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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Recipe: Italian Chicken

One night I had a dream that I marinated chicken in Italian dressing and it was delicious. No, literally, I had a dream about this. Luckily, I remembered this dream when I went to the grocery store and grabbed some Italian dressing. You guys. It was as good as I dreamed. It's my new favorite way to make chicken. Here's how it's done.

Chicken Breast Recipe
You'll need:
2 chicken breasts
Italian dressing
Ziploc bag
Salt n Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes (if you like spicy, if not omit)

Chicken recipe
Yuuum, raw chicken :P

Place your chicken breasts on a plate. Give each side a good shake of salt and pepper and rub the spices in. Then, put the chicken breasts into a plastic bag. Squeeze some Italian dressing into the ziploc. I'm terrible at measuring things. I added enough so that there was plenty in the bag and that I felt like all the surfaces of the chicken breasts were covered. Really, you can't use too much. Throw the baggie into the fridge and go to work, run some errands, or whatever. I usually let it marinate for at least five hours, but you could definitely do it overnight.

When you're ready to make dinner, grab a frying pan and give it a good spray of vegetable oil. Remove your chicken breasts from the baggie and set it in the pan. Add a shake of red pepper flakes (if using) to each side. I found that the little bit of spice really complements Italian dressing very well. Cook over medium heat until the breast is fully cooked through. It took about 10 minutes on each side for us, but it will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. Something else that I've learned is that if you dump the extra marinade from the baggie into the pan, it browns/burns pretty quickly and smells pretty bad; so, I'd avoid doing that. When done, serve with a vegetable of choice. We had roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potato fries. The chicken will be perfectly moist and tender. I also recommend making extra chicken because it makes a great salad topper the next day. Just chop it up and chill. Mix over simple greens and a sliced tomato with more Italian dressing. Do you guys ever make extra dinner to add to lunch the next day?

Italian Chicken Recipe

This post isn't sponsored by Italian dressing. I'm just so thrilled that my dream turned into such a delicious dish that I had to share.

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