Freezer Cooking During the Week of the Chicken

If you had any doubts that this truly was the Week of the Chicken, after this post, you will know for sure and for certain that I have encountered chicken madness at my house. I kind of had a hard time letting go of the fact that the chicken was such a good price at the store. Thus I kind of had a hard time not going back to the store multiple times to buy more chicken. Which means that I kind of had a big chicken party in my kitchen for several days in a row, working up some chicken recipes for the freezer.

In the meantime, we’ve been eating a lot of chicken too. So chicken crazed have I been, that when for lunch one day this week I actually fed my family something with leftover hamburger meat in it, my husband – supportive guy that he is – paused before taking a bite and said, “Wait! It’s the Week of the Chicken! Are you sure we’re allowed to eat beef this week?”

Ha! I love living with comedians.

Speaking of comedy…Why did the chicken cross the road?

I can’t even finish it. That joke is totally over-used and not at all funny. Oh, but my family made this one up a couple of years ago:  What do you get when you cross a brick with a chicken?

Bricken Nuggets!!!!

Okay, I’m done now.  I’m sure I’ve got you all completely worried that I’ve lost my head this week while cooking and prepping pounds and pounds of chicken for the freezer, but truly, you can relax. I’m fine. I promise. And also, I’m out of chicken. It’s all socked away in the freezer. Now I’m planning to move on to asparagus!

Yes, next week will be the Week of the Asparagus.

Except for not really. ;)

Okay…chicken. I’m here to tell you about my Week of the Chicken.

Right after getting back home with my first round of chicken packages, I made loads of Chicken Nuggets. I cooked some up for lunch…

But more importantly, I put together oodles of pre-made chicken nuggets for the freezer. See – here’s my chicken-nugget-assembly-line. I filled cookie sheets with nuggets, froze them, then baggied them up to pull out in the future.

The following isn’t very exciting, but the next day, I cut chicken into bites, cooked it in olive oil, and baggied it up for salads.

Day Three:  Chicken cooked in bbq sauce. That will be great for sandwiches next week.

I grabbed one more round of chicken from the store (about 9 more packages), and put together several pounds of Crunchy Ranch Chicken. This is probably our favorite way to eat chicken. The recipe is not featured here on the site, but it is in the What To Do With the Chicken in Your Kitchen ebook – which can still be purchased for $1.50 if you hurry.

I am now officially ready to chicken out. What I mean is…I’m tired of chicken. I don’t want to look at chicken again for a long time.

Or at least until tomorrow.

Hey, leave a comment on this post for another chance to win one of our Week of the Chicken $10 Heavenly Homemakers Gift Certificates!

Comments

  1. kelly says

    I totally get the week of the chx. =0) We once had an awesome deal on quality chx and bought 2- 40lb boxes (yes, 80 lbs of chx!!!!) The deal was that good and we did an assembly line of chx, marinating, and freezer bags. Still have a little bit left. (whew!)

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  2. Andrea says

    Wish I could get such a great deal on chicken! Wow! That’s amazing! I’m still trying to get room in the freezer after we purchased 1/2 a gass-fed cow last year. There is a little corner with chicken in it but it would be nice to add to it. Way to go on getting so much chicken done!

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  3. says

    That’s funny! The last week of May will be my week of Chicken. I am currently raising 50 broilers and they will be butchered that week. My brother, the butcher, will come over and we will have a cutting apart chicken party. It makes it much better than storing whole chickens in my freezer(unfortunately I’ve done that). November is the the turkey month, when we butcher our turkeys but generally I grind that into turkey burger and when I run out of bags I can it in my pressure canner…Yum. Love your site and recipes.

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  4. Lisa M says

    Have the creamy crockpot chicken for dinner tonight. Love the thought of doing the nuggets. Maybe when I have more time. I did have a chance to make up more taco seasoning and ranch seasoning. a little here and a little there…

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  5. Lisa M says

    Having the creamy crockpot chicken for dinner tonight. Love the thought of doing the nuggets. Maybe when I have more time. I did have a chance to make up more taco seasoning and ranch seasoning. a little here and a little there…

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  6. Charlotte Moore says

    I am surprised I did not hear a few clucks in there. HAHA!!! What a week you have had. It sure will be good later though.

    I always make more chili, spaghetti sauce, or anything that freezes well when I cook. Goodness, it doesn’t take much longer to triple a recipe as it does to make a singe. After all, one mess and you are a head.

    Enjoy all that chicken, just not today, huh???

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  7. ELENA MARSHALL says

    I love the whole idea of a “week of chicken”,….maybe I could carry it over at the end of garden harvest time and have a “week of —–“. *Way to go on stocking up, love that!

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  8. Melissa Wheeler says

    I’ll have to try that! I like having a well stocked freezer, but there never seems to be the time. Maybe doing just one thing each day will be easier.

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  9. Nicole S. says

    I tried your popcorn chicken recipe and it was definitely a hit in my house. Excited to try the chicken nugget recipe. I’d really love to win a gift certificate!! :)

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  10. Jane says

    It all looks so delicious, especially the Crunchy Ranch Chicken. I’d love a chance to win a gift certificate. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  11. DIANA says

    I made your Crockpot Chicken and Rice recipe last night,,,it was GREAT…I used a whole Organic Chicken, 3 cups of Org short grain brown rice..ready for a hot, fast , protein breakfast. Thanks!!

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  12. says

    Sounds like an…interesting…week at your house. :)

    By the way, I think you might be missing a word (or have an additional word) in this post’s title.

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    Laura Reply:

    Wow, thanks so much for letting me know. Fixed it!

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  13. says

    Had the creamy chicken without the cream but added carrots last night and everyone loved it. It reminded me of the chicken and rice with carrots my grandma taught me to make while staying at her house. I am very glad you are having the week of the chicken because I have been finding some great deals on chicken lately and learning of new places to buy good chickens.
    Thanks! Would love to win a gift certificate.

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  14. Katie says

    Thanks for the chicken on sale tip–I rarely check facebook so I didn’t see it there. I only snagged 7 packages, but that is okay, seeing as how there is not much room in our freezer after getting a quarter of a cow last week! I would love to win a gift certificate! :)

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  15. Katie says

    Just double checking — you freezed the nuggets raw, right?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yep, then I just cook them from their frozen state. Super easy!

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  16. Story says

    I have never made this much in bulk before but we just got a donated fridge for the garage so we can buy things on sale! Can’t believe how amazing God provides!

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  17. Rochelle says

    I love chicken!!!! And I love new recipes. I’m not a freezer cooker but am definitely inspired and who doesn’t love having an easy meal to fix once in a while. Would love to win a gift certificate and I have a question….on your chicken nuggets recipe it says you use palm kernel oil? I am unfamiliar with this…is it easily found or something you order online??? Thanks!!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I get it from Tropical Traditions. I actually now get the Palm Shortening: http://secure.ttpurchase.com/welcome.cfm?ptuid=A724CED0-1E0B-90B3-0EC214B75FD9AAE6.

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  18. Tiffany says

    okay, so since you mentioned the chicken that crossed the road… I’ve just got to tell you that I finally understood that joke a few weeks ago. Of course, everyone knows that the chicken crossed the road to get to the other side… but the other side of what? Not the road, no, he crossed to get to “the other side.” You know, like heaven! He was a suicidal chicken! okay, just thought I’d share.

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    Joy Reply:

    THANK YOU! Now I finally get that joke too! It was never funny before. (-:

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  19. Dee says

    Your chicken nuggets look really yummy.

    I’m not too big of a freezer cook, but one thing I do always keep frozen is tons of cooked beans. But we don’t eat much meat, so beans are a huge part of our diet. Tonight we are having coconut brown rice with black beans which are thawing out now, but I’m tempted to run to the store and buy some chicken for those nuggets instead!

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  20. says

    Thanks for your efforts Laura. I’m sure if I did that my husband would think I was crazy. I will try those recipes.
    Have a great weekend. It sounds like your family is very supportive.
    Shirley

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  21. Kristi says

    Hi….is the chicken you bought organic?

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    Laura Reply:

    No, I wish it was, but it isn’t. It is “Smart Chicken” brand, which is the healthiest boneless/skinless chicken breast I can get in my area. It is at least better than other brands of chicken so I feel okay about it.

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  22. Linda Hayes says

    I have chicken I HAVE to cook tonight. But hubby isn’t home, I’m thinking sandwiches so will probably just brown it for a dish when he returns. I plan to make a couple batches of taco seasoning tomorrow. I have had a wonderfully busy Holy Week. Our community comes together and fellowships at a noon luncheon hosted by different churches (ours was today and I am pooped) Love all the wonderful messages brought by guest pastors. I happen to know that Fridays menu is chicken pot pie. So I’ll get my chicken fix there.

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  23. Amy says

    Okay, I have a lot of chicken now too. I made your nuggets a few weeks ago and my family liked them! To premake and freeze them, do you just dip them in the flour and then freeze in freezer bags? Do you still use palm kernel oil? Would you recommend any other oils? Thanks a bunch!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I actually freeze them on cookie sheets first, then transfer them to freezer bags later. I use palm shortening or expeller pressed coconut oil.

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  24. Angela says

    We have a bunch of chicken…running around outside!! :) Haha…now I just need to get it to my freezer. We have waaaayyy to many roosters, so the next sunny day we have, will by MY day of chicken!!

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    Angela Reply:

    *too* many roosters…sorry, just had to fix that

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  25. Sara says

    New to freezer cooking….would love to try your chicken nugget recipe soon! Thanks so much for sharing!

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