Lately, I’ve really been enjoying freezing meal kits. Basically, I have everything ready in a one gallon freezer bag that I take out of the freezer the night before I want to have it and let it thaw in the refrigerator. The next day, I take it out of the fridge and heat it up. This method is called “dump freezing “ because you just dump everything in the freezer bag. This method can help make meals less expensive since you look for chicken sales and buy more when it’s cheap and store these meals in your freezer. You can use any cut of chicken you want, they just have to be raw when you place then in the bag, then just add your marinade and freeze. It’s easy, cheaper (if you buy meat on sale in bulk) and saves you lots of time in the kitchen!
Freezing Dump Chicken
Filling your freezer with these dump meal kits requires a little organization on your part. The best way to freeze them is to put the ingredients in the freezer bag, get all of the air out and then seal the bag. You will then want to make sure it is flat and place on a cookie sheet and then place that in the freezer. This is called “flash freezing.” When it is frozen you can remove the cookie sheet and place it on top of the other meal kits that are already flat and frozen. This way, you will be able to get more in your freezer at one time. Another important thing is to make sure you label and date the bags so you know what they are when you pull them out to use them.
Cooking Dump Chicken
There are several ways to cook your dump chicken meal kit after you defrost overnight in the refrigerator. First, you can place it into a 9X12” pan and bake in the oven until done. Boneless, skinless chicken breast usually take about 25-35 minutes, and chicken pieces will usually take about 1 hour. I have also used some non-stick cooking spray on a frying pan and cooked the chicken in the pan until done. Another great thing about dump freezer meals is after thawing, you can dump them right into your crock pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours depending on the cut of chicken you use. So, as you can see, you have several options to choose from when it comes to cooking the meal kit.
Dump Chicken Freezer Meal Recipes
Here are several recipes my family enjoys for dump chicken meal kits.
Barbecue Dump Chicken Meal Kit
1 ½ pounds of chicken pieces
1 bottle barbecue sauce (look for this on sale during the summer months and stock up)
Place raw chicken in a one gallon freezer bag and then pour barbecue sauce over chicken. You can smoosh the bag to make sure all the chicken is fully covered. Get air out of bag and seal. Lay bag flat on a cookie sheet and flash freeze the bag until frozen and then remove the cookie sheet. When ready to use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and cook as you normally would or place in the crock pot on LOW for 6-8 hours depending on chicken cuts.
Italian Dump Chicken Meal Kit
1 ½ pounds chicken pieces
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
Place raw chicken in a one gallon freezer bag and then pour Italian dressing over chicken. You can smoosh the bag to make sure all the chicken is fully covered. Get air out of bag and seal. Lay bag flat on a cookie sheet and flash freeze the bag until frozen and then remove the cookie sheet. When ready to use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and cook as you normally would or place in the crock pot on LOW for 6-8 hours depending on chicken cuts.
Orange Teriyaki Chicken Dump Meal Kit
¼ cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon olive or canola oil
½ teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 can (6 oz.) orange juice concentrate
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Combine all ingredients except chicken. Place chicken breast in a one gallon freezer bag and pour marinade over chicken. Freeze in bag, date and label. Grill chicken 4-6 inches from heat source for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is done.
Hope you enjoy these frugal, easy, and quick meal kits!