There are a lot of benefits to prepping chicken meals for the week on Sunday.
You’re not dealing with raw meat more than once, and who wants to think about what to pack for lunch or what to make for dinner once Monday inevitably arrives?
So get it all out of the way by cooking chicken into pre-portioned, healthy dinners—or lunches—to enjoy throughout the week. And we’re not talking about unseasoned, blah-tasting stuff either.
These 21 chicken breast recipes are simple, but they’re anything but boring.
Skip the Middle Eastern food truck and create your own version of shawarma at home, using spices such as paprika and cumin to coat your chicken. With couscous, olives, and yogurt sauce making this portable dish taste even more authentic, you’ll be the envy of your coworkers.
You can always make your own pesto, but, like most meal-preppers, if time is a limited resource for you, a store-bought version works just fine. Stir it into a pile of roasted chicken and veggies, and pack the mixture into pita pockets.
Lime juice and cilantro keep the chicken tasting light and fresh, while the spicier cauliflower rice and black bean combo gives it a kick of flavor. It is tasty eaten hot or cold, so an ideal option for an on-the-go meal.
Fiesta is right—brimming with spiced corn, brown rice, salsa, and peppers, these colorful chicken and rice bowls make every meal feel festive. They’re also prepped and ready to go in just 20 minutes.
These vibrant meals are not only tasty, they look good as well, thanks to seasonings like chili powder, onion powder, and paprika coating the colourful veg. There’s the option to add cheese, but we doubt you’ll miss it if you leave it out.
Just love this Tex-Mex hearty chicken, rice, black bean, and veggie bowls comes from the easy addition of taco seasoning. They keep well for four days, so you’re set from Monday to Thursday, with the night off on Friday to celebrate your (not so) hard work.
Pasta salad is a pretty popular make-in-advance dish, but you can make it even easier by pre-portioning it for your weekday meals. This one is a satisfying mix of goat cheese, butternut squash, walnuts, nutmeg and basil add some unique flavor.
Pack your meals in mason jars and you’ll look forward to digging into them every day. This layered salad looks great, and with dried cranberries and apples alongside the chicken in a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, it gives you tons of flavor in every bite.
Nice recipe for quick-cooking, microwave-friendly rice for when you’re short on time. You can even be completely flexible on the types of veggies and seasonings you choose to add to the dish. So open the fridge and use whatever you have in there. Just treat this recipe as an easy guide to making simple Italian-style dinners that’ll last you all week.
Buying a salad can be a smart, nutritious option, but it can also get expensive and not so healthy. This one keeps things wholesome, but with apples, sweet potatoes, blue cheese, and almonds, it’s nowhere near boring.
A creamy peanut butter sauce jazzes up chicken, rice, and veggies with some sweet and tangy Thai-inspired taste. Pour it on top when you’re packing the portions into their individual containers so that there’s plenty of time for the flavors to soak up.
This recipe might say to use chicken thighs, but you can easily use breasts and get away with it. Whatever you end up using, it’ll easily soak up the homemade teriyaki sauce, which keeps the sugar count much lower than if you were to use a bottled variety.
If you have no time to meal-prep, let your kitchen appliances do the work for you. A slow cooker lets the chicken, pineapple, and peppers simmer for three hours in a sweet and tangy sauce, while a rice cooker takes care of the quinoa. All you have to do is scoop everything into containers.
It’s back to basics with this three-ingredient meal. The combo is the quintessential healthy dinner—and for good reason: It’s easy to prep, affordable, and doesn’t require a lot of seasoning to be delicious.
Hold off on grabbing a greasy midday slice for lunch. This recipe, designed to make four individual meals, has the seasonings and sauce of a classic pizza, but pairs them with chicken and spaghetti squash instead of bread for a higher-protein, fibre-packed meal that’ll keep you full longer.