Monday, July 25, 2011

Zesty Chicken Oregano - The "Little Black Dress" of Chicken Recipes

 Years ago, I stumbled on this recipe in The Betty Crocker International Cookbook which my mom gave to me as a wedding shower present in 1981. It turned out to be my favorite cookbook and Roy got to test out a lot of different cuisines ; some dishes were great,and some we still have a good laugh about! This particular one is so quick and easy, and it can be dressed up or down and take on a Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, or Tex/Mex vibe - it depends on the "accessories" you put with it.

 1. In a bowl whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 lemon), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, and 2 teaspoons dried oregano.


2. Place 4 - 6 chicken breasts in above marinade and let sit in refridgerator for several hours or room temperature about 20 minutes.

3. Grill/broil about 7 minutes a side until a beautiful brown or bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes to an hour.

This is just delicious as is or sliced on a Greek salad (or any salad), thrown in a soup, or put in a casserole.  I always make extra and throw the leftovers into a ziplock freezer bag.  When I walk in the door at 6 p.m., it makes my life a whole lot easier if  I can reach in and pull this out! Then, whatever I decide to make for the night's meal is already half way done!  Yum!

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