How to Freeze Chicken
You can try freezing chicken raw and whole, sliced, cooked or in meals. The varieties are endless.
Wrap well in high quality freezer containers. Don't cheap out on containers or you'll be wasting your money, freezer burn
isn't appetizing, especially if you have picky kids! Plastic freezer
wrap and butcher paper or freezer bags work well for raw chicken. For
cooked chicken use plastic containers or freezer bags. And for long
term storage (a year or more) consider using a vacuum sealer.
Place chicken in the coldest part of the freezer in other words don't put it in the door! Also, store your frozen chicken where it will be least likely to leak onto other foods if distaster strikes and it thaws inside the freezer. Raw meats at the bottom, cooked above that but below fruits, veggies and baked goods. Learn more about how to organize your freezer here.
Freeze it flat,
and do not stack your chicken until after it is frozen solid so it
doesn’t freeze in odd shapes.This way to you can stack it and get the
best use out of your
Freezing Chicken (Raw):
Freeze raw chickens and chicken parts like breasts, legs and thighs can
be frozen for up to a year. This is a great money saver when you can buy on sale or in bulk.
Wrap them well to protect it from freezer
burn and preserve quality. Also make sure that your
container will not leak when the chicken thaws.
Bacteria does not grow in the freezer so one
year is a guideline for quality not for safety. Your chicken will still be safe after a year as long as it stayed frozen the whole time.
Raw chicken can also be frozen in a marinade. Many marinade recipes and meals are called "dump chicken" because you just dump everything into the bag, smoosh it together and freeze. This is great for the crock pot or to slip into a glass pan and bake in the oven.
Freezing Cooked Chicken:
Use frozen cooked chicken within 2 or 3 months, cooked meat
doesn’t have as much moisture as raw meat and gets freezer burnt much
If your freezing cooked chicken for longer than two months freeze
it in some broth. The broth protects the meat from
drying out and can be drained away when you thaw it.
Or use a vacuum sealer which
makes sure there is no air in the bag to dry out the meat. However, most
vacuum sealers don’t work well with liquids so don’t combine these
|Sliced chicken is super quick to heat up for dinner on busy nights.
Freezing Chicken Meals
Cooked chicken in frozen meals follows the same rules. Freezing chicken in a
sauce, broth or gravy it will help it last much longer without losing quality
than a meal kit where the cooked chicken is frozen separately.