No-Fuss Chicken Recipe
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No-Fuss Chicken Recipe

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This recipe could hardly be simpler to prepare. The chicken gets a wonderful tangy taste, and no one will know you used convenient ingredients like a bottle of salad dressing and onion soup mix...unless you tell them. -Marilyn Dick, Centralia, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Russian or Catalina salad dressing
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 16 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 275 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 635 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine dressing, preserves and soup mix. Place chicken in two ungreased 13x9-in. baking dishes; top with dressing mixture. Cover and bake 20 minutes; baste. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over rice. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as No-Fuss Chicken in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"Wonderful chicken, easy to make, my favorite kind of recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"This chicken was "D"lish! I loved it and even my picky 2 year old ate a few bites, which is a major feat. I served it with white rice (w/chick bouillon and butter) and onion red potatoes. Great dinner! Very easy and perfect for "stay-at-home moms" who have the hardest job of all!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"The title says it - this recipe is easy and very good! Cut it in half for a busy weeknight dinner at home and it's great! As a potluck dish, it's a nice change from the tomato & pasta combos most people bring."

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