Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken Recipe

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My husband and three children love this tender chicken that has a spicy sauce. Peach preserves add just a touch of sweetness, while taco seasoning and salsa give this dish some kick. This entree can be made even zippier yet by adding more taco seasoning and using spicier salsa. —Sheri White, Higley, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 jar (11 ounces) chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 301 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 985mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.


  1. Place taco seasoning in a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken and toss to coat.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil until no longer pink. Combine salsa and preserves; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until heated through Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p28

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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newrecipejunkie User ID: 876567 258489
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"Very easy and delicious. Made it tonight for company that must eat gluten-free. Used mild salsa and mild taco seasoning mix as we aren't fans of spicy foods. This is my second time making this recipe and I will definitely make it again."

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 255286
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"Very simple, very delicious! Husband ate 3 helpings. There went my leftovers for another meal. I guess he really liked it!"

dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 253361
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"This was an easy, good dinner. I served it with a brown rice/quinoa mix. My daughter is not a fan of spicy foods, so she was worried it would be too spicy. I used a mild-ish salsa. We both liked it, and I'll probably make it again."

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 245618
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"Great flavor with the peachy sweetness added to salsa and so fast to put together! I love this recipe when time is short and dinner time is close!! If you use a Minute rice, and steam some broccoli, you have a meal in minutes!"

NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 235815
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"Very yummy! My mom thought it too spicy but I used regular taco seasoning and medium heat salsa which is what we always use in tacos."

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 233922
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"This was really good. Definitely a "crowd pleaser"!"

JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 228397
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"Very Good and easy. Used sugar-free apricot jam. Served with whole grain spaghetti."

scubacas User ID: 5298067 227518
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"This was pretty good and it froze and reheated nicely"

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Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"Another winner. The chicken was very tender. The peach preserves "mellowed out" the salsa without tasting strongly of peach flavor. It combined with rice well and was an overall very tasty and filling dish with a mild kick to it. It was an easy and quick to prepare meal. Really enjoyed it."

Smward09 User ID: 8327924 224490
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"So simple and delicious!! A great recipe for busy week nights. I followed it to a T. I used a mild salsa and mild taco seasoning for the kids' sensitive palate. I spiced mine up with red pepper flakes and it was great! Will make this again and again."

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