Pre-cooking chicken for the week = winning at meal planning
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A few years ago, my husband found a recipe for precooking chicken for various recipes. The recipe for precooked chicken (and its additional recipes) was stuck on an index card that slipped inconveniently into a crack behind our cabinet more than two years ago. We have never been able to get it back. However, it was a great tool, and fortunately we mainly remembered which recipes we liked the most and wrote them down to the best of our memory.
Pre-cooking chicken makes meals much easier. Same with pre-cut vegetables you may need. I don’t have time or patience at the end of a long day to prepare an extravagant meal, sometimes frozen pizza is a chore.
Also, I’m not a big fan of buying precooked chicken. I don’t know why it bothers me. I guess I want the option to precook it, if I choose. I am also selective with the meat our family buys. Sometimes this can cost a little more, but this month I realized that Harvestland isn’t going to break my family by eating organic chicken. Harvestland chickens are USDA certified organic chickens. They are fed totally vegetarian diets with no animal by-products, raised free of cages and are never given any antibiotics. That makes me feel even better about what I’m feeding my family.
Now let’s move on with some of our meals….
How to precook
- Cover your boneless, skinless chicken breasts in olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet.
- Cook for 10 minutes at 500 degrees. Turn the chicken over. Cook for another 10 minutes.
- Save your chicken for that week’s meals.
How to season precooked chicken seasoning
Pre-cooked seasoning is the easiest thing you’ll ever do! You really just need salt and pepper sprinkled over the chicken before baking. When you’re seasoning (after it’s cooked), you can go with a variety of seasonings to complement the dish you’re making. I usually don’t add anything except salt and pepper. The only exception would be the fajita seasoning when I’m making chicken fajitas.
We did this last week and managed to make BBQ chicken pizza, chicken fajitas and penne pasta with chicken and spinach. Another recipe I make with precooked chicken is burrito bowls. They are SO simple and delicious!
The BBQ chicken pizza was one of the best we’ve ever had. We normally make individual pizzas on pita bread, but my husband found whole wheat crust (Archer Farms brand) at Target to try. They were perfect.
BBQ chicken pizza
1 pizza doughBarbecue sauce of your choiceOreganoMozzarella cheese (we use cheddar this time)precooked, chopped chickenChopped onions (optional)
Top your pizza crust with the barbecue sauce. Sprinkle cheese over the sauce, along with the oregano and chopped chicken. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Now, another night we decided on chicken fajitas. They are not the prettiest foods, but they are very good. My son even likes chicken.
Precooked chicken1 red pepper1 green pepper1 small onionCajun seasoningSour cream and/or cheese (both are optional)Tortillas (we went with whole wheat)
Chop the peppers and onion, and cook over medium heat until tender. Add the chicken. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning to taste. (I usually go with about a teaspoon. Not everyone in my family is a fan of spicy foods.)
Penne pasta with spinach “pesto”
1 box of whole wheat penne pasta1/4 cup chopped nuts (I cut mine so you couldn’t even see they were nuts!) Spinach – I used a whole bowl of spinach.1-2 garlic clovesPrecooked, chopped chicken
Sauté spinach, garlic and chopped walnuts. Add the chicken when the spinach is sautéed. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken warms up well. Add to pasta. Top with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, if desired.
And for any of my vegetarian friends, this pasta dish is really good without meat. Trust me in this.
I wrote a post about our burrito bowls, and it’s perfect with pre-cooked chicken! We make burrito bowls several times a month.
I’ve created a page of all my chicken recipes in one place!
The HARVESTLAND® product line includes fresh chicken, turkey and pork products, as well as a variety of fully cooked chilled, frozen and deli meats. Obviously we stuck with chicken for this review. I also have a super easy slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken, which I hope to share within the next week. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and the results are amazing.
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