Recently I bought a boat load of chicken for $1.49/lb and am making some make ahead chicken crock pot recipes for our family. I LOVE LOVE having things in my freezer that I can just add to the crock pot on a busy night as that’s doubly easy for me! Minimum prepping and then minimum cooking!
So here’s 10 of my favorite make ahead chicken crock pot recipes for you to enjoy. I would be honored….nee delighted… if you’d pin this or share it! You could make these separately or get a ton of chicken and freeze a bunch at once.
While most ingredients freeze well, white potatoes and most milk based products (except shredded cheese) don’t freeze great. While there are exceptions unless you’re an expert freezer (LOL!) I wouldn’t recommend it. That’s why with all my freezing I’ve left out ingredients like yogurt until the day of cooking. But if you really want to prep it’s a great idea to freeze the side item like rice or pasta with the chicken in another bag!
1) Clean Eating Orange Chicken
On a Friday night I like something easy and I love Chinese food so I came up with Clean Eating Crock Pot Orange Chicken. I served it over Jasmine rice and voila: no trip out for takeout needed! Enjoy your Friday night takeout of Clean Eating Crock Pot Orange Chicken which can also be Gluten Free Orange Chicken if you ditch the soy sauce and flour. Ya know what else? You could also freeze this recipe! Simply add the chicken to a freezer bag with the sauce and freeze for up to 3 months. Remove, defrost and pop right in the crockpot. Grab the full recipe.
2) Skinny Chicken Chili
This one is easy to freeze as you just add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then label. You could also add some cooked rice and cheese into separate baggies and add into the freezer bag then you’ve got everything.
3) Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Balls
I developed this recipe one day in desperation at about noon! I was sick of cooking and didn’t feel like I had much on hand but cheese and chicken. Needless to say my kids loved this and it’s become a fave since. Serve with salad and bread.
To freeze add the balls already made and with toothpicks in to a baggie. Defrost a few hours before and cook. If you want to oven bake bake for 45 minutes at 350.
4) Bacon Wrapped Chicken
This Bacon Wrapped Chicken was inspired by some leftover bacon I had and Oh my goodness! When I served it to hubs last week he really enjoyed it and best yet? I made it in the crock pot. If your new year’s resolution was healthy eating this is a pretty decent one as long as you strip off the chicken skin and use turkey bacon.
To freeze simply add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and label. Defrost for a few hours before adding to crock pot. I served it with these Carrot Fries.
5) Cinnamon Chicken
When Shawna told me that this Baked Cinnamon Chicken recipe was a favorite at her house I decided to try it. We’re in a pretty large MOPS group and it was no surprise to me that when I mentioned making it another friend replied, “Oh that stuff is good, Shawna brought us it when I had a baby!”
I’m always looking for unique recipes that i can bring a new Mom and this one is a goodie as it’s a kid friendly meal. For more new Mom meals see: 5 New Mom Meals. To make this into a crock pot recipe just add into your pot. It won’t be as crunchy but it’ll still be yummy!
6) Cilantro Chicken
I am addicted to my cilantro lime dressing recipe and it’s really helping me eat my greens. Yesterday I was craving it so bad that I had to go buy salad to eat it! I had it on Instagram and one of my Facebook readers asked me why I didn’t put it in my slow cooker with some chicken to make Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken. So I did and it was delish! A perfect easy meal that is a paleo slow cooker meal, a freezable slow cooker meal and a good weeknight meal for if you’ve got sports going on with the kids. Winner winner, chicken dinner! Full recipe.
7) Skinny Teriyaki Chicken
This Crock Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is a favorite of my friend Holly. The great thing is you can freeze all the ingredients together in a freezer ziploc and just remove when you need it. This would also make a great new Mom meal/gift for her freezer. What I love about freezer meals like this is that as they defrost they marinate creating a great flavor ready to be dumped in the crock pot. Here’s the Full recipe.
8) Chicken and Mushroom Stew
I am not exaggerating when I say this is probably my favorite crock pot meal e-ver and of course it comes from my amazingly talented friend Trish. She brought leftovers over for lunch one day and then I was craving it and had to make more! Full Recipe.
9) Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry
Tim and I lived in Thailand for 3 years and LOVED it! We miss it still and really miss the food which is why I make quite a bit of it. Yellow curry, otherwise known in Thailand as “gengaree gai” is one of Tim’s favorites. Although it can be made on the stovetop it’s a great meal for a sport’s night. If you need something the minute you walk in from work or after a sport’s practice, this is it! It only takes a couple of hours in your crock pot to make.
Coconut milk is ok to freeze with other ingredients although it may separate a little. Once you pull from freezer and defrost, shake the bag a little and mush it to mix. Then add to your crock pot. DO NOT add the potatoes to the freezer bag as those won’t do great. Just add all the other ingredients and make sure you have potatoes on hand the day you’ll cook it. Grab the full recipe.
10) Slow Cooker Indian Curry Recipe
Our weeks have been really busy with homeschooling and soccer and so Fridays are become special Family Nights which is why last week I made my hubs this Slow Cooker Indian Curry recipe. As fussy is Tim is (and that’s VERY with a capital “V”) for some reason he loves Indian food.
To freeze add all the ingredients to a freezer bag except the yogurt and water. Defrost for a couple of hours on cooking day and then add the yogurt and water before adding to the crock pot.