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Old 03-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone here buys chicken in bulk when on sale and cook it and freeze it and have it already cooked for the busy days. Just reheat and put on salad or rice.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Nope but makes perfect sense and i will now!
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Yes, I have done it before in the crockpot, oven and grill. Grilling is my fave way to go. Sometimes the crockpot can make it more of poached chicken which isn't just my thing. Just season/marinate whatever flavors (you can do some plain, some lemon pepper, some garlic, etc if you want different flavors.

I would recommend after cooking, to slice chicken in strips or cubes, put on baking/cookie sheet then freeze so it won't stick together too bad once you put it in tupperware or ziploc bags. It also thaws faster that way as opposed to putting a whole cooked breast in, you know?

Perfect for lazy days and/or busy days.
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Great ideas here!! I agree with having our own precooked chicken in the freezer. I saw the thread about having Tyson precooked chicken as a quick fix but it's so much healthier to make our own, plus it's cheaper! I have found that pre-planning and prepping is saving my new style of eating. No need to eat impulse items anymore due to poor planning on my part.
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I like the cookie sheet idea amandie but ll it not get freezer burnt. Thanks
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Nope, I don't like thawed cooked chicken unless it's in a stew, I have stews in the freezer but not grilled like you guys are talking about it.

I buy chicken breasts and freeze them individually. They defrost in no time and cook up pretty fast, by the time I'm done chopping my salad the chicken is cooked, hot ready and juicy.
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Yes. Whenever we have a whole chicken or even a rotisserie from the store. What we don't eat is deboned and shredded or cubed. I freeze it in snack size ziplocs which are stored in a gallon size freezer bag. It is used later for chicken tacos, quesadillas, soups, chicken salad sandwiches, occasionally in a casserole or chicken pot pie.
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I pre-cook mine and wrap a few pieces together in parchment paper, then into a Baggie all together. No freezer burn and you can take out the portions you want.
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I always have a bunch of freezer meat (I buy from local farms, so usually I get a lot at once for convenience), but I never cook it first. It does kind of sound like a good idea, but I'm unsure of the texture when thawing and reheating? Freezing alone dries even raw meat out. I feel like cooking it, then freezing, THEN reheating would make it worse, no?

Also, those Tyson chicken strips are so terrible and weird and slimy. Blech.
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Admittedly, yes the pre-cooked then thawed chicken does dry out but I don't mind it for salads and rice if there is sauce. Sometimes what helps is that I re-heat the pre-cooked thawed chicken in a pan with a 1/2 cup broth or water/seasoning on low with the lid on, this somewhat re-hydrates the chicken in the process. Texture is fine (at least to me, lol.)
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