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Easy Chicken Meal Prep – With the Instant Pot®, 15 minutes is all you need to prepare enough chicken for a variety of recipes!
What recipes could you prep with six pounds of precooked chicken?
Here are some of my ideas (and recipes) for various meals made with a single Saturday morning “meal prep”.
Heat up the broth from this recipe (you will have a good 6 cups of rich stock), add soup pasta, rice or couscous and some bits of meat for a quick soup!
Take about 1 hour of your Saturday morning and get into quick and easy chicken meal prep. Using the Instant Pot® or the stove top, you can have 6 pounds of cooked chicken ready in 15 minutes.
6 lbs of bone-in skin on chicken. Two large chicken breasts and 4 large thighs.
11/2 tb of Lipton® Recipe mix for chicken dishes or regular powdered soup base (the Lipton®recipe mix can only be found in certain markets. Look in the Latino section which is where I nearly always find it)
Large yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon of Bell’s® All Natural Poultry seasoning (salt and GMO Free)
2 large stalks of celery in chunks
1 tablespoon of multi-color peppercorns, whole
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Some parsley, a bay leaf or just a good bunch of celery leaves
Water to cover or to the 10 cup line
Set the Instant Pot® to the “Meat/Stew” setting. 15 minutes in the pressure cooker mode.
Cancel cycle after beeper.
No need to keep the meat on the Low setting.
If you prefer, you can also prepare the meat on the stove top in a large Dutch oven. Simmer for at least 2 hours.
Keywords: Instant Pot®, chicken, soup, salad, main dish, recipe ready
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I immediately bought cut resistant gloves for myself and for the boys because they love to cook at home. Quesadillas (another recipe idea) is a family favorite and you guessed it – they cut quite a bit of grilled chicken!
The meat is finally cool enough to handle!
Transfer to a large platter to carefully debone and cut the chicken pieces.
Separate into freezer bags. Make it easy by using the bag holder with 4 legs (keeps the bags open wide) to keep everything steady as you add the meat.
Have you selected the recipes you want to make?
My meal prep was aimed at preparing several recipes for Mom to include soup and chicken salad for Sunday dinner.
The chicken is now ready to use in various recipes over the next week or so. Bon Appétit!
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