Thursday, June 18, 2015

3 Easy Methods for Meal Prepping Chicken

I'm not much of a meal prep person, but sometimes I know that if I have some options on hand without having to put too much effort forth, I'll make healthier choices. I am not about to cook up chicken in the middle of the day with a toddler running around. JaiseAnn and I usually enjoy leftovers together or I usually stir fry some veggies and we eat those with a side of cottage cheese (true, my toddler loves cottage cheese). If I make large batches of chicken, though, I know that I'll be prone to healthy and delicious lunches all week long. Meal prepping just got a whole lot easier--

clean eating chicken recipes

Apple Juice Chicken

I found this Paleo easy chicken recipe on Pinterest. While the recipe is time consuming, most of the time you let the chicken sit and simmer. The prep couldn't be easier and you can clean your kitchen or chop up veggies for the week while the chicken cooks. The recipe calls for skinless chicken thighs, but I used chicken breast and it worked just fine as well--just adapt your cooking time (especially at the end) so it doesn't dry out. 

This chicken would be great on:
-almost any kind of salad, but especially one with a fruity vinigarette
-with rice and veggies 
-in a wrap 

Fajita Chicken Bake
I absolutely love this method for cooking up chicken breast because you get some veggies cooked in there, too. The flavor and texture is so yummy. We don't have a microwave, but this heats up easily and nicely on the stove top for a quick lunch. See the chicken fajita bake recipe here

This chicken would be great on:
-fajitas, tacos, or a chicken taco salad
-as a stir fry (we sometimes add some black beans and cheese)
-added to rice
-make skinny chicken nachos by making your own chips with corn tortillas (we do this often). It's so good. 

Crockpot Shredded Chicken
This is the easiest method by far. We put 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot and add a bit of broth--usually about 1/2 cup and any additional seasonings you might like. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Chicken will fall apart with a fork. You can use a hand mixer to shred quickly, but I usually make sure I remove the liquid first and only shred for a very short time. (If there's too much liquid in the slow cooker and you shred too long, the chicken looses it's texture.)

This chicken would be great on:
-chicken salad wraps (for a healthier spin see here)
-tacos or nachos
-in soups 

Do you meal prep or do you avoid it because it's too time consuming? 

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