This super simple recipe can be used to dress a salad or as my personal favorite, Italian Marinade for Chicken. It takes just seconds to whip up and makes your chicken extremely flavorful.
It's kind of a throwback recipe to childhood but made from scratch since I'm now a chef.
Why buy dressing or marinade when it only requires a few ingredients and ones that I consider pantry staples? I could make this dressing or marinade at the drop of a hat any day.
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It really couldn't be easier to whip this up. I throw all the ingredients into my mini food processor and pulse it a few times and you have a perfect Homemade Italian Dressing.
Then to marinate some chicken, I typically do breasts, but you could do any cut you prefer, put the chicken and the dressing in a zip-top bag and let it hang out for a bit.
When you are ready to cook the chicken, fire up the grill or heat a grill pan indoors and grill the chicken to perfection.
Notes & Tips
I like to use a mini chopper or food processor to make this dressing. It helps make sure that you keep some of the chunkiness to the dressing, instead of a super smooth puree. I like that some of the garlic stays visible.
Because I use fresh lemon juice in this recipe, you have to do a quick marinade of the chicken, 30 minutes or less. Or do an overnight marinade. It is either or, or you get rubbery tough chicken.
I use EVOO in pretty much everything, you could use a more neutral oil like regular olive oil, canola, or sunflower oil.
Red Wine Vinegar is traditional for Italian Dressing, but you could use apple cider, or white balsamic even for a little bit of flavor variation.