Sweet Italian Chicken by Mike

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We recently went on vacation with some of our favorite people on Earth, the Small Family! Florida was fantastic in December!

craftycreativekathy.wordpress.comWe stayed in a condo and to cut costs, we ate in as much as possible. We picked up a bag of frozen, boneless and skinless chicken breasts to use one night for dinner. We thought Italian chicken would be quick and easy. It is a family favorite and really simple. Chunk up the chicken and put the pieces in a 9×13 pan. Pour an entire bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing over the chicken and give it a stir. Bake for 30-40 minutes until chicken is fully cooked. Yep, simple and delicious.

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My brother, Mike, though said that sounds good but let’s split the bag up and I’ll make my chicken. Cool, two different entrees for one meal! Mike picked up some brown sugar and a package of dry Italian dressing. Steve and I thought, interesting…let me tell you, what Mike made was to die for! Sweet and tangy with such an unexpected flavor combination that left you wanting more! We have made it 3 times since we’ve been home, lol. Mike didn’t necessarily measure out what he was doing, he just knew how much to use. It took Steve and I up to the third try to get the measurements just perfect! So here goes the recipe…trust me, try this and you’ll thank us (errrrr Mike) later! The Sweet Italian Chicken goes great over steamed, white rice!

Printable Recipe: Sweet Italian Chicken By Mike

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Regular-sized, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (or 3 if large)

  • 1 Package Dry Italian Dressing

  • 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar (Light or Dark)

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces.

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In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry Italian dressing, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

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Add chicken to the bowl and stir with your hand until all chicken pieces are coated.

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Place chicken into a single layer in a 9×13 glass or metal baking dish.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.

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Stir the chicken up  to coat the pieces in the wonderful, sweet juices! Serve over steamed, white rice and make sure to spoon the juices on top!

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Frozen chicken breasts are typically the size of your palm excluding your fingers. If using those, thaw it out and use 4. If using fresh boneless, skinless, chicken breasts you will find that a lot of times the chicken breast is freakishly huge like from the tip of your fingertips all the way to your wrists! If I saw a live chicken with breasts that size I do believe I would run because a chicken that big probably eats humans, lol! So if the breast is abnormally large, use only 3 breasts. This makes 4 generous servings! Enjoy!

 

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