Thursday, August 22, 2013

5 Easy Freezer to Crockpot Meals



 Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Limes, juiced (1 oz)
1 cup cilantro
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 chopped onion
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp Mexican seasoning
½ tsp ground cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
12 oz bag frozen corn

Put all ingredients except frozen corn into a gallon freezer bag. Mix bag by shaking, seal, label and put in the freezer.

Cooking instructions: Put chicken mixture and frozen corn into a Crockpot on Low for 6 hours or High for 3 1.2 hours.  Serve with warm tortillas or serve over cooked rice, and dress with sour cream, guacamole, and/or cheese.

Makes 8 1 cup servings - 381 calories per serving without rice or toppings.

Honey Garlic Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup soy sauce (use reduced sodium to lower saltiness)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup honey

Add all ingredients to gallon freezer bag.  When you are ready to cook this, put all ingredients into a crockpot and let cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Serve with your favorite sides.

BBQ Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 bottle (about 1 1/4 cups) your favorite BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle)
1 green pepper and white onion (when ready to cook)

Combine above ingredients in a gallon freezer bag.When you are ready to cook this, put into a Crockpot and add 1 chopped green pepper and ½ cup chopped white onion.

Cook for 3-4 hours on high or low for 6 hours.Shred to make sandwiches or serve with rice or potatoes or however you enjoy BBQ chicken!

Italian Dressing Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup or so of Zesty Italian Dressing

Place chicken in a gallon freezer bag. Pour Italian dressing over the top just until the chicken is covered. Seal, label and freeze

Cooking Instructions: Add frozen chicken to crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. When finished, cut up chicken for pita sandwiches, for salad topping, or eat with rice and Italian green beans.

 Alternate Cooking Method: This is a great one to grill! You can pound the chicken breasts to flatten slightly before freezing. Then just put them on the grill frozen and grill until juices run clear. Otherwise, you can thaw and grill these using the same method.

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