Slow cooker freezer meals….with Chicken!


I have done many days of cooking and freezing…but never all chicken, and with the chicken options from Bountiful Baskets I decided it was time to try.    I adjusted a few recipes that seemed to be a hit with my family and decided to share the process with you.

First I will chop all the veggies, line them up on the counter in bowls. Then I label all my bags and line them up according to like ingredients (in the past it has helped save time when adding small things). Third I add all seasonings (wet and dry), then veggies and then clean it all up. Next, THE CHICKEN! I have a harder time with the ground beef texture than I do the raw chicken so if you need use gloves, I will be up to my elbows in chicken for a long time.   After adding the chicken, seal and shake the bags and voila! I double bag all my meals just in case….especially the really liquid filled bags.

Hot and Spicy Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 cups onions
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 t grated lime peel
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T flour
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 lbs. cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast

Instructions

    TO COOK
  1. Dump contents of bag in slow cooker.
  2. Cover with 3/4 cup chicken broth and 3 T peanut butter (whisked together).
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. For the last five minutes, add in 1 can of coconut milk and 1 bag of frozen peas.
  4. TO SERVE
  5. To make it spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon of red curry paste before serving (I kept ours unspicy for the kiddos).
  6. Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Serve over rice.

Coconut Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lbs. of chopped butternut squash
  • 2 medium onions,chopped
  • 8 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 oz fresh ginger
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • coarse salt

Instructions

    TO COOK
  1. Add the contents of the bag and a can of coconut milk to a slow cooker and cook on low all day.
  2. 25 minutes before serving, add another can of coconut milk and a bag of frozen peas.
  3. TO SERVE
  4. Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro.

BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups red and green bell pepper
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 2 cups onion
  • 3 cups zucchini
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 t salt

Instructions

    TO COOK
  1. Dump bag plus one bottle BBQ sauce into crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. TO SERVE
  3. We like to serve over rice or noodles just to add a filler and stretch it a bit more.

Teriyaki Chicken (2 meals at once)

Ingredients

  • Split a large bag of Baby Carrots between the 2 bags
  • Cut Red Onion into Large Chunks and split between the 2 bags
  • (1) 20oz can pineapple in each bag (undrained)
  • (2) Garlic Cloves chopped per bag
  • (2) Chicken Breasts in each bag
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce in each bag

Instructions

  1. Add another 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to mixture.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  3. Serve over Rice.

Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Dust the chicken with the ranch dressing – try to get the whole packet to stick. I found this worked a bit better if I didn’t try to do it in the bag, so I did it on a plate and put whatever didn't stick in the bag. Label and freeze. I usually use 6-8 breasts per bag because of my family is on the larger side.
  2. TO COOK
  3. Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1 C of Water or Chicken broth for 3-4 hours on High, or 4-5 Hours on Low.
  4. Serve whole or chop up for tacos or sandwiches.

Italian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Whole Chicken Breasts
  • 1 1/2 C. Italian Dressing

Instructions

  1. Dump in bag and massage a bit before freezing.
  2. TO COOK
  3. Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1/2 – 1 C of water or Chicken broth for 3-4 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low. This recipe can also be grilled or baked with amazing results.

So there you have it! 7 bags of super healthy yummy crockpot meals!   I used a whole 20lbs of chicken and froze these and we have pulled them out quickly.   We have been able to have homemade meals every night even when I am working opposite hours as my husband.    I have estimated the price to be around $8 a meal and will feed all 5 of us for dinner…..mostly with leftovers for me to take the next day for work.

Totally worth it! Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Slow cooker freezer meals….with Chicken!”

  1. I love the recipes. I am new at freezer to crock pot meals. They save me so much time. My question is: How can keep the vegetable looking fresh. If I’m freezing a meal such as stew, when I thaw out the bag, the carrots look all brown, the squash is soft and mushy. The peppers (green or red) are soft. is there something I should be doing to keep the vegetable crisp? Thank you

  2. I love your idea, I have 3 kids and I am a single mom. I would love more info, on the how to’s and share recipes. Do you have guidelines on what can and cannot be frozen?
    Thank you, God Bless,

    Amanda

  3. I have a once a month freezer meal program that you may be interested in. I provide all of the ingredients and you bring the protein and freezer ziplock bags or freezer pans. the average cost per meal that serves 6 – 8 is $10. Let me know if you want more details or check out my web-site.

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