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This Chicken Meal-Prep Plan Will Solve All Your Dinner Problems

Save time, money, and mess.

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Chicken breasts: the go-to dinner for families, meal-preppers, and everyone in between.

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They're easy to make, fast-cooking, and the perfect dinner for parents and kids alike.

But the latter means you'll also have a ton of chicken on your hands, and sometimes you just can't cook and eat it fast enough.

Then portion them into bags. For less mess, fold the top of the bag down so it stands up on its own:

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We made four different recipes, so we had four different bags.

Add your marinades or ingredients to each bag — then close and shake to coat:

To get you started, below you'll find ideas for jalapeño-lime, creamy curry, classic barbecue, and veggie stir-fry.

Here are four freezer-friendly recipes to get you started:

1. Jalapeño-Lime Chicken

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JALAPEÑO-LIME CHICKEN

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced jalapeño

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

The juice of 1 lime

Place ingredients in a bag and shake to combine. Store in fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for several months.

Pile these into tortillas for taco night:

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Cook it in a skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve in warm tortillas with pico de gallo and black beans.

2. Creamy Yogurt Curry Chicken

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YOGURT CURRY MARINADE

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 ½ cups nonfat Greek yogurt

2 teaspoons curry powder

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Place ingredients in a bag and shake to combine. Store in fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for several months.

3. Classic Barbecue Chicken

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BARBECUE CHICKEN

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup barbecue sauce

Place chicken and barbecue sauce in a bag and shake to combine. Store in fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for several months.

Use foil dividers to cook two kinds at once — like curry for parents and barbecue for picky kids — and to cut cleanup time.

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Preheat oven to 350° F and divide a sheet tray in half using 2 pieces of tin foil. Place barbecue chicken on one side and curry chicken on the other. Bake until chicken is cooked and sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Serve barbecue chicken on a toasted bun for kids, and the curry chicken over rice for adults.

4. Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

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CHICKEN STIR-FRY

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

½ cup thinly sliced red onion

1 cup sliced yellow bell pepper

1 cup sliced red bell pepper

1 cup carrot, peeled and sliced

1 cup broccoli florets

½ cup stir-fry sauce

Place ingredients in a bag (alternating to distribute evenly) and shake to coat with sauce. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for several months.

Serve it over rice or fresh greens:

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Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over high heat and add contents of bag. Cook, stirring constantly, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Serve over white rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

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