Okay guys, I’m putting it all together today with this Glazed Chicken Meal Prep! I went out of town for a couple of days for Labor Day weekend, and even after just a few days of eating out I couldn’t wait to get home and make some simple good food. I made three super easy recipes this week, Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, and steamed green beans, all of which reheat beautifully. And that’s my favorite kind of meal prep. Simple, good, no-fuss.
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.
This Meal Prep Includes:
Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs: $4.83
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes: $3.58
Steamed Green Beans: $1.69 (instructions below)
Total Cost: $10.10
4 Servings: $2.53 each
Leftovers: NONE! Woohoo!
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How to Steam Green Beans:
I do not have a recipe post for the green beans because I just steamed them without adding anything, which isn’t really a “recipe.” To steam the beans, place about one inch of water in the bottom of a sauce pot, place a steaming basket inside, then add your green beans. Place a lid on top, turn the heat on to high, and let the water boil to steam the green beans. The beans are finished when they are bright green and slightly tender. Remove them from the heat, pack them in your containers, and refrigerate. If you do not have a steamer basket, you can still steam your green beans. Follow the instructions listed in my recipe for Lemon Butter Green Beans.
Customize This Meal Prep:
You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs for a leaner lunch box, just make sure to pound out your chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness before cooking to ensure that they cook quickly and evenly.
Not a fan of glazed chicken thighs? Check out my list of other ways to prepare chicken thighs. I think Herb Butter Chicken Thighs or 20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs would also work beautifully with these sides.
Swap out the green beans for any green vegetable, like broccoli florets, sautéed zucchini, or maybe even some sautéed kale.
Just about any herb or spice blend can be used on the roasted potatoes. Or, you can even swap out the roasted potatoes for a mashed potato.
How Long Does This Meal Prep Last?
There are a lot of variables that can impact how long food lasts in the refrigerator, but I generally keep a meal prep box like this for four days. Anything longer than that and I find that the quality really goes downhill and I will not want to eat it. This particular box probably would not freeze very well, so I would stick to refrigeration.
Just found you and super excited to try this! Also, your link on Amazon to access your shopping lists has changed. I was able to find it by clicking your name but wanted to let you know in case you wanted to update your shortcuts!
Thank you for letting me know!
Oh. My. Lordie! I made this today for dinner. It was AMAZING! I ended up using bone in chicken thighs without skin on because it was all I had. I fried like instructed and then finished off in a 375 degree oven. The sauce was thickened with cornstarch and it was unbelievable. It complimented with the potatoes. This WILL become a regular. Thanks, Beth!
I dont see this recipe or bundle in the app? I would like to have it all in one place if its something you could add. I tried each recipe individually as well and no go. Any ideas?
Unfortunately we don’t have the meal prep bundles on the app, but you can create a “cookbook” to save the recipes together. Just go to your profile at the bottom of the home screen, then click over to “cookbooks” and “create a new cookbook”
I have used these recipes for two weeks now and enjoyed both that I have tried. It really helps me reduce eating at the cafeteria and I feel the sodium and calorie count is less. Thank you again! Also the overnight oatmeal is a favorite of mine.
for a person who is calculating is calories how should i know how much calories are your prep meal
You’ll need to find an online nutrition calculator that you trust and enter the recipe information. I personally do not trust any of the online calculators, as they can be extremely inaccurate, so I do not provide that information here.
If you are tracking calories, you can copy and paste this recipe in to myfitnesspal under recipes and import the recipe, it will allow you to edit the type of ingredients you actually use and the exact amount that you use of them. Super easy from my experience so far!
Beth, ever since discovering budgetbytes, you have been my go-to for reliably good, easy to follow , wholesome, interesting and economical recipes. I appreciate that most comments are from people who actually made your dishes, not just the “yum, that sounds so good” type. Keep it up, girl.
This meal looks absolutely fabulous! Interesting on the 4 day mark, I usually won’t eat anything after 2 days, but I’m super picky. After the 3 day mark, I usually send it off with my husband to work for his lunch, haha! He’s a gym teacher. He can handle it!
Hahaha, I love that! :D
OMG! You crack me up.
I’m thinking about doing meal prep for lunch, so I can have something good to eat at work. Your meal prep ideas has given me inspiration. :-)
Your comments are always so kind, LaTrice! Thank you for all of your support and kindness! :)