My latest freezer cooking session included prepping six chicken freezer crockpot meals in 30 minutes (including clean-up!). I’m especially excited about sharing these recipes because they’re healthy, delicious, and oh-so-easy to make. Here’s my grocery list and best freezer meal tips…
I prepped 20 freezer meals over the past month. Guess how many were left in my freezer when I started working on this post? Only one! I just love having homemade meals waiting in my freezer for busy weeknights.
Here’s what I love about this latest freezer cooking session…
- I focused on chicken crockpot recipes made with healthy ingredients.
- I froze all of the ingredients raw so they won’t taste like leftovers at all.
- I was able to prep all six meals in less than 30 minutes (including clean-up!).
- The grocery list was short and sweet.
Here’s a list of the meals that I made…
- Two freezer bags of red pepper chicken
- Two freezer bags of lemon pepper chicken
- Two freezer bags of orange ginger chicken
I made up all of the recipes, but I’ve never shared them on my blog before. I’m working on a new eCookbook filled with healthy chicken crockpot recipes.
I had most of the ingredients on-hand, so I only spent $19.94 at Aldi to pick up the chicken, peppers, onions, and lemons.
Unlike my last healthy freezer crockpot prep day, this freezer cooking session focused on marinated chicken recipes. Now, you can certainly skip the freezer step and toss the ingredients raw right into your crockpot just like any other crockpot recipe.
However, I see three huge benefits for freezing these chicken recipes…
- You can buy all of the ingredients at once in bulk and save money.
- You only have to wash your knife and cutting board once. (Yay!)
- Dumping a freezer meal into your crockpot is the absolute quickest way of cooking dinner. (Even ordering take-out takes more time!)
Each of these recipes calls for one pound of chicken and will feed three adults. If you want to feed six people instead, simply add two pounds of chicken to each freezer bag.
I use fresh chicken breasts in my recipes, but you can absolutely substitute frozen chicken breasts. To use frozen chicken breasts in your meals, add them to the freezer bags frozen. No need to thaw!
I know some people aren’t used to mixing raw meat with vegetables, so I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds). That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe.
Here’s what my freezer meal prep process looks like…
- I do all of my shopping ahead of time. If possible, even a day or two in advance.
- When possible, I fill out my freezer meal labels ahead of time. (This saves time when prepping the meals and makes me focus on writing legibly.)
- I print my recipes so I don’t have search for them on my phone/computer/tablet.
- I prep all the veggies first.
- Then, I work in an assembly line to fill the bags with their vegetables, chicken, spices, and other ingredients.
Simply seal, freeze, and thaw before cooking. Easy-peasy! (If you’re new to freezer crockpot cooking, check out my three freezer cooking tips for beginners.)