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Amiyrah is a mother of three and the founder of “4 Hats and Frugal,” a blog that finds the fun in frugality.

Amiyrah's Newlywed Secret: Lawry's Taco Seasoning

Those first few months of married life were interesting and fun. The most fun I had was coming up with meals to cook for my husband. He’d been used to living the bachelor life and eating out as much as possible. Once we married, that life was pretty much over. The problem? I wasn’t the best cook. 

I watched as many cooking shows as I could, but they just didn’t click. My chicken was always undercooked or overcooked and ground meat grossed me out. I couldn't figure out what he really liked, since he was always so nice about what I made!

“I sure do love seeing him smile when I make this for dinner.”

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“I sure do love seeing him smile when I make this for dinner.”

So accommodating, right? Well, I knew that if we were going to stay on budget, I had to get it together. That’s when Salsa Chicken was created. I spotted the Lawry’s Taco Seasoning at my grocery store one day, and knew that I wanted to do something impressive with it. Tacos were too easy. 

 The recipe is very simple: Just rub seasoning onto chicken breasts that have been patted dry. Bake in a 9x13 pan at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the juices run clear. Then, top with store-bought medium-heat salsa, and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve with seasoned black beans (I used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt) and rice. That’s it! 

I still remember the first time he tasted it. He asked tons of questions about that meal. He was convinced that I created a special blend of spices, and baked the chicken some kind of special way. I never told him my secret. I still haven’t: and I've made it on many date nights. But, ignorance is bliss, and I sure do love seeing him smile when I make this for dinner. I may tell him once day, just not one day soon.

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Salsa Chicken 

4 Chicken Breasts
1 Packet Lawry’s Taco Spices & Seasoning
24-ounce Jar Medium Salsa 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, and place chicken breasts in the dish.
3. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with taco seasoning, and rub into chicken.
4. Place dish, uncovered into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
5. Once the chicken juice runs clear, pour the salsa on top of the chicken and bake for another 5 minutes.
6. Serve with beans and rice, and enjoy!