This recipe is so easy, and it uses ingredients commonly found in any kitchen. We start with a clear, nondairy salad dressing, add some lemon juice, season with oregano and black pepper, and that’s it. Put it all in a quart-size plastic freezer bag, and allow the marinade to create its magic. An Italian salad dressing works well, and I also have found a pareve (no meat or dairy) Greek salad dressing. I usually prepare the chicken after lunch so it has several hours to marinate before dinner. (That’s according to the modern progression of meals. In the Western Pennsylvania countryside where I grew up, the daily meals were breakfast, dinner, and supper.) The chicken can be cooked either on a grill rack (I use nonstick aluminum foil to keep things from getting too messy) or in a skillet if you don’t feel like rolling out the gas grill. The flavors are reminiscent of souvlaki.
1 1/4 pounds boned chicken breasts, cut in serving pieces
1/4 cup salad dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh or reconstituted
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a quart-size freezer bag, mix the salad dressing, lemon juice, oregano, and black pepper. Trim the chicken breasts as needed, cut into serving-size pieces, and add to the marinade. Place the chicken in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least four hours. Grill the chicken on a rack or cook in a nonstick skillet.
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