Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easy Marinated Chicken Breast Recipe

I went to my grandmother's house a few years ago to spend time with her and my grandpa. For dinner, she made this delicious marinated chicken and as a curious college-student at the time, I asked her to show me how she made it. Lucky for me, it was an incredibly simple recipe. 
In honor of her birthday, March 25, I want to feature one of the recipes she shared with me. 
The chicken marinating in a ziploc bag.

  • Ingredients:
    • Chicken breast
    • Bottle of Italian salad dressing
  • Steps: 
    • Pound chicken breast until thickest part is even with rest of the piece. You're supposed to use a meat mallet but I used a wine bottle because I'm classy like that. 
    • Put the thawed/ refrigerated chicken breasts into a large ziploc bag. 
    • Pour enough salad dressing to coat the chicken breasts so it can soak into the meat. I used the whole bottle because the salad dressing was only like $1.50 at Kroger. 
    • Let the bag-o-chicken sit in the fridge for 30mins. 
    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit  (or just crank it up to Fahrenheit 451 if you like that book)  
    • Move the chicken so the juices can soak into all the chicken. I laid it on it's side for one half hour and then placed it vertically in my empty fresh-foods drawer. 
    • Don't let the chicken sit more than two hours in the fridge.   
    • Put chicken in the oven. I used a 8 x 8 baking dish and I lived to tell the tale. 
    • Cook chicken in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the juice is clear. 
    • Take chicken out of oven, wait a bit, put chicken in your mouth by using a fork and then say "Mhmmmm..." 


Along with my chicken, I made cheesy potatoes (from some cheap package of powder) and steamed veggies (from a frozen package). I'm fairly talented at finding easy-to-make foods at the grocery story.  I'm a big fan of those bags of vegetables that you just have to throw in the microwave and it steams them magically for you. Actually, any food that you put in the microwave, I'm a fan of. 

The final meal.