We are on a kick with our make ahead freezer meals. Boy are these lifesavers! It has made meal planning a breeze this week.
As you may recall last week one of my sister-in-laws and I spent a day preparing meals for the freezer. This was a hot topic at a recent mom of preschoolers event that I spoke at and I promised the ladies in attendance that I would do some leg work for them to make freezer meal planning easy. I did freezer meals years ago, but I attended a group where someone else did all of the planning, shopping and organizing and I just showed up to help assemble.
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Today I am going to share with you our slow cooker pineapple chicken recipe.
- 6 chicken breasts
- 2 c sugar
- 1/2 c soy sauce
- 1 c ketchup
- 1/4 c red wine vinegar
- 2 T mustard
- 1 (20 oz) can crush pineapple, drained juice reserved
- 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained juice reserved
- 1 gallon size freezer ziplock bag
Gather all of the ingredients.
Please ignore the fact that there are 4 cans in pineapple in the below photo. That was an accident.
Label your bag with a permanent marker. I labeled this Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken. This could also be baked in the oven if you choose not to use the slow cooker.
In a bowl mix the sugar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard and red wine vinegar with a whisk or fork.
Set it bowl aside.
Place the chicken breasts in the gallon size ziplock bag. Pour the marinate you just made in the bowl over the chicken.
Toss in the pineapple tidbits and chunks.
Seal and shake the bag to evenly coat the chicken.
Pop it in the freezer until you’re ready to cook it.
Once ready to cook defrost in the fridge over night.
Toss in the slow cooker on high for 6 hours. ( I love this crockpot because it switches to warm once the cook time is up.)
You could also cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Or, you could bake in the oven in a casserole dish at 350° for 1 hour until the juices in the chicken are clear.
I served this over rice with mixed veggies.
You could also serve this with a side salad and rolls if you choose.
There will be plenty of marinate in the crockpot that you can drizzle over the chicken and rice.
Wondering how many meals we made in one sitting? My sister-in-law and I spent one afternoon shopping and prepping meals for the freezer.
We created ten meals for each of our families and only spent $100 each.
Ten Make Ahead Freezer Meals for $100
Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going to share with you the 10 recipes we made which were:
- Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- Honey Ginger Chicken Tenders
- Taco Soup
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken (today’s recipe)
- Maple Dijon Salmon
- Breakfast Burritos
- Bean and Cheese Burritos
- Cilantro Lime Black Bean Chicken
- Stuffed Pasta Shells
- Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings