Freezer Recipe: Coconut Lime Chicken

coconut lime chicken

Lately I have been trying to fit in a little experimenting with some freezer recipes in all that spare time I have.  That was quite funny wasn’t it?  Well, we are all in the same boat at times.  Short on time and long on a list to do, but we can always prepare a freezer meal or two at a time.  I find it much easier and just as rewarding to get a meal or two in the freezer while I am already cooking something else.  Freezer meals make life easier and keep us out of the drive thru line.

For me it is helpful to have any recipe ready to go whether it is a freezer to slow cooker recipe, freezer to oven recipe or a freezer to grill recipe.  After publishing the post on Meal Ideas For Busy People, I decided it was time to try this recipe.  I kept looking at it thinking it was going to be easy to get in freezer and quick to cook.  It also goes along well with our family’s quest to overcome rising grocery prices.  I mean, I can buy chicken at rock bottom prices and have this prepared and ready to go in the freezer. Many times I find chicken breast or thighs near the sell by date for a big discount.

This delicious Coconut Lime Chicken recipe is a tasty freezer to grill recipe that deserves your attention, and was great paired with lime rice and a vegetable.

I used boneless chicken breasts, but you can also use boneless thigh meat.  Thigh meat is dark meat, but will usually be a bit moister after grilling.

This recipe was adapted from the original recipe at Living Well Spending Less.

coconut lime chicken ingredients


Coconut Lime Chicken (Coconut Lime Chicken Printable PDF)


Juice from 4 Limes
¼ cup olive oil
1 Can Coconut Milk
4 Cloves Garlic, pressed
¼ tsp Ginger
2 tsp Seasoned Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
4 – 4 1/2 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts or Thighs
2 Gallon Size Freezer Bags, labeled with recipe name, cooking instructions and date

Trim chicken and divide equally between 2 freezer bags.  In bowl, wisk together lime juice, olive oil, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, seasoned salt and pepper.

Divide the liquid mixture between the two freezer bags of chicken.  Flatten to get as much air out as possible without leaking out mixture, and then seal bags.  Store in freezer until ready to use.

Thaw in refrigerator overnight and then grill about 6-8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your meat.

HINT:  If my chicken breasts are thick, I will often butterfly them (cut thickness in half) before freezing. 

freezer coconut lime chicken

I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we did.  My kids are already requesting that I make it again.  Since it was so easy, it will make the list of go to recipes.

What are your thoughts on freezer recipes?  Do you have a favorite you would like to share?     

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Meal Ideas For Busy People

By now most schools have gotten started, and along with all that comes the activities, appointments and after school commitments.  So what do you do to keep your family out of the drive thru or from hitting that convenience store for a quick lunch?

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You read these great tips I have found for freezer meals and amazing and healthy lunch ideas!

You guessed it, I’m in the same boat as you.  Things get pretty busy around here when school gets started (we are starting Monday), and I don’t have time to be in the kitchen all the time worrying over meals, while I need to be helping the girls with school ….. or washing and folding the never ending laundry.

I found several great articles on lunch ideas, freezer meals and slow cooker freezer meals.  I will be trying some of these over the next couple of months as well as using some of my favorite recipes to help my family stay out of the drive thru.

I will be sharing my experiences, opinions and recipes with you guys, as well as pictures of my work, good or bad.

I will also return to sharing my grocery shopping trips and amounts with you guys again!  I didn’t know everyone liked them so much, but I have gotten so many emails asking for me to start doing this again and I am happy to oblige.

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Rock The Lunchbox has great ideas in pictures to help you get started on packing those lunches.  You can check the boxes towards the top to see ideas for different dietary needs.  There is also a place to print some coupons for healthy lunch additions.

Think Outside The Sandwich is a video over at 100 Days of Real Food.  You will find some great ideas in this video as well as a recipe index for many real food recipes.  You might also find 10 Recipes to Freeze For School Lunches and 10 Ways To Switch Up Your Kids Lunch very useful as well.

The Humbled Homemaker has 5 Easy Real Food School Lunches Ready In 30 Minutes For Less Than $5.

20 Non-Sandwich School Ideas For Kids featured allergy free and gluten free ideas and pictures for getting those lunches packed.

Don’t Waste The Crumbs has a great read on Making Your Own Healthy Homemade Lunchables.

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New Leaf Wellness shows you how to prepare Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour, as well as Seven Slow Cooker Recipes In an Hour and also How To Stock Your Freezer In Four Hours or Less.  

There is also a list of 25 Freezer Meals That Don’t Require any Cooking Ahead of Time, complete with links to the recipes.  I also found this article on Freezer To Crockpot 101 very helpful.  

Ruth at Living Well Spending Less also has 10 awesome Freezer Meals In an Hour and 7 Easy Tips For Freezer Cooking Like a Pro.

Midget Momma can help you Prep 16 Meals With Fresh Ingredients In About an Hour.

The final link I have for you today has many great recipes, tips and photos in it from Stockpiling Moms.  I think you will really enjoy reading through the whole Freezer Cooking Series.

I hope these ideas can help make meal prep easier for all of you.  I know I got some great ideas from all these amazing bloggers, and I can’t wait to get started and share everything with you.

If you have some recipes, tips or ideas to share, I would love to hear from you either in the comments or by sending me a quick email.  Guest posts are always welcome at Practicing Frugal as long as they meet the needs of the site.

Are you ready to get some meals in the freezer?  Which ones got your attention?

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Freezer Cooking: Putting Homemade Meals In The Freezer

I have been reading other blogger’s freezer cooking posts for a while now, thinking it would be so great to get some meals into the freezer, but an actual day where I just cooked meals for the freezer is not in the realm of possibility for me.  Not only is it just not possible, but I just don’t want to cook all day. Never Ever!  I like cooking, but I think an all day jam session might put me over the top.

Truthfully, I was also putting it off because the image of age old freezer burnt items in the freezer just didn’t appeal to me.

Everything I read kept telling me that freezer cooking is different nowadays.  So I guess that meant I needed to give it a try.

So that’s when I decided that I can do short freezer cooking sessions like Money Saving Mom does in her Freezer Cooking In An Hour Series.  I could even start cooking double meals and freezing the second one.  What an excellent idea.

freezer noodle bake

I started my freezer cooking adventures with this Sour Cream Noodle Bake after watching The Pioneer Woman’s episode on freezer cooking.  I figured if Ree liked it, then I would too, because I haven’t found anything Ree makes that I haven’t liked!

This noodle bake is so simple but yet very delicious.

I doubled the recipe and had a sizeable batch for supper and a 9 x 11 foil pan for the freezer.  I have since made the recipe (doubled) again and froze 1 – 9 x 11 pan and 1 round pan and I had enough for supper.

I did a little freezer cooking research and decided that I would let them cool for no more than 2 hours on the counter and then chill them in refrigerator for a little while before freezing.  This should cut down on ice particles forming on your meals from condensation.

I topped my pans with foil and then secured it with a wrap of plastic wrap.  May be overkill but it would be a waste of money to end up with freezer burnt meals.

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The next night I cooked this Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole and was able to put 2 – 9 x 11 foil pans and one round pan in the freezer.  We also had enough for supper that night. I have made this before (it was my first actual freezer cooking attempt in years) and froze the portions in 4 zipper freezer bags.  This recipe is also simple, but very tasty.

I then made some breakfast for the freezer in the form of Baked French Toast.  This recipe is absolutely delicious.  Maybe too good!  Great for a weekend breakfast for the family.  I added blueberries to the pans before freezing and was able to make 2 foil pans for the freezer with one batch of this recipe.

I also added some cooked ground beef and ground chuck to the freezer for tacos, spaghetti and other recipes needing cooked beef.

We have really enjoyed having some freezer meals or pre-cooked items ready for us.  It has definitely kept us form going out to eat or running to the store a few times.  Not only that, but it’s a great way to save time.  I find that it’s really no more difficult to cook a double or triple batch than it is to cook one.

college girl freezer meals

The round pans were the perfect size for my busy away at college girl.  She doesn’t get much time for much cooking, so these are great for her to have ready and waiting in the freezer.

So now that freezer cooking is a lot more appealing to me, I plan to keep it going.  Trying new recipes and ideas as I go and sharing with my wonderful readers.  I may not always have a bunch of time to get it done, but a little effort here and there will add up to a significant amount.

If you need more ideas, checkout this informative post I did earlier this year on Freezer Cooking to save money in 2013.

Have any freezer cooking recipes or ideas you want to share?    

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