Two-Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

Being an adult is hard, am I right?

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

There’s so much working, and bill paying, and responsibility – did I actually sign up for this?

When I was younger adulthood was this amazing phase in life I couldn’t wait for. I wouldn’t have a bed time! I could eat anything I wanted! It was this dream world where everything was on my terms and I could do whatever I please.

So what happened to milkshakes at 11pm? And going to Disney World 3X a week? And being a world-famous supermodel somewhere in-between?

Turns out I was a little off the mark.

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

At this point it seems that the throes of adulthood are pretty much unavoidable, though I’d guess that winning the lottery probably helps. Or marrying a billionaire, OR living in some kind of real-life version of Blank Check, which honestly would be my preference of the three. But on the odd chance that literally NONE of these things ever happen (spoiler alert – they’re not) I guess being an adult isn’t so bad. I mean, it got me to cook, right? Which is exactly how I’m bringing you this two-ingredient, 30-minute zinger of a dinner dish.

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

My Mom used to make this recipe all the time when I was growing up, and it’s still as delicious as I remember. Mom always used Wish-Bone Italian Dressing for this TWO ingredient dish (yes, two!), so I stuck with that brand out of nostalgia, but feel free to choose any Italian dressing of your liking. For quick-fix marinating I poked holes into each chicken breast so the dressing would absorb quickly, and once that’s finished, voilà! Marinate for 30 minutes (or all day, if you prep this in the morning before work) then bake for 30 minutes more – That’s all it takes.

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

This dish can easily be scaled down just for two, but I’d strongly suggest taking the big-batch approach and make this as directed, with a whole pound of chicken. Not only do leftovers heat up seamlessly even days after cooking (plus still taste crazy amazing), but this is just TOO easy not to make in bulk. Like, you should be eating something this simple all. the. time., so go ahead and make a whole bunch.

Two Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

I like to pair this with a simple steamed veggie and a side of rice or quinoa, but if you’ve got some leftover mashed potatoes, pasta, or just want to double-down on your veg game? Go right ahead, this chicken teams nicely with pretty much anything. And when this becomes your new weekly, go-to, gotta-have-it dish?

Yes, you can absolutely come back and thank me.

Two-Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts or Tenders
  • a few pinches Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn
  • 1 cup Light Italian Dressing (I used Wish-Bone)
  • Extra dressing for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. On cutting board lightly season chicken with salt & pepper on either side. Next, using a fork poke holes into each breast/tender, about 5 – 6 per piece (eye ball it depending on thickness). Transfer chicken to oven-safe baking dish, then pour over with Italian dressing – Place in refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  3. When ready, bake chicken for 30 minutes until completely cooked and no pink parts remain. Drizzle over with sauce from pan, then immediately plate and serve. Pair with extra dressing on the side if desired.

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Two-Ingredient + 30 Minute Zesty Italian Chicken! this dinner is perfect for when you need to eat healthy in a pinch, it's so fast and easy!!
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