“I’ve always said fashion is like roast chicken: You don’t have to think about it to know it’s delicious.”
I am not the first person to look into the fridge and wonder what I could throw together for dinner.
This is how I stumbled upon Italian chicken, twenty plus years ago.
A package of chicken breasts and a bottle of Italian dressing looked like a decent combo that fit the budget.
Turns out that it was a fantastic dinner… and there are tons of recipes for this exact same thing on the ol’ interwebs already.
The other day our oldest kiddo was snarfing down a leftover piece of Italian Chicken between school and work. She complimented the chicken and asked if the recipe was on my blog.
I had an ah ha moment, right then.
She desperately wants to go out of state for college in another year or so.
These recipes are going to be a hug from home soon, I fear.
So, the internet will have to make room for another post about the easiest chicken you may ever make in your life… just in case our kiddos need that Italian Chicken just like mom makes.
Seriously, this takes very little effort and no real cooking skills are required.
Plus, its cheap, tasty and totally gives people the impression that you are an awesome cook.
Are you ready for this fantastic piece of cooking wisdom?
Get out your chicken breasts.
Put them in a Ziploc bag.
Add your favorite Italian salad dressing to the bag until the dressing covers chicken.
Seal up that bag and put it in the fridge until your ready to cook it.
(I toss my chicken in the dressing in the morning and then cook it that evening but if you forgot, marinate it for about an hour before cooking.)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
I use my handy dandy Dollar Tree 2 for $1 throw away pans because I hate dishes but you may certainly be far fancier than I.
Place the chicken in a baking dish, pouring a little extra of that leftover salad dressing marinate on each piece of chicken.
Pop that dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 35- 45 minutes depending upon how thick your chicken breasts are… and then if you happen to be our offspring: Call your parents, we miss you.
Just remember: If you don’t call often, who do you think is going to come for extended visits more often?
That’s right, your loving obnoxious family.
It is always worth making a little extra to chop up for salads or pita sandwiches the next day.
If you made a lot extra, turn it into another meal… serve over nearly any pasta dish, salad, in a taco or next to rice. Versatile, simple, cheap, easy and delicious!