15 Healthy Dinner Ideas with Frozen Chicken

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These 15 Healthy Dinner Ideas with Frozen Chicken use pantry staples and are super easy to make. You’re gonna love how simple these dinner recipes are!

Looking for more freezer meals? Try my Crock Pot Short Rib Tacos or my Honey Mustard Baked Salmon.

15 easy healthy meals to make with frozen chicken

Easy Freezer Meals with Frozen Chicken

Well, since we are all quarantined to the house it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. I would venture to guess that most of you have chicken in your freezer. I know I do! Chicken is usually the “meat of choice” around our house. Unless my husband has a say, in which case it’s steak! 🙂

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed when going to the grocery store is that people are buying pasta and rice like it’s going out of style. I wanted to encourage you that you don’t have to store up on carbs! You can have a healthy EASY and delicious meal with fresh or frozen ingredients and pantry staples. Case in point! These 15 easy meals I’m giving you … All of them you can make with the frozen chicken you have in your freezer. I guarantee it will curb the taste you have for restaurant food and be a welcome change to those carb heavy foods. Let’s answer a few staple questions first and then I’ll give you the goods. 

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How Long Does Frozen Chicken Last?

The good news is that as long as your chicken is frozen at or below 0°F then they will last indefinitely. Bad news is they won’t taste great indefinitely. The best time to eat frozen chicken is within 9 months of being frozen. After that the taste will change.

Can You Cook Chicken from Frozen?

Yes, you can safely cook your frozen chicken, as long as you follow a couple general guidelines according to the USDA. In order to skip the thawing process and transform your frozen chicken into a fully-cooked, safe-to-eat meal, use your oven, stove top, crock pot or instant pot and simply increase your cooking time by at least 50%. Voila you are now a master at cooking frozen chicken.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Chicken?

There are two ways to thaw chicken breast:

  1. Natural Thaw: Place frozen chicken breast in the refrigerator covered and let sit overnight. They should be thawed by morning.
  2. Warm Water: Turn faucet on and fill a large bowl or sink with warm water, (about 140°F) then place chicken in water and submerge. Stir water occasionally to prevent cold water pockets. Your chicken should be thawed within 30 minutes or so.

15 Easy Chicken Recipes from Frozen Chicken

Ok are you ready to dig into these freezer meals using frozen chicken? Let’s get started!

overhead easy chicken parmesan zucchini boats

Thaw out your frozen chicken and make these Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats! Zucchini stuffed with lean chicken tossed in a flavorful marinara sauce and topped with melted mozzarella. These Zucchini Boats are a great low carb, high protein dinner that’s fast and easy to make. 

overhead photo of creamy tuscan chicken in a pan

This Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe is a quick dinner idea your family will love! Just thaw out that chicken, pan sear it and nestled in a creamy garlic white wine sauce with spinach and burst tomatoes. It’s a restaurant quality dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes!

easy hearty chicken tortilla soup in a bowl

Just throw our chicken in this soup and voila… Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup filled with vegetables, chicken, chipotle peppers and fresh cilantro. It’s the best chicken tortilla soup EVA! Top it with avocado for the ultimate finish!

overhead photo of chicken alfredo and broccoli stuffed in spaghetti squash

Y’all. This is one of my all time favorites and all of these ingredients are easy to find in the grocery store! Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boats filled with a cheesy mixture of chicken and fresh broccoli! This low carb dinner idea is so easy & delicious. It screams comfort food.

crockpot chicken curry with jasmine rice in a bowl

Crockpot Chicken Curry made with boneless skinless chicken breast, veggies, coconut milk and curry paste! Curry has never been easier! This fast family friendly chicken recipe is perfect for a flavorful weeknight dinner.

overhead photo of an instant pot pesto rotisserie chicken

The BEST Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken you’ll ever make! Moist tender chicken with crispy skin covered in a fresh Pesto Sauce, all in just 45 minutes! You’ll love the new technique I use – frozen chicken to tender juicy chicken in minutes!

healing chicken soup recipe in a bowl

Trust me, this baby is needed right now! Homemade Chicken Soup recipe is guaranteed to boost your immune system! A healing chicken soup filled with veggies, turmeric, herbs, chicken and lentils. It’s the best chicken soup for flu season or to fight off that cold and great way to use up that frozen chicken! 

roasted veggie balsamic chicken grain bowls in a pyrex dish

Roasted Veggie Balsamic Chicken Grain Bowls are super easy meal prep recipe with 28 grams of protein & less than 350 calories a serving! It’s a great lunch option that you can make with chicken that’s sitting in your freezer. They’re the perfect healthy and nutritious dinner option!

crock pot chicken and wild rice soup in a bowl with crunchy bread

This easy Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup goes perfectly with a slice of crunchy bread. It’s all the comfort you need during this season of life! A great set-it-and-forget-it dinner idea with only 5 minutes of prep time.

a bowl full of thai chicken noodle soup

The Most Epic Thai Chicken Noodle Soup you’ll ever make! Each bite of this Chicken Noodle Soup is full of thai flavor from the red curry paste, loaded with chicken, veggies and rice noodles. The perfect dinner recipe ready in only 30 minutes! 

one pan southwestern chicken and rice recipe in a skillet

Completely obsessed with this one because y’all know i love tex-mex anything! ONE PAN SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN AND RICE – an easy healthy dinner recipe all made in one pan for easy cleanup! It’s perfect for the family and bursting with flavor!

balsamic glazed caprese chicken in a skillet

One Pan Balsamic Glazed Caprese Chicken – an easy recipe done in less than 40 minutes. Thaw out those chicken thighs and turn them into this delicious tender juicy pan seared chicken cooked in a balsamic glaze. I guarantee your family will be begging for you to make this again!

overhead photo of oven roasted chicken with garlic lemon butter sauce

Who needs store bought Rotisserie Chicken, you can make your own!! You will fall in love with the crispy skin and smoky lemon garlic butter of this Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe, an easy, gluten free, paleo weeknight meal the family will love!

overhead photo fo 30 minute skillet zucchini chicken enchilada recipe

Hands down one of my favorites! We make this 30 Minute Zucchini Chicken Enchilada Skillet at least once a week. A healthy gluten free dinner idea that comes together in one pan filled with zucchini, corn, black beans, zesty enchilada sauce then covered in cheese!

skilet garlic parmesan chicken thigns in a pan topped with fresh herbs

These Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs are an amazing one-pan skillet meal. Tender pan seared chicken thighs topped with a buttery garlic parmesan sauce that will make you swoon! A mouth-watering recipe done in 30 minutes with only 262 calories per serving!
 
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