1 Package of Chicken Breasts, 5 Ideas for Lunch!

Our “big grocery” day is every Monday. Every Monday, SG and I go to Aldi’s and HyVee and any other place I decide we need to go for groceries.

For some reason, I cannot get us ready and out of the house before 10 am. I don’t know why. Seriously, I’m so slow at getting us out of the house unless we have a doctor’s appointment. Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me?

I digress.

Leaving at 10 o’clock (ish) puts us at a dangerous spot— we end up shopping at lunchtime when we are hungry! And y’all know we just can’t go to any drive thru. I pack snacks for SG, but by the time we come home we are both hungry.

A few weeks ago, I started buying one package of Just Bare chicken breasts on grocery day. The minute we drag the groceries in, I preheat the oven. In less than 25 minutes, we have yummy and fresh baked chicken breasts.

Here’s the best part- we use them for lunches several days in a row!

Here’s how I use our chicken breasts for lunch. Look for how I bake the chicken at the end of the post.

1. Chicken Salad Sandwiches. This uses a lot of the chicken so I don’t do this as much. I usually get 2-3 breasts per pack. I use about 2 breasts for this recipe.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

2. BBQ Chicken Nachos. This is my current absolute favorite! I eat this for lunch several times a week. I even bribed SG into taking a bite for the cost of just one skittle… and she LOVED it! (The bbq chicken nachos and the skittle.) She had bbq chicken nachos today and declared she wanted bbq chicken nachos for lunch every day.

Ingredients:

  • Safe Tortilla Chips
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
  • Cooked and cubed chicken

Directions:

  • Spread out chips on microwave safe plate. Top with Daiya shreds.
  • Microwave until “cheese” is melted. I microwave mine for 20-30 seconds.
  • Chop chicken and put in a bowl. Pour in some bbq sauce and coat the chicken.
  • Spread the bbq chicken over the nachos. Serve with additional bbq sauce for dipping, if desired.
Preparing the nachos with LOTS of Daiya mozzarella shreds!

Preparing the nachos with LOTS of Daiya mozzarella shreds!

BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Alternatively, plain chicken and “cheese” nachos with Daiya cheddar shreds are yummy, too, and are served for lunch in our house quite a bit.

"Plain" Chicken and Daiya Cheddar Shreds Nachos.  And a jeweled three year old's hand.

“Plain” Chicken and Daiya Cheddar Shreds Nachos. And a jeweled three year old’s hand.

3. Chicken Quesadillas. Here’s a link that describes in more detail how I make these. You can be so creative with quesadillas. SG loves plain chicken and Daiya cheese quesadillas. Anything can be added to quesadillas: onions, peppers, ham, carrots, salsa, rice, beans…whatever you want! SG has quesadillas for lunch at least twice a week.

4. I use the chicken as I would at dinner. I buy these microwaveable tater tots and they are great for quick lunches. I can quickly serve her baked chicken, tater tots and some fruit for lunch. Easy peasy!

5. Chicken, Rice, & Beans. Occasionally, while the chicken is cooking, I’ll make a quick pot of black beans, Spanish style. (I promise I’ll share my recipe soon.) While the beans simmer away, the chicken bakes, and I throw some rice in my rice cooker. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not. And I can eat leftovers for lunch for a few days. And that’s the best!

Here’s how I bake chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of boneless chicken breasts
  • Olive Oil or Olive Oil Spray (I use the spray)
  • Sea Salt
  • Adobo Seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Use a 9×9 pyrex & spray the bottom with the olive oil spray.
  • Put the chicken in the pyrex. Spray the top of the chicken. Season with salt and adobo. Flip chicken over. Spray again. Repeat seasoning.
  • Bake for 11 minutes. Turn the chicken. Bake for another 10-13 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked completely.
Olive Oil Spray

Olive Oil Spray

Raw chicken seasoned and ready to bake!

Raw chicken seasoned and ready to bake!

Baked and lightly seasoned chicken.  The adobo gives it just the right flavor.

Baked and lightly seasoned chicken. The adobo gives it just the right flavor.

Do you have any yummy and easy ideas for lunches? Please share. We love new recipes!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza: Dairy and Egg Free

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

I used to mourn the loss of $5 hot and ready pizzas. Not anymore! This bbq chicken pizza is SO good- it has made me forget about what’s their name’s pizza.

My inspiration came from Once A Month Meals. Their recipe uses real mozzarella, which we can’t use. Daiya mozzarella shreds sub perfectly. For the bbq sauce, we use Weber’s brand. It’s so yummy! And I use my pre-cooked and pre-portioned chicken I keep stocked in my freezer. Click here for the chicken recipe and to see how to freeze it.

I also make my own pizza dough. Click here for the dough recipe. I don’t follow their directions, though. I throw it all in my bread machine and use my “Dough” setting. It takes an hour and a half on my bread machine. I also only use HALF of the pizza dough recipe. It yields two pizzas for us, which is the perfect amount. This dough is DELISH.

BBQ Chicken Pizza:
(Adapted from this recipe at Once A Month Meals)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of this recipe for homemade pizza dough
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce per pizza
  • 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce for coating the chicken per cup of chicken
  • 2 cups of pre-cooked chicken, separated into one cup each
  • 1 bag of Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • Small handful of chopped onion
  • 2-3 Tbs of chopped cilantro per pizza

Directions:

  1. Make pizza dough. Β (Take a break for an hour and a half and then proceed to step 2.)
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Flour large surface. Separate pizza dough into 2 equal parts. Flour your rolling pin. Roll each 1/2 of dough into a round circle. Use a fork to prick the raw dough. Place onto a round pizza pan or pizza stone. (I use $3.99 pizza pans with holes in them. They work great.) Bake for 6 minutes. Repeat with the second pizza dough. (I always have a few pizza dough bubbles and prick them again with the fork.)
  3. Lower oven temp to 400 degrees. Spread 1/3 to 1/2 cup of bbq sauce on each pizza. Use less if you want a less saucy pizza and the 1/2 cup if you like more “sauce.”
  4. Sprinkle half of the bag of Daiya mozzarella shreds per pizza.
  5. Toss each cup of chicken with 1/2 cup of bbq sauce. (Or toss two cups of chicken with one cup of bbq sauce and split the chicken between the pizzas.) Spread the bbq chicken on top of the mozzarella “cheese.” Remember, 1 cup of chicken per pizza. πŸ™‚
  6. Sprinkle the onions on top of the chicken. Top with the cilantro.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 16 minutes, or until the vegan cheese is melted and the pizza crust is browned.
Pure Yumminess!

Pure Yumminess!

We have this pizza probably twice a month. We absolutely love it! We think you will, too. πŸ˜‰