If you’re in a hurry and need a fast marinade, this Easiest Chicken Marinade is your go to answer. Using Italian salad dressing is not only easy to whip up, but the unused dressing can also be used on your next salad. The flavors also work well with all meats, seafood and fish. This marinade is exceptional on grilled vegetables, as well.
The vinegar in the Italian dressing aids in tenderizing while the oil adds moisture. Delicate foods such as seafood, fish filets or soft vegetables require only a 2-3 hour marinate while tougher foods benefit from an 8-24 hour marinate time.
Skinless, boneless chicken breasts need only a few hours marinating time, while legs and thighs are best at 6-8 hours or even overnight.
- 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl using a whisk
- Soak in a resealable storage bag in the refrigerator
If cooking fish or seafood, substitute the Worcestershire sauce with lemon juice.
There are several flavored Italian salad dressings such as Zesty Italian, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Raspberry Vinaigrette that can offer additional flavors to your recipes. Give these a try as you experiment with the flavors a marinade can impart on your final recipe.
Also try Citrus Chicken Brine.
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