crock pot freezer meals: bacon Feta Stuffed chicken Breasts
This Crock Pot Freezer Meal for Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts is very easy to make and only consist of 5 ingredients. The chicken turns out moist because of the canned tomatoes and the bacon and Feta cheese adds a great flavor!
First, I took a gallon freezer bag and wrote the cooking instructions on it with a black Sharpie.
Write on Bag: Thaw bag in refrigerator night before. Add 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. basil. Cook on high 3 – 4 hours.
Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts Ingredients
- 1.5-2 lbs. chicken breasts, boneless/skinless (4 pieces)
- 1/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled (I didn't cook bacon up, instead I used Great Value Real Bacon Pieces)
- 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (I used 2 (10 oz) cans of Rotel mild diced tomatoes)
- 1 Tbsp. Basil
Step 1: In a small mixing bowl, combine the bacon pieces and the Feta cheese, mix well together.
*Note: If you don't like the taste of Feta cheese, you can use other kinds of white cheeses such as Ricotta, Mozzarella, Queso or even Goat cheese.
Step 2: Take each chicken breast and cut a slit (to form a pocket) in the thick side of the chicken breast. Don't cut all the way through.
*Note: You can also flatten the chicken breast out, if you don't want to cut a slit.
Step 3: Fill each pocket with a bit of the bacon/Feta mixture. Pinch shut the slit and secure with toothpicks or string.
*Note: If you flattened the chicken breasts out instead of cutting a slit, just place a spoonful of the bacon/Feta mixture on one side of the breast, fold the other side over the mixture and secure with toothpicks or string.
Step 4: Place in a gallon freezer bag and freeze.
Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts Cooking Instructions
When you want to prepare this particular crock pot freezer meal, be sure to place it on a plate or in a dish and set it in the refrigerator to unthaw overnight. You need to do this step instead of placing it directly in the crock pot frozen, because of the chicken breasts being stuffed.
Step 1: Place the unthawed chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot.
Step 2: Pour in 2 cans of diced tomatoes, undrained and sprinkle the 1 Tbsp. basil on top.
Step 3: Cook on high 3-4 hours.
*Note: Be sure to remove the toothpicks after the chicken breasts are done cooking and before you serve them.
*With this recipe, each meal will feed a family of 4.
*According to Crock-Pot.com you can cook frozen meat in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, but suggested cook time may need to be increased. To ensure meat is cooked through, use a meat thermometer. Meat should be well above 165°F to be tender.
*The USDA and other food safety specialists say to not put frozen meats in your slow cooker. The inside does not defrost fast enough at the low temperature to prevent harmful bacterial growth.
*From my personal experience I have not had any issues with putting the meat into the crock pot frozen, but use your own judgement on this.
*If you want to, the night before making a crock pot freezer meal, just take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge.
*I don't defrost any of these bags prior to putting them into the crock pot. I do however run the bag under hot water until the frozen chunk is loose from the bag and then I put the frozen chunk into the crock pot and let it cook.
**With this recipe I did defrost the bag in the refrigerator overnight because the chicken breasts were stuffed.
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Hi there! I have this on the meal plan and thought I would ask since I’m cooking for one, if I chose to bake one breast versus multiple in the crock pot, so you have a recommendation for baking? I’ve never baked a stuffed chicken breast! Thank you and I can’t wait to try these!