What to do when Boneless skinless chicken breasts.
As I start another post on Meal Tip Monday I began to think… Scary I know!
But Me listing sales are great if you live in Northwestern Ohio or Southeastern Michigan.
If you don’t live near me are these post really helpful??
Well, like I said I began to think. Why not just make a list of what to do by cuts of meat.
This should make it much easier for you in case you don’t live in my area.
Over the next few Mondays, I’ll be posting my cuts of meat to make it easier to see what to do when it’s on sale in your area.
This week I’ll start with boneless skinless chicken breasts.
I have 4 Adults in my family. So I usually make a breast per person. We always enough leftovers for my DS to pack for lunch. So when I buy in bulk when on sale I take that into consideration. If you have a larger or smaller family think about how many you normally make for a meal.
Are there leftovers and not want any? Make a little less.
Do you not have leftovers but would like some? Make a little more. Or maybe add an extra side and then you will have more leftovers.
Ok, now hopefully you have a good idea on how much to buy per meal. Figure out how many meals you want to make and or freeze.
I usually make one meal for the week with the sale meat and then try to freeze the same meal once and maybe 2-3 different meals.
Now on to some of my favorite meals to make with boneless skinless chicken breasts.
#1. B-B-Q Chicken. Now you may ask why is this #1. Well, it’s easy, yummy and EASY!! I know I said easy twice. But come on isn’t that what we all want is easy?
You just need to take however many breasts you need per meal and put them into a gallon freezer bag, then add a 1/4 cup of your favorite B-B-Q sauce per breasts then mark the bag and freeze. DONE!
To cook these you have options you can just pull them out of the freezer and dump right into the crockpot cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on how much chicken you have. Or you can let thaw in the fridge and cook on the grill on low flame trying not to flip too many times you chance it sticking if you try to flip it too early. Lastly, you can bake in the oven. Now you can do this from frozen or thawed it depends on how much time you have to cook it.
#2. Chicken Tenders. This one takes a bit more prep but is totally worth it. Especially if you have kids that love chicken nuggets. You can make your own and they are so much more healthy for you!! I have already posted a fried chicken recipe so I won’t post it you can Find it here. For the healthier version just bake it instead of frying it in oil.
#3. Italian Chicken. This can be made 2 ways. I’ve talked about this in another post HERE.
#4. Chicken Enchiladas.
I just add a jar of Salsa to 3 chicken breasts and freeze. On the day you are going to serve it drop it in the crockpot frozen and let cook on low all day. When I come home I shred it with forks to break it up. Here is where you can get creative. You could add black beans and corn to the chicken if you’d like. And you can even add Mexican rice.
Then add the chicken and shredded cheese in the tortilla and roll them up. Then I put some enchilada sauce down in the bottom of a greased baking dish then add the enchiladas. After you have made the amount you need a top with the rest of the enchilada sauce and more shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mins depending on a number of enchiladas you made. Remember the chicken is already cooked you are just heating up the rest of the ingredients.
#5. Stove Top Chicken.
Ok, Ok, this isn’t what the original blog calls it they call it swiss cheese chicken. But I like stovetop chicken. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It’s from Or So She Says. You can find her recipe HERE. I love that she even has how to freeze it!
#6. Hot Shredded Chicken Sandwiches.
Another easy one. Just put a couple of the breast in a bag in the freezer. When you want them for your meal pull them out put them in the crockpot with a cup and a half of water or chicken broth if you have it. Cook on low for the day. Come home shred it with forks. Season with salt and pepper. If you have a lot of water drain off a lot of it and add a can of cream of chicken soup. Done. Freeze leftovers or save for lunch.
#7. Chicken Alfredo
I like to make this homemade, but on occasion, I’ve been known to buy a jar of alfredo sauce dirt cheap. When this happens I cut up the chicken breasts into strips and put in a freezer bag then dump in the alfredo freeze till needed. I put it in the fridge to thaw the night before. Then I just bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 mins depending on the amount of chicken.
Well, those are the most popular at my house. I hope I have given you some ideas so the next time it’s on sale you know what to do with it. And hopefully, you have a better understanding of how much to make for your family. If you have any other ideas Please let me know!