Freezer Chicken Meals

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I have been looking forward to our three day weekend so I could get some freezer meals made up for my family. The next couple of weeks are going to be hectic and we can not live off of fried eggs and sub sandwiches forever! Its incredibly convenient to have some meals already prepared that I can cook or bake at a moments notice. I love to have freezer meals stocked but my family is not big on the soupy slow cooker meals. Now, I am not saying every slow cooker meal out there is soupy, I have tried many delicious recipes. We just prefer the freezer soups, chili, marinades, pastas and breakfast items. My family especially likes the marinade meats that I can thaw overnight and cook on the stove top or brown them in my electric pressure cooker (or instant pot) and cook them for a quick meal.  Saturday I started soaking beans and prepping some of the food. Monday I finally got around to making some of our meals. I will post some of the recipes that I put together later this week. Today I have some simple marinades for chicken breast that are easy to mix together.

Lemon Garlic Thyme Marinade

6-8 chicken breasts

2 large lemons juiced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon-pepper seasoning

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • Whisk together lemons, olive oil, lemon-pepper, sugar, garlic and thyme.
  • Pour over chicken in freezer Ziploc bag and lay flat in freezer.
  • When ready to cook thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • You can cook this over the stove top for 10-12 minutes on medium high heat
  • OR brown meat in electric pressure cooker, make sure there is 1 cup of liquid, lock lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

*Adapted from Southern living cookbook

 

Caribbean Chicken Marinade

6-8 chicken breasts

1/2 cup Bragg liquid aminos

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • Whisk together liquid aminos, green onion, lime juice, brown sugar, honey, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
  • Pour over chicken in freezer Ziploc bag and lay flat in freezer.
  • When ready to cook thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • You can cook this over the stove top for 10-12 minutes on medium high heat
  • OR brown meat in electric pressure cooker, make sure there is 1 cup of liquid, lock lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

*Adapted from  Southern Living cookbook

 

Southwestern Marinade

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 jalapeno seeded & chopped

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno, dried onion, paprika, cumin and oregano.
  • Pour over chicken in freezer Ziploc bag and lay flat in freezer.
  • When ready to cook thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • You can cook this over the stove top for 10-12 minutes on medium high heat
  • OR brown meat in electric pressure cooker, make sure there is 1 cup of liquid, lock lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

 

Vidalia Onion Marinade

6-8 chicken breasts

1 cup of favorite Vidalia onion dressing*

  • Measure out 1 cup of dressing.
  • Pour over chicken in freezer Ziploc bag and lay flat in freezer.
  • When ready to cook thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • You can cook this over the stove top for 10-12 minutes on medium high heat
  • OR brown meat in electric pressure cooker, make sure there is 1 cup of liquid, lock lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

*We like the Virginia Brand Vidalia Onion Vinegarette from Sam’s Club.

 

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