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meal prep with salsa verde chicken, cilantro lime rice, and beans

Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Meal Prep

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Salsa Verde Chicken Meal Prep is easy to make, flavorful, healthy, and filling. Store-bought, jarred salsa verde makes the prep for this recipe so simple. And don’t forget about the cilantro lime rice that is the perfect pairing. 



Salsa Verde Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs. Cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup Salsa Verde
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Zest, from 1 Lime
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup dry White Rice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice, from 1-2 Limes
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Zest, from 1 Lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Other Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 24oz crumbled Queso Fresco, optional
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, optional for garnish
  • Lime Wedges, optional


Salsa Verde Chicken

  1. Marinate the chicken. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken thigh chunks with the marinade ingredients (except for the canola oil). Toss to combine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  2. Cook the Chicken. Heat a large skillet with the canola oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and excess marinade. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is fully cooked, golden brown, and the marinade has thickened. This should take about 10 minutes. If there are browned bits stuck to the skillet, add 1-2 tablespoons of water and scrape up. Remove from heat.

Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Cook the Rice. Cook the white rice according to package directions. When done, fluff with a fork and add to a bowl.
  2. Add Cilantro and Lime. To the cooked white rice, add the cilantro, lime juice and zest, and salt. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt, lime, and cilantro as desired.

Assemble Meal Prep

  1. Assemble. Divide the cilantro lime rice among the meal prep containers and top with the chicken. Divide the black beans among the containers and, if using, top with the crumbled queso fresco. Top with fresh cilantro and add a lime wedge.
  2. Store and Enjoy. Store assembled meal prep in the airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Meal Prep can be eaten cold or reheated.
  • Category: Meal Prep, Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Easy chicken meal prep, healthy meal prep recipe, salsa verde chicken, easy meal prep recipe

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