Freezer To Crockpot Cooking | Chicken Recipes and Instructions

Bulk Cooking Chicken Meals

Welcome back to Freezer To Crockpot Cooking – Chicken Week! You had a few days to get everything on the freezer cooking shopping list, so now it is time to assemble everything and get it in the freezer!

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Don’t forget:  the shopping list for this week was designed to make 4 meals.  If you doubled or tripled the shopping list to make even more meals (or larger meals), you will need to adjust these instructions for the increased quantity of food that you are making

Step 1 – Prep your ingredients:

  1. Dice 1 cup of celery
  2. Slice 1 cup of carrots into coins
  3. Slice all 3 peppers into strips
  4. Slice 1 onion into strips
  5. Dice 1 onion
  6. Cube half of the chicken

chopped vegetables

Step 2:  Write out the instructions – You will then want to write cooking directions on your bag prior to filling them – don’t try writing on a lumpy bag. At the bottom of the bag I write additional ingredients, such as fresh items that cannot be frozen or if I need to add some additional frozen veggies. By doing this, a quick check of my stock of crockpot meals will let me know if a trip to the store is in order.

The directions to write on your bag are as follows for each recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Dump entire bag into crockpot
  3. Cook on low 3-4 hours
  4. Remove chicken from crockpot, shred with forks
  5. Put chicken back into crockpot along with frozen peas (if desired)
  6. Add ½ cup of milk and cook an additional 30 minutes or until heated through
  7. Bake canned biscuits according to package directions, slice in half and top individual bowls of pot pie.

Additional Ingredients: 1/2 cup milk (or heavy cream), canned biscuits, small bag of frozen peas (if desired)

Chicken Fajitas

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Dump entire bag into crockpot
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours
  4. Remove chicken from crockpot, shred with forks
  5. Place chicken back into crockpot
  6. Cook additional 20 minutes and serve.

Additional Ingredients: tortillas, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, or whatever fresh toppings you like

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Pour contents of bag 1 and bag 2 into crockpot
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  4. Add bag #3 (broccoli) in last hour of cooking
  5. Serve with a salad

Additional Ingredients: Salad

Chicken Alfredo

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Pour contents of bag 1 into crockpot
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours
  4. Add contents of bag #2
  5. Cook an additional 30 minutes
  6. Serve over cooked fettuccine pasta with a salad on the side

Additional Ingredients: 1 Box Fettuccini Noodles, salad

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Step 3 – Fill Your Bags – The next step is to assemble your ingredients into bags, ending with chicken on the top of each one. When you pour ingredients into the crockpot, meats should always be on the bottom for best cooking results.

You will need 4 gallon freezer bags, and 3 quart freezer bags. Here is what goes into each bag:

Pot Pie

  • Half of the cubed chicken breasts
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup carrot coins
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1-2 cups any of the following; peas, carrots, corn, green beans (or if you will be using frozen veggies for these, you can just add them in the last 30-40 minutes of cooking)
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can full of chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Chicken Fajitas

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 3 bell peppers cut into strips
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. salt

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Bag #1- gallon bag

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can condensed cream of broccoli soup
  • 1 can of chicken broth (fill the can from the condensed soup with the chicken broth from the box you bought in the shopping list)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Bag #2-quart freezer bag

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rice

Bag #3-quart freezer bag

  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets

Chicken Alfredo

Bag #1-gallon Freezer Bag

  • half of the cubed chicken breasts
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary

Bag #2- quart freezer bag

  • 1-10 oz. cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

And that’s it! You now have 4 meals, ready to go from freezer to crockpot. You can even make it easier on yourself by freezing the tortillas along with the fajita bag.

I would love to hear from you to see how your prep day went!

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How To Save Money on Produce

How to Save on Produce:

One of the most common misconceptions is that you can only save money on processed foods because those are the only products for which they see coupons. When you look through your Sunday paper you will mostly find coupons for processed foods and cleaning products or toiletries and rarely for fresh produce. However, there are still several ways you can save on your produce!

Buy in Season Produce:

Buying produce that is in season will drastically the cost. Buying produce that is not in season means, you pay more money.  Take some time to plan your menu around the produce that is currently in season.

Stock up:

When you find a good produce sale, make sure to stock up. You can freeze, can or dehydrate almost all produce. Stocking up at rock bottom will save you money for months to come.

Start a Garden:

This may not be an option for everyone, but if you can start your own garden you can end up saving a lot of money. Having fresh produce is a great way to have fresh produce at a fraction of the cost.

Farmer’s Markets:

If you have a local Farmer’s Market in your area, this provides the perfect opportunity to save on produce. The produce is normally coming from the farm to the market, which in turn allows the farmer to price the produce lower than store prices. You save money by not paying the overhead costs and you get to support your local farmers!

Health Food Stores:

Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s often have great prices on produce. You can also sign up for their newsletter, sometimes they send out coupons.

Buy Frozen

Often the produce has been frozen within hours of being picked/harvested, allowing the fruits and vegetables to retain most of their nutrients. Bonus: there are often coupons for frozen foods!

Save with Social Media:

If you have a favorite brand of produce make sure to follow them on social media and sign up for their newsletter. Produce companies like Dole, Foxy and several others send out coupons from time to time.

Looking for more Extreme Couponing tips? Make sure that you check out all the posts in my Coupon 101 and Coupon Ethics sections!

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