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10 Marinated Chicken Freezer Packs for the Grill in 25 Minutes

After prepping 10 healthy crockpot freezer meals, I decided to freeze some meals for the grill too.  Organic chicken breasts were on sale at the grocery store, so I bought 10 packages, marinated it, and froze it for the grill.  Now we’re stocked for summer!

10 Marinated Chicken Freezer Packs for the Grill in 25 Minutes

To each freezer bag, I added:

  • 1 package boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1-2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt

And 3 teaspoons seasoning (1 teaspoon of each):

  1. Lemon Garlic – lemon zest, rosemary, garlic powder
  2. Lemon Pepper – lemon zest, pepper, onion powder
  3. Chili Lime – lime zest, chili powder, red pepper flakes
  4. Spicy Garlic Lime – lime zest, garlic powder, pepper
  5. Basic BBQ – chili powder, paprika, cinnamon
  6. Mild Cajun – paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  7. Southwestern – chili powder, paprika, and cumin
  8. Mediterranean – onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes
  9. Ginger Garlic – garlic powder, onion powder, ginger
  10. Italian – basil, oregano, thyme

Easy, right?!?

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What’s so great about these marinated chicken freezer packs?

  • I made all 10 of them in 25 minutes (only 2.5 minutes per pack!).
  • I already had the bags and seasonings on-hand, and I bought the chicken, olive oil, and lemons/limes on sale for $49 ($4.90 per pack).
  • They’re healthy and delicious!

10 Marinated Chicken Freezer Packs for the Grill in 25 MinutesTo Freeze and Cook:

Stack in the freezer for up to three months.

When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight or in a pan of water.  Grill for 6-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with a big salad and rice and dinner is done.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you. XO, Kelly


  • Lindy says:


    Thanks so much for all of your recipes and printable. I may have missed this in the post. Do you add 3 teaspoons of each seasoning (ex: 3 teaspoons chile powder, 3 teaspoons paprika, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon) or one teaspoon of each of the three seasonings (ex: one teaspoon chile powder, one teaspoon paprika, and one teaspoon cinnamon)?

  • Anne says:

    Any tips for choosing chicken breasts for grilling or crockpot use? My husband ALWAYS thinks my chicken turns out dry, especially when it has been frozen first. He’s right, but I try really hard to enjoy it anyway. I usually buy the 6×2 packs of Kirkland boneless skinless breasts at Costco.

    • Kelly says:

      I don’t think it’s the freezer that’s drying them out. I think it’s the cooking method. It’s VERY easy to overcook chicken breasts in the crockpot. I would cook them for less time.

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  • Kristina Briggs says:

    Is it 3tsp of each spice or 1 of each?

  • Jackie says:

    Is it one teaspoon of each spice or three teaspoons of each?

  • Lynne says:

    Hi Kelly,
    All of these recipes look great! I would just like to ask for a quick clarification. Do I put 3 teaspoons of each ingredient, or 1 teaspoon of each (to total 3 teaspoons altogether)? Thank you!

    • Lynne says:

      Sorry…nevermind! I see that the directions were modified since I first looked at them yesterday. Thanks again!

  • Liz says:

    I was wondering, while reading the post, if I could also add the juice of the lemon/lime into the marinade since I’m already using them for the zest? After reading the comments and the concern of dry chicken, I wonder if it would also help with that?

  • Tosha Tanquary says:

    I have a lot of chicken breasts that are already frozen…. do you think I could just add the frozen breasts to the seasoned freezer bags and throw them back in the freezer?

  • Joyce says:

    I had same question as Tosha above. How will the chicken absorb the flavourings? I’m not doubting your answer, I’m just curious

  • Allie says:

    Hey! Could I use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces for this? Would they freeze well and cook well, do you think? I find it so difficult to grill a juicy boneless skinless chicken breast. They’re always dry or just not as flavorful and juicy as I would like. Plus I love me some crispy skin. I’m kind of new to cooking and very new to prepping freezer meals. Thanks for your answers.

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      They’ll definitely freeze well and if you’re used to grilling them, I think they’ll be fine.

  • Tyla Milian says:

    I’ve used several of your freezer cooking recipes over the years. The Lemon Pepper Chicken is my fav and a regular fallback when I’m at a loss as to what to fill in my menu plan with. I just learned how to grill this past year. I can’t wait to try these new recipes. They look great and will be helpful for my husband to have some new tasty yet healthy options as he finishes his weight loss journey (He’s lost 88 pounds so far:)
    Thank you for all your hard work to provide this service. As a busy mom, its been a big help to me and has enabled me prepare meals for others in need in an affordable and easy way.

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      Wow, what a huge accomplishment for your husband!! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, Tyla.

  • Em says:

    Grilling is not an option for me. If I choose to pan fry the chicken, how much oil should I put in each bag? I am thinking not more that a tablespoon? Likely even less?

  • John says:

    What are the bags that I’m seeing? Do they hold the bags upright? Is it worth it?

  • Sherrie Frantz says:

    I just ran out of olive oil. Can I sub EEVO instead?

  • Lizzie says:

    I am in LOVE with your recipes. Do you think these marinated chicken packs would bake okay? I’m afraid of cooking on the grill (fire= no thank you) and sometimes the man doesn’t have the energy to do it after a long day at work.

  • Liz says:

    How do these do if defrosted overnight the cooked in the crockpot instead of grilled?

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