Recipes

Pineapple Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

One of the most common questions I get regarding meal prepping is where I get my recipes.  I have no secret recipe stash; most of the time they are made up and are a product of trial and error.  Sometimes my meals turnout social media worthy and sometimes they suck.  That’s life.  Rodeo paychecks aren’t promised so I try to keep our grocery budget simple and to a minimum.  I always shop the sales ads and buy in season, on sale produce and meats in large packages that I can break down.  Therefore, much of my inspiration stems off of what’s on sale or what I need to cook before it goes to waste.

Our local grocery store recently had whole pineapples on sale for $.99 each.  That’s a deal I couldn’t pass up so I picked one up and began brainstorming what to pair it with and how I could use it in a meal prep.  Pineapples are deliciously sweet so I decided to go with a “sweet” theme by using them to accent chicken and pairing them with sweet potatoes and broccoli. Here’s how I made it.

Please note that I just created this by eyeballing my ingredients.  I’m not really sure exact measurements.  It all goes back to the trial and error method I mentioned before.

You’ll need:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1 whole pineapple
  • BBQ sauce
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning, garlic powder (or really any seasonings you like to use)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Cut your pineapple into chunks.  I only used about half of my pineapple for the meal and saved the rest for a snack.  I highly recommend a pineapple cutting tool but a knife will do just fine if you don’t have one.  Thin your BBQ sauce with some water.  I am guessing I used about 1 c. of thinned BBQ sauce for this recipe.  Pour your sauce over your pineapple chunks and give it a quick stir.  Place your chicken into a glass baking dish and pour your pineapple sauce mixture over it.  Next wash and cut your sweet potatoes into chunks.  I keep the skin on mine for this recipe (mainly because I’m lazy) but you can do what you want!  I drizzled mine with olive oil, sprinkled liberally with McCormick Cajun seasoning and mixed it all on a metal baking sheet.  Then separate your head of broccoli into pieces and drizzle with olive oil.  I sprinkled good ol’ garlic powder on my broccoli and mixed it on another metal baking sheet.  Bake it all in your oven for 45 minutes or until your chicken isn’t pink in the middle anymore.  Salmonella – ain’t nobody got time for that.

I’m not a culinary expert but I have watched my fair share of cooking shows and have been eating for twenty-something years.  I don’t know what flavor brings out other flavors and all that mess but I will say this dish turned out delicious; so delicious I decided to share it with you.  You’ll find that your chicken will give off its own juice which will mix with your pineapple and BBQ sauce.  Mine came out so juicy.  This recipe made just over four servings, one of which I shared immediately with my baby girl and the other three I saved in meal prep containers for later.

I hope that if you try this meal prep recipe you find it as tasty as we did!  Comment below your favorite flavor combinations to use in your meals!

 

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