I have some quick and 4 Easy Chicken Meal Prep Recipes Ideas that’ll help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the ones you love.
You’ve got a lot going on, and prepping meals ahead of time can actually free up a lot of time for you to start that book club that’s really just an excuse to drink wine, or setting up that Instagram account for your cat.
4 Easy Chicken Meal Prep Recipes
Let’s get into four ways to meal prep to set you right for the week. First, we’re going to preheat our oven to 350 degrees, and we’re going to take a 12-cup muffin pan and fill the bottoms with a little bit of water.
And then we’re going to put some uncracked eggs in each one. This way we can just cook them all at once while they’re in the oven. You’ve got a little pack of protein throughout the week. So we’re going to pop these on the bottom rack.
So, next, we’re going to prep our chicken. We’re going to take our six boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lay them out on a sheet pan lined with foil right here. And we’re going to leave a little space between each one so that they cook evenly. We’ve already drizzled them with some oil, so now let’s talk about flavor.
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Instead of seasoning all six of these with the same spices, we’re going to mix it up a little bit. Because who likes to eat the same thing every night. Diversify your chicken, guys. So, we’re going to flavor these up. These two have McCormick Chili Seasoning on them.
These two right in the middle have Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning right here. And for our last two, I’m going to salt and pepper these babies. Get it going. Some ground black pepper. Look at that. You got some variety for your week, right there.
So the eggs have been cooking for about five minutes. Let’s make it a party and throw these chickens on the upper rack. So, while those are cooking in there, we’re going to make a big old pot of rice. I like brown rice, because it’s got a nuttier taste, has some bite to it.
So, we’ve got a medium saucepan, turn that on medium. And with brown rice, it’s always a 2:1 ratio. So, we’re going to take two cups of water and one cup brown rice. Throw some salt in there. Oh, wait. What did I do? What am I doing? Bring that to a boil.
Once that’s boiling and bubbling, we’re going to reduce that heat to low, let it simmer for about 35-40 minutes, until the water is completely absorbed in all that rice.
Now, let’s check on our chicken and eggs. And by the way, if you’re wondering which came first, it’s the– duh. These look amazing. We’re going to check our chicken with a meat thermometer. Fun fact, one time I tried to check the temperature without taking the sleeve off the thermometer.
Poke it right through and make sure we’re at 165 degrees. I think that sleeve comes off the thermometer. Son of a– Maybe don’t do that. If it comes out to 165 degrees, it’s perfect. So, we’ll set those aside to cool.
It’s been about 30 minutes, so we’re going to pull out our eggs, pop them in a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking. After they’ve cooled down, just dry them off, and put them right in the fridge.
You can go ahead and peel them, and they’re ready to eat. So, it looks like our rice is done, too. I’m going to give that a good fluff, and we’re going to spread it out on this foil-lined sheet tray right here.
Now, I know this might seem weird, but it’s actually a neat hack. It prevents the rice from continuing to cook, getting all mushy. No one wants mushy rice.
No one wants mushy food in general. Bleh. Having lettuce on hand, great for meal prep. I already cut and washed my lettuce, and keep it in a resealable plastic bag with a paper towel, to have it fresh throughout the week. I got my greens, I got my grains, and I got my protein.
I have a great foundation for meals throughout the week with a variety of flavors that I can mix and match however I want. Let’s just make something. I’ve got a bed of rice. We’re going to make a quick little salad. I’ll throw some lettuce on top of that.
I got chicken, and I got some eggs. And boom, you’ve got a salad. Or, if you want to, you can add some salsa and cheese, make a burrito bowl. Or, if you want, throw it on a bun and add some barbecue sauce, and you’ve got a barbecue chicken sandwich.
Chop up that chicken and then add an egg, and you’ve got chicken salad. Or you can make tacos, or you can make deviled eggs, or you could just eat lettuce if eating lettuce is your thing. Or you could just eat the rice. Or you can just chomp on some chicken.
Or you can just eat an egg. Or you can put the chicken on the rice, and you can put the egg with the rice, and– Click the link below and subscribe for more tips and hacks to keep your weekly meal prep game stacked.