Chicken Adobo Meal Prep

by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Hey guys! I know it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a meal prep, but something I’ve been focusing on lately is getting up and jumping right back on the horse when you fall off. Whether it’s meal prep, yoga practice, or any other routine, don’t focus on the fact that you dropped the ball, just get up and keep going. SO, this week I revisited an old dish that I haven’t made in years, Chicken Adobo, and paired it with two of my favorites, Yellow Jasmine Rice, and some simple garlic sautéed kale. This Chicken Adobo Meal Prep is just the kind of food I like−simple, comforting, filling. 

I’ve never posted an actual recipe or garlic sautéed kale, but I’ll post the quick instructions below and if you want some step by step photos, its basically the same way I prepare kale for my Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta (just follow the steps all the way up to adding the pasta).

For more information about meal prepping, how it works, and why I do it, check out Meal Prep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Prepping and Portioning Meals, or check out my entire Budget-Friendly Meal Prep Archive.

Chicken Adobo Meal Prep

Three round glass Chicken Adobo Meal Prep containers

This Meal Prep Includes:

Chicken Adobo: $9.66

Yellow Jasmine Rice: $2.01

Garlic Sautéed Kale (recipe below): 2.29

Total Cost of Recipes: $13.96

Cost Per Meal: $2.52

Leftovers: The adobo chicken and Yellow Jasmine rice both make about six servings, so if you pack four meal preps you’ll have leftover chicken and rice. Or about $3.89 of the total meal. You can either pawn those off on another member of your household (not a problem in my house!), add them to your packed meals to make each meal larger, or try to eat them as a second meal or snack throughout the day.

Meal Prep Grocery List

Three glass Chicken Adobo Meal Prep containers in a row

Now about that Garlic Sautéed Kale…

It’s seriously the easiest way to prepare kale and probably my favorite, as well. And it goes with just about any meal!

Either buy the type of kale that is already destemmed, chopped, and in a bag, or get one bunch of kale, tear the leaves from the woody stems, and then tear them into 1-2″ pieces. Rinse the kale really well in a colander.

Mince a couple cloves of garlic and sauté them in a large pot with a tablespoon or so of oil. Once softened, add the rinsed kale and a pinch or two of salt. Then just sauté the kale until it has wilted to your desired tenderness. For me that’s only about 5 minutes! So easy. :)

And again, it’s basically the same thing I do to kale when I’m making Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta, so you can check out that recipe for photos.

Side view of a Chicken Adobo Meal Prep container

And these bowls? They’re the Pyrex 4-cup containers that I got from Amazon.


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  1. i love chicken and this chicken recipe really unique for me so ill try this recipe at home.. at this Sunday because in working days i have busy schedule but at Sunday definitely ill try this.. because to make chicken adobo meal to much time. but in the pictures this is looking so delicious.

  2. I’m sorry, I’m confused. I just found your website today, so maybe I haven’t located the right page yet. I don’t understand “meal prep”. This one, for instance. I’m supposed to cook the chicken, cook the rice, and cook the kale, and divide it up into those cute little bowls. And then what? Freeze two of them and eat them next month? How do I reheat them? Why can’t I buy and cook smaller amounts, just enough for one meal, and if I want to eat the same thing again next month, cook it again? If you have already answered this, just post the link to the page and call me a dummy.

    1. Meal prep is just when you prepare and pre-portion meals ahead for a few days (or sometimes a week at a time) and refrigerate them so you can just grab, reheat, and eat. :) It’s a big trend right now, but something I’ve always done to cut down on my time in the kitchen. I usually try to prepare four meals-worth at a time because I don’t like to refrigerate meals longer than that, but if I’m cooking a recipe that freezes well and makes more servings, I’ll pop a few into the freezer as well.

  3. I actually wasn’t a huge fan of this. I made the chicken and the rice together, leaving out the kale because I didn’t have any on hand. The rice was nice but unremarkable and the chicken was a bit bland. Maybe I should’ve broiled it for a little longer. I think they need something else to make them feel like a real meal – garlic kale definitely wouldn’t have fit the bill for me. Given the cost of the recipe for all the chicken and the time involved, I probably wouldn’t make it again, but I think it could be great with a few additional ingredients to make it really delicious.

  4. This was really fantastic. I didn’t weigh the kale, just got one bunch, but next time would use two bunches. 13/10 would make again.

  5. I am loving the meal prep section!! Please keep it up; this is my third time in three weeks that I’ve been using your meal prep specific recipes, and they are lifesavers!

  6. I made this all tonight — yum! My rice came out a little bland because I forgot to buy broth and just used water, but once I poured that tasty sauce from the chicken over it, it didn’t matter one bit. Here’s hoping it all reheats just as delicious.

  7. I’ve made Yellow Jasmine Rice for the Golden Rice Bowls a long time ago, but haven’t had the pleasure to make Chicken Adobo. Looking forward to making this amazing recipe shortly. :-)