Freezer to Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken
I loooove filling my freezer with food that I can then thaw and drop into my crockpot for a super-simple, stress-free evening meal!
This recipe is very simple to put together ahead of time. All you do is assemble the ingredients, add them to a freezer bag, and then put them in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook it, just thaw it (or not) and drop it into your slow-cooker.
For reference, we have a large, 6-quart slow-cooker. Each of these gallon-sized freezer bags makes one meal, so this recipe is for two freezer meals.
- 6 pounds chicken breasts
- 1 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
- 10 cloves garlic minced (we like lots—you can use less if you prefer)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 4 Tablespoons lime juice we use about 3 limes
- 2 Tablespoons lime zest shred the outside of a clean, fresh lime
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves remove leaves from stems
- 2 gallon-sized freezer bags
Label two gallon-sized freezer bags (I find that it's easier to label the bags before they have food in them!)
Prepare ingredients (rinse the chicken, mince the garlic, juice and zest the limes) and split all ingredients (except cilantro) into two gallon-sized freezer bags. Each bag makes about 6-8 servings, so this will make two meals.
Wash the cilantro and remove the leaves from the stems. Place the cilantro leaves into two smaller freezer bags and place inside the larger bag (or tape to the outside).
Lay the bags flat, squeeze out as much excess air as possible, and place in freezer.
The day before you plan to cook the meal, take out the freezer bags to thaw.
On cooking day, put the contents of one larger freezer bag (everything minus the cilantro) into slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Add cilantro in the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
Serve with rice or cauli-rice, and add a large salad or cooked vegetables. These can also be served in taco shells with salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and guacamole.
This recipe is delicious served with rice (or cauli-rice, for those doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan). The chicken can also be served in taco shells with salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and guacamole (omit taco shells for THM).
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