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.
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.