This Chicken in Italian Dressing dish is made with a whole chicken, a bottle of Italian dressing, onions, and lemons.
This is such a simple, yet delicious recipe. It is great if you add pasta, put on top of a salad, or serve corn on the cob on the side.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Bone-in Chicken thighs
- Italian dressing
See recipe card for quantities.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Add the chicken, onion, lemons slices, and garlic in a oven safe bowl.
Add the Italian dressing over it. Marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Take chicken out, reserving the juice, and add on a prepared baking sheet. Broil for 3-6 minutes, until the skin is crispy.
For the grill: Preheat the grill to medium high. Add the chicken, onions, garlic and lemon slices into an aluminum pan. Pour the Italian dressing over everything. Place the whole pan and its contents into the grill and close for 45 minutes. For the last 6 minutes, take the chicken out and cook on the actual grill for 3 minutes on each side. Reserve the juice.
Serve the chicken with the juice and caramelized onion on top.
Chicken: Instead of using a whole chicken, you can use chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs. Anything with the bone in.
Onion: I used a yellow onion, although white works as well.
Lemons: For best lemons at grocery store, check to see if the lemons have bright smooth skin and feel firm and heavy for its size.
Garlic: I used fresh garlic although you could use garlic from a can and top with the prepared minced garlic.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes in with the Italian dressing before baking.
- Deluxe - Serve with tzatziki sauce.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips on top.
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Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
This Chicken in Italian Dressing can be frozen for up to three months.
Broil for an extra 3-5 minutes at the end for a crispier chicken.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove