Friday, February 11, 2011

Island Chicken

I have NEVER seen my kids inhale their dinner as quickly as they did the night I made this chicken! Being 2 and 5, I always get their plates ready and cooled, before fixing our plates. My children were asking for seconds before my husband and I even sat down...they had polished off their entire plates! (Not only the chicken, but their mashed potatoes and broccoli!) This recipe comes from "Annie's Eats". Her dishes always look absolutely delicious, but having a picky husband has somewhat limited the recipes on her blog that I am able to try! I bought a family pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and had four left to use, so this seemed like the perfect recipe to suit my whole family! While I never doubted for a second that this recipe would be "good", I couldn't get over just how good it was unbelievably easy and the ingredient list was quite short and consists of ingredients that the majority of you have at home already! As soon as I dropped my son off at school, I mixed the marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag, added the chicken, stuck the bag in the refrigerator and didn't have to do anything else with the chicken, aside from sticking it in a baking dish and baking for 45 minutes! As mentioned above, we served with mashed potatoes and broccoli, per Annie's suggestion!

Island Chicken

½ cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1½ tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed (I added about 3-4 cloves...I LOVE garlic!)
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)


Combine all ingredients except chicken in a mixing bowl or large airtight plastic bag. Whisk or shake well until the marinade is well mixed. Add the chicken breasts to the bowl or plastic bag so that they are covered by the marinade. If using a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap. If using a plastic bag, press out all the excess air and seal the bag tightly. Refrigerate and marinate up to 10 hours.

When ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour the excess marinade over them. Bake in the oven until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165° F, about 45 minutes (exact baking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces.) Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Annie's Eats


  1. Even the name "Island Chicken" sounds like the sunshine boost I need right now. It looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Island Chicken.....Yummo! With 8 inches of snow on the ground, this recipe sounds like one I'd like to get lost in! Sounds and looks yummy!

    I'd also want to let you know, I have nominated you for the "Stylish Blogger Award". I love reading your blog, and think it definitely deserves the recognition! Come check it out on my blog! Congratulations!

  3. Lara--it's funny, b/c I don't exactly know why it's called "Island Chicken" and if I recall correctly, I think Annie even mentioned that on her blog! Definitely great for any dinner, but especially if you need a "no-fuss" dinner!

    "zacharonimom"--you sure got a decent amount of snow! We didn't get quite as much snow, but we had a nasty ice storm and our subdivision is still AWFUL in spots! Thank you so much for the was so very sweet of you to think of me! It means a lot to know that people enjoy reading my blog! I saw it on your blog a little bit ago and will be passing it on early next week...I have to work all weekend :( Take care and thank you, again!

  4. Rachel, this is going to be served at my house this coming week. LOVE the sound of this. Two big YUMS YUMS up!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  5. Katy--I hope you enjoy it!!! You'll have to let me know! Hope you're doing well!!!

  6. Great Blog Rachel :-) Sounds delicious so will be trying this recipe out tonight. Have recently started my own blog so feel free to visit