How to Meal Prep – Chicken (7 Meals/Under $5) | How To Meal Prep | A Sweet Pea Chef

How to Meal Prep – Chicken (7 Meals/Under $5) | How To Meal Prep | A Sweet Pea Chef


Hey there, Lacey here with A Sweet Pea Chef,
and if you’re wanting to eat healthy but you just don’t have the time to cook every night
to have a healthy dinner, today I’m gonna show you how to cook once and have seven days
worth of a healthy meal with a chicken dinner plus each meal is under five bucks and it’s
healthy, nutritious, and so easy. So let’s get started. So first we need to start marinating our chicken
so it gets nice and flavorful and tender. So in a large mixing bowl, we’re going to
add our boneless skinless chicken breasts, followed by lime juice, ground cumin, sea
salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and fresh cilantro. We’re going to toss all this together until
the chicken is evenly coated and then we’re going to cover it with some plastic wrap and
then place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. If you want, you can also leave it for a whole
day but 30 minutes is going to be a great amount of time that all you really need to
get it flavorful. You can also put everything into a Ziploc
bag if you want and then just place it in the fridge as well, either one is fine. While our chicken is marinating, we’re going
to go ahead and start on our roasted sweet potatoes. So start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees
Fahrenheit and lining a rimmed baking sheet with some parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, we’re going to add
some diced sweet potatoes, no need to take the skin off, followed some melted coconut
oil, raw honey, sea salt and ground cinnamon, and we’re going to toss everything to coat
evenly. Now I’m gonna to spread all of our roasted
sweet potatoes out onto a prepared baking sheet. It’s okay if some of them overlap, we just
want to get it as spread out as possible. Then place this into the oven and we’re gonna
cook for about 20 to 25 minutes and you’ll know it’s done when you can poke the sweet
potatoes with a fork and they are tender. Once you have that, just remove them from
the oven and let them cool and then we can get started on our sauteed broccoli. This sauteed broccoli recipe is so easy to
make, it’s my go-to broccoli recipe at home. And you’re not even going to believe it, it’s
just a few ingredients and so quick and it’s just so easy. So in order to get started, we need to start
heating up some olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Then add in our broccoli florets, followed
by some sea salt, garlic powder, and ground black pepper, and then toss everything to
coat. We’re going to cover this with a lid and let
it cook for about six to eight minutes. During that time, you can stir it every once
in a while. What we’re looking for is for the broccoli
to get bright green and get almost tender. You really don’t want it super tender here
because then it will mushy when you eat it later. If you find that the broccoli is starting
to burn on the bottom and isn’t steaming as much as you would like, you can just add a
little bit of low sodium chicken broth or a little bit of water to help it out. So now it’s time to cook our cilantro lime
marinated chicken. So in a large skillet, we’re going to heat
some olive oil over medium-high heat and then we’re gonna transfer our marinated chicken
into the pan. We’re gonna cook each side for about four
to six minutes and what we’re looking for is for the chicken to become golden brown
on each side and then also tender and cooked in the middle. Once you have it all cooked, we’re gonna take
our chicken and transfer it to a cutting board. I like to dice my chicken for my meal prep
containers because that makes it really easy and quick to heat up. If you have a whole chicken in there, you
can kind of overcook everything and just trying to heat your chicken all the way through,
but diced chicken makes that much easier. And then we’re gonna transfer that diced chicken
into our meal prep containers. I use about a cup of our diced chicken which
roughly equals about five ounces, which for me is a perfect serving size for one of our
meal prep containers. Then repeat with the remaining meal prep containers. After our chicken, we’re gonna add in our
sauteed broccoli and I like to put a good healthy serving of the broccoli in there. You’re never gonna eat too much broccoli in
there, so add that in on the middle. And then we’re gonna follow that up with our
roasted sweet potatoes to balance the whole meal out and have some starch with our veggies
and our delicious cilantro lime marinated chicken. I also like to add a little wedge of lime
for a little bit extra flavor if you like. These meal prep containers will last in the
fridge for up to seven days, so you’re gonna have a whole week’s worth of meals ready to
go. You can also place them in the freezer and
it will last for three months. Frozen, if you want to just reheat it, it’s
gonna take about four minutes in the microwave. If you’re getting it from the fridge, just
two minutes and you’re ready to go. I hope you love this chicken meal prep idea,
it’s great for a healthy, busy lifestyle. You have this chicken ready to go plus a whole
meal under five bucks, so super awesome. If you want more chicken marinade ideas, check
out my seven chicken marinade recipe video that has all sorts of ways that you can have
tasty, high-protein, delicious chicken and meal prep ahead of time. Plus, subscribe to the channel so you never
miss more healthy ways to enjoy tasty foods. Thanks so much, I’ll see you next time.