For our everyday life here, we love very practical cooking. Sure, once a month I will make my own stock, and I have homemade red wine vinegar, and I have been known to have a bread starter living in my fridge for months on end. This is all true, so yes, I have been known to be a little impractical when it comes to preparing food, but there are some modern day conveniences that have crept into my life that I take advantage of. For one, I buy chicken now.
Sometimes I giggle to myself, thinking about the chickens with all the stamps of approval across them– hormone free, free range chickens that are so expensive at the grocer. I grew up calling that yard bird. During the growing seasons of my youth, the neighbor down the way came once a week with fresh eggs and sometimes a chicken to trade my Dad for vegetables. We, of course, would fry it, as is the local food tradition, but now I try to have fried chicken as a treat more than a way of life. What do I do now with chicken?
Entering mainstream society, I have been known to be tired at the end of the day from work or school or whatever my more modern life has held at various times. Sometimes, I just couldn’t be bothered with working with meat sitting in my refrigerator, but I have found an easy solution that my family loves and is a modern day convenience, inexpensive bottled Italian dressing. It gives the poultry loads of flavor, while being cost effective and saves me a lot of time. Plus you can use this chicken in so many other dishes such as sandwiches, wraps, chopped up for salad, tossed in pasta, etc….
Grilled Italian Chicken
5-6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian Dressing
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pound out each chicken breast to 1/2 inch thickness. Place in a seal-able container with Italian dressing, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Marinate in refrigerator for 2- 12 hours. Grill over high heat for 7-8 minutes and flip. Cook for another 7-8 minutes. Check meat for doneness and serve. Enjoy!