Meal prep marinade bags are the easiest way to create flavorful and quick weeknight dinners. In our pantry and fridge I keep some of my favorite marinades and dressings for easy, throw together, last minute meals that taste amazing.
After a big shopping trip, I put together our monthly chicken marinade bags in a painless 30 minutes. I begin by selecting the store bought marinades and sauces or creating our favorite homemade chicken marinade.
These marinade packs are not complete meals, we supplement the protein in a salad, a dinner bowl, a pasta dish, or with a side of vegetables. In our family of four, we cut our grocery budget by serving protein as a portion of an entree, rather than the entree itself.
Each marinade pack, contains 1-2 chicken breasts depending on the meal and the recipe along with the marinade. I do not add vegetables or other ingredients to these bags, I add fresh ingredients on the day I make each recipe.
In our weekly menu planning, I select specific days for marinade packs. These days are generally times when I know we have after school meetings or will be getting home late. I also pull out marinade packs when I am needed by the kiddos, and I will not have time to spend in the kitchen. The chicken tastes best when pulled from the freezer a day in advance, so the marinade can sink into the chicken for added flavor. I have also pulled these straight from the freezer and into the oven.
Bags can be kept in the freezer 1-2 months to retain flavor quality. For best flavor, transfer from the freezer to the fridge 24 hours prior to the start of cooking time.
Some of our favorite marinades:
HT traders simmer sauces