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Review: Pace Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa

I have to admit that I am not a fan of very spicy food. My husband loves salsa though, so I thought I'd give one of the new Pace specialty salsas a try. I chose the Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa to take for a test-drive with cooking a simple dish because it sounded like it would be a crowd-pleaser.

If you have seen any of the recipes I've shared on my site, then you know that most of them have five ingredients or less. What we made with the Pace Salsa is . . .

Pineapple Mango Chipotle Chicken

Ingredients (Adjust quantities to suit your needs):

Chicken Breasts
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Pace Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa
Boil-in-the-Bag Rice
Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Step 1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees

Step 2. Spray an oven-safe casserole dish with the cooking spray.

Step 3. Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer along the bottom of the baking dish.

Step 4. Drench the chicken in Pace Pineapple Mango Chopotle Salsa. Go ahead and pour the whole thing in there.

Step 5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top according to your taste.

Step 6. Bake chicken at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. You will have to adjust the time according to the quantity of chicken, but don't worry, your chicken won't dry out because it is smothered in salsa.

Step 7. Prepare your rice as directed on the package. It is best to time this to be ready to serve by the time the chicken is ready.

Step 8. Plate each chicken breast next to a bed of rice and top the rice off with some of the salsa that is left in the baking dish.

What I thought about cooking with Pace Specialty Salsa:

1) Although the salsa had quite a bit of kick straight from the jar, it became much milder after being cooked. I did not mind eating it nor did my children. In fact, everyone enjoyed it very much.

2) The smell of the chicken baking with the Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa was amazing.

3) See how chunky the salsa is straight from the jar?

Well, all the tomatoes melt into the sauce while being cooked, so there is much more sauce and less chunks by the time the dish comes out of the oven. I think Pace should add more non-tomato chunks. It would make cooking with this salsa that much better.

Overall, I think Pace specialty salsa is great to cook with because it eliminates all the work of chopping ingredients and getting the spices just right. I look forward to trying a few other varieties.

Thank you to Pace for providing us with a review product free of charge.