Google Dollops of Diane: Crock-Pot Freezer Recipes: Chicken

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crock-Pot Freezer Recipes: Chicken


I recently wrote about how I got together with a couple of (new) friends to prep a bunch of freezer meals. Since then I've been asked by people for the recipes so I wanted to share them here.

Now as a warning, I have not tried the finished product for most of these yet but I assume that they are good! These are also not my original recipes but rather recipes that a friend gathered based on her own recipes, her friends', and recipe tweaks from various cookbooks/sites. Feel free to change them to fit your needs/likes. Also, if you are putting the ingredients directly from the freezer to the crockpot, I'd suggest cooking on the low setting. If you plan it out ahead of time you can defrost the bag the day before and then you can cook on low or high. You also don't need to freeze them at all if you want to just make the recipe one day and cook immediately.

So without further ado, I'm starting off with five chicken recipes (beef and pork to follow!):


CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE AND RICE

4 boneless chicken breast halves
1 can (14 oz.) pineapple tidbits in juice, undrained
3/4 cups finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup each chopped sweet red peppers and green peppers
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cups chopped green onions
2 cups of chicken broth

Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Cook on low 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice. Sprinkle with sliced green onion.


ORANGE CHICKEN
2 cups carrots
2 cups bell pepper
1 lb chicken breast
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 oz orange juice concentrate

Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Cook in crock pot on low 4-6 hours. Garnish with clementine or mandarin oranges and green onion. Serve over rice.

GARLIC LIME CHICKEN

1.5 lb chicken
1/4 cup lime juice
1 TBS chicken boullion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TBS butter

Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Add 1 cup water to crock pot with ingredients. Cook on low 7-8 or high 5-6 hrs. Serve with starch and veggie of choice.

BROWN SUGAR CHICKEN 

6 boneless, skinless breast halves
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda
2/3 cup white vinegar
3 cloves smashed and chopped garlic
2 T soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Cook low 6-9 hours or high 4-5 hours. Serve over rice with veggie of choice.


CHICKEN TACO SOUP

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle of beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream (or a dollop of diane), and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. 


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27 comments:

  1. Ooh! Those are different! I'll have to try some of those! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. I'm starting to stockpile some freezer meals for when the new baby arrives. I think I'll try your Chicken and Pineapple recipe.

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  3. When the apocalypse hits, we're driving to your house.

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  4. When you say combine in freezer bag, do you mean AND put them in the freezer to pull out the morning you want to cook them? I am going to assume that all of these ingrediants can be frozen AFTER they are combined in the freezer bag? (sorry, I am not a very good cook....hence, looking for crockpot meals)...LOL!

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    1. Yes! So you combine all the ingredients in the freezer bag and then you pop the whole bag right in the freezer. It's helpful to write on the bag what the meal is and cooking instructions (so you don't have to look it up later!). You can then put the ingredients in the crock pot frozen the day you want to cook it or you can take it out ahead of time to defrost if you think of it. Either is fine!

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  5. I love the idea of freezer-crockpot meals, but there's been so many that use heavily processed foods. So I found & followed your Yum Pinterest board and look forward to seeing the beef and pork collections, and maybe a Meatless Monday veg/etarian collection too?
    Thanks!
    ~Shreela

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  6. Wondering when you will be posting your recipes for beef and pork.

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    1. These look great! I just made a bunch of crockpot recipes to freeze for after our baby is due (in a few weeks!) and I think I'm going to tackle these this week. Any hope of getting the beef and pork ones up soon-ish?

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  7. Wow this would really make my life easier. Can't wait for the Beef and Pork ones.
    Thanks for sharing

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  8. So this may be a total idiot question. But when cooking in a crock pot can you cook the recipes in the freezer bag or should you take the ingredients out of the bag then into the crock pot? I just got my first crock pot second hand and I haven't used it yet for fear of breaking it/melting it/somehow setting it on fire.

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    1. You have to take them out of the bag. I also was nervous when I first started using it out of fear that I would burn the house down! No fires yet :) Definitely take it out of the freezer bag though!

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  9. So I did all the recipes on this list. I substituted a couple of things such as the chicken breast for drumsticks on the Brown sugar chicken recipe. This is an update! The Garlic Lime chicken is great. One of the freezer bags I did 3 ripped in the freezer and had the whole thing smelling like pure garlic. So after adding an additional box of baking soda I took it out and peeled the plastic of an dropped it in the crock pot added some water and walked away. At the same time I had already taken chicken out to BBQ 2 days prior and decided I needed to cook it or it would go bad. SO we had a choice of chicken. My family wanted the BBQ chicken I guess cause they KNEW what it tasted like. I had the Garlic Lime and after letting everyone sample we agreed it was delish! I chopped up what was left an made chicken salad from it. It had a really good flavor. I will be adding more chicken to 1 bag next time! Oh yeah we had Taco soup last night and not only did the hubbi and daughter like it my friend came by to visit and she really liked it. She asked for the recipe! Glad I did 3 bags of that too! Thanks again for making life so easy. Can't wait for the pork and beef recipes!

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  10. Just want to check, you put raw chicken in a freezer bag with all these other ingredients? That's the part that always gets me when doing this stuff.

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    1. Yes! The meat (chicken in this case) goes in raw. It gets cooked along with the veggies and all that when you cook it in the crock pot.

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  11. This might seem like a dumb question but I've recently started to use a crock pot at home to ease cooking between work and college I've been adding water to the mix of food and I was wondering If I do the same to these recepies also how much should I be adding and how do I know if I added to little or much? Thanks for your great tips and advise ps is there a link on the blog or a blog you know of for beginners that gives the basics and helps new crockpot beginners ? Thank you!

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    1. No need to add water to any of these recipes. They all have more than enough liquid to cook in them just as is! As for a great resource page, sadly I don't know of one. If you find one though let me know :)

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  12. I made the Orange Chicken Crock pot recipe today. It was barely edible. Our teenage boys tried it and wouldn't eat it. My husband and I did our best to eat it, but the orange is so overpowering and acidic. The carrots were just strong orange mush. I commented that I could cook up the chicken in fajita or taco seasoning to put in burritos. One of the boys said that nothing is going to cover up that strong flavor. I've never had any trouble with boys eating chicken or carrots before. This is the third freezer crock pot meal I've made and the other two (from another site) were fine.

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    1. We also tried this Orange Chicken today, and could only choke down a couple of bites before throwing the whole pot away, as well as the extra freezer bag full I had made. So much orange liquid! The smell was just unbearable (smelled rancid almost), I actually threw up while throwing it in the garbage. I followed the recipe exactly, so I am not sure why it was so unpleasant.

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    2. Sorry to hear that the Orange Chicken wasn't a hit for you. It does have a strong orange taste so it may not be for everyone!

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  13. Do you cut up the chicken for chicken taco soup or do you shred it after it is cooked?

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  15. Did you ever do an update on how you liked these meals? I just made the Orange Chicken and took it to a friend and then read the reviews! Now I am worried she will hate it. Ha. I guess I should try recipes before I give them away. :) It seemed to me maybe some soy sauce would balance the orange flavor.

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  16. we made the pineapple chicken and it was way too much liquid. If i make it again, i might drain the pineapple or halve the chicken stock. overall the taste was ok.

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