This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own.
The beginning of a new year is a chance for a fresh start, a clean slate, and a good time for setting goals or reevaluating them. Oftentimes New Year’s resolutions include health-related goals, such as eating more wholesome foods, creating a menu and prepping meals in advance, exercising more, drinking more water, etc.
We’ve partnered with Tyson Foods to create a delicious, easy and Better For You recipe for Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowls. These meal prep bowls are great for a post-work out meal, to take to work for lunch or dinner, or just have on hand for a quick meal whenever needed. When meals are prepped and ready to go, it’s easier to stay on track, eat better, and resist the temptation to order takeout.
Tyson® Grilled & Ready® products such as Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Grilled Fajita Chicken Strips are readily available at Walmart. I was able to utilize my favorite new way of grocery shopping, free Walmart Online Grocery Pickup, to purchase all of the ingredients for my Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowls.
Not only does prepping ahead save me time, but so does ordering groceries online. It’s as easy as can be to select a pickup time, choose the items on my list, check out, and wait for the text that tells me my order is ready for pickup. Total money- and time-saver for this busy mom!
I like to put in my order in the late afternoon or evening and choose an early morning pick up the next day, but I have also done same-day pickup. Give Walmart Online Grocery Pickup a try and see how quick and easy grocery shopping can be. Between 1/12/19-2/10/19, there is an Ibotta rebate offer for $1 off Tyson Grilled & Ready products at Walmart.
Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowls Help Save Time
Simplifying meal time is always something I am trying to do. Prepping ahead certainly helps, but so does relying on frozen foods like Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Chicken. There are several varieties to choose from, including diced, pulled, oven-roasted, and grilled, lending versatility to create just about any kind of meal. Each serving of Tyson Grilled and Ready Fully Cooked chicken contains between 13-21 grams of protein per serving depending on the variety. The Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Grilled Fajita Chicken Strips contain 17 grams of protein per serving.
Fajitas are one of my very favorite meals. It’s hard to beat the combo of onion, peppers, and grilled chicken strips served on top of quinoa or brown rice, and sprinkled with my favorite toppings. As far as meal prep bowls go, this is one of the quickest to make and most delicious to eat, IMHO.
This is also a meal that holds up well to being prepped ahead and reheated. And the chicken fajita bowls can be served at any temperature – warm, or chilled like a quinoa salad. Spending around 30 minutes, once a week, making chicken fajita meal prep bowls means I have a hearty, delicious and wholesome lunch (or dinner) ready to simply reheat and enjoy for a whole week. This recipe could easily be doubled for a significant other or roommate too.
The key to the best fajita veggies is using a very hot, heavy-duty skillet or even a wok. The goal is to kind of sear the veggies and give them some color and caramelization, without overcooking them. I like to heat a cast iron skillet over high heat, add the oil, and then add the veggies. I allow them to cook and blacken a bit before I start to sauté or turn them over. If my skillet is hot enough, this only takes about 5 minutes. If you prefer veggies that are more on the tender side, lower the heat after the initial searing and allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes more. The other important thing is to make sure the veggies aren’t crowded or they will steam rather than sear. A 12-inch skillet is usually big enough. For smaller pans, sauté onions first, remove from pan and cook the peppers, then add the onions back to the pan.
Because the Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Grilled Fajita Chicken Strips are fully cooked, they can be added directly to the pan with the veggies and reheated for a few minutes. I like to add pre-made fajita seasoning to the pan with the veggies and chicken. The chicken is fully seasoned, so it’s mostly for the veggies. The seasoning adds a little heat and spice.
For even more flavor in these chicken fajita meal prep bowls, I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth, but that’s totally optional. The veggies and chicken have plenty of flavor to carry the dish.
I’m a toppings gal. My favorite toppings for this recipe are Mexican crema and fresh cheese (cotija, queso fresco, etc.), fresh lime juice, sliced avocado, a generous sprinkling of chopped cilantro and green onions. I don’t slice up the avocado until the day I’m ready to eat the fajita bowl. Tossing cut avocado with lemon or lime juice will help prevent oxidation and browning.
This recipe makes enough for 5 good-sized meals. I like to use glass meal prep bowls with tight-fitting lids. They help keep flavors in and they’re microwavable. Refrigerate the bowls until you’re ready to eat. The chicken fajita bowls only need about 2 minutes to be reheated or you can eat them straight out of the fridge.
Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowls
- 4 cups cooked quinoa or brown rice cooled
- 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
- 1 medium red onion halved and thinly sliced
- 3 bell peppers any color, thinly sliced
- 1 22-ounce bag Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Fully Cooked Grilled Fajita Chicken Strips
- 1 tablespoons fajita seasoning
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 5 tablespoons queso fresco or cotija cheese crumbled
- For serving: Crema Mexicana or sour cream lime wedges, cilantro, sliced avocado, thinly sliced green onions
- 5 microwave-safe meal prep containers
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan and heat for 30-60 seconds. Add sliced red onion and bell peppers to the pan. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, or until the veggies are turning golden on the edges and are cooked to desired doneness. (I prefer tender-crisp.) Remove from heat.
- Add the Tyson Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Grilled Fajita Chicken Strips to the pan. Sprinkle everything with the fajita seasoning and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Toss well. The residual heat from the veggies and the pan will warm up the chicken strips. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Let cool to room temperature.
- To assemble the meal prep bowls: Have the containers ready. Divide the quinoa evenly between the five containers; about 3/4 cup each. Divide the chicken and vegetable mixture evenly between the containers. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon crumbled cheese on top of each bowl. Top with desired toppings. (Avocado is best added just before or the same day the bowl will be eaten.) Cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve: reheat in microwave, if desired, or eat chilled.
- For extra flavor, cook quinoa or rice in chicken or vegetable broth.
- Add in mushrooms or extra veggies such as zucchini or butternut squash if desired.
- Sour cream can be substituted for Mexican crema.
- Monterey Jack, cheddar, a Mexican blend, or another Mexican cheese can be substituted for the cotija or queso fresco.
- Add avocado just before serving or on the day off; toss with lemon or lime juice to help keep the avocado from turning brown.