This is one of my main lunch dishes. It is super easy to make, relatively cheap, and filling. The original idea for this came from AreYouReadyToReddit’s Google docs page here: AreYouReadyToReddit Google Doc
Here is the finished product. It is dead simple to make and is really easy to take to work. You just pop this in the microwave, it steams the frozen vegetables and heats up the meat. One thing to note, MAKE SURE TO GET GOOD CONTAINERS! Here is a link to something similar to my current containers. I bought them because they were cheap but now that I’m into the fifth week, the lids have already started to go. The only ones I can truly recommend are the Ikea 365+ Food Storage Containers. Unfortunately they don’t sell them online but if you find another brand that has a really solid seal and a vent, I would get those instead. While it might seem like a lot of money upfront, its better than having spilled food.
Here are the thighs. BJ’s sells a 6 pack, where each one has 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs. So each pack is 24 thighs. You can also get bone in with the skin thighs for half the cost. At my store its $10 for 24 bone in with skin and $20 for the above. The bones pretty much fall off after the cooking process so this might be worth it if you want to save some money.
Take the chicken thighs out of the packages and fold them over, packing them into the pan. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make as many or as few as possible. There are two thighs in each lunch so the entire pack can make 12 lunches. The above is 16 thighs. Season the thighs with salt, pepper and garlic. Fill the bottom of the pan.
Here is the finished product. Add any frozen vegetable. In this case I used spinach. Add cheese on top and equally distribute the juices from the baking. This is an important step because the juices help steam the vegetables when you microwave it. To prepare, crack the lid and microwave it for 1-2 minutes. This will depend on your microwave. At work it takes 2, at home it takes 1.25 for me so it definitely varies. You might also want to stir it part way into the microwaving.
- Serves: 8
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 390
- Fat: 23
- Carbohydrates: 3
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 45
- 16 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 2 Cups Water
- To Taste Salt, Pepper, garlic
- 224 g cheddar cheese, shredded (28g or 2T per)
- 680 g Spinach (85g or ¾c per)
- Place 16 chicken thighs in a roaster pan (or any pan with a lid)
- Bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees
- Remove from oven and let cool
- Get 8 resealable containers, put two thighs in each
- Breakup the thighs, put vegetables and cheese on each
- Distribute the juices over the meals