I’m starting with this recipe for the Freezer Meal Chicken Edition series because it is so tasty, and my favourite. I dedicated the most amount of chicken to it. We portioned our freezer bags for 4-6 servings per meal, and this recipe makes 4 meals. You may need to adjust your numbers accordingly. This will be the same for each meal that I post. This chicken goes great alongside corn and a tossed salad!
Calories: 359 per 240g serving
8 lbs of Chicken (boneless, skinless)
4 packs of onion soup mix
1 3/4 c peach jelly
1 onion (medium), minced
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of ketchup
1 cup of BBQ sauce (we used Kraft light)
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 tbsp of paprika
First, prep your chicken. I always give it a rinse after I take it out of the store packaging. While you can use this recipe with either whole breasts or cubed, I find it works best with cubes, and makes portioning easier. Cube up the chicken and place it into 4 large freezer bags with 2 lbs of chicken in each.
Add all of the other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide into 4 equal portions and add to each of the large freezer bags.
Label bag and flash freeze for an hour so that you get a nice, flat, bag for easy stacking. Transfer to freezer.
When it comes time to eat the meal, you can choose one of the following procedures for cooking:
Use your oven – Bake covered for 60 minutes at 350F
Use your slow cooker – Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7 hours.
Use your BBQ – Thaw for 24 hours prior to cooking. Remove from sauce and cook on medium-high until chicken is cooked thoroughly (white meat with an internal temperature of 165F). Bring remaining sauce to a boil on stove top. Pour sauce on finished chicken and enjoy!
Frugal Cost Breakdown (based on 2016 Walmart.ca prices):
8 lbs of Chicken (boneless, skinless) – $3 per pound = $24
4 packs of onion soup mix – $0.44 per pack = $1.77
1 3/4 c peach jelly = $0.73 per 100 ml = $2.28
1 onion (medium), minced = $2 per 3 lbs = $0.33
1 cup of apple cider vinegar = $0.29 per 100ml = $0.73
1 cup of ketchup = $0.20 per 100ml = $0.50
1 cup of BBQ sauce (we used Kraft light) = $0.28 per 100ml = $0.70
1 cup of white sugar – $0.12 per 100g = $0.26
1 cup of vegetable oil – $0.20 per 100ml = $0.50
1/4 cup of lemon juice – $0.29 per 100ml = $0.18
1 tbsp of paprika – $1.54 per 100g = $0.22
Total cost of recipe: $31.47
Total cost per meal: $7.87
Total cost per serving (based on 6 per meal): $1.31
If you would like to check out some other great chicken freezer meal ideas, please visit this page.