Chicken Recipes That Freeze Beautifully

Stock your freezer with these amazing make-ahead chicken recipes, featuring freezer recipe favorites like burritos, mac and cheese, stuffed chicken breasts, and of course, casserole recipes! With these preplanned chicken recipes, you've got dinner ready in no time.

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    Chicken in Avocado-Buttermilk Marinade

    Buttermilk marinades work moisture-infusing miracles on chicken, and when you blend in buttery avocado, zesty lime peel, and fiery jalapenos, things get VERY interesting. Pour the marinade over chicken thighs, bag 'em, and freeze for up to four months.

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    Make-Ahead Buffalo Chicken Sliders

    Last-minute guests coming over? You'll be glad you stashed these tongue-tingling, celery-dotted chicken patties in your freezer. Slap the frozen sliders in a skillet, and they'll be sizzling and bun-ready in just 12 minutes! (Psst...make these in bulk. They freeze for up to six months!)

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    Make-Ahead Southern Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Green Grape Relish

    Our favorite time-saving sandwich trick: Keeping super-saucy pulled chicken meat in the freezer. We slow-cooked chicken thighs with onions and a jazzed-up barbecue sauce for ultimate Southern-style flavor. Just whip up a quick, fruity relish and grab the hamburger buns when you're ready to serve!

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    Pad Thai Chicken Burritos

    Fusion cuisine direct from your freezer? Believe it! These tasty chicken wraps combine the handheld convenience of Mexican burritos with the sweet, salty, and fiery crunch of chicken pad thai. Keep them on hand in your freezer for up to a month -- if they last that long!

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    Poach Chicken Like a Pro!

    Bought a bunch of chicken breasts on sale? Now is the time to poach, shred, and freeze them! Learn our simmering technique for the juiciest, most flavorful results.

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    Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

    Why stop at regular-old mac and cheese when a few key additions -- broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, chicken, and two types of cheese --are all you need to make this fabulous freezer-friendly meal-in-one?

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    Caramelized Onion and Apple-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Can you think of a tastier filling for grilled chicken breasts than blue cheese and sauteed onions and apples? (We can't, either!) Pull these special-occasion entrees from your freezer whenever you need an elegant dish for entertaining -- or whenever you want to make your family feel special. 

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    Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

    This isn't your ordinary chicken and rice casserole. Featuring asparagus-dotted Parmesan sauce and juicy stuffed chicken breasts over a bed of savory wild rice, this elegant, freezer-friendly chicken bake is in a league of its own.

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    Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice and Basil

    Keep this warming soup on hand for cases of the sniffles! We infused the tender chicken meatballs with terrific flavor courtesy of garlic, ginger, and green onions, then jazzed up the broth with crushed red pepper and soy sauce. To freeze, just cool the soup and transfer to freezer containers. It'll keep for up to two months.

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    Thai Chicken

    No lie -- 20 minutes of thaw time and five minutes of stir-frying are all you need to get this delicious dish from freezer to table. Then you'll be chowing down on snow peas, sweet peppers, sliced carrots and chicken in a coconutty, peanut-buttery sauce. Put the mix atop salad greens or a flatbread, if you like! 

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    Individual Chicken Pot Pies

    Q: What's better than cheesy chicken pot pie in a casserole dish? A: These adorable ramekin versions that freeze like little champs! Keep a stash of these flaky pies in your freezer to satisfy comfort food cravings -- no sharing required.

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    Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

    The same tool that gives these chicken enchiladas their incredibly moist filling also makes the process incredibly convenient. (It's your slow cooker!) A little filling and rolling later, and you'll be sliding a dish full of these spicy, cheesy enchiladas into your freezer.

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    Make-Ahead Chicken-Spinach Calzones

    What makes these cheesy, chicken-stuffed pockets such a breeze to assemble? Three words: refrigerated pizza dough. They're just as easy to reheat from frozen: Thaw the calzones overnight, then bake for 12 minutes!

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    Tandoori Spiced Chicken and Rice Bake

    Indian-spiced chicken takes star billing in this freezer-friendly chicken and rice casserole, but we're nominating the veggie-studded rice mixture for best supporting role. Cover the casserole tightly with foil before freezing; it'll be spicy and delicious for up to three months!

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    No More Shoe-Leather Baked Chicken

    It's all too easy to overbake chicken, unless you know our method. Watch this video to say good-bye to dried-out chicken breasts.

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    Chicken and Green Chile Tamales

    Sometimes only soft, spicy chicken tamales will do. And for those occasions, we keep a supply in our freezer! Made with masa harina and green salsa-spiked chicken, these authentic tamales freeze well for up to a month and are guaranteed to keep Mexican soul food cravings at bay.

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    Make-and-Take Breakfasts for People Always On the Go

    Breakfast skippers, we're looking at you. Thanks to these quick and easy breakfasts (most of which can be made the night before), there's no excuse for starting your morning without a meal. These make-and-take breakfasts will give you nutrients on the go. Try granola bars, overnight oats, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
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