Sweet Italian Chicken

Sweet Italian Chicken 1


I am so excited to share this recipe with you today!  When I made this dish, it instantly became one of my favorites.  I really think you’ll feel the same way!

First of all, this recipe only has 3 INGREDIENTS!  Yes, you read that correctly!  I’ve learned that while there are plenty of “3 ingredient recipes” out there, very few of them are actually very good.  This is one of those few.  The brown sugar makes a delicious sticky coating on the chicken that I love.  Also, when you take it out of the oven, there’s a lot of sauce in the pan that I brushed on top of the chicken before serving.  You could easily spoon it onto rice and have a delicious side dish!

This flavorful, sticky, tender chicken is just so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.  But it’s nice enough for when you have company over too!  Another thing I like about this dish is how budget friendly it is!  I mean the brown sugar and dressing mix just costs pennies to liven up your chicken!

Sweet Italian Chicken

Yields: 4

Sweet Italian Chicken


  • 1 package of Good Season’s Italian Dressing Mix
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium size bowl combine seasoning mix and brown sugar. Coat each piece of chicken evenly. Place in a large, sprayed baking dish.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes.

Source:  The Cutting Edge of Ordinary


18 thoughts on “Sweet Italian Chicken

        • lindsayballen January 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply Author

          It’s a boxed pasta salad called Suddenly Salad. I think this one is the Ranch flavor, but they have several flavors to choose from. We make them all the time because they’re so easy and taste great!

  1. I made this last night. I only had two chicken breasts so I cut them lengthwise so that they were the same size but much thinner. I had to double the recipe for the coating using two packets and 1/2 cup of the sugar. I guess I thought it should be completely covered like a breaded recipe. But looking at your beautiful photo I don’t think that is the case. It was very good and of course the coating sort of cooks and slides off a bit but I think cutting them in half I should have reduced the cooking time as they were a bit overly done. Other than my errors it turned out perfectly and my husband and I both really liked it. It’s so easy and a nice change. We eat a lot of chicken and it’s always nice to have a new way to make it. Thank you for this easy, tasty new recipe. Delicious!

  2. Whoops! I see that the recipe does call for a 1/2 cup of sugar instead of a 4th cup now that I am on my laptop and can see better!!! I was reading the recipe from my smartphone when I made it. So I didn’t actually double the recipe after all but did use two packets of the seasoning. I’m glad I didn’t use more of the sugar than called for! Sheesh! Sorry about that. (correcting my last comment)

  3. Since finding this site and recipe maybe a month ago, we have made this every week. I dream about this recipe when I am at work. I envision the picture of this meal. I am obsessed with its simplicity and deliciousness, and the fact that this is the ONLY recipe I have ever used that doesn’t overcook my chicken. Perfect every time.

    • lindsayballen April 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply Author

      Wow, Andrea those are some high compliments! Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m glad you are enjoying this recipe. It’s definitely one of my favorites and proves that sometimes simple is better!

  4. Had this tonight. My husband even said it was good. I also sliced yellow squash and but a little mixture on it. Baked it alongside of chicken and sweet potatoe. Excellent. Do you think you could use the liquid salad dressing and mix it with the sugar. Would it come out the same?

    • lindsayballen January 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply Author

      Hi Libby. Glad you liked it! It wouldn’t turn out exactly the same with the liquid salad dressing because it would prevent the sugar from caramelizing. However, I’ve baked chicken after marinating it in Italian dressing, and it turns out pretty great too!

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