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Super Fast Chicken Freezer Meals


I decided to do a round of Freezer Meals this last week!  Originally, Jessica from Pretty Providence and I were going to do them together again, but I had a sick 2 year old and with her having a newborn baby girl, we decided not to risk it.  RSV is popping up all over the place right now in babies… and I didn’t want to chance her Nora getting sick.

All of these meals were pretty much a chicken and a sauce, so they were SO fast to put together.  These are all the type of meals that I will serve with Rice and a quick veggie.  I made 5 new recipes, plus 2 recipes from Freezer Meals from Round #1!  And, I made 2 of each recipe!  So, I ended up with 14 freezer meals in about 1 1/2 hours!  Can I hear a WOO WOO!!

All the recipes are ingredients for ONE Freezer Meal.  So, if you’re doing two, then you’ll need double what the typed recipe reads!

Recipe #1: French Chicken

I got this recipe from my sister, who got it from a friend.  I have made it a ton of times, but this was my first time putting it together for a Freezer meal!  It’ll be nice to have it all ready!  I generally just serve it with Rice!


4-6 Chicken Breasts (I use the Costco Pouches and generally 3 to 4 breasts is PLENTY for my family of 4)

1 can of Cranberry Sauce (I like Whole Berry best for this recipe)

8 oz of French Dressing

1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Mix Chicken, Cranberry Sauce, French Dressing and Lipton Onion Soup Mix in a Gallon Freezer Ziplock Bag.  After closing, take your hands and smash all the ingredients to combine.

To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer and hour before starting or run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!


Recipe #2: Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe is from my mother-in-law!  It’s a recipe that I generally bake, but have made using a crockpot before.  It’s one of my families favorites!


6-8 Bonesless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce

1 Cup Water

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Cloves Garlic

A few slices of of Ginger

Add all ingredients to a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag!  Don’t stres about trimming up the Chicken Thighs too much, it’s really not needed!  One of the reasons I love crockpotting Chicken Thighs is because the fat melts and only adds to the taste!!  Once bag is closed with all the air out use your hands to mix all the ingredients and make sure the Thighs are sitting in a good sauce!!

To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer and hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!


Recipe #3: Sweet BBQ Chicken

I adapted this recipe from one that a friend shared with me from Just a Pinch Recipes.  If you decide to use a Sweet BBQ Sauce, then you’ll want to reduce the amount of Brown Sugar you use.


4-6 Chicken Breasts

12 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (I like mine really sweet, so I’ll usually do a little bit more then this)

1/4 Cup Vinegar

1/8 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Garlic Powder

Once the chicken is cleaned, I like to rub it with the Cayenne Pepper.  But, if you’re in a hurry you can just add the Chicken to a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Once bag is closed, use your hands to mash all the ingredients together!

To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer and hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!


Recipe #4: Creamy Chicken Italian-O

I got this recipe from Lisa actually!  It’s a yummy one! Enjoy!


4-6 Chicken Breasts

8 oz Cream Cheese

1 Can of Cream of Chicken

1 Dry Packet of Italian Seasoning

Take softened Cream Cheese, Cream of Chicken and Italian Seasoning and mix together in a bowl.  Take cleaned chicken and place in a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag and top with the mixture.  After Ziplock bag is closed, take your hands and push wet mixture to cover chicken.


To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer and hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!


Recipe #5: Cafe Rio Crockpot Chicken

I got this recipe from Chef in Training!


4-6 Chicken Breasts

1/2 a small bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing

1 Packet of Dry Ranch Dressing (3 TB)

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 TB of Minced Garlic

1/2 TB Chili Powder

1/2 TB Ground Cumin

Combine all ingredients in a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag.  Once ziplock bag is closed, take your hands and combine all ingredients together well.

To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer and hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!


I also made a couple of the Freezer Meal Recipes from Round #1.  I made a couple Worlds Best Chicken Freezer Meals and a couple Garlic Lime Chicken Freezer Meals.  My husband really enjoyed both of those last time!

Recipe #6: Garlic Lime Chicken


Recipe #7: Worlds Best Chicken


It feels so good to have my Deep Freezer FULL!  WooWoo!!  I hope these recipes are ones that you and your family enjoy!  Good luck filling up your freezers!

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Pam Dana

I am a wife and mom that is over the moon for family, traditions and fun! I love to share lots of printables, DIY's, kids activities and my families favorite recipes! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world!
  • mimi5680

    This is great! Thanks! What sides do you add to these? i never know what goes well together.

    • overthebigmoon

      We are BIG rice fans in our house – so with these meals I generally do a rice and then just a veggie – corn, green beans, broccoli, carrots. Just something quick and easy of course!!

  • Haz

    Hi, Thanks for the awesome ideas, how long is the maximum time thatyou have those bags in the freezer?

    • overthebigmoon

      3 months in a regular freezer / 6 months in a Deep Freezer!!

  • Kari

    These are awesome! Can you use frozen chicken or does fresh work best?

    • overthebigmoon

      I would suggest fresh, but I think if you took a frozen chicken breast and stuck it right in the ziplock and stuck it right back in the freezer it would be okay.

  • michelle

    I love these but what about the sodium content and additives i would love to come up with meals like this using fresh ingredients.

    • overthebigmoon

      For me – the point of these are to make them easy, fast and something my boys would eat without complaining. We are big rice fans in this house and chicken goes over best with my boys. So, that was my angle. On days that I cook I bring in fresh ingredients. These meals are not being used daily – just more like once or twice a week.

    • Kathy

      I sell Wildtree products. Wildtree is simple, healthy and Natural. We have also been Certified Organic. As I was reading the recipes I was using my Wildtree products making it very healthy. http://www.mywildtree.com/231239 Love this product. Kathy

  • jlb30

    Are these meals able to be defrosted and cooked in the oven as well? What do you think the cook time would be in the oven?

    • overthebigmoon

      Yes! I would suggest trying it at 350 for approx an hour (give or take 15 minutes) depending on your altitude. Good luck!

  • Garcia

    So, you give each person a whole pice of chicken breast on top of rice?

    • overthebigmoon

      Some of the recipes we’ll shred up a little and I generally just serve the chicken with a side of rice and veggies. But, you could for sure serve it on top of the rice. That is just something you would decide basked upon preference.

  • Christina

    Quick question, do you split the ingredients in half, or double each one?

    • overthebigmoon

      All the recipes are ingredients for ONE Freezer Meal. So, if you’re doing two, then you’ll need double what the typed recipe reads! Thanks!

  • Busy Mom

    I love your recipes, want to try more. I cant find the recipes for the Garlic Lime and the Worlds Best Chicken. How can I get them?

    • overthebigmoon

      If you click on their name above the picture, it will link you to the post where I originally shared the recipes. Here is the link as well: http://overthebigmoon.com/freezer-meals/ Thanks so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/waylon.werner Waylon William Werner

    Great looking Recipes! I am looking forward to trying them. I also buy my chicken at Costco and I find that each 2 pack is around 1lb each. Do you normally have leftovers? It feels like some of the recipes have A LOT of chicken in them. Just kind of curious what kind of portion you are serving etc (as a reference point for meat to sauce ratio and leftover amount etc).

    • overthebigmoon

      I share the recipes based upon my original sources – but for me personally I use 3 of the Costco breasts or 7 of the Costco thighs per recipe. But, it’s just my, my hubby and our two small boys. I sometimes will throw an extra breast in on the recipes my hubby especially likes, so there are leftovers for him the next day!

  • Andreia Krause

    what size crockpot do you use? also, with a 4-6 hour cook time, it doesn’t really allow for a person to turn on the crockpot, go to work, then come back to a ready dinner; so is there a oven temperature and time that would be quicker for an after work preparation?

    • overthebigmoon

      I use a 6 qt sized Slow Cooker. My crockpot allows me to set it to cook on low for a certain amount of time and then automatically switches to warm. So, that’s what I generally do. I would say cook it on 350 for approx an hour (give or take 15 mins) depending on your altitude!

    • Beth

      You can plug your crock pot into a Christmas light timer and set it to go on and off when you want. Mine isn’t fancy enough to turn itself to warm so I fix everything before I go to work, turn it to low, and set the timer so it is ready when we want dinner. Works like a charm as long as you turn the crock pot on. :)

      • Trish

        Oh my gosh Beth, I am having one of those “how did I never think of this!?” moments. Thanks for the idea!

      • Kathy


  • Kathryn Wood

    Thank you for these recipes. I’ve pinned them!

  • Sylvia

    Have you ever tried them with anything other then chicken? I have venison steak and I think some of the recipe combos would work well with that also.

    • overthebigmoon

      These particular recipes I have only done w/ Chicken. Good luck trying them with the venison!

      • Sylvia

        Thank you. I think I am going to try the teriyaki marinade recipe this weekend and then make some rice and broccoli to go with. Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

    • Stephanie Chambers

      I’ve had something similar to the French Chicken with pork chops that was delish!

  • Nicole

    I’m so excited to try these! Thank you so much for including these! Question though, if its just my hubby and me, if I were to split these in half, would that be enough? My hubby doesn’t “like” leftovers, so I tend to cook every night. Thanks!

    • Pam

      Yeah, I think that cutting them in half would generally work. Just make sure that you have enough sauce and add the amount of chicken you need (assuming 2 or 3 breasts). Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Azucita Sondra Elizabeth King

    What do these look like complete, they really sound mushy and in appetizing to me So i Never try them. I’m not being negative, I really am wanting to see a finished product please.

    • Jennifer Martin

      I’m not a crockpot chicken person, but I plan to bake these instead. I’ve made a freezer version of the french chicken before and just baked it. We enjoyed it and I can’t wait to try a few of these in the oven. :)

    • Meal Planning Mommies

      I made the chicken teriyaki. My husband loved it. He kept saying how great the house smelled. I served it with brown rice. To see what it looks like cooked, you can go here: http://www.mealplanningmommies.com/family-fun-meal-idea/ I also made the creamy Italian chicken. I doubled it and gave a bag to my friend who just recently had a baby and she raved about it. We liked it too. I served it with egg noodles and broccoli. To see what the creamy Italian chicken looks like cooked you can go here: http://www.mealplanningmommies.com/freezer-friendly-crock-pot-creamy-italian-chicken/

  • Jen

    These were great! I didnt use the crockpot though. Took one out in the AM and cooked covered for one hour on 375 and served over rice. Chicken was juicy and flavorful!

    • Jenn

      When you say took it out, you mean took it out of the freezer in the AM and then cooked in the evening, right? I am wanting to cut the recipes in half, since it’s just the hubs and me; how do you think that would affect cooking time in the oven? Thanks :)

  • Mary Adiutori

    My crockpot says do not use frozen meat. New crockpot, new at trying these recipes. Cooking on high and hoping for the best.

    • Stephanie Chambers

      I usually thaw my crock pot freezer meals in the fridge overnight, then put it in the crock pot in the am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.sharp.39 Michelle Lovesmike Sharp

    What do you make to go with these main dishes?

    • Pam

      Generally we serve rice and a veggie with them!

      Pam @ Over the Big Moon

  • http://www.facebook.com/keleyna.staves Keleyna Staves

    I’ve tried doing the cream cheese one and every time I do it I have to throw it away; the cream cheese always looks and smells curdled no matter the cook time or temp in my crock pot. :-( Do you have any ideas on that?

    • overthebigmoon

      I’m sorry- I’ve never had a problem with the Cream Cheese. Once the cream cheese mixes with everything else it’s just part of the sauce and I’ve never noticed any curdling or smell issues. How long are you freezing it for?

      • Jen R.

        I’ve used this recipe before and mine says to add the soup and cream cheese just for the last 30-60 minutes on high. That way there’s no curdling and you just get it all heated up together.

  • Jenna

    oven cooking instructions if we don’t want to use a crock pot?

    • overthebigmoon

      I would say probably 34-45 minutes at 350 degrees. You really just need to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through!

  • Gayle

    You are my hero!!! Hubby and kids have tons of allergies and are difficult to cook for. I have lost all interest in cooking. All of these recipes will work for us. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you!

  • kelly

    Aren’t you supposed to thaw meat in cold water?

    • Heidi L.

      Kelly, I believe the point is to just get the stuff in the bag loosened up to be able to get it into the crock pot….not actually thaw the meat.

      • overthebigmoon

        Yes, correct! Thanks – I must have missed this question!

  • Judy Carter

    Hi: I am new to this site, so please forgive my ignorance. Do you combine all the ingredients and THEN freeze? And defrost for an hour or so before placing in the crock pot? I just wanted to make sure before I tried this. It looks like SUCH a time saver, and I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to make chicken taste better. Thanks!

    • Pam

      Yes, combine everything according to the instructions and then freeze. I just run my frozen bag under warm water to loosen it from the sides of the bag for a few seconds and then place it in the crockpot! Thanks for the comment and good luck!


  • Beverly

    These all sound awesome. We are retired, but my husband still expects me to cook just about every night. I’ve tried to tell him that I’m retired too, but these sound easy. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Becki

    Garlic lime chicken is very salty. The rest have been very yummy.

  • Michelle Nguyen-Gonzalez

    Thank you so much for posting! I made two batches of each recipe this week. Love #4 and 7! #6 was a little too salty and lime was too overpowering for our taste. I forgot to add lime to this bag, so next time I just won’t add it and ill add more water and sugar to balance out the salt. You’re amazing! Thanks so much for compiling these.

  • Lisa Dille Carrelli

    Was the chicken frozen when you first put it in the bag with the ingredients??

    • Rowanvamp0

      I would also like to know I’m a newbie to freezer cooking.

  • Auntie

    It would be a good idea to put the date on your freezer meals so they get rotated properly. Without dates they tend to get shoved to the back and forgotten. Also, check your freezer’s instruction book so you’ll know how long you can safely keep them. Frost-free freezers will keep things for a much shorter time that manual defrost freezers.

  • ML White

    Love your recipes. They are the kind of meals my family eats. Preparing myself for freezer crock pot meals for the first time. Thanks for sharing your easy recipes.

  • Jessica Schroeder

    I am so excited to have found these recipes! I am gonna make these next weekend to prepare for the birth of my 1st child. These will be a lifesaver!

  • Nicole

    Question…I’ve always been told that you should discard the sauce or marinade that raw meat or chicken has been marinading in and then after the meat or chicken is cooked, add “fresh” sauce. Have I been told wrong all this time or why does this not apply to these dishes?

    • johnlisa02

      If you boil the sauce it should be fine and kill all of the bacteria. Just like raw chicken has bacteria but cooked chicken doesn’t. By cooking the sauce in the crock pot all day you kill the bad bacteria.

      • Nicole

        I was always leery about doing freezer meals because of the question of bacteria. Thanks! :)

        • Missy

          I freeze the meat Ina separate bag because of concerns about bacteria.

  • Desiree Morris

    Hi! I wanted to let you know I tried out the French Chicken recipe and it was delicious! I wrote a review on the recipe. You can check it out here – http://desidabbles.com/halloween-jell-o-jigglers/

  • Kelley

    I’m looking for the recipe from the World’s Best Chicken Freezer Meal post but don’t see it??? thanks.

  • kdarsi

    Can I substitute cooked,leftover turkey for the chicken and would I need to make any other adjustments? Thanks!

    • overthebigmoon

      I don’t see why that would be a problem. If the Turkey is already cooked, then you won’t need to cook it as long. Good luck – let me know how they turn out!

  • Dana

    Did you have a problem with freezing the cream cheese? I’ve never tried it, but I found another recipe that advised against it and suggested to add it the day it was being cooked. Any thoughts?

    • Pam

      Nope – never had a problem! It’s always turned out fine!

    • Manda

      Some cheeses and other dairy products will curdle if placed in the cooker too soon. Most manufacturers suggest adding them towards the end of the cook time.

  • http://readingnks.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    These look like great recipes, thanks for sharing! =)

  • Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater!

    I plan on trying several of these! Pinning!

  • Kristina

    This is fabulous!! Thank you!

  • Vanessa Marquiss Barker

    We just got a chest freezer and I can’t wait to fill it up with great freezer meals. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Lauren Allen

    I’m going to need this post in my arsenal for when baby #2 comes! Thanks Ladies!!

    • http://overthebigmoon.com Pam Dana

      Yes Laur! You will be SOOO happy you did! Jess and I each did a big round before our last babies! Best thing ever!!

  • RaCHEL

    Hi can you tell me how much is in a packet of Italian seasoning? From the Uk x ( sorry if it’s been asked already)

  • LCannon

    Not sure you will get this comment since your post was from last year. I made the Teriyaki chicken but some of the liquid in the bag is not freezing. It just feels slushy. Do you have any suggestions?

    • http://overthebigmoon.com Pam Dana

      As long as it is kept in the freezer – it is fine! Some of mine is the same way!!

  • KCF

    I make a similar recipe to the “French Chicken”, called “Cranberry Chicken”, and the only difference is I use Catalina dressing instead of French dressing. Other than that, it’s identical, and amazingly delicious!

    However, I never put frozen chicken directly into my crock pot or slow cooker. The chicken spends too much time in that “danger zone” temperature where bacteria can thrive. It’s just not worth the risk. I prefer to take the meal out of the freezer a day ahead and let it thaw in the fridge, or if pressed for time, simply cook in the oven.

    These all look like good, tasty, time-saving recipes, and I’ll be saving them to my recipe file to try out. Thanks so much!

  • Kelli

    I make a version of the Creamy Italian Chicken all the time, and it is fantastic. I, however, add a can of diced tomatoes. Totally worth it!

  • Amanda

    I’m cooking for two, so I cut down the recipes. Do you think it’ll effect the cook time?

  • Meal Planning Mommies

    I liked the teriyaki chicken recipe and I will be sharing that on on our site this week. http://www.mealplanningmommies.com. We will be giving you a shout out. Thanks for the good ideas! Keep up the great work. :)

  • Meal Planning Mommies

    We also posted your creamy Italian chicken. :) I made it for my friend who had a baby recently and she was very happy with it. Thank you. :) I love chicken freezer meals! Even better when you can pop them in the crockpot! http://www.mealplanningmommies.com/freezer-friendly-crock-pot-creamy-italian-chicken/

  • Amy Wigand

    Sure would be nice if this was printable, and not a 40 page long annoying waste of time, paper, and ink

    • Shari Carder

      Copy and paste into a Word document the recipes that you want.

    • Shari Carder

      Copy and paste into a Word document the recipes that you want.

  • Amy Wigand

    Sure would be nice if this was printable, and not a 40 page long annoying waste of time, paper, and ink

  • William

    I just read your blog. What are the recomended freezer storage times for each recipe?

  • William

    I just read your blog. What are the recomended freezer storage times for each recipe?