The Plan ~ Getting Ready For Freezer Cooking, Week Two


Are you ready (to get ready) for our Freezer Cooking Challenge, week two? This time, we’ll be focusing on chicken recipes. Want to know what’s coming up after this week?  I’ve updated the post which shares the challenges to come. You’ll want to check it out!

Here’s what I have planned to make next week in an effort to put chicken dishes in the freezer. Want to join me?

If you joined the challenge last week and ran out of Pyrex dishes, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to use any casserole dishes this week (unless you want to)! This week, you’ll just need Ziploc type freezer bags and jars. :)

The Grocery List

  • 2 whole chickens (more if you like)
  • veggies for making broth (like carrots, onions, and celery)
  • 10 pounds (give or take) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup (for barbecue sauce)
  • 4 cups salsa
  • 4 cups cooked black beans (or 2 cans prepared black beans)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound bacon

Miscellaneous items you’ll need:

  • minced onion
  • sea salt
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • liquid smoke
  • cheese, chips, sour cream, and other nacho toppings if you plan to serve Black Bean Chicken Nachos this week
  • fruit and veggie side dishes

I’ve created a downloadable and printable grocery list for you here:  Freezer Cooking Grocery List Two

Your first assignment is simply this:

Check out the recipes above and purchase all needed groceries. Then, look at your schedule next week to see how you might be able to work out the following:

On Monday, we’ll start by cooking our whole chickens to make Chicken Broth. Wednesday we’ll work on Black Bean Chicken Nachos. Thursday will be our Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Breasts day. And we’ll wrap up on Friday by making Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Chicken. By the end of the week, you will have fed your family very well, plus you will have a freezer full of broth, pre-cooked chicken for salads, stir-fries, and casseroles, plus packages of bbq chicken, salsa chicken, and bacon wrapped chicken for easy-to-heat-up meals!

If that particular schedule doesn’t work for you – no problem! Those are the days I’ll be blogging about my freezer cooking progress with each of those recipes, but you can certainly work at your own pace and in your own time.


Don’t forget, Let’s Do This! eCourse and {Healthy} Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook are discounted to just $5 for the whole package. The recipes included in that package are some that we use all the time at our house to get ahead!


  1. Kristen M says

    Where do you normally buy your liquid smoke? Is there a brand that you recommend?



    Laura Reply:

    I just get it at a regular grocery store or Walmart. I prefer Wright’s brand as some others have added nasty ingredients.


  2. Angela says

    Thanks for the motivation! I am planning on doing some freezer cooking along with you next week as well, just some different meals for us!


  3. says

    Woohoo – I’ve got most of those ingredients already – mainly because I mostly cook from your recipes! Your blog was the first stop on my healthy living journey which started several years ago. I was a former “coupon queen” so your story really helped me. I love that your recipes are frugal, easy, taste great, and are healthy to boot! Can’t wait to get some stuff in the freezer again!


  4. Karen says

    I’ll be making the Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Chicken tomorrow from your Healthy Make Ahead Meals (yum!!) Your instructions after freezing them are to cook them on the stovetop. Have you ever baked them? If so, for how long? ~ Thanks.


    Laura Reply:

    I haven’t done it that way before, but I’d guess maybe 350 for 20 minutes or so??


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