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Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowls

By FreshSocial 13 Nov 2017

 This post is not what I really expected to write, but since starting university I have started to eat super unhealthy, so I've decided to start meal prepping (finally putting that tupperware to good use!).  
 
This is a super easy recipe to prepare and perfect for me personally as a student. As it means no fussing in the morning having to quickly make lunch, and saves money when being tempted to buy something at university for the days I choose to stay in bed longer (everyday.) Plus, this can save me up to five pounds a day!

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What you'll need:
- Tupperware
 
For the chicken:
- 3 cups worth of chicken (diced and cooked)
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of lime juice
- Teaspoon of sugar
- Teaspoon of salt
- Teaspoon of pepper
- Any other seasoning you have and would like to use - chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin etc.
 
Vegetables:
- 2 cups worth of sliced peppers (tip-mixed colours look very aesthetically pleasing!)
- 1 cup of sliced onion
 
Rice:
- 3 cups of cooked rice
(You can also mix it up a little and add the remainder of the the lime juice to the rice for some extra flavour!)
 
Optional garnish:
- Lime slices
- Coriander leaves
 
Note: To give this dish a more authentic look and taste you can add half a cup of salsa, I forgot this ingredient so as a cheap alternative use some tomato puree.

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Method
So firstly, to add some great taste to this dish we need to marinate the chicken. The zesty marinade consists of lime juice, olive oil and whatever seasoning/spice you wish to use. This needs to marinate for at least 20 minutes. But the longer you leave this, the more flavour your chicken is going to have.
 
If you are in a rush to get this meal prep done, then whilst it marinates for 20 minutes, chop up the pepper and the onion.

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For the best taste, grill the chicken. However, being a student the easiest way is to just fry the chicken using a large pan. After the chicken is cooked, add the pepper and the onion and cook until tender.
 
In the meantime, boil some water and add some salt. Add the rice to the boiling water, stir once. Then cover the pot and leave it to simmer. Once cooked, drain the water and then add the lime juice and stir once more.

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The ingredients you can add to this dish are endless. You can use black beans, quinoa or add some sweetcorn. Why not try adding some sour cream or guacamole?
 
Next, place ¾ cup of rice in the bottom of each of 4 meal prep containers. Then divide the chicken and vegetables evenly in your Tupperware. Then add salsa, sour cream etc. if you choose to use this. (I poured some BBQ sauce onto my chicken. It’s all about experimenting!)
 
Once cooled down, cover the containers and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat them, this can be up to 4 days! This also makes a great dish for dinner.

Tip: put the cooked rice into a cup, and place the cup upside down on the plate you are serving and it'll make your dish look extra fancy (see above!).

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Enjoy! #RecipeInspiration  



Thanks to Jade
Student Blogger 
Studying BA Public Relations at Bournemouth University

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