Make Ahead Meals: Dump Chicken Meals

Make Ahead Meals: Dump Chicken Meals

I am starting a series of blogs for Make Ahead Meals that I am preparing before Baby 2.0 arrives. Every night when I make dinner, I am doubling the recipe and putting the second in the freezer. I am hoping that the prepared meals will help on those totally exhausted days when cooking sounds like no fun. I am hoping many of the meals I will be preparing will be somewhat healthy and low calorie, but I know there will be some meals mixed in that aren’t. To prepare for the freezer meals, I purchased some slow cooker liners (for the crockpot meals), gallon freezer bags (for the freezer skillet meals), and Aluminum Foil Steam Table Pans with matching lids (for the freezer casseroles).
Another sale at the local store, this time with boneless, skinless chicken! Perfect for some dump chicken meals. Now if you have never heard of “dump chicken” let me define it for you:
Dump Chicken {ˈdəmp  ˈchi-kən }:
 The process of combining many ingredients with chicken and then pouring (or “dumping”) them in a baking carafe to make a meal. 
In other words– very easy meals made with chicken and some other random ingredients. I made three “dump chicken” meals and I thought I would share the recipes. 
All of these meals I plan to cook in the crockpot (though you could also bake them in the oven), so I put them all in a slow cooker liner bag. I separated three pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into three slow cooker liner bags. 
And then I prepared myself to begin dumping ingredients.
The first recipe:
Cranberry Chicken
 You will need: 
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 can Cranberry Sauce
1/4 cup Orange Juice Concentrate
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 

And “dump” on your chicken in the slow cooker liner:  
Seal with a twist tie: 
I plan on serving this meal with Quinoa on the side and it should be pretty tasty!
Pretty tough, right? Only two more recipes to go!
The next recipe is: 
 Apricot  BBQ Chicken
You will need:
3/4 cup Ketchup
3/4 cup Apricot Preserves
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3  teaspoon brown sugar

Again, mix all the ingredients in a bowl: 
And pour over a different bag of chicken: 
Twist with a twisty tie: 
I plan on serving this meal either as whole chicken or pulling the meat into sandwiches. I think it would be great with a side of corn bread. 
Ok, can you handle one more??? I know these recipes are tough! This is the last one: 
Sticky Chicky
You will need: 

2 tablespoons Oil
2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
3/4 cup Peanut Butter
3 tablespoons Ketchup
1  teaspoon of Salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl together: 

Pour over final bag of chicken: 
And seal again with a twisty tie: 
I plan on serving this meal over some cooked brown rice! Super easy!
Now because all of these chickens are in slow cooker liners, which are somewhat thin, I decided to put each bag into a freezer bag to prevent any freezer burn. 
You can label them each
“Thaw overnight. Cook in slow cooker for 4-6 hours”
“Thaw overnight. Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.”

These “dump chicken” meals are so easy to put together and always turn out great! 
Meals to date:
1 x Cranberry Chicken
1 x Apricot BBQ Chicken
1 x Sticky Chicky
I have a little confession to make– I have made a ton of meals so far, but honestly not had the time to blog about them all. I actually go into the hospital to have the baby in 4 days, so I doubt that I will be able to blog about the rest of them in time, so I will just keep posting these until I have them all up! Thanks for understanding! 

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