Now that summertime is here and every day seems to be warmer than the last, I find myself wanting to spend the least amount of time possible prepping dinner in a hot kitchen. Is it just me or does simply turning on the oven make your entire house feel at least 10 degrees warmer?
If you’re always on the lookout for simple recipes like me, I think you will enjoy this recipe for easy baked ginger chicken. You’ll turn on the oven once, but enjoy flavorful ginger chicken leftovers for days! Like the name implies, it’s a simple dish that comes together quickly thanks to a tangy marinade. (I chose to bake the chicken and let it cook away while Chase, Sadie and I played in the backyard at Chase’s water table, but you can absolutely grill the chicken and bypass the oh-so-hot oven altogether if you prefer!)
Though freshly baked chicken is delicious, perhaps my favorite way to enjoy this recipe is to prep it on a Sunday and use the baked ginger chicken throughout the week in chopped salads, wraps and sandwiches, completely eliminating the need to cook when lunch or dinnertime rolls around.
The base of the marinade is Naturally Fresh Brand Ginger Dressing made with sweet carrots and spicy ginger. The dressing tastes like the fresh ginger dressing you find at sushi restaurants and is made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
The dressing also does not include any thickeners and the texture comes from real ingredients that come together to create a dressing with a home-style taste. I paired it with sesame oil, fresh cilantro and lime juice to create tasty marinade for chicken breasts and we loved the end result!Print
Easy Baked Ginger Chicken
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Category: dinner, recipes
This easy baked ginger chicken recipe is a simple dish that comes together quickly and tastes great as leftovers, too! After marinating chicken breasts in a deliciously tangy combination of ginger dressing, fresh lime juice, sesame oil and cilantro, bake the chicken for 30 minutes and enjoy with your favorite sides or on top of a fresh chopped salad.
- 2 pounds chicken tenders
- 3/4 cup Naturally Fresh Brand Ginger Dressing
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- juice of one lime
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Place chicken into a one gallon-size freezer Ziploc bag.
- Add ginger dressing, sesame oil, lime juice and cilantro to the bag, seal tightly and shake and squeeze the bag so all of the ingredients mix together and chicken is coated in the marinade.
- Place bag in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the chicken (ideally letting it sit for no less than four hours).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the chicken from the bag, placing it into a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Discard remaining marinade.
- Bake for 30 minutes and serve with your favorite sides!
- Refrigerate leftovers to use on salads or in sandwiches, wraps, etc.
Keywords: CHICKEN/TURKEY RECIPES, LUNCH/DINNER RECIPES, MAKE AHEAD RECIPES, RECIPES
I am definitely always looking for easy but good recipes, especially for week nights. AND I love ginger. It never occurred to me to use a ginger dressing rather than going through the trouble of skinning/chopping ginger. I will give this a try!
Patricia @Sweet And Strong says
I love finding a clean dressing that doesn’t use artificial ingredients, you can definitely taste the difference. I always prep a bunch of chicken on Sunday to use throughout the week. Loving this pics also 🙂
Thank you, Patricia! The dressing really is SO good! I used it on a salad yesterday for lunch with broccoli slaw, almonds, green pepper, oranges, leftover chicken and avocado!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
oooh i’m always looking for more, easy, tasty marinades – will have to check this out!
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
I love simple recipes like these! I hate cooking meat, so making it easier (and tastier!) like this recipe is perrrrfect for me 🙂
Annie Kreikemeier says
Yum! Excited to try this out!
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub says
I love ginger chicken and topping it on that salad looks absolutely delicious.
Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth says
This sounds delicious, and oh so simple! My fiancé and I only have two more days in town before our wedding (eek!), and we were needing to go to the store today for a couple meals. This recipe may have made this busy-girl’s list!
Thanks for sharing!
YAY! Congrats to you!!!! <3
I love chicken recipes, I’ll have to try this one out! Thanks for sharing!
Anything that is ginger is gold to me. I have been obsessed with ginger everything. My favorite is adding it to a blueberry smoothie! The dressing and chicken sound delicious.
I started reading your blog about 2 months ago and I just love it. Reading about your adventures with Chase and Sadie makes me smile. I always get excited when a post pops up on my feed. Have a great day!
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
Yummmm! My husband’s family makes a similar recipe called Korean Chicken, and they marinate it in a bag like that overnight, it’s very ginger-y as well! Look SO good!
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I’m absolutely loving ginger lately! The combination of that and sesame oil sounds amazing – and so simple!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum! I bet this would be lovely on fish or tofu too!
Any suggestions for making the marinade from scratch? I live in South America and definitely don’t get these products here 🙁
SO GOOD, I would love to try this with a huge block of firm tofu or some salmon fillets if I’m cooking for the family!
Not sure why you have to throw away the marinade, if it boils for 2 minutes then it is safe to eat. I will try this with the marinade sparkled over. 🙂
Melissa @ melissakolbeck.com says
That sounds yummy! It’s hard to find good salad dressings that don’t have funky things in them. A lot of the time I make my own, at least for vinaigrettes.
I made this tonight and it was really delicious!
I’m so glad to hear it!! Thank you so much for taking the time to report back!