Brown Sugar Chicken

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4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 packet Italian dressing mix


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil.

Combine sugar and dressing.

Coat both sides of the chicken in the sugar mixture. Place chicken breasts in the pan and sprinkle the remaining mixture over the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until fully cooked.

Serve on a salad or with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!

This recipe was submitted by April Hernandez, parishioner at St. Columba Cathedral Parish and cook at the St. Columba Cathedral rectory.


A reflection from Deacon Sylvester Frazzini, who serves at St. Columba Cathedral Parish, St. Edward Parish and Holy Apostles Parish.

In today’s world, it seems like we live in a “more is more” age—everybody literally wants more of everything in their life. We can take some inspiration from this recipe, which proves that sometimes “less is more.” This recipe takes two readily-available ingredients and combines them with chicken in a way that the end result is better than any of the items just by themselves. 

In a way, it reminds me of the gifts we bring to the altar during Mass—the simple gifts of bread and wine, along with our work, offering up to the Lord who and what we are. Jesus could have picked anything when He instituted the Eucharist, but he picked bread and wine. 

These simple elements, before becoming the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, have work done to them to become the bread and wine—the wheat is pulverized, the grapes crushed, and both go through a process to become something greater than they were ever meant to be. 

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