Meal prep is super handy to save both time and money. With a few ready-made meals in the freezer you could potentially save yourself from picking up some fast food or turning to more expensive frozen alternatives. This Slow cooker chicken teriyaki freezer meal is so delicious that you’ll never believe it was prepped ahead of time.
Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Freezer Meal
I absolutely love using the slow cooker. There’s nothing quite like setting up dinner when you leave in the morning only to have it ready when you walk in the door. The slow cooker is great in the winter for those hearty soups and stews, but I also love in the summer as an alternative to heating up the house with the oven.
Then there’s chicken teriyaki – by far one of my favourite foods. You can eat it on its own or serve it with noodles, rice, or whatever side dish you prefer. This recipe comes with the veggies already inside so you don’t need to worry about prepping something extra come mealtime.
What Sides Should I Serve With This Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Freezer Meal Recipe?
You can eat this chicken teriyaki recipe on its own if you want a healthy, lower carb meal idea. It’s not completely keto, but definitely on the healthier side.
To stretch the meat and veggies, or just to add something extra to the meal, rice is a always a great side. In fact – this recipe is delicious served over rice so the sauce mixes in. Another favourite is Asian style noodles. You can use udon, ramen, or anything else you have on hand.
Chicken Teriyaki Ingredients
There isn’t anything fancy that goes into this chicken teriyaki freezer meal, making it a great easy recipe to put together. All you need is 4 cups of chopped broccoli, 3 cups of chopped carrots, 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 bell pepper (sliced), 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, one clove of garlic, and pepper (to taste).
How to Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Freezer Meal – Step by Step
For the freezer meal
First of all, prep all your ingredients. Chop the broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper then place them inside a freezer safe ziplock bag. You can leave the chicken breasts whole for this recipe. Finally, add in the honey, oil, soy sauce, and garlic into the bag.
Seal the bag and shake it to mix the ingredients.
Press the bag flat before you freeze it. You might need to open it slightly to let some of the air out as you compress. Before freezing, label it with the date and what’s inside.
How to cook this chicken teriyaki freezer meal in the slow cooker
Cooking is super easy. Make sure you pull out the meal the night before and place it in the fridge.
Then dump all ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Serve, and enjoy!
- 4 cups chopped broccoli
- 3 chopped carrots
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 sliced bell pepper
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp oil
- ¼ soy sauce
- 1 clove of garlic
- Season with pepper to your taste
For the freezer meal
- Chop the carrots and broccoli and slice the green peppers.
- Place all ingredients inside a freezer safe bag in the order they appear.
- Seal and shake the bag to mix.
- Flatten the bag, label it, and freeze until you're ready to serve.
- Thaw in the fridge the night before.
- Dump all ingredients from the bag inside the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours until internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Serve alone or with your choice of side!
Chicken Teriyaki Freezer Meal Cooking Tips
How long can the chicken teriyaki freezer meal be stored in the freezer?
For best results, use it within 1-2 months if store inside a standard freezer. In a deep freeze, you should probably eat this one up within 1-4 months.
Do I have to freeze this recipe?
No! If you want to make it fresh, throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker instead and mix them together. It will cook the same way since you’re not cooking from frozen.
How to defrost my frozen chicken teriyaki freezer meal quicker?
This recipe is best thawed in the fridge, but if you forgot to take it out there’s a few things you can do. First, try soaking the bag in hot water for 20 minutes to thaw it out. If that doesn’t do the trick, it can also be thawed in the microwave.
To thaw in the microwave, put everything in a deep microwave safe dish and use the defrost setting or half power.
You shouldn’t cook chicken in the slow cooker from frozen because it could spend too much time at unsafe temperatures.
What is the internal cooking temperature of chicken?
Make sure your chicken reaches a temperature of 165F before serving.
Can this recipe be doubled?
Yes! Just make sure that you have a large enough freezer bag and slow cooker. Cooking time may increase slightly depending on your slow cooker.