Freezer Meal Recipes: Pecan-Crusted Chicken Strips

February 23, 2014 2 Comments | Disclosure

Easy Pecan-Crusted Chicken Strips Freezer Meal Recipe!

I recently decided to start a little freezer group with some ladies on my street. I personally haven’t been in a group before and there are lots of great reasons why I wanted to try it out now. (Some of the other fabs are already pros! See their great tips on how you can start a freezer meal group.) I will go into more detail about how and why I decided to organize our group in a future post. For now, I want to share this great freezer meal recipe…

pecan crusted chicken strips freezer meal recipe

These chicken strips are easy to put together and easy to bake. They have a great honey-mustard flavor and pecan/panko breading. You don’t even need a dipping sauce if you don’t want one. My whole family loved them, so this freezer meal recipe is a keeper and I will be making them again. And I’m sure the other families in the freezer group will love them too.

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First, I rinse a bunch of fresh, raw chicken and slice each piece in half horizontally so they are not quite as thick. Then cut the chicken into strips lengthwise, and divide it into bags. Keep in mind that you don’t want to thaw and re-freeze meat before cooking it, when possible. It is best to start with fresh not-frozen chicken OR to keep frozen chicken frozen during the prep.

Then whisk together the simple, but delicious, sauce and divide it into the bags with chicken.

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Measure the panko and pecans into 1-quart bags. (I grind up the pecans in my food processor.) Stick the panko bag and the chicken bag into a labeled 1-gallon bag and that’s it! Just fold over the top inch or so of the chicken bag and it will fit right in there. It is helpful to freeze the meal while it is lying flat in order to save space in the freezer.

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Freezer Meal Recipes: Pecan-Crusted Chicken Strips

Rating: 51

Yield: about 12 strips each entree

Freezer Meal Recipes: Pecan-Crusted Chicken Strips

Ingredients

    For One Entree:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken half-breasts
  • 2/3 cups honey
  • 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely ground
  • 2 one-gallon freezer bags, label 1
  • 1 one-quart freezer bag
  • For Three Entrees:
  • 6 pounds boneless, skinless chicken half-breasts
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, finely ground (8 ounces)
  • 6 one-gallon freezer bags, label 3
  • 3 one-quart freezer bags

Instructions

    Preparing For the Freezer:
  1. Rinse and trim chicken. Cut each half-breast lengthwise into three strips. Divide chicken evenly into the unlabeled 1-gallon freezer bags.
  2. Whisk together honey, mustard, oil, salt, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl. Divide the sauce evenly over the chicken.
  3. Squeeze air out and seal the bags.
  4. Into each 1-quart bag, measure 1 cup panko and 1/2 cup pecans; seal. Place one bag of chicken and one bag of panko mixture into each labeled 1-gallon bag. Seal, lay flat, and freeze.
  5. Prepare after Freezing:
  6. Completely thaw the entree in the refrigerator, about 24 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350. Shake to combine the panko and pecans, then empty it onto a plate. Let excess sauce drip off of each piece of chicken, then roll in crumbs, and place on a greased baking sheet (or one lined with a silicone baking mat).
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken pulls apart easily and is no longer pink in the thickest part, and crust is golden.

Notes

Serve with a side of veggies or even on a salad!

http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/freezer-meal-recipes-pecan-crusted-chicken-strips/

Recipe from Fix, Freeze, Feast

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Comments

  1. Loving your awesome freezer meal idea and excited to try it. I’m wondering if I should start a group for busy empty nesters!

    • That sounds like a great idea. It’s nice to have some frozen meals around and homemade are way better than the store-bought ones!

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