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How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing

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author image Rachel Lovejoy
Rachel Lovejoy has been writing professionally since 1990 and currently writes a weekly column entitled "From the Urban Wilderness" for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine, as well as short novellas for Amazon Kindle. Lovejoy graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Bottled Italian salad dressing transforms boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a flavorful main course without drowning it in fat. Not only is the chicken pre-cut into convenient pieces, the ready-made dressing infuses its mild flavor with a host of herbs, seasonings and a blend of oil and vinegar that might otherwise take you hours to gather and prepare. As opposed to prepping and roasting a whole chicken or making a marinade from scratch, this method can get a flavorful meal on the table in no time at all.

Step 1

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Use the tongs to carefully transfer the chicken breasts to a large bowl, spacing the pieces out as much as you can.

Step 2

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Shake the bottle of Italian salad dressing well and pour out the desired amount over the chicken. Roughly 1/2 to 3/4 cups of Italian dressing is required for 1 1/2 pounds of chicken or four medium-sized breasts. Use more or less dressing to suit your tastes.

Step 3

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Turn the chicken pieces to coat them evenly. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.

Step 4

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Refrigerate chicken for about 1 to 3 hours, turning every so often to ensure that both sides of the chicken are coated.

Step 5

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat your baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer the chicken breasts one by one from the bowl to the pan in a single layer. Do not allow the chicken pieces to touch to ensure even baking. Discard the unused marinade.

Step 6

How to Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast in Italian Dressing
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Bake chicken for about 30 minutes, or until juices run clear and are no longer pink.

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