Chicken Meal Prep with Quinoa and Broccoli is loaded with protein and fiber. Perfect meal to prep for weekday lunches!
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When I used to work in an office full time, I would dream of a time when I could work from home and make elaborate lunches, specifically, fresh green salads with soft boiled eggs. Packing lunches day after day, week after week felt like such a chore. Then I started working from home (and for myself) and realized that every little moment at home without children needs to be spent productively, and rarely does that include making elaborate salad lunches from scratch each day.
So just as I’ve done for years and years, I find that spending a bit of time on meal prep makes the weeks go a little smoother. I personally don’t like to spend hours on meal prep each week, but making sure I have some nutritious meals ready to go makes the work day a little more productive and the week a little less stressful! This is the TYPE of lunches I should have been making years ago because it’s a recipe that’s pretty hands off. Another great chicken meal prep to try is one pan sausage and veggies – it’s all done on one sheet pan and takes just 5-10 minutes to prep! (And if you love the idea of this meal, but realllllly want it hands off, check out my chicken broccoli quinoa casserole recipe. It’s the same flavors, but cooked together in one big casserole.)
Instead I was making different salads each week, with all sorts of toppings, and often times making my own dressing from scratch. Then I had kids and weekends were precious time, so I didn’t want to spend those 2-3 hours in the kitchen each weekend. Then I was home with kids for a while and I would have gladly retreated to the kitchen for 2-3 hours. Point is, your “new normal” is always shifting and changing, sometimes you may have time for meal prep, other times, it may not be a priority. Either, or, and everything in between is all ok. OK?!
So enough about my lunchtime drama, let’s get to this meal prep meal!
My trick to roasting broccoli:
I have a quick little tip to roasting veggies. And it may be painfully obvious to some of you, and maybe you already do this, but in case it’s new to anyone out there, I feel like I should share! Instead of dirtying a bowl to toss the broccoli with olive oil, I simply pile it up in my pan, drizzle with olive oil, toss everything together, then spread out the florets for roasting. I do this with any vegetable that I’m roasting, because hey, less dishes is important!
Chicken Meal Prep with Quinoa and Broccoli: FAQs
How do you cook chicken?
I like to keep this section of the meal as simple as possible so I baked the chicken along with the broccoli. You could also use grilled chicken in these meal prep bowls, or saute on the stove top. Slow cooker chicken won’t give you the same texture, but could also work if you don’t mind having the chicken shredded.
Can I swap out the quinoa in this recipe?
Of course! I like that this meal is balanced in terms of carbohydrates, protein, vegetables, and a touch of fat. If you don’t like quinoa, you could use brown or white rice, another grain like farro or even roasted potatoes. If you use something like roasted white or sweet potatoes, you can skip the condensed soup.
How long will this chicken meal prep last in the fridge?
This will vary a bit on the ingredients you are using, but a general guide is 3-4 days in the fridge, in an airtight container.
Can I freeze this recipe?
YES! I was so excited about this discovery because you can easily double the recipe and freeze it for a later date. Then just let thaw overnight or for a few hours (while you wait for it to be lunch time) and then heat it up in the microwave or oven.
Try some of my other quinoa recipes, too. The recipes below can all be used for healthy meal prep!
- Quinoa Arugula Salad
- Mexican Quinoa Casserole
- Summer Quinoa Salad
- Healthy Quinoa Cakes
- Pizza Quinoa Casserole
Don’t forget to tag me (@myeverydaytable or #myeverydaytable) when you make this Chicken Meal Prep with Quinoa and Broccoli. I LOVE to see your creations!Print
Chicken Meal Prep with Quinoa and Broccoli are loaded with protein and fiber. Perfect meal to prep for weekday lunches!
- 16 oz. chicken tenders
- 12 oz. broccoli florets
- 1 cup quinoa (or 4 servings)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- seasoning salt
- 12 oz. cream of chicken condensed soup (I like the Pacific brand)
- 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out chicken and broccoli onto pan. Spritz or drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, prepare quinoa as directed. When it’s done cooking, stir in soup.
- Divide quinoa into 4 servings and top with chicken, broccoli, and sprinkle of cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- These meal prep bowls are loaded with protein and fiber and should keep you satisfied all afternoon. The calories come in at about 500, so add some extra cheese if you need some extra staying power!
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