After discovering the convenience of having pre-cooked ground beef in the freezer, I fell in love with the concept of “meal starters” that can be cooked ahead and frozen for later. Pre-cooked chicken, either shredded or chopped, has become one of my favorite meal starters to keep on hand.
How to cook chicken for the freezer:
Layer chicken in a slow cooker until it is about two-thirds full. Add a cup of water (or more, if you prefer more liquid). Cook on high for about four hours, or on low for about eight hours. Every slow cooker seems to have a mind of its own, so you may need to adjust the cooking time.
When the chicken is thoroughly cooked, remove to a plate or tray to cool. After the chicken is completely cool, chop or shred as desired.
Transfer chicken to freezer bags or freezer containers. You can check some of your favorite recipes to determine the amount to put in each bag or container.
Label each freezer bag with a permanent marker; if you are using plastic containers, you may want to use a different method for labeling. Lay flat to freeze.
Cooking chicken for the freezer is so simple, but is is such a timesaver on busy evenings!
What foods do you freeze to use as “meal starters”?