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Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in Under an Hour!

Do you want to eat healthy dinners without having to slave away in the kitchen?  Healthy freezer crockpot meals are your answer!!  Here’s how I prepped seven chicken crockpot recipes in less than an hour (including clean-up!).

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

Let’s start with the healthy chicken crockpot freezer meals that I made…

  1. Lemon Pepper Chicken (I made this as part of another chicken crockpot freezer session and loved it.)
  2. Red Pepper Chicken
  3. Southwestern Chicken Chili (adapted from our favorite southwestern pork chili recipe)
  4. Hawaiian Chicken
  5. Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
  6. Chicken Fajitas (This recipe is from my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook, but I’m sharing it for free in the pdf below.)
  7. Chicken Soup with Orzo

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For me to consider them “healthy,” my chicken crockpot freezer meals need to include…

  • As few processed foods as possible
  • Vegetables
  • An absolutely amazing taste!  (Because who wants to eat healthy foods that don’t taste good?!)

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

Since none of the recipes required any cooking ahead of time, I was able to prep all seven in under an hour.  That works out to less than 9 minutes per meal (including clean-up)!  You might see people on Pinterest who can prep more meals in less time, but I am willing to bet that they aren’t including many fresh vegetables.

To save time making these meals, I used these shortcuts:

  • I bought a cored pineapple because it was the same price as a regular one.
  • I used celery that I had already chopped and stored in the freezer.
  • I used peeled garlic that I bought last week (which is awesome, by the way).
  • I filled out my freezer labels the day before when my baby was napping.

I also use these baggy clips when I’m prepping meals, but they’re not essential.  I just like how they hold the bags open and keep me from spilling the bags all over the floor (not that I’ve done that before or anything…).

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

I added up the costs from my grocery receipt and I spent $75 total on these seven meals.  That works out to $10.71 per meal or $2.27 per serving.  I bought a lot of organic ingredients and didn’t use coupons, so I think you could save more money if you’re motivated.

The number of servings per meal range from 3 to 8 and are detailed on the printable recipes/grocery list above.  If you want to feed more people, I recommend adding more meat to the freezer bag.  Even one extra pound of meat should feed at least three more people.

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

Here are my best tips for prepping healthy freezer crockpot meals…

  1. If possible, label your freezer meals ahead of time (If you join my email list, you’ll receive printable labels for free after subscribing.)
  2. Print your recipes so you don’t have to search for them on your phone/computer/tablet.
  3. Dive right into prepping all the veggies.  (This took me about 30 minutes, but it was totally worth it.  I can’t wait for my family to eat all of this healthy food!)
  4. Work in an assembly line to fill all the bags with vegetables and garlic.  Then, focus on one recipe at a time to add the spices, sauces, and meats.

I also like to listen to Pandora radio on my iPhone.  It just makes the whole process more fun. 

Make 7 Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals In Under An Hour!

If you’re brand-new to crockpot freezer meals, my crockpot and freezer cookbooks also contain a bunch of great recipes and tips.

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can! 

93 Comments

  • These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them – thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Thank you so much for this – I pinned your article & printed the PDF. Can’t wait to try these recipes soon!

  • Brenda says:

    What size crockpot do you use for these recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      Usually 6 quart. I might use my 4 qt for the red pepper and lemon pepper chicken because it’s less powerful and less likely to dry out the chicken.

  • jenna says:

    Are those baggy stand/clips reusable?

  • Shanna says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes can’t wait to try, dinner is always a frustrating thing to figure out.
    My question is where did you purchase the clips for the ziplock bags?

  • Leslie says:

    Do I cook the chicken first or use raw or frozen?

    • Kelly says:

      I use fresh raw chicken. You can use frozen if you want though. Just add it to the bag frozen (don’t thaw it first).

  • Amanda says:

    These meals look so tasty! I’ve seen similar post with make-ahead freezer meals, but they always turn out to be kind of gross. (I mean really, I don’t know why I expected a dish called “Sticky Chicken” to taste good.) I have much higher hopes for the recipes from this post. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for posting!

  • HelenS says:

    Do you just freeze the raw vegetables? I have never done that and didn’t realise that it would work.

  • Genevieve says:

    I followed your instructions and made this set today! My husband looked a bit panicked when we came in for lunch and saw all that chicken though… I assured him that this was 7 dinners, but not 7 CONSECUTIVE dinners. Lol. I’m looking forward to trying them all out. Thank you for the work you put into this. This might just save me on swim team nights around here.

  • Iva says:

    Going to try these Can’t wait. all sound so good

  • mariela says:

    hey kelly!! how long are the meals good for in the freezer?? thanks!

  • Debra Kroening says:

    I just put these meals together but haven’t’ tried them yet. Also did your 8 healthy crockpot meal is 75 minutes. One thing that makes me hesitate in doing any of these again is the amount of prep time. It took me about 3 hours to put these meals together and it took my husband and I both 2 hours to put the 8 healthy crockpot meals together. The amount of time you say it takes you seems so low to my reality. I do have a decent sized kitchen with an efficent layout. I also used a KA electric hand chopper for as much as possible. Still it takes so long and I’m trying to save time.

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I will admit that I work quickly, but I think you’ll find that your speed will improve over time. Plus, I can’t believe that these meals take you any longer to make than other fresh healthy ones. A new vegetable peeler and knife might help, if yours aren’t especially sharp. Also, I’m not super careful about cutting everything exactly the same size. Crockpot meals are super easy to make taste good, so feel free to leave some of your veggies bigger and cut them unevenly. Congrats on making those 15 meals, Debra. I hope you love them!!

      • Debra Kroening says:

        Thank you for your response. A good peeler is a must! I will admit I try to only make meals with as few ingredients as possible and usually use frozen veg so these meals are different than what I usually make. Next time I may buy some fresh pre cut veggies from our local supermarket. Or maybe pre cut and freeze some of the items to make prep day easier. These projects have also inspired me to clean out both my freezers and inventory what I have.

        • Kelly says:

          Those are really good ideas, Debra. You’re also welcome to substitute frozen veggies for fresh when you can. I’ve used frozen corn, peas, green beans, etc. in my freezer meals and they always turn out great.

  • Cynthia says:

    I wonder how hard it would be to convert these to cook in a pressure cooker instead of crockpot. Have you ever made these in a pressure cooker by chance? I have the InstantPot and love to use it whenever I can. Especially on days where I forget to pull something out! This would be great with your recipes!

    Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try these!

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I’ve never tried, Cynthia. Great idea! If you try some of them I’d love to hear how it works out.

      • Kelly says:

        I was going to comment on this! On Pinterest, I found another set of make-ahead crockpot freezer meals. It did not really work well for me to use the crockpot because I commute and the time was too long from when I leave in the morning until I returned home in the evening. So one night while looking through the freezer to find something to make, I decided to throw one of my make-ahead meals in my pressure cooker, and it turned out great! I can’t wait to try these recipes. They all look so great, and I will use my pressure cooker.

  • Kelly Wick says:

    How would you advise doing this if you have to work and don’t have a programmable crock pot? For example I leave for work at 7 and get home at about 5:30-5:45 pending traffic. So that’s 10 hours and 45 mins. I assume cooking on low that long would dry it out? Thoughts? If I do purchase a programmable crock pot is it ok to leave the items sitting for 4 hours before cooking?

    • Kelly says:

      Chicken recipes are really tricky. It’s SO EASY to overcook them. I could definitely buy a programmable crockpot for that length of time. (I own this 6-qt programmable one.) After the set time, it will automatically switch to “warm”, and it’s fine to leave it on warm for 4 hours.

  • Em says:

    Regarding not having programmable slow cooker, you can get a cheap timer (usually used for lights). Just put in the time you want the pot to turn on.

    • Kelly says:

      I don’t recommend waiting to turn on the crockpot if there is frozen or raw meat inside. Instead, I would use the timer to turn off the crock an hour before you get home. The meal should stay warm for that length of time.

  • Shannon says:

    What an amazing gift in sharing this! Thank you for your time and efforts. 🙂

  • Raquel says:

    Hello there, great post!
    I was wondering how you calculate the “use by” date?

  • Jen says:

    Hi Kelly! I stumbled on your website and I can’t believe that I’ve never tried this before! I had my 10 year old “make” four of the recipes so far and he was so proud of himself! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts in any of these recipes or if you have any that use chicken thighs? The cost of chicken breasts in Canada is more than double the cost of chicken thighs, so I think it would help to keep costs down. Thank you so much for posting and for the blog…you’re doing an amazing job and your recipes are delicious!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you, Jen! Yes, I love chicken thighs and they are a great substitute. Much moister than chicken breasts. Unfortunately, my husband is not a big fan so I tend to buy chicken breasts.

  • Kari says:

    I do not see where I can get this recipe… “6.Chicken Fajitas (This recipe is from my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook, but I’m sharing it for free in the pdf below.) Could you email it to me? Thanks!

  • Ginny says:

    Has anyone used glass containers for these rather than plastic bags?

  • Lilly says:

    What sort of plastic bags do you use. I haven’t been successful in finding a bag to freeze food in without damaging the food with freezer burn.

    • Kelly says:

      I like name-brand bags, like Hefty and Ziplock. What do you mean by freezer burn? Is the food actually gray in color or are there merely ice crystals inside? If it’s the latter, I think it’s normal and perfectly safe.

  • Janell says:

    Awesome list! I cannot wait to try it and many more! I haven’t had a lot of success with freezer meals A- not healthy B-not quicker C- don’t taste as good from the crock pot. Your list has solved the not healthy part and the other two issues are mostly mine I think. My question is can I cook on the thawed meal(especially soups) on the stove top for a quicker cooking time? I love the idea of having it all prepped and ready to go but I am a stay at home mom and I haven’t liked using my crock pot bc the meals aren’t done when I expect them to be. This is probably bc I don’t have enough experience with it. Thanks!

  • Carrie says:

    For the chicken recipes do you put the whole chicken breasts inand then shred when fully cooked? Or cut into bite size pieces first (lemon pepper chicken, red pepper chicken)

    • Kelly says:

      I think I add them all to the freezer bags whole, but you’ll need to check the printable pdf with the recipe instructions to be sure.

  • This list is great! I have done freezer meals for years and the Baggie clips work wonderfully. They keep things clean and neat! Thanks for sharing this list of meals.

  • Julie says:

    I made two of these – Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks & the Spring Chicken Orzo soup. Followed recipe & crock times exactly as written.
    Terrible! Soup was bland & tasted odd but I took the chicken out & salvaged it for something else. The Philly cheesesteak-texture & consistency was awful. Way too wet. Just terrible. I will never trust bloggers recipes that they just found in some cookbook or made up themselves.

  • Jacqueline says:

    This is amazing! I cannot wait to try this out, thank you so much for sharing and all your work put into this. I did have a few questions:
    If I am cooking for two would you recommend cutting the recipes in half?
    My crock pot is not programmable so I am going to buy a new one, what size would you recommend for a smaller serving size and how does that affect the cook time?
    Thank you!!!!!!!

  • Alexis T says:

    Ahh I just stumbled upon this and am so excited. I just prepped these 7. I’m always looking for easy cooking inspirations and I am super stoked about the grocery list. Thanks for making my life a bit easier!!!

  • Shirley says:

    This might sound like a stupid question but do you add the frozen ingredients to the crockpot or defrost overnight first? Many thanks

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  • Mary says:

    I just stumbled onto your site and it’s amazing! I just bought a new slow cooker, so I’m anxious to try these recipes. Do you ever cook the meals from frozen, or do you thaw them in the fridge the night before?

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  • meredith says:

    I added up the costs of the ingredients I purchased this week and it came to only $6.28 per bagged meal. That’s including all of the meat and veggies and a few spices I was out of. Other things like the olive oil I already had. Prep took me just over an hour. Next time I will prep all of the non-meat ingredients first and get them into the bags. I was prepping them in order and had to stop at one point when I had to cut up some chicken and sanitize which added time to my prep. Thanks and I really look forward to slow cooking these meals, now that it’s finally cold here in the northeast! I want to try some of your other recipes in case we get sick of chicken.

  • Agata says:

    So… I REALLY REALLY wanted to love this idea, got excited, printed all recipes, spent 3 hours prepping it all according to the plan, and my husband got very excited we will have some healthy food around for the next few weeks. But every single dish that I made was lacking flavor! It was not tasty! I was able to fix some of them, by adding more spices according to my judgement, I had to add a lot more to soup, and chilli, but that was easy. Unfortunately the fajitas and pepper chicken were so bland, I didn’t even eat them.. Now looking at your recipes again I see that there are spices added in all of them, but I’m not sure whether not enough or the freezing part takes away from the strength of spices… Now I’m intending to prep all these meals fresh exactly the same way and see if that will make a difference..

    • Kelly says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Agata. The fajitas and pepper chicken are two of our favorites, so I’m not sure what went wrong.

  • Do you have a calorie count per serving on the freezer meal Italian chicken and vegetables

    • Kelly says:

      No, sorry. At this time I’m only able to calculate the nutritional info for the recipes in my eCookbooks. It takes me a LONG time to calculate it.

  • Angela Gallion says:

    I noticed in the pictures that you didn’t use the Hefty slider bags that I thought you recommended. Did these work just as well? Are they Ziploc? Thanks, and hope all is well with your new bundle of joy!!

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  • Barbara says:

    I made your chicken recipes and then some beef and ham/pork ones for a total of 34 meals for crockpot cooking. 90% of them were great but alot of work but oh so easy for a month of dinners. . Now I just cut up bags of veg. individual size of each and put in one lrg. Bag to keep together. When I need peppers, onions, etc. Just grab a bag. I do the same with my meats cut up chicken, beef, etc in different styles like chunks, filets, strips, etc put in individual bags, mark bags with magic marker for how much in it or for what kind of meal stew, cutlets, soups then put in large bag that keeps them together. Mark dates on them too. Now I just pull out veg., meats, and cook however, stove, oven or crockpot. Even make bags of pasta, rice,,,and cut up potatoes same way.

  • Cooking Recipes says:

    From the pierogi at the Polish Festival in Riverhead, Long Island,
    to the grass-fed beef rancher in Nebraska,
    they have all told me that the best ingredients, cooked simply yield the best
    results. We need some type of liquid to slowly braise the brisket in the oven. If mostly you are cooking dinner
    for your family – a 6 quart is probably your best bet.

  • Judith says:

    Im here in New Zealand and I have just made your red pepper chicken,, orange and ginger chicken .
    Tried one tonight so tasty so easy when rushed for time ……..added some diced zucchini from my garden. Bought boneless chicken thighs when on special and peppers in summer are so good
    Thank you for sharing . Will keep your website
    Judith

  • Janelle says:

    I recently prepped, froze, and cooked all of these and they were AWESOME! Hubby-approved as well! When I got married (June 2014) I had the sudden realization/wake up call that I should have supper on the table each night – and I didn’t do much AT ALL with cooking before married. So some nights I would take a long time to cook, and since I wanted the food to be “good” it wasn’t really healthy. THANK YOU for making things so clear and easy for us, and for providing delicious, healthy meals! What more could we ask for? I will definitely be doing more of your freezer meals. Keep up your awesome work!

  • Andrea says:

    I really want to try these, i have clicked on the link for the recipes and grocery lists and nothing happens 🙁 is there a trick or is it only available on a computer vs mobile phone??

  • Katie says:

    Thank you sooooo much for these easy recipes!!! My boyfriend and I both work shift work so cooking sometimes becomes such a chore that eating out is easier! Since discovering this site we have been eating hearty meals at work and at home and really enjoying them! I love that you don’t need to cook anything prior, no browning, sautéing etc.
    Amazing!

    Thanks again!

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  • Sally Barlow says:

    Great suggestions and comments. My friends suggested freezing the meals in crockpot liner bags and freeze in ziplock bags for easy cleanup. Have you tried this method?
    Thanks so much

  • Debbie Chitwood says:

    Kelly,
    I love this idea about cooking in the crockpot as I try to do this as often as I can. Makes it so much easier. I am going to try these recipes and love the idea of prepping before hand. I have joined your email list…….Excited. Thanks again for sharing:):)

  • Sheila Zavorka says:

    I bought the ingredients for these meals tonight and I am going to prepare them tomorrow, but I am wondering about the Chicken, do I place the whole chicken breast in the bag or do I chop it up in bite size pieces first? (It is a big Chicken Breast.

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you for your healthy freezer recipes and tips! I bought the baggie clips from your link, and they are awesome! I can’t tell you how many times I have had issues with those bags holding what they are supposed to. 😉 Thank you for posting about them!

  • Dannesha Doub says:

    I will be starting a 2nd job and can’t wait to get started doing this! My question is, if the food is frozen inside the baggies, do I have to defrost the food to put it in the crockpot? Won’t it freeze to the bag? This seems like a silly question, but I’m imagining getting up in the morning, taking a baggy out of the freezer, and then not being able to get the ingredients out of the bag and into the crockpot…?

  • Kelly B says:

    I just did a huge meal prep day yesterday using this guide! I can’t thank you enough for documenting your meal prep sessions so well and making the aggregated grocery lists!! I also used your printable labels to keep the recipes on hand while prepping and then stuck them in a sandwich bag inside each freezer bag so I can reuse them the next time I make each meal/keep them from getting wet and hard to read.

    I lucked out and boneless, skinless chicken breast, green onions, zucchini, and red/orange/yellow peppers were all on sale near me this week, so it was perfect.
    I paid just about $60 for all the ingredients (not including the items in “Seasonings” and “Misc”, which I already had on hand, or some of the day-of ingredients like lettuce/tomatoes/sour cream/hoagie rolls/provolone) needed to make:
    1x Red Pepper Chicken
    2x Lemon Pepper Chicken
    1x Chicken Philly Cheesesteak
    2x Spring Chicken Soup
    2x Chicken Fajitas
    2x Southwestern Chicken Chili
    2x Hamburger Potato Soup from this session: https://newleafwellness.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10-SLOW-COOKER-FREEZER-MEALS-IN-2.5-HOURS-RECIPES-AND-GROCERY-LIST.pdf

    I work 8-9 hours a day, meaning I’ll only be able to cook the chili and soups in a crockpot without the chicken drying out, so I separated the veggies/garlic out into their own bags for the other recipes to allow me to cook them for 10-15 minutes on the stove instead. The next time boneless, skinless chicken thighs go on sale, I’ll try the fajitas, red pepper chicken, and chicken philly recipes on low for 7 hours using an outlet timer, since thighs tend to stay moist longer in a slow cooker.

    Also, since I’m just cooking for two right now, almost every meal has enough leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day, so this was a super affordable way for me to prep about 20 meals for my husband and I 🙂

    This was only my second meal prep session ever, so it took me a bit longer (about 5 hours) to wash/chop/slice everything and portion it out into each corresponding bag, but it’s well worth it now that I’ve got nearly 2 weeks’ worth of dinner and lunches ready to go.

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