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Easy Chicken Breast (for freezer)

When most people think of freezer meals, they think casseroles, soups, chili, etc.  We used to think the same way.  Now I try to think of what I can keep in my freezer that will allow me to make quick weeknight meals for my family.  Some staples in our freezer right now are Ricotta and Parmesan Meatballs, Sweet and Spicy Chili, Split Pea Soup, Homemade Pizza Dough, Basil Pesto, Homemade Noodles, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Greek Yogurt, Protein Pancakes and a good variety of frozen fruits and veggies.  I’m not suggesting you need all the above items in your freezer, just wanted to give you some ideas to get creative and think of things your family would eat.  I’m constantly learning new ideas I had never thought of on my own.  Like this freezer chicken!  I use at least one of my frozen bags per week, shaving a good 30 minutes of cook time off my dinner.  My sister-in-law does a lot of this freezer chicken, so she gave me the idea.  How did I not know about this sooner?!?

Back to the cooked chicken breast, determine what the best pre-measured amount is for your family.  For our crew of three, two cups work well.  We add it to Easy Chicken Pad Thai, Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken, Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, soups, tacos, casseroles, and more.  Since the meat preparation is usually the most time consuming portion of the meal, you’ve easily just saved yourself half the meal prep time.  

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The easiest way to prep chicken breast for the freezer is to grill or bake a few more pieces when you are already planning to make chicken breast.  Wait until completely cooled before freezing.  Store it cubed, shredded, or whole.  It is so easy with just a few minutes of hands on time!  Happy prepping!

Cooked Chicken Breast
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 chicken breasts (bone-in or boneless)
  2. olive oil
  3. garlic powder
  4. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven or grill to 350.
  2. 2. Remove skin from chicken breasts and brush with olive oil.
  3. 3. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. 4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. 5. Let cool before cubing or shredded. Measure and bag into labeled freezer bags.
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