I’m back in the kitchen with one of my favorite partners, Tessemae’s. Does anyone else feel like they are just constantly doing dishes? That why I wanted to make a super simple meal using Tessemae’s Italian Dressing. All you need is two pans and some time to let this delicious dish roast up in the oven.

If you know me, you know I love creating my own Magic Elixirs. Tessemae’s dressings and dips are my favorite Magic Elixirs when I can’t have one of my own. Plus, they have more than 30 Whole30 compliant dips, sauces and dressings. I love how versatile they are for marinating, topping a salad, or just adding some flavor to any meal. 

This recipe takes a little over an hour to cook, but it’s easy to put together. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner when you have a million other things to do while getting it ready. If you make it, be sure to leave a review and a comment letting me know what you think!

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Italian Chicken

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  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free


4 carrots, cut into chunks

3 celery stalks, sliced 

1 red pepper, chopped

½ white or yellow onion, chopped

2½ teaspoons salt, divided

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 container Tessemae’s Italian Dressing

1 cup uncooked rice (to make 2 cups cooked rice, per directions on box)

3 tablespoons grated parmesan


Pre heat the oven to 375F.


Place the vegetables in a baking dish and thoroughly season with ½ teaspoon salt. 


Thoroughly season the with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.

Place the chicken on top of the vegetables, meat/breast side up. Pour half the bottle of Tessemae’s Italian Dressing over the chicken.

Cook in the oven for 45 minutes. 


Meanwhile, make the rice per box instructions.


Remove the chicken from the oven and baste with the pan juices. Return to the oven and basting every 15 minutes, cook until done, about 30 minutes, for a total cook time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. 


Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Add the rice to the vegetables to the pan and stir to combine (if using cold rice, make sure it’s warmed through before serving). Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and rice. Top with the optional parmesan and serve.




Use ½ cup of leftover Marinated Red Onion Oil if you can’t find Tessemae’s Italian Dressing.

To make it Whole30, use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice and leave out the parmesan.