Do you know how to meal prep chicken breasts by baking them in the oven? Follow this easy recipe for perfectly juicy chicken every time.
Prepping meals early in the week can save so much time later on! I’m not great at this, but I do love to have some cooked chicken on hand in the fridge for quick meals. In this post I’ll teach you how to quickly meal prep chicken breasts in the oven for use right away, or for storage later on! It’s easy.
I usually do this shortly after I get home from the grocery store after I put everything away. I always buy chicken in bulk, but we don’t use it all before it needs to be frozen. Instead of freezing it all, I meal prep chicken breasts and toss them in the fridge for quick meals through the week!
How to Bake Moist Chicken
The first tip to keeping the chicken moist is to choose chicken breasts that are similar in size to bake. That way everything is done at the same time and you aren’t over-cooking some of the meat while you are waiting for the rest to finish cooking. I find medium-sized chicken breasts work best for this.
How to Season Meal Prep Chicken
I keep the seasonings really simple, just salt, pepper, and a little paprika for color. After the chicken is done baking, be sure to let it rest for a few minutes to cool before putting it in the fridge (I love these storage containers). And whatever you do, keep all that delicious juice in the pan and then after you let it rest! That’s where all the flavor is.
What Temperature to Cook Chicken
I also remove my chicken from the oven at 160ºF and let it rest to come up to a final doneness temperature of 165ºF. You can read more about cooking temperatures in this post!
Then it’s totally up to you on how you use them! I love to toss my meal prep chicken in salads for a quick lunch. Here are 4 easy homemade salad dressing recipes you can make with the chicken!
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How to Bake Chicken Breasts in the Oven
- 4 medium sized chicken breasts
- olive oil
- sweet paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Pat chicken dry and place on baking sheet, making each chicken breast as flat as possible.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. Repeat on other side.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees.
- Let rest until cool.
- Package for later use (along with any accumulated juices) or use right away!