Freezer to Crockpot Kung Pao Chicken Recipe


Our family loves Chinese food so we were super excited about this meal also – Kung Pao Chicken.  This meal is a little spicy so may not be as kid friendly, but our kids love spicy foods.  You can also tweek it so it is less spicy.  

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This meal requires is a little bit of prep work by slicing chicken, peppers, and green onions, but that is what meal prepping is about :-) We found that cutting the chicken into thin slices works best. Mix everything up in a bowl and spoon or pour into the freezer bag and seal. You add less peanuts, but we do like the added texture/taste of the peanuts.  When it’s time to eat just make your favorite white rice and serve.  This meal has also become a BIG hit in our family!

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Makes 2 meals – 8 servings each
 
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Ingredients: 

  • 1.5  lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • 18.75 oz – Kung Pao Sauce 
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • 1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts 
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (we love peanuts) 
Freezer meal directions:
  1. Mix ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag.  (you can choose to add peppers before cooking as they do tend to get a little soggy) 
  2. Label meal, directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months. 
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours
  5. Optional: To thicken sauce at end, whisk together 1/2 cup cooked sauce with 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker.
  6. Turn crockpot on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken. 

Serve this over rice.  

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)

 

Freezer to Crockpot Kung Pao Chicken
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 18.75 oz - Kung Pao Sauce
  3. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 bunch green onions, diced
  6. 1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts
  7. 1/2 cup peanuts (we love peanuts)
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag. (you can choose to add peppers before cooking as they do tend to get a little soggy)
  2. Label meal, directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months.
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours
  5. Optional: To thicken sauce at end, whisk together 1/2 cup cooked sauce with 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker.
  6. Turn crockpot on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken.
Notes
  1. Serve over rice.
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