7. Put all the individual bags of chicken into a bigger bag. This keeps the chicken all in one place in the freezer so it’s easier to find, and it adds another layer of protection from freezer burn. I recycled an old bread bag and totally felt like a grandma for doing it, but it’s earth-friendly and budget-friendly, so who cares?!
I use chicken cooked this way in all my soups, sandwiches, casseroles, and pasta dishes.
Some of the benefits of pre-cooking chicken in the Crockpot:
1. I am not a fan of touching raw chicken. Ew! It’s just gross. This method reduces the amount of raw-meat-touching because I can basically just dump it straight from the package into the Crockpot.
2. There are a dozen recipes I can make in less than 20 minutes because I have my chicken cooked and ready to go.
3. It reduces dishes. One pot to clean instead of busting out the frying pan for every meal. And even though the Crockpot looks scary, if I soak it overnight, the baked-on crud comes right off.
4. The chicken is just plain tasty cooked this way! It’s so juicy and tender. Yum!
5. When I’ve got pre-cooked chicken in my freezer, I am not tempted to spend money eating out because I know a home-cooked meal is only a few minutes away.
6. In the summer when it’s hot, I don’t have to heat up my house by using the oven or stove top.
You can do the same thing with ground beef. How nice would it be to buy a 10 lb chub, cook it all up, divide it out, freeze it, then have meat for tacos, sloppy joes or casseroles done and ready to go? Talk about a time saver!
Update: You asked for it…here are 30 recipes using pre-cooked chicken! Enjoy!