Last modified on December 9th, 2018 at 10:11 PM

How to Meal Prep Chicken

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.

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.

How to bake chicken breasts in the oven!

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!

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 bake chicken breasts in the oven!

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.

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!

How to Meal Prep Chicken

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How to Bake Chicken Breasts in the Oven

Do you know how to bake chicken breasts in the oven? Follow this easy recipe for perfectly juicy chicken every time. This is a fantastic way to prep meals!!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to meal prep chicken, meal prep chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 128 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sweet paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat chicken dry and place on baking sheet, making each chicken breast as flat as possible.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. Repeat on other side.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees.
  5. Let rest until cool.
  6. Package for later use (along with any accumulated juices) or use right away!

Recipe Notes

This works best if all the chicken is the same size.

Nutrition Facts
How to Bake Chicken Breasts in the Oven
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Potassium 418mg 12%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    December 9, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Poultry should be cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit

    • Reply
      Alli
      December 9, 2018 at 10:01 PM

      Yes, it comes up to temperature during the resting after you remove it from the oven. It is very common (and recommended) to remove meat 5 degrees shy of the doneness temperature you are going for as it will continue to cook once removed from the oven.

  • Reply
    Marcy
    August 27, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Do you ever butterfly your chicken?

    • Reply
      Alli
      August 27, 2018 at 12:02 PM

      If the chicken is really thick I will!

  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    This was so helpful!

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