This is the easiest batch cooking day you'll ever have!
Nothing is simpler than this easy chicken plan (unless you count my effortless ground beef plan) for filling your freezer with precooked chicken, portioned and ready to make some quick meals.
What you need:
Package of boneless, skinless chicken breast (I like to buy the bulk-sized packages at Costco)
Lots of recipes using precooked chicken!
What to do
The first step is to put all the chicken in the slow cooker with a little bit of water (about 1/2 cup). You could season the chicken first. I like to keep it simple with a little salt & pepper. Put the lid on, turn the slow cooker to high, and let it go until chicken is cooked. The chicken should be done in 3-4 hours, depending on how big your bulk-sized packages are. (You could also cook on low for 8 hours.)
Remove the chicken from the slow cooker with tongs or a slotted spoon, placing each piece in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once it's full, you're ready to shred. You want to be really careful with this step or you'll end up with very finely shredded pieces (which is okay if that's what you're going for!).
Using the flat beater paddle, set the stand mixer at speed 2 and use the pulse button to get it to the consistency you want. Or, just turn it on and watch it carefully - it shouldn't take more than 30 seconds to shred. The clean-up time takes longer than the shredding!
Package the chicken in 1-2 cup portions in freezer bags & label. Be sure to set some aside and use that yummy broth in the slow cooker to make a pot of soup.
Need some ideas to use up that freezer full of precooked chicken? Keep reading for a list of 24 easy meal ideas to get you started!
24 Meal Ideas using Precooked Chicken
The best trick in my arsenal of quick meals is the pre-cooked packages of ground beef or shredded chicken in my freezer. But sometimes I look at that package and think to myself, "What am I going to make with this tonight?" Well, here are a few easy meal ideas for that package of shredded chicken in your hand:
Toss it on a green salad
chicken salad sandwiches
hot chicken sandwiches
quick chicken noodle soup
chicken & dumplings
lasagna or stuffed shells
Green Chilies Chicken Enchilada Skillet from Frugal Family Favorites
Poppy Seed Chicken from Thrifty T's Treasures
Chicken Cheddar Ziti from Real the Kitchen and Beyond
Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas from Joyously Domestic
Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya from Frugal Family Favorites
Jerk Chicken Nachos from 3 Boys and a Dog
Chicken Terrific from Cooking with K
Chicken and Rice from Frugal Family Favorites
Soups & Stews
Chicken, Black Bean & Salsa Soup from Joyful Homemaking
Creamy Crockpot Chicken & Potato Soup from Thrifty T's Treasures
Not So Spicy Chicken Vegetable Soup from Real the Kitchen and Beyond
Chicken Pot Pie from Thrifty T's Treasures
Pecan Crusted Spinach Salad from The Gardening Cook
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Thrifty T's Treasures
Wendy's Copycat Berry Almond Chicken Salad from Joyful Homemaking
Ladies Club Chicken Salad from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Bacon Gorgonzola Chicken Salad from Picky Palate
Sandwiches, Pizza & Little Bites
Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Bites from Almost Supermom
Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas from Deliciously Organic
Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza from Crystal & Co.
Chicken Pesto Stromboli from Joyful Homemaking
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos from Mommy on Demand
Thai Chicken Pizza from Fork Knife Swoon
Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins from Closet Cooking
Nothing could be easier than making a big batch of pre-cooked chicken for the freezer.