Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Meals

I have been wanting to dedicate a day to making freezer meals for YEARS now and just hadn't found the time. Then, last month when I ordered 40lbs of chicken (I only kept 20lbs and split with my friend) from Zaycon Foods I knew this was my time. I scoured all my "pins" from Pinterest and pulled what I thought to be the yummiest meals. Who am I kidding, I was also looking for the easiest with the least amount of ingredients. So Saturday I picked up my box of chicken and went to the store with my shopping list and Monday I got to work.
First I chopped all me veggies, lined them up on the counter in bowls. Then I labeled all my bags and lined them up according to like ingredients (helped save time when adding small things like a T of flour, those bags were next to each other, etc. Make sense?? Prob not.) Third I added the all seasonings (wet and dry), then veggies and then cleaned it all up. Next, THE CHICKEN! I was up to my elbows in chicken for a long time, needless to say I had no desire to cook or eat dinner so my family had cold cereal :) After adding the chicken, seal and shake the bags and voila! I double bagged the meals with lots of liquid, just to be safe.
And here are the recipes I used:
Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

IN THE BAG- 2 cups onions, 2 cups carrots, 2 cups zucchini, 1 red pepper, 1/2 t grated lime peel, 2 T lime juice, 2 T soy sauce, 2 T flour, 4 garlic cloves, 2 lbs. cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast.
TO COOK- Dump contents of bag in slow cooker. Cover with 3/4 cup chicken broth and 3 T peanut butter (whisked together). Cook on low for 5-6 hours. For the last five minutes, add in 1 can of coconut milk and 1 bag of frozen peas.
TO SERVE- To make it spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon of red curry paste before serving (I kept our unspicy for the kiddos). Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Serve over rice.
Coconut Chicken Curry by Martha Stewart
IN THE BAG- 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 2 lbs. of chopped butternut squash, 2 medium onions,chopped, 8 minced garlic cloves, 1 oz fresh ginger, 2 T curry powder,1 t ground coriander, 1 t ground cumin, coarse salt

TO COOK- Add the contents of the bag and a can of coconut milk to a slow cooker and cook on low all day. 25 minutes before serving, add another can of coconut milk and a bag of frozen peas.
TO SERVE- Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro.

BBQ Chicken adapted from this recipe by Mama and Baby Love
IN THE BAG- 2 cups sweet potatoes, 2 cups red and green bell pepper, 1 cup carrots, 2 cups onion, 3 cups zucchini, 2 T flour, 1.5 lbs chicken, 2 cloves garlic, 1 t salt
TO COOK- Dump bag plus one bottle BBQ sauce into crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Man-Pleasing Chicken modified from Witty in the City
IN THE BAG- 2 cups red and green bell pepper, 1 cup carrots, 2 cups onion, 3 cups zucchini, 2 T flour, 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 2 cloves garlic, 1 t salt

TO COOK- Add the contents of the bag with 3/4 cup of dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1 T of rice wine vinegar to a foil lined glass pan. Cook at 450 until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. Garnish with fresh rosemary and serve.
Teriyaki Chicken (2 bags)
  • Split a large bag of Baby Carrots between the 2 bags
  • Cut Red Onion into Large Chunks and split between the 2 bags
  • (1) 20oz can pineapple in each bag (undrained)
  • (2) Garlic Cloves chopped per bag
  • (2) Chicken Breasts in each bag
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce in each bag
*TO COOK- Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to mixture. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Serve over Rice.

“Pulled” Chicken Breasts
IN THE BAG-3 Whole Chicken Breasts, 1 1/2 C Favorite BBQ Sauce
TO COOK- Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1/4 C of water for 3-4 Hours on High. Shred chicken and mix back in with sauce, serve on crusty rolls with a slice of cheese. This recipe is also pretty flexible and can be baked or grilled if you don’t want to slow cook.
Ranch Chicken
IN THE BAG- 4 Whole Chicken Breasts, 1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix (The dry kind)
  • Dust the chicken with the ranch dressing – try to get the whole packet to stick. I found this worked a bit better if I didn’t try to do it in the bag, so I did it on a plate and put whatever didnt stick in the bag. Label and freeze.
TO COOK- Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1 C of Water or Chicken broth for 3-4 hours on High, or 4-5 Hours on Low. Serve whole or chop up for tacos or sandwiches.
Italian Chicken

IN THE BAG- 4 Whole Chicken Breasts, 1 1/2 C. Italian Dressing
TO COOK- Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1/2 – 1 C of water or Chicken broth for 3-4 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low. This recipe can also be grilled or baked with amazing results.
Chicken Fajitas
IN THE BAG-3 Chicken Breasts, sliced into fajita strips , 1-2 Tbsp Fajita Seasoning, from a packet or a jar, 1 medium onion sliced, 1 medium pepper sliced, 1 Can Rotel tomatoes & green chiles

TO COOK- thaw and dump into the crockpot – cover and cook 4-5 hours on low
So there you have it! 10 bags of super healthy yummy crockpot meals! The total cost was about $6 per meal to feed 4 people (plus leftovers). Next time I will keep all 40lbs of chicken to myself and make more meals! Also, it took me about 5 hours from prep to full kitchen cleanup (factor in taking care of 2 kids, one with new stitches who needed lots of cuddles, serving dinner pouring bowls of cereal and putting kids to bed).
Totally worth it! Enjoy!


  1. Very nice! I will have to refer to this post again in about six months when I do the chicken again.

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Amanda! I often think about doing something like this and have never got around to doing it (well, having a baby, moving across the country etc. have kind of kept me busy!) But with three little people under foot these days, if I have one day of making dinners rather than trying to stumble to the kitchen while nursing a baby and entertaining two others...that would be RAD. Thanks again! (ps- miss seeing you around, hope you're doing well!)

  3. This is my 2nd year ordering chicken from Zaycon. It's a great price! I too shared a box with someone and was up in chicken yuck for quite a while Saturday night. I love the recipe you chose to use for your slow cooker meals. I am definitely trying the peanut chicken. I will leave out the spice because of my kids too. But, I think Truman will love it if he knows there is PB in it. :)

  4. You are awesome! Just sayin. Thanks for sharing these. Can't wait to try them! By the way, you have the cutest family! Hugs!

  5. thank you, thank you! i am so doing this. i love the idea of doing just chicken meals. i hate handling raw chicken so this would get it out of the way all at once!