Freezing Crockpot Cooked Chicken for Effortless Healthy Meal Planning

by Sherri on July 7, 2014 · 14 comments · Main Dishes, Simple Recipes

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Freezing Crockpot Cooked Chicken for Effortless Healthy Meal Planning

Freezing Cooked Chicken

This is the easiest meal planning tip and will save you TONS of time this Summer with planning your meals! Fill your freezer with pre-cooked chicken cooked in your crockpot and you will be ready to make your healthy dinners.

I use it for chicken casseroles, chicken salad, Rice bowls and adding it to my quinoa salad or this great tomato, avocado, cucumber salad and so much more.

Be sure to buy your chicken on sale.  Stock up when it goes on sale for $1.99 / lb and then do this freezer cooking.  Huge savings!

What you need to get started:

Large package of boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Slow Cooker

Food Processor or Stand Mixer

Freezer bags


1. Place all the chicken in the slow cooker with about 1/2 cup of water.  I sprinkled a little pepper and garlic powder on top.  Add any spices you would like.

chicken in the crock pot

2. Cook for 6 – 8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.

3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place one piece at a time in a food processor.  Pulse a few times to get the size chicken pieces you want for your recipes. Pulse for a count of 5 and the food processor will “shred” the chicken.

chicken in food processor

shredded chicken

4. Place 1 or 2 cup portions in freezer bags. Be sure to label your bags with the date too.

Freezer chicken

5. You can also save and freeze some of the chicken broth left in the slow cooker too. It’s great to use for soups, etc.

Another time savings tip is to freeze several packages of cooked ground turkey to use in other recipes too.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Daphne July 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Good Evening Sherri, What a fabulous idea. I love how the minced chicken can be added to rice and salads….. so much easier for days when I am busy sewing and I don’t want to take too much time to make a meal.
Thank you for the idea.
Best Wishes


Kristi Rimkus July 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I found you on a link up party. This is a terrific idea. You can do so much with pre-cooked chicken!


Cheryl July 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I found this ingenious recipe tip on In and Out of the Kitchen link party and I hope you’ll bring it to my recipe link party tonight! This week’s party starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm and goes until Sunday evening. You can find us at mommasangelbaby (dot) com. Hope to see you there! HUGS


Cheryl July 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm

So happy you stopped by! I have pinned and stumbled this post and hope you’ll bring another delicous dish or tip next week! HUGS


Kimberlee July 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

This is a great idea – I have done this in the past and it is a real time saver. I have not tried shredding them in the food processor though – I usually do it with a couple of forks but it takes a while – I am definitely trying this out soon – pinning.


Katie Ward July 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

This is so helpful! I am going to try this out as soon as possible! Thank you for sharing.


Anna @ family living on a budget July 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Found you via the yuck stops here link up. I used to do something very similar with chicken, it’s great for making life easier.


ari July 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Such an awesome idea! I’m new to cooking and this is helpful!


Miz Helen July 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Thanks so much for sharing a great tip and recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a fun day and come back soon!
Miz Helen


Becca July 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I like the idea of using a food processor to shred the chicken! Thanks for sharing your post at the Healthy Tuesday hop. :)


AmieJo July 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

Great idea. I have beef in my freezer because we buy a 1/4 of a cow when ever we need it. We have venison because my husband hunts. So that is nice. I do buy and freeze chicken also but I love the idea of having it already cooked. I will have to try it. Thanks.


Stephanie July 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

This is such a good idea! I love having cooked chicken on hand and this is a perfect solution. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!


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