fresh fruit to cool it off a bit.