Super Fast Chicken Freezer Meals that are perfect for FAMILIES! Kid friendly recipes that are quick and easy! From www.overthebigmoon.com!

Super Fast Chicken Freezer Meals

Seven simple recipes for you to make 14 Super Fast Chicken Freezer Meals that are both family friendly and beyond delicious in just 90 minutes!

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*This post was originally posted February of 2013 and has been updated.

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CROCKPOT FREEZER MEALS

Freezer meals are my saving grace! I’ve been making them for going 5 years now and these seven recipes are in my regular rotation! All are super family friendly and quick to throw together!

All of these recipes, for the most part, are just chicken and a sauce. Which makes them SO fast to put together. All the recipes are also meals that I generally just serve with rice and a quick vegetable. So, not only are they quick to assemble, but they’re just as quick to prepare and serve!

This particular day, I made 5 new recipes, plus 2 recipes from Freezer Meals Round #1!  I also assembled 2 meals of each menu. So, I ended up with 14 freezer meals in about 1 1/2 hours!  Can I get a WooWoo?!?

Below are the seven recipes! Each recipe is for ONE Freezer Meal! So, in order to get the 14 freezer meals that I got out of this Freezer Meal session, I had to make TWO of each recipe!

FRENCH CHICKEN RECIPE

I got this recipe from my sister, who got it from a friend.  My family calls this Candy Chicken, because it’s really that good! If you’re wanting to make this in the oven, feel free to check out my post Easy French Chicken!

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French Onion Chicken Recipe

A sweet Cranberry Chicken recipe that will have your family asking for seconds!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 can Cranberry Sauce Whole Berry
  • 8 oz French Dressing
  • 1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Instructions

Instructions to Assemble:

  1. Combine the 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. Open the bag, add the chicken breasts and close.

Crock Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting or run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Crock Pot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours! Shred and serve over rice!

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting or run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Instant Pot, add 1/2 cup water and cook on manual or meat for 15-20 minutes. Once it beeps, then let it release the pressure naturally (approx 15 minutes). Open and shred. Serve over Rice!

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CROCKPOT CHICKEN TERIYAKI

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law! It’s a classic that my husband grew up on and quickly became a favorite of mine too!

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Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki

A classic Chicken Teriyaki recipe that can be made in the oven, crock pot or Instant Pot!

Ingredients

  • 6-8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • A Few Slices Ginger

Instructions

Instructions to Assemble:

  1. Add all ingredients to a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag! Don't stress about trimming the fat off of the Chicken Thighs. It's really not needed, because it will melt off and only add flavor to your meal!! 

    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!!

Crock Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Crock Pot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

  2. Remove the chicken (after you verify it is cooked all the way though) and place it on a pan and cover. Serve with Rice and a Veggie!

  3. If you'd like to thicken the sauce to serve with the chicken, follow these instructions: Take the sauce from the crock pot and add it to a large sauce pan on your stove. Take a teaspoon or two of cornstarch and a couple ounces of cold water and mix. Add it slowly to your sauce, stirring over a medium-high heat until the sauces bubbles somewhat and thickens to your liking.

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Instant Pot, add 1/2 cup water and cook on manual/meat for 15-20 minutes! Allow pressure to manual release (approx 15 minutes). Remove from Instant Pot. Serve with Rice and a Veggie!

  2. If you'd like to thicken the sauce to serve with the chicken, follow these instructions: Take the sauce from the crock pot and add it to a large sauce pan on your stove. Take a teaspoon or two of cornstarch and a couple ounces of cold water and mix. Add it slowly to your sauce, stirring over a medium-high heat until the sauces bubbles somewhat and thickens to your liking.

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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.

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CROCK POT BBQ CHICKEN

A sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe that is adaptable and could be served over rice, salads and more!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts cleaned and trimmed
  • 12 oz BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar if you like it extra sweet, feel free to add a little more
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper adjust to liking
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Instructions

Instructions to Assemble:

  1. Once the chicken is cleaned, rub the bests with the Cayenne Pepper.  But, if you're in a hurry you can just add the Cayenne to the bag with the rest of the ingredients. 

  2. Add the chicken and the rest of the ingredients to a Gallon Ziplock Bag. Once bag is closed, use your hands to mash all the ingredients together and to coat the chicken in the sauce.

Crock Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Crock Pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours! After you've verified the chicken is cooked all the way through, shred and serve over rice!

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup water. Cook on manual or meat for 15-20 minutes! Once it beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 15 minutes). After you've verified the chicken is cooked all the way through, shred and serve over rice!

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CREAMY ITALIAN CHICKEN

This is my husbands favorite! It’s super creamy and tastes amazing over rice!

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ITALIAN CHICKEN RECIPE

A creamy Italian Chicken that has tons of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts cleaned and trimmed
  • 8 Oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken
  • 1 packet Dry Italian Seasoning

Instructions

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Take the softened Cream Cheese, Cream of Chicken and Italian Seasoning and mix together in a bowl.

  2. 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 disperse the cream cheese, cream of chicken mixture around the chicken.

Crock Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Crock Pot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours! Verify the Chicken is cooked all the way though and then shred! Serve over Rice!

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds. Dump meal in the a Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup water. Cook on manual or meat for 15-20 minutes! Once it beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 15 minutes). After you've verified the chicken is cooked all the way through, shred and serve over rice!

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CROCK POT CAFE RIO CHICKEN

This is a classic shredded chicken recipe! Perfect to serve for a potluck or party!

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CAFE RIO CHICKEN

A zesty chicken that is perfect so serve as is, over salad or in tacos! 

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 bottle Zesty Italian Dressing (approx 1 cup)
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing (approx 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ground Cumin

Instructions

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

Crock Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds to get it to release from the sides of the bag. Dump meal in the a Crock Pot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours! Verify chicken is cooked through and shred!

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take the Freezer Meal out of the freezer a hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 15-30 seconds to get it to release from the sides of the bag. Dump meal in the Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup water. Cook on manual or meat for 15-20 minutes! When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release (approx 15 minutes). Open lid and shred for tacos, salads, enchiladas, etc.

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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

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Recipe #7: Worlds Best Chicken

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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!

If you love this recipe, make sure and check out these other recipes!

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Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

Comments (108)

  • 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!

    • 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 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  • 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).

    • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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!

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!!

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