Italian Dressing Chicken requires just two ingredients, so it’s an easy baked juicy and flavorful chicken recipe. Simply marinate the chicken in the dressing then bake or grill!
Italian Dressing Chicken
My mom made this recipe many times when I was growing up. I understand why it frequented her recipe rotation. To make it requires poking the chicken with a fork, marinating, and then baking. So easy for a weeknight dinner!
The Italian Dressing Chicken marinade is a bottle of your favorite brand dressing. I prefer Kraft Zesty Italian or the Wishbone brand. But, you could use a store brand or even a homemade version.
Any piece of chicken will work for this recipe. Consider using thighs or breasts. We always have chicken breasts in our freezer so, I use them most of the time.
How long should you marinate chicken?
It’s best to marinate for 6 to 8 hours. But, you can leave the chicken in the marinade for up to two days. You risk it going bad any longer than that.
Is marinating the chicken required?
No, I have made this recipe for Italian Dressing Chicken many times without marinating. It’s still super tasty.
How long will cooked Italian Chicken last?
If you have leftovers, go ahead and place them in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. If you prefer to freeze the leftovers, they will last for about two months.
Can I freeze the uncooked chicken and marinade?
Yes, this chicken recipe is great for a freezer meal. You can store the uncooked chicken in the Italian dressing for a few weeks.
Can I grill marinated Italian chicken?
Absolutely! I have used this chicken recipe for grilled chicken often. I always discard the marinade and am sure the chicken reaches proper temp. The results are amazing also.
Ingredients to Make Italian Dressing Chicken
- Italian Dressing
Recipe For Italian Dressing Chicken
First, poke the chicken on both sides with a fork. If you forget this step, it will not be an issue. I find that poking the chicken allows more of the marinade to seep in and give more juice and flavor.
Next, place chicken into a zipped bag. Then, pour the Italian dressing on chicken. Now, put in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. If you have time, it’s best to let it sit for 6 hours or so. This recipe works well without marinating too!
When ready to bake, add the chicken along with the marinade to an oven-safe baking dish. Bake for about 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Other Chicken Recipes
Italian Dressing Chicken
- 4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 10 oz Bottled Italian Dressing like Wishbone
- Pierce chicken breasts all over with a fork.
- Place in a zippered plastic bag.
- Add dressing to bag and press to push out excess air. Seal and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (longer for more flavor).
- Transfer to baking dish and cover with dressing/marinade.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 165.