7 Ingredient Italian Dressing Chicken With Roasted Tomatoes
Need a plan b recipe? Or maybe you are on a budget and need something to get you through the week? This recipe is perfect for you. School is back in session and I know you need something easy/budget friendly to cook tonight! This easy 7 ingredient Italian dressing baked chicken thighs with roasted tomatoes will be ready in no time. No one will believe you only used Italian dressing and a couple of other ingredients. This meal is definitely budget friendly but restaurant quality!
For the chicken
- 8 skin on bone in chicken thighs
- two cups Italian dressing
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- salt for taste
- pepper for taste
- **the few essential ingredients like salt, pepper and vegetable oil don't factor in the 7 ingredient count.
For the roasted tomatoes
- 10 oz grape tomatoes
- ½ cup Italian dressing
- pinch of sugar optional see notes
- salt for taste optional see notes
Roasted tomatoes: Slice all of your grape tomatoes in half. Combine them in a bowl with the dressing a pinch of salt (optional see notes) 1-2 pinches of sugar (optional see notes) and marinate for 10 minutes.
Place the grape tomatoes cut side up in the baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. They are almost done when you see the tomatoes shrivel up some. Make sure to check on them before the 25 minute mark because they may finish faster.
For the chicken: Set oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, (see notes) garlic and onion powder. Heat oil in a large heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. In an oven safe pan both sides of the chicken for 2-3 minutes.
Poke a couple small holes in each of the chicken thighs. Pour the reserved dressing from the tomatoes into the pan plus an additional two cups. Add less dressing if you prefer.
Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes or until done,basting the chicken occasionally. Add Parmesan cheese on top of each chicken thigh. Serve with the roasted tomatoes, toasted and buttered french bread and baked potato.
***I added a couple pinches of sugar because the tomatoes were kind of bitter so in order to balance out the flavor I had to add sugar. You may not need sugar.
***Be careful with the salt since the Italian dressing already has salt. Don't go overboard with the seasonings. You can always add salt once the chicken is done if more salt is needed.