Meal-Prep Special: Marinated Chicken Breasts

Chicken Marinates

Meal-prep is such an essential part of our lives, especially if we want to eat healthy and home-cooked food. Here’s a guide to preparing chicken any-way-you-want-it for the whole week!

Meal-prep is honestly your best friend in the kitchen. In full disclosure, you probably did not need it while you were in lockdown or during Circuit Breaker (hello, Singapore). But now that almost everyone is back to work again, prepping meals form an integral part of our everyday lives!

In fact, even if you’re working from home, having these ready-marinated Chicken Breasts in the freezer makes life so much easier when it comes to lunch or dinner time. One of the primary grievances about life during work-from-home days is the lack of time to get dinner on the table because work easily runs overtime. 

I have long been telling anyone who would listen to me that these marinated chooks are my answer to meal-prep during the week. Now, I know you know that I am an avid fan of chicken breast. I don’t like meat that’s too close to the bone, though that’s a personal thing. If you’re a thigh meat or drumstick fan, go for it! I would suggest doing these with boneless chicken, though. 

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Pointers to take note: 

Each marinates below is meant for 400g of chicken meat. This can be thigh or breast, it’s entirely up to you. The process for each marination is quite simple; simply plonk all the ingredients into a ziplock bag together with the chicken, massage it and place it in the freezer. You can keep this up to 6 months in the freezer; that’s a lot of mileage for 6 portions of chicken. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw the chicken till it soft once again. Plonk it in a baking tray, cover it with foil and bake in a preheated 180 to 200 Degree C oven for 25 to 35 minutes. The juices will remain in the foil once you’ve removed the chicken from the oven. Don’t cut into it right away, though! Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving it warm and juicy with a side of vegetables. 

Marinate 1: 

¼ Cup Oil

½ Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Chilli Flakes

2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and grated

Marinate 2: 

¼ Cup Oil

1 Tsp Ginger Powder

3 Tsp Briyani Masala (I made this one at home, you can use a store-bought version)

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and grated

½ Tsp Salt

Marinate 3: 

¼ Cup Oil

3 Tsp Chicken/Meat Masala

3 Tsp Soya Sauce

2 Tsp Honey

Marinate 4: 

⅛ Cup Oil

1 Package Sambal Terasi

2 Tbsp Yoghurt

½ Tsp Salt

Marinate 5: 

2 Tsp Fish Sauce

2 Garlic Cloves, grated

3 Tsp Woh Hup Shrimp Chilli Paste

1 Tsp Balsamic Vinegar 

Marinate 6: 

¼ Cup Oil

1 Tsp Cumin Seed Powder

1 Tsp Coriander Seed Powder

3 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder

1 Tsp Chilli Flakes

½ Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Yoghurt

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