Salad Dressing Chicken Marinade

We are talking grilling recipes all this week!  Why heat up your kitchen when you can grill, right?  Plus, I love that there is less mess when I grill up dinner.

Did you know you can use salad dressing to marinade your chicken in?  You can!  Why spend money on those expensive bottle marinades when a good old bottle of dressing will do.  Most vinaigrette dressings will work great and even some creamy versions work too like creamy Italian.  Then when you only use part of a bottle for a marinade you can use the rest for a salad.  Just pick dressing with a nice strong flavor and that will go well with chicken.  I was recently able to pick up a bunch of Kraft dressings for $1.  For this photo I used the roasted red pepper Italian with Parmesan flavor.

Salad Dressing Chicken Marinade

  • 1 cup salad dressing (vinaigrette works best)
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  1. Place chicken and dressing in a releasable gallon sized bag.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour but the longer the better, all day is best.
  2. Then remove chicken from the marinade and grill until completely cooked,  Enjoy!

9 comments on “Salad Dressing Chicken Marinade

  • Laura, My Mom used to make her grilled or baked chicken with Italian dressing. So good. But recently, I have been using Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette. It makes the best marinade. You won’t regret trying it.

  • I’ve always used Italian – that roasted red pepper italian looks really good. Your photo is great! Thanks for posting this.

  • Really looks delicious and healthy to me !

  • This brings back memories! When we were dating, every time my husband made dinner for me he would marinate chicken breasts in either 1)Italian Salad Dressing or 2) Italian Salad Dressing and orange juice. I now am allergic to onions & garlic…but I still like to marinate chicken, pork and beef before grilling in what really amounts to a form of vinaigrette – acid (vinegar, lime or lemon juice) and olive oil with herbs and seasonings. Our favorite for beef used to be red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic & rosemary – great for grilled steaks!


  • AGREED. And maybe toss in a little minced garlic and herbs? Y.E.S.

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