February 11, 2011

An Easy Entree

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Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Baked Chicken

Monday is Valentine's Day, a day to celebrate love.  I'm making my husband Chocolate Covered Cherries.  I want to do something special for my son so I'm cooking his favorite entree for supper.

I don't remember where I found the recipe for Marinated Baked Chicken, but it became a family favorite the first time I made it.  Although it's an easy recipe, it does require advance planning because the chicken needs to marinate overnight.

Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Baked Chicken
The recipe only uses three ingredients.

The recipe starts with a marinade made of equal parts soy sauce and Italian dressing.  Part of the marinade is poured over the chicken breasts; the rest is reserved for baking the chicken.  You can cook as many or as few chicken breasts as you need.  Just be sure to increase or decrease the marinade ingredients accordingly.  You'll need to do the same thing with the amount of reserved marinade.  In case you missed them, marinating dos and don'ts are posted here.

Since the chicken is not cooked in the marinade, I marinate it in a resealable plastic bag.  To be on the safe side, I put the bag in a pan to catch any leaks.  The bag needs to be turned over several times during the marinating process to ensure all the chicken is coated with the marinade.

Before cooking the chicken, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature 30 minutes.  If you put cold meat in a hot oven, you run the risk of the outside of the meat drying out before the inside is cooked. The meat cooks more evenly when it's not ice cold.

Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Baked Chicken
The chicken and reserved marinade before it's cooked.

Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, discarding the marinade left in the bag.  Pour the reserved marinade over the chicken.  Put the baking dish in the oven and bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Marinated Baked Chicken is a great dish to serve any day, but it's especially good when you're having company.  Since the stove does all the work, you can visit with your guests instead of working in the kitchen. Check my blog next week for the rice side dish shown below.  It can be baked at the same time and temperature as the chicken.  Entertaining doesn't get much easier than that!

Margaret's Morsels | Marinated Baked Chicken

Marinated Baked Chicken
4 Servings

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

In a measuring cup, combine salad dressing and soy sauce.  Pour 3/4 cup into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken.  Seal the bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning several times.  Refrigerate the remaining marinade in a covered bowl.

Drain chicken, discarding marinade left in the bag.  Place chicken in a pan; pour remaining marinade over chicken.  Bake uncovered at 350° for 1 hour.

© Margaret's Morsels


  1. i try this recipes once when i went to my husband neighborhood ,also attempted to cooking it (my mother inlaw thought me) well its really tasty and also tasty meals indeed

    1. I'm glad you liked the recipe!!! Who would have thought two ingredients could make such a delicious marinade? Thanks for writing!