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Just 5 minutes of prep gets you a freezer meal that will make a busy weeknight a little bit easier. Toss the whole thing in the slow cooker and enjoy a delicious BBQ Chicken Sandwich for dinner!
The weekend before I went in to have surgery to remove my gall bladder, I searched Pinterest for freezer meals. Of course, I ended up with 389,355,677 options to comb through. I wanted something that I could cook in the slow cooker because I knew I wouldn’t be up to making meals for the family.
I found a recipe for BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Somewhere. For some reason I didn’t pin it and now I can’t find it again. I think I was wandering down the rabbit hole and far off the main feed on Pinterest.
Anyway, I remembered the main ingredients, so I just tossed things into the bag, sealed it up and put it in the freezer. This week we enjoyed tender, juicy, flavorful BBQ chicken sandwiches for dinner. Success!
Most freezer to slow cooker meals that I have tried ended up as a great disappointment and very one-note in flavor. Hurray for exceptions to the rule! 🙂 I had some leftover meat today for lunch and it was still delicious!
Forgot to thaw the chicken? Make your BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the pressure cooker instead!
I use my Crockpot Express (the Crockpot brand of a multi-cooker like the Instant Pot) to save my dinner plans all the time. It’s great having a meal ready to go in the freezer, but it’s not great if it’s frozen solid an hour before dinner.
For a pressure cooker, you’ll just need a little bit of liquid to get it started. The juices from the chicken as it thaws, plus the sauce already in the bag will be enough liquid for it to pressurize and cook.
Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth or water to the bottom of the pot and then dump the frozen chicken breast and sauce from the bag into the pot. Close and lock the lid, turning the steam release valve to closed and then set the time for 15 minutes (high pressure.) On the Crockpot Express, I use the Poultry button.
Press Start/Stop and then let it get cooking! It will take a few minutes longer to heat up because of the frozen food inside. Plus, you need to allow time for a natural pressure release (about 10 minutes.) However, you’re still going to have dinner ready in about 45 minutes, which is impressive considering you started with a frozen lump. 🙂
More great freezer meals for meal prep
This post about meal prep/batch cooking is full of great freezer meal recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I even included a PDF shopping list for the entire thing. It’s a fabulous way to stock your freezer and make busy weeks a little easier!
Speaking of meal prep, did you know you can also freeze eggs? If you have a hen laying more than you can use, or just bought too many eggs, read all about How to Freeze Eggs here.
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches: Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal
- 1.5 pounds chicken breast boneless skinless (2 large breasts)
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray's)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Italian dressing
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 pounds chicken breast, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup Italian dressing, 2 tbsp Worcestershire saucePlace all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag, seal and mix together. Freeze.
- When ready to cook, remove bag from freezer and leave in refrigerator overnight to defrost.
- In a slow cooker, cook on Low for 5-6 hours.
- Turn off cooker, shred chicken with a fork and let sit for a few minutes to soak up the juice.
- Serve on hamburger buns or bread of your choice. Top with sliced cheese and coleslaw if desired.