Bring on the Busy Day Baked Chicken!
Every day is a busy day! (Though it’s important that we are intentional about taking time to slow down and find restful days too!)
But for those extra-busy days – I am loving this idea for Busy-Day Baked Chicken!
This idea came from Anne, a cherished HeavenlyHomemakers.com reader. She says:
Laura, I have a favorite recipe idea to share! It was a lifesaver for me when I was a working mother (now retired). We call it “Wishbone Chicken.”
Wash and trim the fat on a whole chicken and place it in a pan. Sprinkle it with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and slather it with Wishbone Italian Dressing. That’s it. Bake about an hour at 350 degrees. Smells divine! Easy peasy!
As a working mom, I’d buy 3 or 4 whole chickens when on sale. I’d lay each cleaned chicken in foil and cover with the salt and dressing. Then I’d wrap each tightly in the foil and put in the freezer. On a work day, I’d take one out before I left for work, unwrap it, place in a pan, and put it in the oven (frozen). I’d set the oven to come on at 2:00 pm at 325 degrees. The chicken would be partly thawed when the oven came on. The kids and I came home from school around 3:30. We’d walk into a luscious smelling house and a delicious homemade dinner was all ready for us! – Anne
I’ve taken Anne’s great idea and we love it so much! I especially love the idea of buying the chickens on sale and making several ahead of time to freeze, then pull out and bake as needed!
This chicken is delicious and ridiculously easy!!
Busy-Day Baked Chicken
- Whole chicken
- Seasoning Salt
- 1½ cups Italian Dressing
- Place a whole chicken on a rack, placed on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle liberally with seasoning salt.
- Drizzle Italian Dressing over the chicken.
- Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
This is my favorite Seasoning Salt. And here’s our great and easy recipe for Homemade Italian Dressing if you’d like!
Do yourself a favor and make this chicken! Serve it with a salad and steamed veggie and you have the easiest meal in the world that is extremely delicious and nourishing.
Thank you, Anne!
Psssst! Everyone be sure to grab our Simple Real Food Recipes cookbook full of amazingly tasty and simple real food recipes like this one!
Sara B says
Sounds like a great option for chicken pieces too!
This sounds wonderful! I pinned the recipe to try soon! I like quick, tasty recipes!