Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Italian Baked Chicken

You'd be surprised how much more kid-friendly everything becomes when you give it a catchy name-Meatless Monday or Tex-Mex Tuesday.  This catchy name also provides a handy meal template for each week's meal plan.  Using a meal plan can help you save money, save time, and save your sanity.  I found Gooseberry Patch's Weeknight Dinners to be the essential cookbook for a busy family trying to put varied, quick, and delicious meals on the table.  

I spent a lot of time cooking meals from the Tex-Mex Tuesday and Wednesday is Italian Night sections of the cookbook.  Fast and amazingly appetizing, this recipe became my early favorite.  My husband immediately requested that I make it again.   We've had it three times in a month!  My girls loved the Meatball Stuffed Shells which incorporated their two favorite foods.

Maybe I am a bit sentimental but I really enjoy reading the recipe introductions; they help me slow down.  The memory associated with this recipe is of a mom teaching her children to cook and plan; each child made a dish once a week. I filed that tip away for my kids-as soon as they can reach the stove controls.  This cookbook is filled with family friendly meals, time saving tips, and great bits of food wisdom.

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fat-free or regular Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup margarine, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 t. garlic powder or granulated garlic

  1. Place chicken in a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking pan.  Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; cook over low heat until margarine melts.
  3. Drizzle over chicken.
  4. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

Difficulty: Easy
Time:  10 minute prep; 45 minutes baking time
Source: Gooseberry Patch's Weeknight Dinners, copyright 2012

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, that sounds like a fast and simple dish to make. I will have to try it, I am always open to dishes that use simple ingredients that I have on hand.