Have you tried Litehouse salad dressings? Unlike many salad dressings, Litehouse is found in the refrigerated produce section of supermarkets in Chicagoland — its mason-style glass jars with distinctive blue lids are easy to spot. Litehouse believes that cold, glass-bottled dressing keeps ingredients fresher and better-tasting too.
Jewel-Osco shoppers can enjoy Litehouse at a special price this week through September 6th, 2016: It’s just .99 per bottle!
Litehouse invited me to try their salad dressings at home and share with you what I made. While I enjoy using salad dressing on salad as much as anyone else, I use salad dressings for all kinds of things too — I’ll brush them on grilled vegetables, use them as meat glazes, or pour some in a bowl to dip vegetables or tortilla chips.
After sampling Litehouse Homestyle Ranch, Jalapeno Ranch, and Avocado Ranch with Bacon, I decided to use the Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon as an ingredient in my bacon-wrapped chicken strips. I ended up using the same dressing for a zucchini side dish too, and both were family-pleasers here in the Cataldo house.
Bacon Wrapped Ranch Chicken Strips
- Boneless skinless tenders or breasts sliced into strips
- Sliced bacon
- Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing
- Cooking oil
- Oven-safe skillet (this is a stovetop-to-oven recipe, so cast iron or stovetop-safe Corning Ware are good choices. I used one of each so I could cook our entire dinner at the same time…)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Preheat skillet on the stovetop and add about a tablespoon of cooking oil. Wrap each boneless, skinless chicken strip with a slice of bacon.
Cook the bacon-wrapped chicken strips, turning on all sides until the bacon browns — about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
Generously spoon Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing over each bacon-wrapped chicken strip. Look at all those bacon chunks in the dressing. Isn’t everything better with more bacon? Mmm, bacon.
(If you’re curious, the bread in the background is a staple in our house too -it’s 5 Minute Artisan Bread.)
Place skillet (or skillets!) in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
The Litehouse dressing cooks down into a glaze for each chicken strip. They looked so good!
Because we have a plethora of zucchini this season, I also decided to make some zucchini noodles to go with our dinner. A friend of mine told me about her zucchini “noodler” — a slicer that spins vegetables into noodle-like strips. I picked up this Veggie Pasta slicer at Menards for $4.
I “noodled” the zucchini, then boiled a pot of water. Because zucchini is so water-filled to begin with, you only want to drop them into boiling water for about a minute to cook them.
I then drained the zucchini and tossed it with the Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon dressing for a creamy, zesty side dish.
Here’s the finished product! Both the chicken strips and the zucchini were so good. I’m already thinking about other ways to use these Litehouse dressings. (Grilling’s on my list next!) The Homestyle Ranch is a savory, traditional ranch dressing, but it’s got a fresher, crisp taste than other ranch dressings we’ve purchased in the past. I think the Jalapeno Ranch would be tasty as a taco topping — it’s got a traditional ranch flavor with a little kick but not too much heat.
GIVEAWAY: One of my lucky readers will win TWO free-product coupons for Litehouse to try any of their salad dressing varieties!
Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win: This Litehouse giveaway begins today, September 1, 2016, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on September 7, 2016 at 11:59pm CST, and on September 8th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!
UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Mariola.
More about Litehouse
Did you know that the Litehouse company is more than 50 years old? The Hawkins family started the brand in their Idaho restaurant over five decades ago, and since that time, Litehouse has become the leader in refrigerated salad dressings, fruit and vegetable dips, sauces, Instantly Fresh herbs, blue cheese, and cold-pressed apple cider.
Litehouse is 100% employee owned, and their corporate slogan is “Families making food for families.” Litehouse’s dressings are developed in cold environments, shipped in refrigerated trucks and sold in the refrigerated produce section, because they believe “Cold is where it’s sold.”