The “recipe” you should use weekly…

Another Sunday thinking “what do I make for lunches/dinners this week?” Right?! It can sometimes be a bit exhausting trying to figure out week after week what meals to prep that everyone in the house will actually enjoy.

I’m excited to be sharing a meal-prep trick that I’ve been using almost weekly. I laughed even putting the word “recipe” in the title of this post because this is truly the easiest way to prep 2-3 days worth of lunches and/or dinners in under 5 minutes.

PULLED CHICKEN. It’s healthy, it’s simple, and it’s such an awesome base for so many meal ideas!

Trust me, I know that pulled chicken isn’t some wildly new concept. But I’m posting this hoping that you can grab an idea or two on how to use it to jump start your week, make your meal-prep a little easier and your tummy a little happier!

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What you need to make 4-5 individual meals:

1 lb of chicken breasts or tenders

1 cup of water

Optional: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Garlic Salt (or Garlic Powder), BBQ Sauce, Hot or Buffalo Sauce

Note: I mentioned this earlier but I prep the chicken to use as a BASE in different meals. I very rarely add BBQ or Buffalo sauce to the actual chicken until after it’s cooked, pulled and I’m putting the meal together.

To make the chicken:

  1. Simply put the chicken in the crock pot in a single layer {a little overlap if you are doubling the “recipe” is fine!}
  2. Pour 1 cup of water over the chicken
  3. Optional {but what I usually do}: Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette (about 1/4 of the bottle) and sprinkle a small amount of garlic salt over top the chicken
  4. Set the crock pot on high for 4 hours (Note: The first time you try this, keep an eye on your chicken after the first couple of hours. Depending on your crock pot and how much chicken you actually use, you may need to add/subtract a little bit of time so it isn’t over/under cooked.)
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through, take it out of the crock pot and put it into a large bowl.
  6. Either using your hands (warning: HOT!) or a fork & knife, start pulling the chicken apart into smaller, shredded pieces.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up because that, my friends, is it!

Now what you do with the chicken for meals is up to you. Here are a few {quick, easy, semi-healthy} ideas to get you started.  The beauty of pulled chicken –  you can change it up to make a completely different meal every single time!


BBQ Chicken Salad (pictured below)

  1. Toss the chicken in your favorite BBQ sauce {Trader Joe’s Siracha & Roasted Garlic BBQ sauce is AMAZING if you like a good kick!}
  2. Put chicken on top of a bed of lettuce with a sprinkle of bacon, low-fat cheese, light/low-cal ranch and of course, another drizzle of BBQ sauce!


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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Potato (pictured below)

  1. I use the sweet potatoes you can pop in the microwave for a few minutes if I’m trying to make a super-quick meal but if you are really thinking ahead, cook a couple of sweet potatoes in the oven while your chicken is in the crock pot.
  2. Once cooked, open the potato up and top it with pulled chicken, a drizzle of sweet/spicy BBQ sauce {I know, I’m obsessed}, and slices of avocado
  3. BONUS for you parents: Share or make double (depending on kid’s age) and skip the BBQ sauce for your kiddo. Sweet potatoes, avocado, & chicken…can’t get better than that for a quick, easy, & healthy kid’s meal!
  4. BONUS #2: This has nothing to do with pulled chicken but my sister posted a FABULOUS sweet potato recipe on the blog awhile back. Click HERE if you want another great recipe idea!

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Two of my other favorites (not pictured):

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

*I need to do a whole post on these. Awesome for a quick dinner or when hosting a crowd!

Pulled Chicken Wrap

*I love using the Let’s Skip the Sandwich wraps. They are low cal (60 calories!) and a great protein/carb balance. Spread the wrap with a 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole {the spicy kind!}, spinach and a slice of thin-cut cheese…YUM! Such a great lunch.

Any ideas that you have I’d love to hear! Comment below and share your favorite pulled chicken dishes!

Have a great week everyone!

xokrista