Chicken With Italian Dressing Recipe

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Chicken With Italian Dressing Recipe is one of my favorite recipes that’s super easy to make and tastes delicious. This recipe will have your family coming back for more.

Chicken With Italian Dressing Recipe – A recipe for baked chicken tenders topped with Italian dressing and cheese. This is the best way to serve chicken!

EASY ITALIAN DRESSING GRILLED CHICKEN

Easy grilled chicken with Italian dressing marinade is quick enough for a weeknight dinner. This classic Italian dressing grilled chicken recipe is a family favorite that just happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free.

Italian dressing grilled chicken breasts

This is a super easy, old school grilled chicken recipe. I remember having it as a kid using salad dressing out of a bottle for the Italian dressing chicken marinade.

This easy recipe uses my super simple Italian dressing recipe as a marinade for a quick weeknight grilled chicken dinner. You can even use it for a simple baked chicken dish.

ITALIAN DRESSING CHICKEN

The major flavor booster in this recipe is the Italian dressing. While you could use a bottle of Italian dressing (like this one that’s keto and Whole30 approved), homemade dressing is so quick and easy—and the fresh ingredients give it even more flavor. If you like to meal prep, this simple vinaigrette with Italian seasonings is perfect to make ahead.

Generally, I’m a fan of using bone-in chicken. But for quick cooking, boneless is the way to go. The key to keeping it moist is not overcooking it. Boneless chicken breasts can go from tender and juicy to dry and tough in a matter of minutes.

Italian dressing grilled chicken breasts - an easy marinated grilled chicken recipe that's quick enough for a weeknight dinner. It's gluten-free and paleo. | cookeatpaleo.com

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – you can also substitute boneless chicken thighs
  • Italian salad dressing – the garlic, herbs, vinegar and olive oil are in the dressing so no other ingredients are needed!

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. First, prep the chicken by marinating it. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow glass bowl and pour the Italian dressing over it. Turn the chicken to coat both sides. Cover the bowl tightly and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium-high.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts for 3-5 minutes per side and until the chicken reaches 165° F.
  4. Remove from the grill, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.

The best way to make sure you have perfectly cooked chicken is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches the safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. Pull it off the grill as soon as it reaches 165 – if you cook it any longer it will be overdone.

Grilled chicken on cutting board

GRILLING TIPS

  • Make sure your grill grates are clean.
  • Even though the chicken already has an oil component to it, thanks to the Italian dressing, it doesn’t hurt to wipe your grill grates with a little avocado oil.
  • Make sure your grill is preheated before adding the chicken.
  • Once you add the chicken, don’t move it until you’re ready to flip it halfway through the cooking time.
  • Check the internal temp and when it reaches approximately 165° F go ahead and pull it off the grill.
  • Be sure and tent the chicken with foil and let it rest so that the juices can redistribute. The chicken will continue to “cook” internally, ensuring that you’re at 165° F.

CAN I COOK THIS CHICKEN IN THE OVEN?

Yes, you can cook Italian dressing chicken in an oven. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Place the marinated chicken in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.
  3. Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let it rest for 10 minutes.

CAN I COOK THIS CHICKEN IN THE AIR FRYER?

Yes, you can use your air fryer to cook this Italian chicken. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375° F.
  2. Add the chicken breasts in a single layer in your air fryer’s basket. You do not need to oil the basket. There’s oil in the salad dressing, so you should have no sticking issues. Leave room between each piece of chicken so that the air can circulate on all sides, ensuring even cooking. You may need to cook in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
  3. Cook the chicken breasts for 5 minutes and then flip the chicken breasts over and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature for doneness. When it reaches 160° F, remove the chicken from the air fryer, tent it with foil and let it sit until the internal temp reaches 165° F.

Remember that each air fryer model is different, so cook time will vary. Also, take into consideration that the size and thickness of the chicken breasts will factor into how long it takes them to cook through.

Italian dressing grilled chicken breast sliced

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Serve this chicken with cucumber tomato salad for an easy summer meal. Or bake it in the oven and serve it with grilled romaine and roasted root vegetables in the fall. Leftovers are great on a chicken salad for lunch – just use the leftover dressing to dress the salad and add whatever fresh vegetables you have in the fridge.

Italian Dressing Chicken

Italian Dressing Chicken made with only two ingredients is a simple and mouth wateringly delicious dish with juicy baked chicken thighs smothered in a tangy marinade. 

Chicken cooked with Italian Dressing is ridiculously simple to make, but absolutely one of our family’s favorite meals!  This recipe makes flavorful and incredibly juicy piece of meat that you’ll want to make again and again! Try it alongside some easy zucchini noodles with blender spaghetti sauce and chocolate chip nutella brownies for dessert!

ITALIAN DRESSING CHICKEN

Italian Dressing Chicken

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Italian Dressing Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken – My preference for this recipe is bone-in chicken thighs with skin.  The meat comes out tender and juicy, while the skin browns and crisps beautifully.  Drumsticks are also a great option.  You can use boneless cuts or breast meat as well.
  • Italian Salad Dressing – You can use any kind of Italian salad dressing you prefer, but our favorite for a quick dinner is a super basic Wishbone or Kraft bottle.  Store brand is totally fine too!  It is fun to play with flavors sometimes too though, try a few different styles (maybe balsamic or red wine vinegar) and find your own fave!  Want to get fancy?  Try using our homemade creamy dressing.
  • Parsley – This is a very tan dish (delicious, but very tan). As such, I like to sprinkle a little fresh chopped parsely, or sometimes green onion on top before serving.
ITALIAN DRESSING CHICKEN RECIPE

How to you make chicken with Italian dressing? (Step-by-step)

⭐ First, place chicken thighs skin side up in a casserole dish.  It’s fine to crowd them in, but they should still be in a single layer.

⭐ Next, using your upright blender or stick blender, blend the Italian dressing until it is emulsified and completely homogeneous (looks the same throughout).

⭐ Then, pour dressing over chicken, making sure to lift each piece and allow dressing to get underneath as well.

⭐ Finally, bake until chicken reaches a safe temperature and skin is turning golden.  If you are using a broiler safe dish, you can turn the broiler on for a minute or two (watching very closely) to brown skin further.

ITALIAN DRESSING CHICKEN MARINADE

Preparation

Can you make Italian Dressing Chicken ahead of time?

You can prepare the chicken in the marinade up to 48 hours in advance of cooking it.  Alternatively, you can bake it 3 – 4 days ahead and store the cooked chicken in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Do you have to marinate the chicken in advance?

You do not have to marinate the chicken in this recipe ahead of cooking.  We typically do not at our house.

How long can you marinate chicken?

Chicken should be marinated no more than 48 hours in advance. Any longer than this and the dressing will cause the chicken to be tough.

Can I use chicken breasts instead?

You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs in this recipe.  Use a meat thermometer to remove the breasts from the oven as soon as they reach a safe internal temperature (165 F) to avoid over cooking. Chicken breasts can become dry and tough if cooked too long.

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN DRESSING CHICKEN

Leftovers and Storage

How long will Italian dressing chicken last before it’s cooked?

You can marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours before cooking it.  Do not marinate chicken longer than that as the acids in the dressing will cause the meat to toughen if left too long.

Another alternative is to freeze the chicken in the marinade for up to several weeks.

How long will cooked Italian dressing chicken last?

Cooked chicken will last 3 – 4 days in the refrigerator. Leftovers can also be frozen for up to three months.

Make sure it’s kept in a sealed refrigerator/freezer safe container and has not been left out at room temperature for longer than two hours at any time. If it has been left out in excess of 2 hours, the chicken should be disposed of.

Can you freeze Italian dressing chicken?

You can freeze the chicken either before it is cooked or after.  The chicken should be stored in an airtight freezer safe container.

If freezing before cooking, you can keep the uncooked marinated chicken in the freezer for a few weeks. If freezing after cooking, the chicken can be kept in the freezer for several months.

How to reheat?

Reheat in the microwave for 60 – 90 seconds on high power.  You may want to cover the dish with a paper towel or other device to avoid splatter.

Zesty Italian Chicken with Dressing Recipe

This Zesty Italian Chicken with Dressing Recipe is so quick and easy to prepare. With only TWO main steps, you will have this delicious meal on the table in no time! You will love this Italian dressing chicken recipe!

Zesty Italian Baked Chicken with Dressing:

I love a homemade dinner, but with a busy schedule, I don’t always have time to spend hours making a single meal. That’s why this baked chicken with Italian dressing is a perfect choice. You can’t beat a quick, easy, AND tasty recipe! The tender chicken breasts, flavorful seasonings, and light marinade combine for the perfect weeknight dinner!

Fixing this dish might seem overwhelming at first, but with few ingredients and little prep time, you will have no trouble at all! The step-by-step recipe tutorial below will explain exactly how to make this simple Italian dressing chicken.

Is Italian Chicken with Dressing Easy to Make?

This is the simplest baked chicken recipe you will ever make! It requires minimal ingredients and little time spent in the kitchen. Plus, you can even use your favorite bottle of Italian salad dressing to simplify this dinner recipe even more!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • chicken breasts- You can’t have baked Italian chicken without chicken! You could also use chicken thighs, drumsticks, or boneless, skinless breasts
  • Italian dressing- Gives the juicy chicken breasts a delicious marinade.
  • garlic powder, pepper, and rosemary- Adds extra flavor to the cooked chicken.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F. While the oven is preheating, add your chicken to a plastic bag with the zesty Italian dressing to begin marinating. You can let it marinate for 30-45 minutes if you have time; if you don’t have time to marinate the chicken, skip the zip lock bag and go straight to the baking dish.

Step 2: Place the marinated chicken in a glass baking dish. Add the seasonings and cook for approximately 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Tip: To be safe, make sure the internal temperature of the Italian chicken is at least 165°F before removing from the oven. A digital instant-read meat thermometer will work best to ensure your chicken is fully cooked and ready to eat!

Can I cook my Italian chicken with dressing in aluminum foil?

Yes! Cooking Italian chicken with marinade wrapped in aluminum foil will make your chicken especially tender and moist. It will keep the natural juices in the chicken from spreading out, giving you that extra burst of flavor. Plus, the cleanup is easy! When you are finished cooking, you can simply throw the aluminum foil packets in the trash.

How To Store:

  • Storing Italian dressing chicken after cooking: If you cooked your easy chicken ahead of time or you are saving leftovers for later, you can keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight plastic bag or container. You can individually cover each breast with plastic wrap first if you want to. The chicken can be safely eaten within 3-4 days. If you want to have the chicken for a much longer amount of time, you can place it in a freezer bag where it can be stored for up to four months.
  • Storing Italian dressing chicken before cooking- If you run out of time and decide not to cook the chicken, don’t worry! You can marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. If you prefer freezing, you can store the marinated chicken for 6-8 weeks in a sealed freezer bag. When you are ready to cook, just allow enough time for the chicken breasts to thaw in the refrigerator, and then follow the directions on the recipe card!

Can you freeze Italian dressing chicken?

Yes, you definitely can! Cooked chicken can be frozen in a freezer bag for up to four months. To get the best flavor, raw marinated chicken can be kept in the freezer for no longer than 6-8 weeks in an airtight freezer bag.

Tip: Tightly wrap your cooked chicken breasts or tenderloins in freezer paper or plastic wrap first. Then cover them with a layer of aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer bag. This will give extra protection to the chicken and help prevent freezer burn.

Can I cook Italian dressing chicken in a CROCKPOT?

You absolutely can! The main difference between using a slow cooker or the oven is the time involved. For Crockpot Italian chicken, you need to allow 7-9 hours on low for the chicken to fully cook or enough time for the internal temperature to be 165°F according to an instant-read meat thermometer. I would suggest searing the chicken breasts first in hot oil to brown the outside of the chicken.

Variations to this Recipe:

  • spices – You can change up the spices to your preference. Italian seasoning, paprika, lemon pepper, and onion powder are all fantastic.
  • chicken- Not everyone prefers boneless skinless chicken breasts so that you could use thighs, drumsticks, boneless chicken breasts, or tenders as an alternative. Your baking time will change depending on the cut of meat you choose.
  • Italian dressing- Both store-bought and homemade Italian dressing will work for this recipe! Since the Italian dressing chicken marinade can be made with either, choose whichever you like best! For those following a keto/low carb lifestyle, use this Zesty Keto Italian Dressing Recipe if you prefer a homemade dressing.

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