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July 15, 2015

Italian Style Chicken

Cooking Wiser Tips for this recipe:

  • Use bone in chicken thighs for more flavor
  • Purchase chicken without the skin if possible to avoid paying for the extra weight
  • Save money, don’t use zip lock bags, foil or plastic. Use dishes and cooking pans with lids; easy cleanup via the dishwasher
  • Don’t salt marinade, it will cause the meat to be less juicy
  • Save time, use a slow cooker. To add more color, brown the chicken on each side in a sauté pan with 2 tablespoons cooking oil Then add to slow cooker with marinade and 1/2 cup chicken broth

    Serves 4


    6 bone-in chicken legs or thighs, skin removed
    1/3 Cup Italian dressing (can use low fat)
    1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    Kosher salt and pepper


    Place chicken and Italian dressing in a 9 x 9 roasting pan with lid or cover with plate.

    Marinate at least one hour or overnight.

    To cook: Pre-heat the oven to 425.

    Combine paprika, garlic onion powder, salt and pepper and mix well.

    Season chicken with paprika mixture.

    Roast chicken 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees. Cover chicken with lid, cook an additional 20-25 minutes depending on the size of your thighs (well not your thighs but the chicken thighs), until the juices run clear and meat is fork tender.

    If the liquid in the pan is drying up add enough (hot) water to cover bottom of pan.

    Posted by terri at July 15, 2015 02:21 AM