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MEAL PREP: Quick, easy chicken marinade

One of the quickest, easiest, tastiest way to make chicken is to marinade it. The only catch is that you need to allow time for the chicken to absorb the juicy goodness, so meal planning is key.

I buy individually wrapped chicken breasts and keep them frozen.

Every once in awhile I take one out and throw it in the fridge to defrost.


Once it’s defrosted, I rinse it, throw it in a ziplock bag and add some olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper/whatever spices I’m feelin that day and stick it back in the fridge. Some good options are rosemary, garlic powder, basil, cilantro or other herbs that strike your fancy. I usually leave it at least overnight but I bet a few hours would still do the trick.


Makes for a juicy, flavorful chicken breast that I throw on the grill for a quick meal later in the week.


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Rosemary Chicken Skillet

Tonight’s dinner was a quick and easy recipe from Paleo Magazine. I didn’t have the exact spices the recipe called for, but I made some quick substitutions and it still turned out great, I thought. Get the recipe here.

Here’s a tip: Buy frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts and always keep one in the fridge so it’s thawed. I like this kind  because they are individually wrapped and I can just pop one in the fridge. You could also just throw one in a Ziploc baggie. 20130101-202503.jpg