21 tasty chicken breast meal prep recipes…these will have you covered for healthy make ahead lunches and dinners!
Chicken breasts are one of the most popular proteins for meal prep. Per pound, they contain fewer calories and grams of fat than chicken thighs, making them a smart choice for anyone who is trying to slim down.
Not only that, but chicken breasts are so versatile, they can go with just about anything…they really are a blank canvas!
I though it would be fun to round up some of my favorite chicken breast meal prep recipes from around the web, so you never have to get bored with your chicken breast routine!
But first, a few tips I’ve found to make sure that your meal prep chicken breasts stay moist and delicious:
- Store them in a sauce/vinaigrette- Storing and re-heating your chicken breast in a sauce helps lock in extra moisture, and same goes for chicken breast stored in a salad vinaigrette.
- Bake them whole, then slice– Baking your chicken breast whole, rather than cubed or pre-sliced helps retain more moisture. Make sure you let them rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing up, as this prevents juices from running out.
- Cut against the grain- cutting with the grain results in stringy, chewy chicken breast. This goes for slicing it raw (pre-baking) or slicing it after it cooks. See this article for a good visual guide of slicing against the grain.
- Don’t overcook!– chicken breasts can be tricky…a minute or two of extra time in the oven can mean dry dry dry. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). Once you get a system down for cooking your chicken breasts, you don’t have to worry about this. To cook whole chicken breasts, I recommend 425°F for 18 min (smaller 5 oz chicken breasts) to 28 min (larger 12 oz chicken breasts).
Alright, enough tips. Let’s check out these 21 chicken breast meal prep recipes!
1. 7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze from Sweet Peas & Saffron
2. Asian Chicken Mason Jar Salads from Joyful Healthy Eats
3. Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
4. Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Taquitos from Kristine’s Kitchen
5. Make Ahead Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Gnocchi from Sweet Peas & Saffron
6. How To Add Variety To Meal Prep Chicken from Yummy Healthy Easy
7. Mexican Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Meal Prep Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
8. Thai Peanut Chicken Meal Prep Bowls from From Valerie’s Kitchen
9. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pita Pockets from Sweet Peas & Saffron
10. Greek Chicken Roasted Cauliflower Meal Prep Bowls from Food Faith Fitness
11. Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken (3 Ways) from Sweet Peas & Saffron
12. Meal Prep Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice from Fit Foodie Finds
13. Chicken Fajita Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
14. Meal Prep Roasted Chicken and Veggies from Gimme Delicious
15. Maple Ginger Chicken Meal Prep Lunch Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
16. Honey Lime Chicken Sheet Pan from Life Made Sweeter
17. Meal Prep Chicken Fajitas (Sheet Pan) from Sweet Peas & Saffron
18. Italian Chicken Meal Prep Bowls from Eazy Peazy Mealz
19. Jerk Chicken Meal Prep Bowls from Sweet Peas & Saffron
20. Healthy Chicken Recipes in a Pressure Cooker or Crock Pot from The Creative Bite
21. Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Casserole from Sweet Peas & Saffron