When I first started learning to cook, prepackaged things like onion soup mix, Italian dressing mix and cream of soups were a godsend. They made dishes well seasoned and creamy with no extra work from me. That’s always a plus in my book.
However, as I started learning more about cooking and nutrition, I wanted to avoid all the extra sugar and ingredients found in those products. I’ve cut out some of them, like the cream of soups, and found homemade recipes for others, like spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, taco seasoning and Italian dressing mix.
This chicken recipe is one of my favorites. It was one of the first chicken dishes I ever cooked, and I still love it because it’s tasty and easy. The only problem was that it used a packet of Italian dressing mix. So, I figured out how to make my own through recipes online.
I got these little jars as a wedding gift from a friend. They’re the perfect size for spice blends, I have my taco seasoning in one as well. I just label them for now with a piece of tape and a Sharpie, so I can change it if I need to.
Here are all of the ingredients you need. If you cook, you should have everything already, especially if you’re a spice hoarder like me. (Seriously, I should make a post about my spice collection sometime. It’s ridiculous.)
Here is everything all mixed up. One recipe fills up my little jar nicely, and it’s good for more than one dish.
This was a recent time I made this, I used chicken breast cutlets and simply folded them in half in the baking dish to make them thicker. I served them with baked potatoes
This was with chicken thighs. As you can see, it’s versatile and can be used with chicken breasts, thighs, tenders, cutlets, legs, even pork chops!
Simply Great Chicken with DIY Italian Dressing Mix
4–6 pieces of chicken
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp Italian Dressing mix
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking dish with foil.
- Combine brown sugar and spice mix on a plate.
- Coat chicken with mixture. Place into baking dish, sprinkling on any extra coating.
- Bake for about 1 hour, less time for thinner pieces of meat.
DIY Italian Dressing Mix
2 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp celery salt
1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy)
Place all ingredients into a small container and shake or stir well.