Anytime we need an easy but delicious meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken turns out so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes!

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

Italian chicken marinade makes dinner easy!

No need to complicate dinner when you can make this simple meal that everyone will enjoy.  You only need Italian salad dressing and the chicken of your choice.

We used boneless skinless chicken breasts but other types of chicken will work. Chicken thighs, chicken legs and chicken tenderloin also make great options.

The kids love when I make Chicken Taco Marinade and  Catalina Glazed Grilled Chicken, another easy marinade recipe, so I thought I would try this Italian recipe. I think you will love it too.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

Ingredients:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Italian Salad dressing

That is all!  Now I do like to sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt and pepper but that is optional.  If you like a little extra heat, try adding red pepper flakes too.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

How to make Italian dressing chicken marinade:

1. First, put the chicken in a gallon size ziplock bag. You can use a container if you don’t have a bag but I prefer to use a bag so I can just throw away once finished. I use these hands free holders to hold the bag while filling and it is like having another set of hands!

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

2. Next, pour the Italian dressing over the chicken. Seal the ziplock bag if using and give it a good shake to make sure each piece is coated well. Put in the fridge to marinade before cooking. The longer the better.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

3. Finally, grill or bake the chicken. Always make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

Easy!

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

How long should you marinate chicken?

I suggest a minimum of 4 hours to let the flavors blend. However, overnight is best.

Normally, I will put everything in the bag right before I go to bed and then it is ready to go the next day. This is so easy and saves a bunch of time.

Tip: However, if you are short on time (0r forgot to plan like we do), then just grill the chicken half way, and use a basting brush to brush and glaze the chicken with the Italian dressing. You will still get the deliciousness without the marinating time.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 
Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

What to serve with Italian chicken:

Make sure you add our grilled vegetable packetsgrilled corn recipe and our Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes  to complete your meal. It is so nice to have everything on the grill and not have to worry about extra dishes.

Another easy idea is a simple salad. You can’t ever go wrong with salad and some fresh veggies!

If you decide to bake the chicken in the oven, just put the foil pack of potatoes and veggies in the oven too. You will still have very little clean up and a super easy meal. Sounds like a winner to me for busy weeknights and your family can still enjoy a great meal.

Give it a try and let us know how it turns out for you.

Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

Try this budget friendly meal!

I stock up on chicken when it goes on sale and put it in the freezer. Also, if I spot salad dressing on sale, I grab that too. These two items combined make for an inexpensive, easy and tasty meal.

We really do prefer to grill this chicken but you could broil it or even toss in the crockpot for an easy dinner. Grilling it is oh so tasty for a quick Summer meal.

This is one meal everyone in our family enjoys. We make this frequently because it is really so easy and always a big hit.

Print this Italian dressing chicken marinade below:

Easy Italian Chicken Marinade

5 from 2 votes
Need an easy chicken recipe? Make this Italian Chicken Marinade. It is easy to make and tastes amazing! We like to grill it, but we have also broiled the chicken too.
Prep Time 5 mins
Marinade 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Marinades
Calories 201
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian Salad dressing
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a storage bag or container.
  • Cover the chicken with the Italian dressing and season with the pepper.
  • Marinade for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator but I recommend marinading overnight.
  • Grill or broil your chicken. You can easily double or triple this recipe.

Recipe Notes

For this marinade recipe, we prefer to grill the chicken, but you could broil it or even toss in the crockpot for an easy dinner.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 201kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 24g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 423mg, Potassium 443mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 34IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 9mg, Iron 1mg

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Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 
Anytime we need a quick meal, I make Italian chicken marinade. The chicken is so tender. Grill or bake this and dinner is ready in minutes! 

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  1. I would cook it on low in the crock pot for 6-8 hours until the chicken is cooked through. Thank you!