Just because you’re trying to be healthy, there’s no reason to eat the same plain-Jane chicken breast with steamed veggies every week (or ever again!). It’s time to shake things up with healthy chicken meal prep ideas that will make your mouth water.
Chicken is the champion of meal prep proteins. It can take on all sorts of different flavors from spices, sauces, and marinades, which keeps your palate from getting bored. It cooks quickly, so your meal prep routine doesn’t eat up your entire Sunday. And when time is really tight, a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken can make meal prep lightning fast.
There are so many delicious ways to add chicken to your meal prep menu. Bake it, bread it, grill it, or stir-fry it. Add it to soups, chilis, or pastas. Stuff it into tacos or pile it onto salads — the options are almost limitless! You can make a different chicken dish (or two) every week and never get bored.
The best part of meal prepping is that when you are hungry, your lunch or dinner is ready to eat. And, if you have made one of these 15 chicken meal prep recipes, it’s sure to be healthy and delicious.
13 Healthy and Delicious Chicken Meal Prep Recipes
Here are some of our favorite chicken meal prep ideas for lunch and dinner.
1. Herb Chicken
Fragrant fresh herbs and lemon zest turn plain chicken breasts into a week of mouthwatering meals in less than 25 minutes. Pair it with your favorite veggies, and enjoy! Get the recipe.
You don’t have to say goodbye to chicken pot pie just because you’re trying to eat clean. This healthier version is packed with lean protein and veggies, and is topped with a light, flaky phyllo crust. Get the recipe.
This is no ordinary baked chicken recipe! It is crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, and surprisingly flavorful thanks to a couple of secret ingredients. Find out what they are.
4. Chicken Parmesan
This healthier version of Chicken Parmesan has everything – crispy breaded chicken, flavorful sauce, and gooey melted cheese – all for only 351 calories! Combine it with broccoli and sweet potatoes for a well-rounded meal.
Slow cooker recipes like this one for chicken tacos are meal prep magic. All you need to do is place the ingredients in the cooker and turn it on. Boom! You have lunch for the whole week with barely any time spent in the kitchen.
When you want a hearty, knife-and-fork meal, but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, make this Grilled Chicken Dijon recipe and serve it with baby spinach or brown rice. With this recipe, lunches for the week are ready in just 15 minutes!
How smart will you feel when you have this stir-fry prepped and waiting for you in the fridge as a go-to post-workout meal? (Answer: Very.) And if you have some leftover teriyaki sauce, you’re in luck: you’ll want to put this delicious, four-ingredient sauce on er’ything. Get the recipe.
Sheet pan dinners are a quick and easy way to meal prep since everything cooks at once. For this recipe, you can either buy chicken tenders or simply slice whole chicken breasts into strips. Get the recipe.
Chili is perfect meal prep fare because you can make several servings at once (this Chicken and White Bean Chili recipe makes six!) and freeze individual portions if you want to save it for later weeks.
Banish sad desk salads for good! With sweet grapes, walnuts, and a Dijon and tarragon vinaigrette, this is meal prep gone gourmet. Get the recipe.
Two easy-to-find ingredients — barbecue sauce and canned chipotle peppers — combine to make some seriously good pulled chicken. Pair it with a refreshing coleslaw that stays crunchy all week. Get the recipe.
One bite will make you wish you had found this simple chicken meal prep recipe sooner. It tastes just like traditional enchiladas and makes 10 servings! Bringing some for your coworkers is an easy way to become the office’s favorite person. Get the recipe.
Make this Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup recipe even faster with rotisserie chicken, frozen corn, and packages of pre-cut onions and butternut squash. It makes a lot, so you’ll have extra to freeze for another week. Try it with Tabasco for an extra kick to wake you up out of that midday slump.