This is another of those recipes that is such a staple in my house, and I have been making for so long, I can’t believe I haven’t shared it on the blog yet!  I really don’t know what it is about this chicken that is supposed to be “island”, but regardless, this is one of my favorite dinners ever.  It is a super simple marinated chicken breast with tons of flavor.  Another reason to love it is how gosh darn easy it is!  It takes about 5 minutes to prep before work in the morning, and then when you get home you just pop it in the oven to bake.  It couldn’t be easier!  Served with mashed potatoes, a green veggie and yeast rolls this meal is pure comfort food to me.

Island Chicken
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½ cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1½ tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2-4 chicken breasts

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: adapted from a recipe passed on by a family friend, Sidney L.