Recipes · Time Management

Menu Monday + Cook Once, Eat Twice: Blackened Chicken {8.29.22}

Have you heard of the “cook once, eat twice” method? It’s the idea of managing your time in the kitchen so that you cook one main dish and then use it for a couple different meals.

I did that with the blackened chicken recipe I love. I use this one from Skinny Taste – the recipe is for a chicken salad, but I just follow the directions pertaining to the chicken. It results in the most flavorful (not spicy), juicy chicken that is perfect for lots of recipes.

For this menu I made enough chicken to use on salads, in quesadillas and in chicken alfredo. That made it a “cook once, eat three times” effort. Win!

I also like to freeze the cooked blackened chicken to use later. My favorite way to freeze leftover chicken is to prep quesadillas (tortilla + chicken + cheese) and freeze them individually, wrapped in foil and stored in freezer bags.

They are perfect to pull out in the morning for quick lunches. 10 minutes in the toaster oven and you have a quick and delicious lunch.

Here’s another “cook once eat twice” meal idea that I posted back in 2015: Pasta Edition!

On The Menu


  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Cereal with Fresh Peaches


  • Blackened Chicken Quesadillas
  • Blackened Chicken Salads


Need more easy recipes? Visit my Pinterest boards for all kinds of meal inspiration.

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4 thoughts on “Menu Monday + Cook Once, Eat Twice: Blackened Chicken {8.29.22}

  1. I love to do this with grilled chicken or taco meat or something big like a pan of lasagna. It’s so nice to have a quicker meal to pull together on Day 2 when the main course is already done. I haven’t made quesadillas in a while – thanks for the reminder!


  2. Love your tip of making and freezing quesadillas! We don’t eat the tortillas fast enough, so I always throw a few out. Your suggestion will help me to not waste food but to also have something in the freezer to pull out for a quick meal. Thank you!


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