Meal Prep Chicken Bake

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My meal prep chicken bake is a game changer for healthy weekday eating. This is the ultimate one-pan 🥘, “set it and forget it” meal. It takes minutes to prep, 40 minutes to bake and lasts in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Why You’ll Love Meal Prep Chicken Bake

This is a complete meal, with lean protein from boneless skinless chicken thighs, carbs from rice 🍚, and fiber and nutrients from spinach. It’s endlessly customizable, from the spices and veggies used to the quantity of chicken, which you can adjust to meet specific protein goals. There is nothing better than coming home from an exhausting day of work or a tiring workout 🏋️ and finding this meal ready to be reheated and enjoyed.

How To Prepare Meal Prep Chicken Bake

🌡️ Firstly, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Next, place the rice at the bottom of your oven-safe dish. Pour in the broth (I use Kettle and Fire – use my code THEMODERNNONNA for 20% off), and add the yogurt, pesto, and seasonings to taste. Include the frozen spinach and stir the mixture thoroughly.

🍗 Now, season the chicken with salt and Italian seasoning. Lay the seasoned chicken on top of the rice mixture and give it a good stir. Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan on top for added flavor.

👩‍🍳 Bake the dish in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked – check for white meat and clear juices with no pink.

💡 Important note: Do not use the lids on Pyrex when baking, as they are not oven-safe.

👌 Once done, remove the dish from the oven. Fluff up the rice, and your hearty chicken and rice bake is ready!

Nonna’s Tip

Because this dish brings so much ease and simplicity to my weekday menu planning, I often bake multiple servings at a time in individual serving-size dishes. This recipe can be prepped and baked directly in an oven-safe dish and then stored in the fridge.

Variations and Substitutions

This meal prep chicken bake has so many options. I used pesto and Italian seasoning when I made it, but you could try something spicier 🌶️. For a leaner option, you could use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs. I prefer thighs for their superior flavor and juiciness.

  1. Chicken breast instead of chicken thighs for a less fatty option
  2. Brown rice, short grain rice or basmati instead of jasmine rice. Keep in mind brown rice will need more cooking time and liquid.
  3. Mozzarella or feta cheese instead of parmesan cheese
  4. Chimichurri, zhoug or chermoula instead of pesto

Best Served With

  • One of my favorites to go with this easy meal is a simple salad, like my Easy Healthy & Creamy Bulgarian Salad.
  • My Three Cheese Buns would be a yummy addition to have on the side of this dish.
  • If you are looking for added nutrients, you could serve this with steamed or roasted vegetables, such as my Roasted Eggplant.
  • Consider sprinkling some goat cheese or feta on top, or serving the cheese on the side for extra creaminess and flavor.

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Common Questions

Can I use any rice?

You can use any rice you have on hand, but please note that brown or wild rice may not cook the same as these types of grains take longer to cook and might require more liquid.

Can I use chicken breast?

Yes, you can use any cut of chicken; just make sure it’s cubed evenly for even cooking. 

Can I prep this the night before?

You can absolutely get your ingredients ready the night before. However, I would assemble them the day of so that the rice doesn’t absorb the liquid overnight. 

How do I reheat this for work or school? 

I like to heat mine in the oven at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes, but you can easily reheat it in the microwave as well.

Meal Prep Chicken Bake

My meal prep chicken bake is a game changer for healthy weekday eating. This is the ultimate one-pan, “set it and forget it” meal. It takes a few minutes to prep, 40 minutes to bake, and lasts in the fridge for up to 3 days.
4.87 from 15 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 1
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted broth (vegetable, chicken, beef, or whatever your preference)
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pesto
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, plus more for the chicken
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped frozen spinach
  • 5 ounces cubed boneless skinless chicken thighs (1/2 cup)
  • ½ tablesooon grated parmigiano cheese

Instructions 

  • NOTE: this recipe makes ONE portion but feel free to make as many as you like in individual OVEN-safe glass Tupperware. I like to make enough for two days. Calories and macros will depend on the brands you use, so for most accurate results use My Fitness Pal.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  • Add the rice to the bottom of your oven-safe dish. Add the broth, yogurt, pesto, seasoning to taste, and frozen spinach. Stir well.
  • Season the chicken with salt and Italian seasoning.
  • Add the chicken on top of the rice mixture and stir it all together. Add a sprinkle of parmesan on top and bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked (white meat and clear juices throughout; no pink).
  • NOTE: the lids on Pyrex are NOT oven-safe so please bake uncovered.
  • Remove from the oven, fluff up the rice, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 39.3g, Fat: 11.2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! How would you tweak this to create a larger casserole? We loved the flavors but would want to make 6+ portions in one dish!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, easy and friendly to whatever is on hand in your pantry! I didn’t have yogurt so I substituted sour cream. I divided one large chicken breast among three ramekins. I also added one tablespoon of cottage cheese I had on hand for a kick of protein too. YUM and I am saving for future evenings!