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Meal Prep Chicken – 3 Ways

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways - How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

Chicken meal prep for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways - How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

Hello to the best kind of chicken meal prep for the entire week!

One recipe. Three marinades. Three epic marinades – salsa verde, lemon pepper and orange chicken.

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways - How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

You’ll need 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (chicken breasts can easily be substituted) for each marinade. So if you’re prepping for yourself and for your family/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/best friend, you can make either two of the three marinades or all three – that way you can mix it up without having orange chicken every single day.

Yes, sometimes there’s such a thing as too much orange chicken.

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways - How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

All marinades are super easy to whip up with easy-to-find ingredients you already have on hand. Let them marinate for 2-8 hours and throw into a skillet (separate skillets for separate marinades) until tender and golden brown, letting them simmer in those fantastic juices.

Serve with desired veggies, grains, and/or protein for your favorite salad.

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways - How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

Meal Prep Chicken - 3 Ways

How to meal prep chicken for the entire week! Salsa verde, lemon pepper + orange chicken marinades included. SO GOOD, SO EASY!

2 hours 15 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 recipe of desired marinade
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salsa verde marinade

  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the lemon pepper marinade

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the orange chicken marinade

  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and desired marinade; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and marinade, and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and marinade has reduced, about 13-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons water, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

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27 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    These were delicious! But does anyone know the calories per serving of this? I would like to incorporate this into my meal prep but need to know the calorie count.

  2. What is the salsa verde recipe?

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made the salsa verde for the first time today and it was delicious and EASY. Slightly too salty for my taste so will adjust that next time. But was a great way to switch things up!!! Served it with roasted veggies and quinoa

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Only did the Lemon Pepper and Salsa Verde preparations but both were delicious! Used both preps with chicken breast instead of thigh and still enjoyed. Have done the Salsa Verde chicken on many other nights for easy dinner and leftovers!

  5. I’m going to try the lemon pepper marinade one, just without the orange zest, because I don’t know where to get it.

    • For the orange zest…buy a fresh orange, take a zester, and run it against the orange skin, scraping only the colored part of the fruit. (Some of my friends don’t know how to turn on the stove, cook an egg, or make a pot of rice, so it wouldn’t surprise me if you were a true beginner cook and didn’t know that “orange zest” is not an ingredient you usually find pre-packaged.) Happy eating!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried all three. All were so easy to make and all delicious! Perfect for a busy week. I like how all three were so different so you can’t get tired of eating them throughout the week. I used 2lbs of chicken and I think it’s perfect for three meals for two people (+ one toddler) if you have sides like salad or lots of vegetables.

  7. What is the serving size for each meal
    Prep of chicken?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      All 3 are delicious. The lemon pepper is my family’s favorite. I make at least one marinade once a week. It is so easy for those busy days with little ones.

  8. Can this be done with chicken breast rather than thigh? If yes, would baking the marinaded chicken breast work? Doing meal preps on a big sheet pan in the oven all at once would be so much less work I would think.

  9. Full of flavour and delicious! Has really perked up my lunchtime salad! Thanks!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    so mouthwatering as always !!!!

  11. Thank you for the marinade ideas! I buy a big pack of chicken thighs from Costco and put portions in individual freezer bags with a marinade and freeze until I need them. Takes a little while so you need to set aside some time but in the long run, saves you time. Will try your marinades soon!

  12. Can you freeze the chicken and marinade together for later meals?

  13. Each one looks delicious.  What suggestions would you have  for sides with each chicken recipe?

  14. How about freezing the chicken in the marinades and then cooking after you thaw them as needed? Also, do you have a teriyaki sauce brand that you prefer?

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    You have by far the best recipes I have tried so many from dumplings to full dinner rec nev been disappointed thanks so much. Love that pineapple chicken.

  16. I am confused about the meal prep aspect, too. It says at the end of the recipe to serve immediately. So if this is being used as meal prep, should the be cooked first, then stored for the week?

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sounds amazing! Don’t understand how this is a prep for the entire week though. Can you make these all in one day and leave them marinading until the day you want to cook them?