Chicken Lunch Meal-Prep 4 Ways

Prep Time 60 min
Cook Time 40 min
Total Time 1 hr 40 min
Yields 8

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 head of broccoli 
  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus
  • 1/2 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1/2 lb button mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Harissa powder (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh rosemary, minced
  • Fresh thyme
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Red chili flakes
  • Cherry tomatoes, salad greens, avocado, and Ranch dressing (Whole30-compliant version)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook the bacon until crispy in a skillet over medium heat. Set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain and cool, then chop. Reserve the bacon grease.
  3. Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on a baking sheet. Separate the asparagus and broccoli (short cook time) from the onions, sweet potatoes, and potatoes (long cook time). Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and black pepper and toss to coat the vegetables. Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with harissa, if using, then toss to coat.
  4. Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove the broccoli and asparagus. Leave the onions, potatoes and sweet potato to cook an additional 20 minutes for a total of 40 minutes.
  5. Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth. Slice in half, then cook in the bacon grease over medium heat in the skillet for 20 minutes or until they are very soft and brown, and their water has cooked off. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  6. Coat the chicken thighs with olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the chicken thighs in the skillet over medium-high heat until crispy on both sides and the meat is cooked through. Set aside to cool, then slice and/or chop.
  7. Toss sliced chicken with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and red chili flakes, then pair with roasted asparagus and sautéed mushrooms.
  8. Top chicken thighs with ranch dressing, arrange on a bed of salad greens with cherry tomatoes, half a sliced avocado, and chopped bacon.
  9. Squeeze a sliver of lemon over sliced chicken, toss the potatoes with the fresh thyme, and pair them with the roasted onions.
  10. Combine the minced rosemary with chopped chicken, then pair with the roasted broccoli and harissa sweet potatoes.

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