Food prep is my jam! I love to prepare for the next few days and then be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor (or in this case, the “chicken of my labor” ba dah boom!).
I don’t understand why more people don’t prep for the week’s meals. Once the plates are dirtied, the cutting boards are out, and the mess has started, it takes minimally more time to add on another main course or prep the next couple of breakfasts or lunches.
We are so spoiled that I seriously am at a loss if much of our meals are not prepared ahead of time.
The other day during spring break, Spencer and I decided to grill a couple a things while Jason was at work. We needed a few things to get us through the remainder of the week. The big task was to grill a few chicken breasts to have the meat ready to make salads for the next couple nights.
Now, salads are not Spencer’s top dinner choice, but he was completely on board with the meal prep. He would have been drooling if we were going to make our herbed butter steaks, though.
What can I make with grilled chicken for meal prep?
What can’t you make with grilled chicken??!!!
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches
- Stir fry
- Chicken Pot Pie
I seriously could go on and on. Don’t forget to grill the chicken breasts with minimal spices. That will make it easier to use the meat for a multitude of dinner choices. I made these with salt and pepper!
This was a great day for me, as I got to assume the role of grillmaster. Jason was at work and wasn’t able to join us.
To get the Big Green Egg started, open up the bottom and the top vents. Add charcoal up to the line inside of the grill, and light a fire starter. Close the lid and wait. I checked on it a couple times and watched the temperature rise. It took about 20 minutes to reach 500 degrees.
I like to raise the temperature up higher than the cooking temp, and then reduce the vents. I find that I get a better burning in the charcoal by doing this. Reducing the temperature to 350 degrees was perfect for my chicken breasts.
Place the chicken breasts on the grill with some salt and pepper.
Set the timer for ten minutes and see how they are doing. Look underneath and see if there are those gorgeous grill marks and if the chicken is ready to turn. If so, flip them and set the timer for another 7-10 minutes.
When you are feeling that it looks ready, test the poultry with a meat thermometer to make sure it is properly cooked. Once fully cooked, take them off of the grill and let them rest for a couple minutes before cutting open.
With the grilled chicken breasts done, they are ready to be made into my Chicken Berry Almond Salad and Sante Fe Chicken Salad. Meal prep for the next two nights is complete!
Until next time, enjoy!
Chicken Breast for Meal Prep
- 4-6 Boneless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Heat grill to a temperature of 350 - 375 degrees
- Put salt and pepper on both sides of chicken breasts
- Place chicken breasts on grill plate and cook for 8-10 minutes and flip.
- Cook remaining side 7-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees