Hey Friend! Your life is busy, right? I have five young children and sometimes my head spins when I try to figure out how to work, drive my kids where they need to go, and keep my house semi-clean. That’s why these chicken dump dinners are so amazing. I quickly prepped 10 meals for the freezer so I wouldn’t have to worry about dinner on busy weeknights.
Here’s what I made:
- Chicken Tortilla Soup from Peas and Crayons (so good)
- Tex Mex Chicken from 30 Handmade Days
- Salsa Verde Chicken from the Girl on Bloor
- Chicken Cacciatore
- Tuscan Chicken
- Salsa Chicken from Twin Dragonfly Designs
- 5-Ingredient Honey Sriracha Chicken
- Shredded Chicken Quesadillas (my kids’ favorite)
- Mediterranean Chicken
- Chicken Tikka Masala
What’s great about creating chicken dump dinners like this?
- Save time! You can create many meals in a short amount of time. With a little planning and organization I was able to create ten meals in less than two hours.
- Save money! Because I chose recipes with similar ingredients I was able to mix and match products, saving time and money. The total bill was about $150 or $15/freezer meal with 4-6 servings in each recipe. (I’m going to make them again next time chicken breasts are Buy One, Get One Free at the grocery store to save even more money!)
- Eat healthy! I purposely made meals with healthy ingredients that I knew my family would like.
- Purchase ingredients that make preparation easy. Buy cans of diced tomatoes rather than dicing fresh ones at home. Select fresh chicken that has been sliced rather than whole chicken breasts. These options may be more expensive but they will save you time in the long run.
- Chose recipes with similar ingredients. I made recipes with fresh chicken breast purchased from Costco. Having multiple recipes start with the same ingredient allowed me to use my time wisely and batch out these recipes faster than if I had used a different protein for all ten. In some of the recipes I made quick substitutions so that I could use similar ingredients (for example, tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes – I updated all of the recipes in the printable list to reflect the changes that I made).
- Start with a clean workspace. A little organization in the kitchen can go a long way. I like to have all of my freezer bags labeled, recipes printed, and supplies ready to go before I begin to assemble my freezer bags.
We enjoy all of these recipes but my kids request the Chicken Quesadillas most often. I put the Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crockpot for an easy weeknight meal yesterday and absolutely loved it.
Thoughts or questions? Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond ASAP. These easy freezer meals have been a life-saver for me and I’d love to help you make them too!