Cooking Chicken for the Freezer {Batch Cooking}

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Cooking Chicken for the Freezer

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.

Cooking Chicken for the Freezer

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.

Chopped Chicken

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.

Chicken for the Freezer

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”?

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  1. Having frozen meal starters are such lifesavers, aren’t they? Great idea to do the chicken in the crockpot! Feel free to come over and link this up with my “Try a New Recipe Tuesday” linkup. I’d love to have you join us! :-)

  2. Having chicken in the freezer is awesome- such a huge time saver. And I love the idea of doing this in a crockpot! Never thought of that before. I just posted today about how I’m wanting to use my crockpot more and now here’s another idea. :)

    • Lydia, I love doing the chicken in the slow cooker, because it requires no tending at all. Can’t beat the convenience! 😉
      Thanks so much for visiting today!

  3. carole hoch says:

    Have to say you “fall in love” with the weirdest things….lol Chicken is 4/$20 at County Market this week. Think I’ll give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I do the same thing, with both chicken and ground beef. I’ve been doing this all my life and people used to look at me like I was crazy, but now that the whole “freezer cooking” thing is catching on a bit, and people are starting to listen more :)

    I cook crockpot chicken like this, but I also fix some chicken baked (which comes out more like grilled chicken), and then I have whole pieces of chicken breast that I can just add veggies to for a meal, or throw on some noodles for chicken parm, etc. I also cut some up in strips to grill in olive oil and seasoning for salads, wraps, etc.

    I don’t really do the whole freezer cooking for entire meals, but I DO freeze cooked meat like this because it is just so convenient!

    • Crystal, I love the idea of cooking whole pieces of chicken for the freezer! I will have to remember that the next time I cook chicken. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  5. Great idea. I just got a book about freezer cooking. I think I might give it a try. New follower from blog hop! Love for you to follow back when you can!


    Oh, I see you have a blog hop! Love for you to add it to my directory. Hope to have it up and running soon.

  7. Great reminder. Thanks. It certainly helps on creative days.

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