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Chicken Curry Crockpot Meal Prep Recipe

I discovered meal prepping a bit late in my fitness journey and when I did, it was the greatest finding ever! I always thought, "I don't want to be like those, bros!" and not meal prep and cook my meals daily. That took 20 to 30 mins each time I had to cook my meals and it was a pain to cook them early when I had to go to the office.

I was inspired by this video and I first experimented with the Chicken Tandoori I used to bake. I bought a big tray and was able to cook two meals at the same time. This was awesome! So I dedicated a day in a week to to cook 4 batches of these so that I had 8 meals prepared. 

 
 Baked Chicken Tandoori (these are two meals which I later divided in separate containers)

Baked Chicken Tandoori (these are two meals which I later divided in separate containers)

 

Zip locks were super handy because I could just pop them in my school bag and they'd take up very little space. The best thing about this recipe though, was that if I was at a place where I didn't have the microwave available to heat the chicken up, it was no problem because it tasted just as good when it was not warm. 

This was a huge win and it helped a lot with my diet adherence especially because on the days when I used to be super tired or felt super lazy, I would just grab one of these meals and then go to bed counting that day as a win rather than binge eat or eat something that I didn't want to. 

I also experimented with beef patties and they were not as satisfying as they didn't cook evenly and for some reason my food thermometer broke so that was the end of it. 

I was getting a little bored of my Chicken Tandoori recipe by now. It wasn't the perfect solution I was looking for because sometimes the chicken would turn up too dry and to chewy. 

I started experimenting with the crockpot I had bought with the same vision a while ago and failed terribly at meal prepping with it. The shredded chicken I made, which I learned from here, was too watery and of course, bland. I was finishing one Tabasco Hot Sauce bottle in a week! 

 
 Shredded Chicken

Shredded Chicken

 

Flash forward to the time when my sister moved back to the US and started helping me with my meals. I taught her how I measure my meals and how I cook them and she did the best thing ever! She reminded me of the Chicken Curry my mom used to make and with her own twist, she started bulk cooking those meals for me in a pressure cooker. 

I loved this method because it made super tasty meals, the chicken was perfectly cooked and I could eat it for as long as I want. It was that good! I noticed that she made the masala first and then added it to the chicken and I asked her whether the same thing was possible if we did it in the crockpot. We left that conversation there for now. 

I was listening to Andy's podcast. Andy Morgan is an amazing human being. He is one of the best fitness coaches out there and I had the privilege of working with him for a period of 12 weeks. So Andy interviewed Jordan Syatt (who is also awesome) and Jordan mentioned his fondness for slow cooking and shared that there are really good recipes on reddit.

And then, I found this recipe! 

 
 

This was perfect! The best thing was that I could make my own adaptation of it because I was thinking about cooking my chicken curry in the similar fashion, anyway. Plus, the advice about opening the lid in the last 30 mins of cooking was super golden. 

Finally, I had found a meal prep recipe which met my needs:
- The prep work didn't take much time
- I could cook 7 meals at once!
- I didn't have to babysit this while it was cooking / set it and forget it style of cooking
- It is tasty AF!
- It is super easy to cook and it produces consistent results everytime both in terms of doneness and taste
- I could just add the carbs and fat to my macros and make the meal fit into my daily routine
- It wasn't too watery

Chicken Curry Crockpot Meal Prep Recipe:

Ingredients:


- 2100g Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 6 Onions
- 4 Tomatoes
- 10g Butter
- 4 tbsp Salt
- 4 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
- 4 tbsp Coriander Powder
- 5 tbsp Chicken Curry Masala
- 0.5 tbsp Tumeric Powder
- 3 tbsp Ginger Paste
- 3 tbsp Garlic Paste

 A reference note for the ingredients on my fridge.

A reference note for the ingredients on my fridge.

Steps:

1. Dice 6 onions
2. Take 10g of butter and heat it on the pan
3. Add the diced onions to the pan on high heat
4. Dice 4 tomatoes
5. Wait until the onions cook a little and then introduce the tomatoes to the pan
6. In the meantime, clean and cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes
7. Measure the cut chicken to be 2100g on a food scale
8. After about 10 mins, add 4 tbsp salt, 4 tbsp red chilli powder, 4 tbsp coriander powder, 5 tbsp chicken curry masala and 0.5 tbsp turmeric powder
9. Mix this well and keep it on high for 3 more mins
10. Add 3 tbsp ginger and 3 tbsp garlic paste
11. Prep the crockpot and add the measured chicken in it
12. Add the masala from the pan to the crockpot
13. Mix this well
14. Set the crockpot on High for 4 hours
15. After 3 hours and 30 mins, open the lid
16. Once done, eyeball and divide the savoury deliciousness into 7 equal parts
17. Done!

Here's a vine explaining the same :)

 
 

And I've gotta say, it turned out perfect!

 
 

The 7 meals, divided and packed.

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Macros per serving:

Slow Cooked Chicken Currry

Screenshot from My Fitness Pal. It is super easy to add this to my daily food diary this way.

PS speaking of failed attempts, here's a purple sweet potato I cooked in the microwave that looks like turd swimming in butter :)

 
 
Darvinder Kochhar