How to Cook and Freeze Chicken Breast

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So much time and money can be saved simply by planning ahead and making the time to keep your freezer stocked with things you would normally buy or make last minute. I need to be more intentional about this so I’ll be sharing my journey with you here on Freezer Friday. I’d love to share your projects too! You can send photos and/or recipes to
Although we seldom see coupons for meat, you can still practice The Pantry Principleby stocking up when it reaches it’s lowest price.

I like to wait for a low price, buy as much as my budget will allow and then do a little freezer cooking my way. Just recently I was able to buy All Natural Chicken Breast at $1.67 per pound, so I purchased about 20 pounds.

When I first started freezer cooking, I prepared my chicken in the crockpot, however, I wasn’t too fond of the texture that resulted. Now I prepare my chicken for the freezer by baking it in the oven.

How to Cook and Freeze Chicken Breast

Preparing Chicken Breast for the Freezer

Place chicken breast in a single layer in baking dish, cover tightly with foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.

Prepare Chicken Breast for Freezer

Remove from oven and let cool while still covered in baking dish. This will help the juices redistribute so you do not end up with dry chicken.

Prepare Chicken for the Freezer

Once cool, remove chicken breast to a cutting board and pour chicken broth into a separate container that can be placed in the refrigerator. Once the broth has chilled, the fat will rise to the top to form a layer.

Chicken Broth for Freezer

Scrape the layer away from the broth and discard (or you can use a sieve to strain it), then pour the broth into freezer containers.

Prepare Chicken Breast for the Freezer

Chop up the cooked chicken breast and place in freezer bags. Try to squeeze out all the air.

Now you you’re prepared for anytime a recipe calls for “cooked chicken”.

Note: You’ll want to freeze some whole, raw chicken breast as well for grilling or recipes that call for raw chicken. The recipe just doesn’t taste the same if you use cooked.

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