Freezer meals are kind of like a secret weapon. Or a super power. 🙂 Especially crockpot freezer meals. I love having dinner done before I walk out the door!
I recently discovered chicken thighs, which have made my meals even better. I’m not sure how I have lived this long without knowing about their amazing potential to be a fast and delicious meal with so little prep.
And of course, they are budget friendly! Costco sells chicken thighs in easy tear apart packages for just $0.99 per pound. The boneless thighs (which I prefer) are $1.99 per lb. which is a great price. I like how they are in individual packages (about 1 1/2 lbs in each package). I love cooking with these in the slow cooker. They always turn out very tender. When I bring a package home, I divide up the thighs and freeze for a simple crockpot meals on those days I’m too busy to cook!
Not all of the recipes I use are written as freezer meals, but I just adapt them. I put all the ingredients along with the chicken in a freezer bag, label them, and then freeze flat. To cook them, I take the bag out of the freezer for about an hour before I want to start cooking them, or run the bag under warm water. You could also take it out the night before and put it in the refrigerator. Then cook for 3 – 4 hours on high or 4- 6 on low, depending on your crockpot.
Here are five of my favorite recipes:
- French Chicken: My kids love this recipe because it is a slightly sweet from the cranberry sauce. It’s impressive enough for guests, but also great for any night of the week! I like to serve this dish over rice and with a side salad. (Get the recipe HERE.)
2. Worlds Best Chicken: I questioned the name of this chicken when I first stumbled upon it, but it truly is the best! The chicken is great by itself, with some veggies, or chopped up on top of a salad. (Get the recipe HERE.)
3. Honey Garlic Chicken: A delicious, thick, sticky glaze on moist chicken makes this recipe a crowd pleaser! I love to serve with basmati rice or quinoa and steamed or roasted vegetables. Yum! (Get the recipe HERE.)
5. Italian Cream Cheese Chicken: This is a simple Italian meal that you can serve with your favorite pasta! Crusty Italian bread and salad and dinner is done! (Get the recipe HERE.)