One of My Favorite Kitchen Shortcuts

Dinner has been my nemesis for a loooong time now.  Trying to find meals that both kiddos will eat is a challenge that I admit I’m not always up for.  I’m always looking for practical shortcuts to help with dinner prep.  That could be why I’m such a cookbook junkie!

A sweet INRL friend of mine, Jana from The Potter’s Hand told me of a trick that she uses for dinner prep ~ she puts a whole chicken in the crockpot, rubs some olive oil and spices on it, throws some onion in there, and cooks it for the entire day.  She then uses the meat in several different meals.

I started using this technique in our own home, and was so pleased with having pre-cooked chicken on hand for our recipes.  It seemed that otherwise I was always forgetting to defrost the frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts until the last minute, and by the time I had cooked it up, dinner was delayed and the kiddos were starving.

I took this kitchen trick one step further.

Once you pull off all of the meat, scoop it with the onions & any juices from the crockpot into a silicone muffin pan.  Throw the muffin pan into the freezer.   (I prefer the silicone ones because they’re flexible and easy to pop out once frozen).

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Once frozen, pop out the chicken “muffins”, store in a freezer bag or container and keep frozen until you’re ready to cook.

When I’m using a recipe that calls for chicken, I toss a couple of frozen chicken muffins into the pan.  These thaw pretty quickly, and as an added bonus, it’s already seasoned!

What is your favorite kitchen shortcut?  I would love for you to share in the comments!