Freezer Meals: Crispy Cheddar Chicken

freezer mealsFreezer Meals: Crispy Cheddar

Freezer meals are great to have on hand because they stop you from being tempted to get takeout, on those nights you don’t feel like cooking a meal from scratch! This freezer meal recipe for Crispy Cheddar Chicken is super simple to make and you end up with two meals.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1.5-2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, boneless/skinless
  • Ritz crackers, 16 crushed (Any type of buttery cracker will work)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar , shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced (missing from photo)
  • 1-2 scallions or green onion tops, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Freezer Supplies Needed:

  • Disposable foil pans
  • Sharpie marker, black

*Note: The pans I used I bought at Walmart in a 3-pack and they came with lids. You can easily use aluminum foil, freezer bags or other freezable containers.

I was able to get 8 chicken pieces out of 3 chicken breasts.

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Crispy Cheddar Chicken Directions:

Step 1: Pound the chicken breasts so they are about 1/4-1/2 inch in thickness. (If you don’t have a meat mallet, use can use an ice cream scoop like I did)

freezer mealsStep 2: Take the clove of garlic and mince it up finely. Then, thinly slice the scallions or green onion tops.

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Step 3: Take 16 Ritz crackers and crush them. Put them into a medium size bowl, add the minced garlic, sliced scallions or green onion tops, shredded cheese and the seasonings (salt and pepper). Mix everything together.

freezer mealsStep 4: Take the flattened chicken breasts and cut each one into 2 or 3 pieces enough to make 2 pans worth.

Step 5: Melt the 4 Tbsp. of butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Dip each chicken piece into the melted butter, then dip the coated chicken piece into the cracker mixture, coating both sides. Lay aside until all chicken pieces have been coated.

freezer mealsfreezer mealsStep 6: Put the coated chicken pieces into freezer containers or bags.

Step 7: Write on the container or bag: Crispy Cheddar Chicken, the date it was frozen and these instructions: Bake at 350° for 30-35 mins. Serve with any type of potato, rice or other vegetable. 

*Note: Bake the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet.

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Comments

  1. Claire says

    Do you need to thaw the container of chicken first? It doesn’t seem like frozen chicken can cook thoroughly in 30-35 minutes freezer to oven.
    Thank you…the recipe looks delicious.

  2. says

    Do you have to let meals set out for a while if frozen before putting them in oven? Never have done anything frozen and would like to learn more. Thanks so much !

    • Lillian says

      That would need to be thawed before you could bake them on a foil lined pan. Otherwise they’d still be frozen into a big clump.

    • Rae says

      Most chicken can be put in the oven without thawing, especislly if the pieces aren’t very large. But you can do one of the following: Take out and put in fridge the night before. Take out and set on counter an hour before you want to start baking it. Or if you want to bake it from the freezer, use a baking dish or large bowl or fill your sink a bit with hot water and immerse the bottom of the foil pan 🙂
      Another option would be to just check the temp or make a cut to check for pinkness and add a extra few minutes if needed.
      Hope that helps! I usually do frozen meals that are to be cooked in a crock pot which makes things a little simpler.

  3. Katy says

    After coating the chicken in melted butter & submerging it into the Ritz cracker mixture before freezing…does the chicken actually turn out crispy, after it’s been baked? I would assume after being coated with butter that the normal crispy texture of the Ritz wouldn’t hold up & the breading/coating on the chicken would become rather mushy &/or soggy?

  4. Stacy says

    Same question does it need thawed prior to cooking, also you say bake on foil lined pan…set the freezer container (like yours) on sheet or take chicken out & bake on sheet

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