Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
These Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a delicious way to enjoy your veggies and basil pesto, and they're a low carb lunch idea that comes together in 30 minutes!
Say hello to a fresh new dinner or lunch idea that you're just going to LOVE!
These Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are FILLED with flavour, and they're a fantastic way to get your fill of pesto without having to include in something like pasta to have an excuse to slather it on everything…
Basil just reminds me of spring, and with April getting closer I'm in full on spring mode. Like, let's melt this snow and bring on all the fresh veggies. And pestos. I've heard you can make a pesto sauce out of pretty much any veggie by the way – I've been dying to try a sundried tomato pesto and this kale pesto is one of my absolute favourites and one of the first recipes I even put up on the blog.
Now as I always say, you can totally switch up the veggies in these Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls. I used mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and zucchini, but if you're not into the burst tomato thing (I know some people are weird with tomatoes, especially if they've been cooked at all), then you can easily sub in another veggie like cauliflower or green beans, or just add more of the veggies already in here.
I do like the cherry tomatoes for the colour, and if you're making these Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls for dinner then you've definitely got delicious flavour on hand.
However, I will say that the burst tomatoes aren't as good for meal prep (the tomatoes just don't taste the same) so be warned if you go to use the exact same veggies and then eat them for lunch. I would maybe just use the whole head of broccoli instead.
These Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are another great low carb meal idea but you could always cook some pasta, rice or quinoa up and add them to these bowls if you're looking to add grains or cut the chicken in half (I've done something similar with this Italian Chicken Skillet). I've honestly cut carbs just because I'm trying to work on my fitness levels and I personally find that any grains in the middle of the day for lunch messes with my blood sugar.
I'm not a doctor or anything so obviously you should never apply another person's diet to your own, but I just find I have more energy when I focus on eating healthy, lean proteins and vegetables during the day. It's jus the right amount of food for lunch, you stay satiated and full for longer and if you time it right, you could have a meal like this and then go for a workout just a short time later.
I don't know about you but I have really been crazy on the go lately. I don't know if I'm busier and out and about more because the days are getting longer or what it is but I am almost at the point where food prep is falling to the wayside and that's why I'm focusing more and more on recipes that have 10 ingredients or less and can be prepped in 30 minutes.
Plus, when you make meals like these Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls in bulk, you can enjoy all week long and save time and money.
The only complaint I hear from people, especially single people living on their own, is that meal prep can feel boring and eating the same thing over and over can get old. That's why I'm going to try to come up with more ideas to repurpose some of these meal prep bowls I'm making so stay tuned for some awesome resource articles coming soon on how to change up your weekly meal prep!
I'm definitely one of those people who craves variety in work week dinners and I'm a huge foodie so I always love playing around with different flavours and trying new things. I assume we're all here though because we love food, right?!
Will you be making these Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls?
I think I need more pesto in my life, I'm convinced. It's just such a healthy, delicious sauce option that's loaded with healthy fats and fresh herbs. Gimme this vibrant green sauce any day!
Grab some Glass meal prep bowls for your leftovers.
And of course I get all my free-range chicken breasts from Butcher Box!
Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 cups basil, packed
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 chicken breasts, diced
- 1 package Cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 small zucchini, cut thickly
- 1 package mushrooms cut in half
- Preheat oven to 400 F. In a Magic Bullet, blender or food processor, blend 2 tbsp olive oil, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper together until smooth (you may need to add 1-2 tsp of water to get it to blend). You will only use about half of the pesto; either cut the recipe in half for this serving or save the rest for another meal.
- Add chicken and mushrooms to large sheet pan and toss with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of pesto. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and drain excess liquid.
- Add remaining vegetables and another 1-2 tbsp of pesto. Toss to combine then bake another 10 minutes until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from oven and divide among 4 meal prep bowls. Keeps in fridge up to 5 days.