Chicken freezer plan

by angelaskitchen on August 14, 2006

Right now there is some two for one chicken on sale at our local store.  It is time for freezer chicken!

Okay, this is a  plan that I use quite a bit.  The kids like them and “dump chicken” gets the freezer stocked up with a partially done meal very quickly with little work.

Basically, you take your marinade ingredients and toss into a gallon freezer zip-lock style bag.  Close the bag,  mix around the marinade ingredients.  Open the bag and toss raw chicken or frozen chicken pieces (do not thaw then re-freeze your chicken pieces) in.  Close the bag and squish the marinade all over the chicken pieces until well coated.  Open the bag slightly and press out as much air as possible.  Close again and then freeze.  Be sure to label your bags with the contents and date you packaged it with a Sharpie.  All my bags look alike when frozen!!  I put enough in each bag for 8 or so servings (enough for our family plus a guest or two or for left over lunches).  When you are done you have 7 different kinds of chicken in your freezer.  When I am ready for it, I thaw in the fridge then you can grill, bake, roast, stir-fry (nice for boneless skinless chicken breasts done in the Asian style marinades) or toss in the crockpot.  Add veggies, salad, or rice or whatever.

I got the idea, recipes and shopping list on this plan originally from Soopermom’s OAMC Pages.  Thanks, Soopermom!  You can adapt any chicken marinade recipes your family already likes to this plan.

Periodically, I will post some of the other plans I have from other sites that work well and some I have created myself.  Most of the other site ones I end up having to adapt to our lovely diet and I like to have less sugar and more veggies involved so I just can’t help but alter them!

I hope you guys like it!

Chicken Freezer Plan Grocery List for a single batch of each marinade below

If you need freezer labels to stick on your bags, these are the ones I made to use:

Instructions for all below chicken recipes:

For immediate cooking: Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Place all ingredients into a large baking dish, turn chicken to coat. Bake until chicken juices run clear (45-60 minutes for chicken pieces, or 20-30 minutes for chicken breasts).

For freezing:  Place all ingredients into a 1 Gallon freezer bag. Lay flat in freezer.

To thaw and cook: Take the bag out of the freezer the night before, make sure the baggie is completely closed. Place the Bag on a shelf furthest from the freezer (It works best if the bag is laying flat, although this may not be the best option with a side-by-side fridge/freezer). Preheat the oven to 350 F. Empty the contents of the bag into a large baking dish andbake until the juices run clear (45-60 minutes for chicken pieces, or 20-30 minutes for chicken breasts).

Printable recipe card for big batch freezer cooking for Chili Maple Glazed Chicken

Chili Maple Glazed

2 Tablespoons Water

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 1/2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

Printable freezer recipe card for multiple batches for Creole Chicken Marinade

Creole

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 cup Chopped Onion

1/4 cup Bell Pepper

1 Clove Minced Garlic

14 oz can Whole Tomatoes

(Chopped and undrained)

2 Teaspoons GFCF Worcestershire

2 Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Basil

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon GFCF hot Pepper Sauce (Optional)

Printable freezer recipe card for multiple batches of Garlic Dijion Chicken (OAMC)

Garlic Dijon Chicken

2 Cloves Minced Garlic

4 Tablespoons GFCF Dijon Mustard

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

Printable freezer recipe card for multiple batches of Lemon & Garlic Chicken Marinade

Lemon & Garlic Chicken

2 Cloves Chopped Garlic

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

1/8 Teaspoons Pepper

Printable freezer recipe card for multiple batches of Lemon Chicken Marinade

Lemon Marinade

2/3 cup Lemon Juice

1/4 cup Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

2 Tablespoons Minced Onion

Printable recipe card for multiple batches of Spiced Citrus Chicken Marinade for the freezer (OAMC)

Spiced Citrus Chicken

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

 2 Tablespoons Paprika

1 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne

1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Printable recipe card for multiple batches of Spicy Sweet Glaze Chicken Marinade for freezer cooking

Spicy Sweet Glaze

2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic

2/3 cup Apricot Preserves

1/3 cup GFCF Soy Sauce

1/3 cup GFCF Ketchup

1 Teaspoon GFCF Hot Pepper sauce


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz January 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for your help… I am also gluten free and love to see people make the necessary adjustments. I LOVE FREEZER COOKING… it makes my life 10x easier!!

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angelaskitchen January 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean, freezer cooking saves our dinner time more often than not!

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Bianca June 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I am trying this out today. Thanks for the recipes :)

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angelaskitchen June 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Hope you enjoy the recipes! Let me know how it works out for you. I love stocking my freezer with chicken marinades. They make dinner more than half-way done. Gotta love that! :)

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Vanette September 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Wow, Angela, thanks so much for your gluten free meal ideas! I like to freeze batches like you do and the gluten free marinade ideas you included will be a welcome change of pace for our meals. One dinner idea that you might like is red or green curry chicken. I use Thai Kitchen GF green curry or red curry paste, add my pre-cooked and diced chicken breast (frozen in batches for this recipe, tacos and others), some frozen stir fry vegetables and a can of coconut milk – simmer and dinner is ready in 10 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta, if desired.

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angelaskitchen September 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

Great idea! What an easy-peasy dinner idea- perfect! I love Thai Kitchen’s curry pastes. So much flavor!

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JSquirrel October 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I am curious if you have a list like this for pork? I recently purchased alot of pork because I found a fabulous sale that I just could not pass up! I also bought quite a bit of chicken and am looking forward to using these marinades with the chicken.

We freezer cook a lot… With 6 people (2adults, 4 growing boys) eating, and a infant that will start soon, in our house buying in bulk and prepping ahead not only saves us time but a lot of money.

Thanks for everything you do! I love your website!

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angelaskitchen November 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi! My spam filter filtered out your comment (sorry) so I am just seeing this. I have used this plan with turkey and pork both. They turned out great! Just be sure to watch the cooking time depending on the cut of meat used.

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