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This is a freezer-friendly, flavorful, easy meal. The only downside is it requires touching/patting/cutting raw chicken. Yuck. Is anyone else completely grossed out by having to touch raw chicken? I’m not even talking about a whole chicken—that is completely beyond my “gross” limits. I’m talking about boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Gross.
But it’s worth it, because once this meal is in the freezer bag, it’s just about the easiest non-crock pot meal to throw together. You basically just have to turn the oven on and dump the contents of the freezer bag into a baking dish. I like to serve it with rice and steamed veggies.
This recipe slightly adapted from this book. My super thoughtful mother-in-law knows me so well and got me this book for Christmas last year (without me even asking for it!). I’ve been slowly working my through the recipes and after making this one a couple times, I’ve now added it to my repertoire of meals.
First you’ll have to touch the chicken. Feel free to wear gloves! I use 2 good size boneless, skinless chicken breasts and slice them in half. Rinse, pat dry, and sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Then place in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
Next, pour the rest of the ingredients into a quart-sized freezer bag. It can get pretty messy, so try to place the bag in a cup or bowl for easier pouring.
Then place the quart-sized bag into the gallon-sized bag. Write the directions on the front and lay flat to freeze.
To thaw, place the bag in a thaw box of some sort. I usually make room in one of my produce drawers–just in case there might be a hole in the bag you don’t know about. The thought of raw chicken juice in my fridge–oh man!!! When thawed, spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and pour sauce over chicken. Bake for 40-50 minutes at 400.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2-2.5 lbs)
- 1½ t basil
- ½ t salt
- ½ t pepper
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup veg oil
- 1 t chopped garlic
- Slice chicken breasts; rinse and pat dry
- Sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper
- Place in gallon-sized freezer bag
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a quart-sized zip freezer bag (sitting in a cup or bowl)
- Add quart bag to gallon bag and freeze
- When ready to eat:
- Thaw in fridge; spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400
- Pour sauce over chicken and bake for 40-50 minutes
Do you have any favorite make-ahead freezer meals? I’d love to hear what they are!
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