I love finding new recipes. It is like coming across a personal treasure, delivered just for your family. I also appreciate recipes that have been in circulation indefinitely, standing the test of time.
The recipe I have for you today is really common. I came across it thanks to my mother-in-law (MIL). After enjoying the meal she prepared, I stumbled across lots of variations in other random cookbooks. I found out that it was a favorite of my husband’s grandmother as well, so it has definitely stood the test of time.
This recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker, but my MIL and I have found that the chicken does not come out as well. The use of fruit preserves gears the taste of this dish toward Spring, subtly sweet. While the recipe easily feeds a family, and is nice enough to serve for company, it is impressive how SIMPLE the meal really is. Only 4 ingredients! That’s what I’m talking about!
• 2-3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
• 1 packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix
• 1 small bottle of Russian/Thousand Island Dressing
• 1 jar of Apricot Jelly/Jam
Preheat oven to 350º. Place chicken in a greased 13×9-inch glass baking dish (any size is fine, as long as all the chicken fits). In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Pour over chicken. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
Feel free to experiment with different preserves/jams and salad dressings. Other recipes I have viewed used raspberry jam or pineapple preserves. I’ve also seen Catalina or French Dressing used in place of the Russian/Thousand Island.
I love serving this dish alongside a great crusty loaf of bread and steamed broccoli. Mashed Potatoes would also be a great side dish to this meal!
Do you know other variations of this recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments below. And let us know how this recipe turns out for you!
You can read more about Steph’s life and recipes at her blog, Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom…