Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep: A fun twist on classic orange chicken, prepped ahead for easy lunches all week. This is one flavorful meal prep.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, chances are you haven’t been following along for long. I LOVE meal prep! It just makes my life so much easier.
There are a lot of reasons for meal prepping:
- Meal prep for body building
- Clean eating meal prep
- Make ahead lunches meal prep
- Meal prep for weight loss
- Meal prep for travel
I am not really one to meal prep for body building or weight loss, though both are admiral reasons. I simply love making life easier. That is what I am all about, eazy peazy. When I take the time to prep some lunches ahead, my days go smoother, my husband has food for his travels, and I spend a lot less time in the drive through.
No matter your reason, you need to make these tasty Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep bowls. They offer awesome flavor, are easy to make, and keep for about a week in the fridge.
Glass Meal Prep Containers
Before we talk any more about this amazing ginger orange chicken (serious flavor), let’s talk about these containers. I always get asked about my containers, and I have a few I love, like these plastic ones for prep ahead breakfasts!
They are glass, divided containers, that come with an easy snap on plastic lid. I ordered them on Amazon. You can find them here. Glass Containers This brand offers a three compartment divided set, and a two compartment set like shown above. I have both, and love them both. The 3 compartment set comes with silverware in the lid, which is extra nice for my husband who travels for work, as it means he has everything he needs with him.
Here are a few things I like about these containers:
- Great size.
- Easy snap on lid.
- Eco friendly.
- Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.
Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep Recipe
Ok, let’s now talk about this delicious recipe for ginger orange chicken. The sauce is super flavorful, and since the chicken isn’t breaded or fried, it is a pretty awesome recipe.
It is a great make ahead option, however, I do suggest if making it ahead instead of eating it right away, that you use chicken thigh meat instead of chicken breasts, as they will stay more moist when reheated. Either way you are going to love this Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep recipe.
Tricks for better Ginger Orange Chicken Sauce:
- Fresh ginger or ginger paste, not ground ginger. To get that rich ginger flavor, you want to make sure you use either fresh ginger root, or a ginger paste. Dried is not as good.
- Fresh orange zest: zest right over the pan so you get all those delicious oils.
- Cook down. You can use corn starch to thicken this recipe, but instead, might I suggest just cooking it down a bunch before you add the chicken. It will reduce as it cooks, and thicken to that nice sticky ginger orange sauce you love.
- Keep an eye on things…I am notorious for burning this one because I forget about it while it reduces, so keep an eye on things.
Other great Meal Prep Recipes:
- Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
- Italian Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
- Salsa Verde Taco Meal Prep Bowls
- Easy Pork Carnitas Meal Prep Bowls
Ginger Orange Chicken Meal Prep
- 1.5 lbs Chicken thighs or chicken breast
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbs rice wine/mirin
- 2 Tbs white vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbs orange zest
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 1/2 Tbs freshly grated ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbs corn starch optional
- Sesame seeds
- Slice chicken into strips
- Salt and pepper chicken
- Put 1 Tbs olive oil in a large skillet, and heat over medium-high heat, add chicken to the pan and sear it on each side. Then remove from the pan. It won't be cooked through, that is okay.
- Add all the sauce ingredients to the pan, except the corn starch, and whisk it all together.
- Cook the sauce over medium high heat for 6-7 minutes until it starts to thicken, add corn starch if needed to help thicken, otherwise, leave it out.
- Add chicken back in, and let it cook through. Sauce should continue to thicken while chicken cooks, another 5-6 minutes, and should be fully thickened by the time the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve over rice, with a fresh veggie (broccoli, sugar snap peas, etc.) and garnish with sesame seeds.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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