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Why Meal Prep Chicken Thighs

Meal prep better tasting and more nutritious chicken! The secret is meal prep chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are a less common cut of chicken so it’s generally more affordable. With the price of groceries what it is, every little bit of savings helps. Chicken thighs can be up to a third of the price of chicken breasts. 

Meal Prep Chicken Thigh Flavor

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Meal prep chicken thighs have more fat and juices, this means more flavor, unlike the leaner breast meat. The succulent meat is delicious and versatile. Whether marinated, grilled, roasted, or slow-cooked, chicken thighs absorb and complement a wide array of flavors, from bold spices and tangy marinades to savory herbs. Meal prep chicken thighs pair well with diverse cuisines, from hearty American BBQ to fragrant Asian stir-fries, making chicken thighs a beloved ingredient in kitchens around the world.

For the best flavor, marinate the chicken thighs for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible. Use marinades that include acidic components like lemon juice or vinegar, along with herbs, spices, and a bit of oil to enhance flavor and tenderness. This can make a world of difference when cooking and mixing flavors. The marinade can blend complex flavors.

How To Choose Good Chicken Thighs

Choosing the right chicken thighs to meal prep is important. For convenience and a quicker cook time opt for skinless, boneless chicken thighs. If you’re looking for more flavor and tenderness, bone-in and skin-on can provide more opportunity while cooking. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference and if you’re new to thighs, try different options.

How To Cook Chicken Thighs

Baking: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place marinated chicken thighs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).

Grilling: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken thighs for 6-7 minutes on each side, ensuring they are cooked through.

Slow Cooking: Place chicken thighs in a slow cooker with desired seasonings and a bit of broth or sauce. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

Stir-Frying: Cut chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces. Stir-fry in a hot pan with vegetables and sauce until fully cooked.

Meal Prep Chicken Thighs Reheats Well

Meal prepping chicken thighs is a great option since it stores and reheats well. Allow cooked chicken thighs to cool to room temperature before transferring them to meal prep containers. If you’re keeping the chicken for up to four days, store in the fridge. The freezer can store cooked chicken thighs for up to three months. To reheat, ensure the chicken thighs are thoroughly defrosted if frozen. Reheat in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel to maintain moisture, or in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes to achieve a crisp texture

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