Freezer to Slow-Cooker: 1. BBQ Chicken Dinner

In our 7 ways – 7 easy days category we’ve decided to include 7 “kit” dinners you make up yourself and freeze. These are ready for that quick or ready-to-cook dinner when time presses as you call upon your Slow Cooker to do the cooking while you do  other things.

 There are a couple of techniques you’ll be using here for all the Freezer to Slow-Cooker meals, so we’re going to cover them once. While they may not seem that important, they really do make a big difference in these recipes.

These techniques are:

  1. Always pack the freezer bags in the order they are listed in the recipe.
  2. Always slit the BOTTOM of the bag and dump into cooker from the bottom so ingredients are layered as they need to be to cook properly.
  3. Store kit bags upright in freezer


  • Small Red Potatoes  (about 10-1-½” dia.)
  • 1 large sweet onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts (enough for a layer in the bag) frozen may be used
  • 2 chicken quarters, 1 chicken breast – cut in half
  • 1-½ tsp. each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 10 oz. prepared BBQ sauce

Process for Kit Prep

  1. In a one gallon freezer bag, place red potatoes, sized per recipe,
  2. Peel, quarter and slice sweet onion, add to bag on top of potatoes
  3. If brussels sprouts are fresh, pare and place a layer atop onion, if frozen be sure to keep frozen while packaging.
  4. Add chicken to bag, and sprinkle salt and pepper over the meat.
  5. Add BBQ sauce atop of seasoned chicken.
  6. Squeeze out excess air and close bag. Freeze immediately
  7. 1-½ cups chicken broth (or water) to be added at time of cooking.

Process for Cooking

  1. Slit bottom of freezer bag and dump ingredients into slow cooker, potatoes first, sauced chicken last.
  2. Pour 1-½ cups chicken broth (or water) over the food
  3. Cover and cook on low for at least 6 hours and use Keep Warm setting after that.
  4. Serve with or without a Cole Slaw or Kale Salad and a crusty bread of your choice for a scrumptious BBQ chicken dinner.

Serves 4 to 6

Up Next: Chicken Breast Cordon Bleu with Rice and Red Pepper Green Beans 

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