10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes + Shopping List

by Janell on January 31, 2014

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Since my sister and my mom will be sharing 40 pounds of chicken next week from Zaycon chicken, I thought I would create an easy way for her to prepare the chicken for dinner.

I love to make crock pot freezer meals. I throw all the ingredients into a freezer bag and dinner is prepared! All I need to do is dump it into the crock pot and….that’s it! Well sometimes I need to make side dishes but the hard part is done. Plus there isn’t much of a mess to clean up!

If you are new here make sure you check out my series – 1 Hour + 1 Mess = 5 Crock Pot Dinners. It will change your dinner routine! Basically you spend 1 hour in the kitchen and you will have prepared 5 dinners. You made 1 mess and already cleaned it up! ( Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5Part 6 and Part 7 of my 1 Hour + 1 Mess = Crock Pot recipes.) Make sure you also sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest set of my crock pot series.

There are 35 Crock Pot Freezer Recipes! This is a great way to have dinner on the table during the start of the school year!

So here are 10 chicken recipes that you can prepare and freeze. It’s ok if you don’t have all the ingredients when you prepare the bags, just add it to your shopping list and write it on the bag to add it when you prepare the meal.

You can even double the recipes and have 20 dinners already prepared in your freezer!

Getting started:

  1. Print your Shopping List
  2. Print your recipes
  3. Lay out all your freezer bags and label them with instructions and additional ingredients you need.
  4. Cut all the produce and add them to the bags that need them. (I love this because I don’t waste anything. I chop everything and add it to the bags!)
  5. Add the additional ingredients and freeze!
  6. Clean your kitchen and know that you will not have to clean up another dinner mess for a while!


Hawiian Chicken

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

(4-5 servings)

  • 2-3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • ½  cup white sugar
  • ½  cup vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½   cup of pineapple juice (use what’s in the can)
  • ½  can of large pineapple chunks

Add all the ingredients to the bag.

Write on the bag:

Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve it over rice and enjoy.

While I am cooking the rice I  like to shred the chicken and put it back in the juice before I serve it.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Garlic Honey Chicken

(4-5 servings)

  • 1 ½  to 2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup  soy sauce
  • ⅔  cup ketchup
  • ¼  cup honey

(Feel free to double the sauce if you like extra sauce)

Add all the ingredients to a freezer bag.

Write on the bag:

Cook 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.

We like to eat this with mashed potatoes and a veggie.


chicken fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

( 5-6 servings)

  • 2 peppers (your favorite)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • taco seasoning packet (or make your own)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt

You will also need tortillas, cheese, cream, etc.


Put all the ingredients in a large freezer bag.

Write on the bag:
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
When it’s cooked, shred the meat and add it back to the pepper mixture and serve on warm tortillas and your favorite toppings.

With the leftover you can make this delicious Chicken Fajita Casserole!



Chicken Cacciatore

(Serves 4-5)

  • 2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (cut lengthwise)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (cut lengthwise)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 3-4 potatoes (Don’t put in the freezer bag)
  • 1 bag of pre-cut baby carrots (Don’t put in the freezer bag)

Place all the ingredients, *except the carrots and potatoes, into the freezer bag.

Write the following instructions on the bag:

  1. Dump the ingredients into your crock pot.
  2. Cut up the potatoes and add potatoes and carrots to your crock pot.
  3. Cook 5-6 hours  on high or 7-8 hours on low.
  4. Remove the bay leaves.

We also like to sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the dinner.


Tortilla Soup

  • 1 ½ – 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (24 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
  • 1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crumbled tortilla chips
  • cream (sour or Mexican)
  • shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican mix)

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, garlic, water, chicken bouillon, and spices into a freezer bag.

Write on the bag:

  1. Dump contents of the freezer bag into your crock pot.
  2. Cover, and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours
  3. When it’s done remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. The smaller the better since you can’t really cut up your soup.
  4. Tip – once you remove the chicken place the chunky stuff into a blender and blend until smooth. My kids don’t like chunks but they loved this soup!
  5. To serve, mix in some cream, cheese and tortilla chips.




Southwest Chicken

  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 16oz jar of salsa
  • 3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 8oz brick of cream cheese

Add the corn, black beans, salsa, and chicken to the ziploc bag.

Write on the bag:

  1. Dump ingredients into the crock pot. Cook on high for 6-7 hours and low for 7-8 hours.
  2. About 30 minutes before the meal is going to be served remove and shred the chicken.
  3. Cut up the cream cheese into chunks and add to the crock pot with the chicken. Let it heat up for about 30 minutes.

Serve over rice. We also added some shredded cheese on top and it was delicious!
If you are not a fan of black beans you can omit them or just add half the can. I don’t really like them but they were good in this recipe.


Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos

  • 1 -1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Packet taco seasoning
  • 1 Packet Ranch Dressing powder
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing (do not add to freezer bag)

Write on the bag:

Dump in the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours. When the meat is cooked, shred and add back to the crock pot with 1/4 cup ranch dressing until heated.

 On the day you serve the meal you will need the additional items:

  • taco shells (soft or hard)
  • lettuce
  • cheese
  • tomatoes
  • salsa
  • sour cream

philly chicken

Philly Chicken Sandwich

  • 2-3 boneless,skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoons Montreal Marinade seasoning
  • grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Good Hoagie Rolls
Write on the bag
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours. Shred the meat and serve on a roll. Add cheese and broil until cheese is bubbly.
  • Add butter, green peppers, onions, chicken, and seasoning into a large freezer bag



Spicy Chicken over Yellow Rice

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 ½ cup of your favorite s salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese (do not add to the bag)

Write on the bag

  • Cook 5-6 hours on high or 6-7 on low. Shred chicken and add cream cheese. Heat for about 30 minutes longer.


  • Place all the ingredients, except for the cream cheese, in a freezer bag.




BBQ Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce (your favorite)
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Buns

Write on bag

  • Add all the ingredient to the slow cooker (except buns). Cook 7-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

This meal can be eaten as sandwiches by shredding the chicken before serving. Or just eat the chicken and enjoy it with some delicious side items!

This has helped save me so much time and money in the kitchen. I can also make sure that our family is eating a good dinner and we are not wasting money eating out every time I don’t want to cook. I don’t have much of an excuse when I have these freezer bags with dinner already done!

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Additional notes:

  • My slow cooker cooks at a high temperature, so please check your food to make sure you have the proper cooking time.
  • The fuller the crock pot, the longer it will take to cook your food.
  • According to the official Crock Pot website, you can safely cook frozen meat in your crock pot. If you still don’t like the idea, you can put the bag in the fridge the night before and it should be defrosted by the morning.
  • Never put the plastic bag in the crock pot. Always dump out the contents to prepare your meal.
  • When you freeze the bag, make sure the frozen lump (for lack of a better work) will easily fit into your crock pot.
  • One reader suggested putting the dinners into crock pot liners and then into the freezer bag.

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marilyn cada January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

they look all delicious..bookmarked for future use

Jill Hanses February 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

What an amazing co-inky-dink (coincidence!), I am due to pick up my Zaycon chicken order today! Will have to pre-package and freeze some of these recipes! Thanks!

Janell February 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

🙂 My family can’t wait for their order!

Cheryl February 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I stopped by from What’s Cookin’ Wednesday because I love a simple crock pot recipe. Many of these would fit my family, I am bookmarking this page! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Janell February 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy them.

Teri February 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Wow! I stopped in from the Hearth & Soul Hop and I can’t wait to do this! I’ll definitely check out your series. Will follow you on Bloglovin’ too! Thank you so much!

Alana February 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

The recipes looks delicious!

Janell February 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Thanks for stopping by!

Kay (A Ranch Mom) February 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

This is a great compilation of recipes. Love freezer recipes!

Antionette Blake February 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Great ideas and I thought I was a crock pot queen – you have stolen the crown. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a great weekend.

Janell February 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

Aww thanks 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Judy Soles February 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Do you have to thaw before putting in crockpot?

Janell February 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Nope you can add them frozen. 🙂

Michelle February 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Can I use frozen chicken breasts in the bags? I usually buy 4kg boxes of frozen chicken breasts because they are cheaper than fresh 🙂

Janell February 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Yes – that is what I use 🙂

Maria February 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Good idea if all you eat is chicken.

Janell February 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

I compiled these recipes for people that were picking up 40 lbs of chicken 🙂 I have 30 recipes and there are a lot of beef and pork options – https://www.savingyoudinero.com/2013/10/03/30-crock-pot-freezer-meals/

julie February 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Great ideas!! We’ve started raising our own chickens so this will be easy to incorporate after we butcher them…….I usually double wrap them anyway with Saran and then freezer paper so this saves me a time consuming step!!

john hutchens February 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

great idea and it takes the thinking out of day to day meal prep. I am going to make up a few this week so I am not tempted to buy dinner out.

Brittany February 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

What a great collection! We only eat chicken at our house, and with baby #3 due in just over 3 weeks, I’ll definitely be making these recipes to have stored in the freezer for after baby comes! What a huge help this will be. Thank you for sharing!

Janell February 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for your comment and congratulations!

Debra April 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I rarely leave comments, but I’m so impressed with the effort and creativity by which you’ve produced such a variety of appetizing, healthy, and visually appealing meals. I’ve found similar websites overwhelming in the amount of prep their recipes require, but yours shout ‘DOABLE’!!
Thank you so very much for sharing your food insights. I can hardly wait to get started. I found you through Pinterest, and I’ve bookmarked your site. Congratulations on an excellent job!

Janell April 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Thanks! I don’t have time to waste in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do!

Barbara Consbruck June 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I found you on Swagbucks. Thanks for putting all the recipes and shopping lists together. They all sound budget friendly too. I can’t wait to try these.

Janell July 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Amanda August 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thank you for posting these!!! How long do these typically last in the freezer?

Janell August 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

You are welcome! The most something has been in my freezer is a month. I would say 6 weeks max. I hope you enjoy them!

Mackenzie August 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Looking forward to trying these out! What size of freezer bag are you using?

Janell August 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I use the gallon sized bags. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel Klopp September 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

What is Montreal Marinade Seasoning? By the way, the Tortilla soup was DELICIOUS!

Janell September 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

It’s a delicious seasoning that I put in burgers and I use it to marinade steaks with soy sauce and olive oil. You can use it in so many recipes – it’s so flavorful! http://www.mccormick.com/Grill-Mates/Flavors/Seasoning-Blends/Grill-Mates-Montreal-Steak-Seasoning
I am so glad you loved the soup. Next week I should be publishing 5 crock pot freezer soup recipes. I have 1 more recipe to try out tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Reba September 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

I made all these recipes a few weeks ago– my family loved all of them, except the kids thought the tortilla soup was too spicy. I definitely will use this recipe list again. I found that my family of four could get 2-3 meals out of each recipe, which made it about $3.35 per meal for my whole family!

Janell September 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

Thanks so much for your comment. I have always wondered about what each meal would cost! I am so glad you liked them.

Marlene V (Enelram) January 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

These are great recipes for busy families:)
Thanks for sharing.

Wendy DesRochers January 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm

I’m bookmarking this page and I expect it’ll get lots of use! Thank you!

Linda Buzard-Moffitt January 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Thank You for I dont enjoy cooking so I need good healthy ideas for dinners for my family

Donna Jacoby January 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

While I no longer eat meat, I still look for recipes such as this to experiment with. The recipes sound fabulous and I can’t wait to try them with non-meat substitutes. Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth February 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

Thank you for these recipes! I put them together last night, and I’m making the Philly Chicken Sandwiches today. I did add a little bit of water to the Crock Pot since there is no liquid in that recipe, and I didn’t think the Crock Pot would work very well without any liquid (I didn’t use the frozen chicken breasts with the ice layer). I was able to get chicken for $1.69/lb ($30.95 total) and everything else I didn’t already have for about $28. That’s less than $6/meal! That’s great for a chicken meal, especially if we have leftovers (there’s only two of us). I look forward to trying more of your Crock Pot freezer meals in the future. If you need any inspiration/suggestions for new recipes, how about some meatless ones? We often eat meatless to save money. Thanks again!

Janell February 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

I love that these are so frugal! I hope you enjoy all the meals.

Erika March 29, 2016 at 12:09 am

Thank you so very much for these recipes, shopping lists and easy instructions! I especially love this list of 10 chicken recipes, since I don’t eat beef or pork. These are going to be a lifesaver for my family, and I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to make it as easy as possible. I’ve never done crockpot freezer meals before, but your instructions and lists make it look easy!

Janell March 29, 2016 at 5:14 am

Thanks so much for your sweet comment! It really is such a huge time and money saver. I need to get back into doing it and sharing my next set of recipes! Thanks for stopping by!

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