Cooking a nice, big meal is fun and all. But what do you do when you finish a long day of work and just want something quick and easy? Many of us reach for packaged meals or takeout, which may not be the healthiest options. So prep your food ahead of time! With these three super simple hacks, you can prep and store delicious grilled chicken to have at-the-ready for a quick and healthy meal when you need it most.
1. Buy in Bulk
Stock up on raw chicken breasts (or really, any meat of your choice). For example, you can buy 10 pounds of raw chicken for much less than if you bought pre-cooked strips. You're saving tons of money, and you get to make your chicken taste way better. (See next tip!)
2. Get Cooking
Pre-season the chicken however you like. Starting with a brine is a great way to lock in moisture for the long haul. Try a yogurt (or water) and salt soak for at least 15 minutes — or an hour for extra flavor. Then, sprinkle each breast with any of your favorite spices and broil for 3-4 minutes on each side for some grill and char flavor.
3. Store in Freezer
Wait until the chicken is completely cooled and cut the breasts however you will use it for meals (diced, sliced, shredded, etc). Divide the chicken into portions and put in individual freezer bags for quick, pre-made protein. The great thing is that the frozen chicken will last in the freezer for a few months!
Bonus Tip: Easy Mexican Street Corn Taco Bowl Recipe
Use your pre-made chicken for this delicious bowl that's got a lot of flavor without all the work! Plus, it has 430 milligrams less sodium and 30 grams less sugar than some boxed frozen meals you might have reached for in the past!
Grab a medium skillet and put in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook some diced red onion and diced red pepper for about 3-4 minutes, or until tender.
Add in some of your pre-made frozen chicken, frozen corn and black beans that have been drained from the can. Then put in a splash of water and milk, and sprinkle in some taco seasoning you like. Let this all simmer together for a bit while the chicken warms up.
Pop a bag of cauliflower rice in the microwave. When it's done, put some in a bowl, and add your skillet ingredients.
Top off with your favorite taco add-ins! Cilantro, garlic powder, chili powder, yogurt or sour cream, lime, cheese and avocado are great choices.
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