I embarked on a short freezer cooking adventure last weekend. I created four crockpot freezer meals in under an hour. I just had to do the work once and dinner was taken care of for the better part of the week. It was glorious.
Typically, I would’ve doubled or tripled the recipes to maximize my time. But, these were all untested recipes that we’d never tried before – one of which was my own concoction. So, I didn’t want to waste any food in case a recipe was a dud and we had 2 to 3 bags of the same recipe in the freezer.
That’s why I waited almost an entire week to write this post – I wanted to try the recipes first and make sure it was something I could wholeheartedly recommend before sending it out to you guys.
I didn’t want to just have a bunch of chicken freezer meals. I searched far and wide and finding good freezer to crockpot meals without chicken was a bit of a battle. So, I used two chicken recipes and then slightly adapted two non-chicken crockpot recipes from one of my favorite blogs, Crystal and Co.
Here are the four freezer-to-crockpot recipes I made:
-Mandarin Chicken (my recipe)
-Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans
-Crockpot Sloppy Joes
-Apple Butter Pork Chops
And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – Recipes!
Because not all of the recipes are mine, I will link you back to the original recipe source. Some of them weren’t intended to be freezer meals, so I will note any adjustments I made to make them freezer-friendly here.
- 4 to 6 chicken breasts (chunky pieces like I used in this recipe)
- 1 bottle of BBQ sauce
- 1 can mandarins (drained)
- ½ red bell pepper (large diced)
- ½ green bell pepper (large diced)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag, remove all air before closing. Transfer to fridge to thaw 24 hours before placing in a Crockpot. Cook on low for seven hours. Serve over rice.
My thoughts on the recipe: The taste was amazing, but the consistency was quite soupy. Use a slotted spoon when serving to work-around that issue. The sauce is good enough to pour over almost anything – so definitely save the leftover sauce if you have any!
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and Black Beans
Alterations made to the recipe: We used half of the recommended amount of cilantro since my husband isn’t a huge fan of cilantro.
My thoughts on the recipe: I definitely recommend this recipe. Not only is it delicious, but the colors make for a nice presentation. The chicken was so tender that I was able to cut it into small chunks with the back of a spoon. We served them in flour tortillas with traditional taco fixings.
Crockpot Sloppy Joes
Alterations made to the recipe: I added ½ diced green pepper, ½ diced red pepper, ¼ chopped white onion. When packaging up the mixture, I placed the Sloppy Joe sauce in its own freezer bag, placed it on top of the packaged-up meat mixture and zipped the main bag closed. I went through the extra step of separating the Sloppy Joe sauce just to be sure of preserving the intended consistency of the meal.
My thoughts on the recipe: This is going to become a staple recipe in our kitchen. It doesn’t require many ingredients, is tasty and satisfying.
Apple Butter Pork Chops
Alterations made to the recipe: No alterations. Just tossed the ingredients in a freezer bag and hoped for the best!
My thoughts on the recipe: This was one of our favorites. I was a bit nervous about this recipe since I had made no alterations to make it freezer-friendly. But it worked out well and was extremely tasty! We served over rice with a side salad.
Since we’re pleased with every recipe we tried, we will definitely be doubling and tripling batches next time to fully stock our freezer. I have to say, freezer cooking is super convenient in itself, but when paired with crockpot cooking there is even less work involved, which is always a plus on busy nights or weekends. I’d love to know if you try any of these crockpot freezer meals or have any recipes you’d like to share!