Easy Chicken and Vegetable Meal Prep

$10.59 recipe / $2.65 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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It’s January again and this time of year there are a LOT of people experimenting with meal prep, whether it be for budget reasons, health reasons, or maybe you’re just trying to work on organization and time management. Well, this blog post is simply to remind you that meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated. This Easy Chicken and Vegetable Meal Prep is what I make when I don’t want to think too hard. It’s easy, always satisfying, and there is plenty of room for customization.

Four rectangular glass meal prep containers with chicken, brussels sprouts and sweet potato

The Meal Prep Formula

The easiest way to meal prep is to use a simple formula and just plug ingredients into the formula. So for this meal prep, I used the protein + veg + veg formula. Sometimes I do a protein + veg + grain. Either way, I keep the cooking method and seasonings simple to reduce effort.

A third formula that I use sometimes is refrigerator salad + protein. This formula is a little more involved, in my opinion, because salads tend to take a little more prep work than a simple roasted vegetable.

Other Vegetable Options

As mentioned above, one of the reasons I love this simple meal prep is that it’s super customizable. If you’re not a fan of the vegetables I used, you can swap them out with just about anything. Here are some options:

Keep the Seasonings Simple

One of the keys to keeping this meal prep fast and easy is to not overthink the seasonings. This is one time when I usually lean heavily on pre-made seasoning blends. I don’t want to pull out ten bottles of herbs and spices, I just want to add a sprinkle-sprinkle of one thing and that and be done with it. Some great seasoning options are steak seasoning, cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, chili seasoning, za’atar, curry powder, garlic herb seasoning, lemon pepper, or Greek seasoning.

I usually season the protein heavily, and then keep the seasonings for the vegetables quite simple (salt, pepper, maybe garlic powder) so they aren’t competing too much.

Bulk it Up

A great way to bulk this meal up a bit without adding too much to the cost is to add a grain. Try rice, quinoa, bulgur, farro, or barley are all great options. Try cooking your grain in broth instead of water for an easy extra dose of flavor.

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Chicken and Vegetable Meal Prep

5 from 3 votes
This simple chicken and vegetable meal prep is an easy way to prepare meals ahead to save time and money, plus it's customizable!
lineup of meal prep containers with chicken, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes
Servings 4
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts ($1.99)
  • 1.25 lbs. sweet potato* ($1.25)
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil, divided ($0.12)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper ($0.02)
  • 1.3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast ($6.79)
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning ($0.20)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika ($0.05)
  • 1 Tbsp butter ($0.10)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Rinse the Brussels sprouts and slice them in half. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbsp oil, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Wash the sweet potato then slice it in half lengthwise. Prick the outside surface with a fork. Rub 1 Tbsp oil over all surfaces of the sweet potato. Place the sweet potato, cut sides down, on the baking sheet with the Brussels sprouts.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir the Brussels sprouts, then return the baking sheet to the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts have reached your desired level of browning. If the sweet potato is not softened all the way through at this point, just remove the sprouts and return the sweet potato to the oven.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the chicken breast. Combine the steak seasoning, smoked paprika, and sweet paprika in a bowl. Coat the chicken breasts in the seasoning mixture.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the chicken breasts.
  • Cook the chicken breasts, without flipping, for about 8 minutes, or until well browned on the bottom. Flip the breasts and cook on the second side until well browned and cooked through (internal temperature 165ºF). Cooking time will vary with the thickness of the chicken.
  • Transfer the cooked chicken breast to a clean cutting board to rest for five minutes before slicing.
  • Cut the sweet potato halves in half once again to create four portions. Divide the sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and sliced chicken between four containers. Add a pat of butter to each piece of sweet potato. Refrigerate up to four days.

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Notes

*I had one very large sweet potato and used ¼ of the potato per portion. You could also use two smaller sweet potatoes and use ½ of each per meal prep.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 38gFat: 18gSodium: 448mgFiber: 9g
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How to Make Chicken and Vegetable Meal Prep – Step by Step Photos

Prepped Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Rinse one pound of Brussels sprouts and slice them in half. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the Brussels sprouts.

Prepped sweet potatoes on the baking sheet with Brussels sprouts

Wash a sweet potato (or two) and slice it in half length-wise. Use a fork to prick the outer skin. Rub a tablespoon of cooking oil over all surfaces of the sweet potato. Place the sweet potato, cut sides down, on the baking sheet with the Brussels sprouts.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato

Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes, then stir the Brussels sprouts and return everything to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the Brussels have browned to your liking. If the sweet potatoes are not softened all the way through, simply remove the Brussels and return the sweet potato to the oven until tender.

Seasoned chicken breasts on a cutting board

While the vegetables are in the oven, prepare the chicken. Coat the outside of two boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a mix of 2 tsp steak seasoning, ½ tsp smoked paprika, and ½ tsp sweet paprika.

oil being added to the skillet

Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-low.

Cooked Chicken breasts in the skillet

Once the skillet and oil are hot, add the seasoned chicken breasts. Cook on one side, without flipping, for about 8 minutes or until well browned on the bottom. Flip the chicken breasts and cook on the second side until well browned and cooked through (internal temperature of 165º).

Sliced chicken breasts

Transfer the chicken breast to a clean cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

meal prep containers full of chicken, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato scattered on the surface

Divide the Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and chicken between four meal prep containers. Add a pat of butter to each sweet potato. Refrigerate up to four days.

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  1. This is my second week prepping this meal for us. It is so good!!!! I’ve made 3 other of your recipes and they have turned out delicious. thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

    1. Just reheat it in the microwave until the chicken is hot in the center, Everyone’s microwave is different, so do it in minute long increments. XOXO -Monti

    1. Hi, Danielle. That really depends on how long it was out of the fridge. Any protein that’s been out at room temperature for longer than two hours should be discarded. If you didn’t have it out at room temperature long, then refrigerate in an air-tight container. When you reheat, make sure that the chicken is so hot it steams from the middle. XOXO -Monti

  2. Am I crazy or does reheated chicken always taste funny? This is probably the biggest obstacle standing between me and meal prepping. I can’t stand the weird taste. Does anyone else experience this? Any solutions?

    1. I’ve not experienced that, but you could always just stick to other types of meal preps that have different meats in them, like ground turkey or ground beef? There are so many option! :)

    2. Yes it does. What I do is that I wrap any meat on a wet paper towel then reheated and it doesn’t taste funny 

  3. I don’t have a microwave and would love it if recipes like this came with instructions on how to reheat in my oven or air fryer!

  4. I’m new to meal prepping. Can these meals be frozen, or are meals meant to be eaten within the week?
    Looks delicious! I really want to try your recipes. :)

    1. It depends on the meal, but this one I would not freeze because the vegetables would get too soft and watery. :) Just refrigerate for up to four days.

  5. Love how simple and delicious this was. I pounded the chicken breasts to an even thickness before cooking. Also, my sweet potato was giant and my brussels sprouts were super small. I put the potato in the oven for 15 min before adding the brussels sprouts, use your best judgement there. I was eating this for dinner and wanted everything warm at the same time. :)

  6. Hi.  I’m on a low carb diet. .  Is there really so many carbs in this soup, 27 grams? Is there a way of making it lower in carbs? Thank you so much  it looks so delish.

    1. The best way to reduce the carbs in this meal is probably to replace the sweet potato with a different non-starchy vegetable.

  7. Meal prep sounds good and this particular one sounds delicious but I have a question.  Do you serve these at room temp or do you heat them in the microwave and if you microwave them what is the approximate time so one or another item isn’t overdone?

    1. You definitely need to refrigerate them. Microwaves vary a lot in strength, so you’ll need to experiment to find the time that works best for you. I usually start with one minute and just add time in 30-second intervals until it’s heated through.

    2. In my personal experience, I find using a lower power level (usually 30%) on the microwave works great to keep the meat from being dried out. It takes longer but the meat turns out much better.

  8. This looks great! Can you substitute regular potato for the sweet potato and cook it this way? I’ve only seen regular potatoes cut into smaller chunks and roasted or kept whole as a baked potato. This is simpler than cutting into chunks but I wasn’t sure if it would turn out.

    1. I haven’t done that with a white potato, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.