Easy batch cooking: grilled chicken
With its irresistible char, juicy, flavorful grilled chicken is a crowd-pleasing favorite and a staple in easy summer dishes. Lean chicken, with all skin and visible fat removed and cooked without oil or fat, is a Free Food with Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing. That means you can eat it to satisfy your appetite, without any weighing, counting or measuring.
By grilling up a big batch of chicken once a week, you’ll have it ready to add to lunches and dinners through the week. We’ve got a foolproof recipe, plus storing instructions and a variety of dinner ideas.
While you can grill any part of the bird, boneless breasts and thighs will cook more quickly than meat that’s still on the bone. Remove skin and any visible fat, then lightly season chicken all over with salt and pepper or brush it with fat-free Italian vinaigrette dressing for a little extra zing. You can sprinkle on any of your favorite spices, though if you’d like to use the grilled chicken in lots of different dishes throughout the week, it’s best to keep the seasoning simple.
Preheat the grill to high and lightly coat both sides of the chicken with cooking spray* to avoid sticking. Grill pieces, flipping occasionally, until charred and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
Let chicken rest for 10 minutes after it comes off the grill, then either leave pieces whole or slice or chop them to make meal prep even easier. Transfer chicken to airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, pressing out as much air as possible, and store it in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat grilled chicken only once and ensure that pieces are piping hot throughout before eating.
Add sliced chicken to fill out pasta dishes, like our summer pasta salad will grilled chicken (shown above), or to make salads extra hearty, like our chicken, corn and black bean salad. Stir chopped chicken into rice dishes or stir-fries to make quick dinners extra filling, or simply serve whole, reheated pieces alongside a baked potato and veggies for a summery, satisfying (and stress-free!) dinner.
*Please note up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional five sprays used.