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Meal Planning: Frozen Meat Recipes, From Freezer To Oven

Updated on March 18, 2014
Lemon rosemary chicken. From freezer to oven.
Lemon rosemary chicken. From freezer to oven. | Source

Cooking with Frozen Meat

Soon school will start again, and we all know what that means. Less time, and probably a little less money-initially anyway. There are school supplies, clothes or uniforms and electronics to purchase and book fees to pay.

Using frozen meat, both cooked and uncooked, helps save money on the food budget and time in the kitchen. Purchase lean ground beef in bulk. Divide into planned meals by the pound. Add seasonings and spices for tacos, spaghetti or sloppy joes and then freeze in Ziplock bags.

Meatballs can be made and frozen cooked or uncooked. In the morning, toss frozen uncooked meatballs in a slow-cooker with marinara, Alfredo or pesto sauce. Add chopped onions, peppers, spices and 1/2 cup liquid like milk or water. Then simply boil pasta and add a veggie or two for a quick, healthy dinner.

Make and cook your favorite meatloaf recipe and freeze whole. On those school nights when homework makes the evening hectic, thaw out a baggie for quick dishes for pennies per serving, or cook the meatloaf until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Quick and Healthy Meal Idea

Rosemary lemon chicken, sweet potato fries and broccoli
Rosemary lemon chicken, sweet potato fries and broccoli | Source

Sweet Potato Home Fries Recipe

Make sweet potato home fries. Tangy and tasty, made with a basting of lemon juice, olive oil and other ingredients. For complete recipe clink the recipe link here.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken

Buy frozen uncooked chicken breasts in bulk to save money on poultry dishes. They can be cooked in a preheated 350 degree oven in less than an hour without thawing. Top them with sauce, salsa or condensed soups about halfway through cooking, piercing the breasts with a fork.

There is no need to give up gourmet taste for meal planning in a hurry. Make delicious rosemary lemon chicken with lemon slices and sprigs of fresh rosemary. Make a marinate of olive oil, lemon juice and crushed rosemary leaves.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, pierce with a fork, and brush on the marinade. Add a sprig of rosemary and top with a slice of lemon.

Return to the oven about 15 or 20 more minutes or until the chicken breasts are done. Sprinkle with paprika and serve with steamed broccoli. Buy the frozen broccoli; it is quicker to cook and just as nutritious as fresh.

For a really special mid-week treat, serve rosemary lemon chicken with sweet potato home fries and steamed frozen broccoli. It is a quick and healthy meal.

Ingredients For Rosemary-Lemon Chicken

  • 4-6 Chicken breasts, Frozen
  • 4-6 Sprigs Rosemary, Fresh
  • One Lemon, Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil
  • Peppercorns, Ground
  • 2 TBS Rosemary leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place frozen chicken breasts in a shallow dish and place in preheated oven
  3. Mix butter, olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary leaves.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the olive oil and melted butter. Add the lemon juice and garlic.
  5. Baste frozen chicken breast with mixture often while baking. Pierce chicken with a meat fork.
  6. Top each chicken breast with a lemon slice and sprig of fresh rosemary
  7. Bake rosemary lemon chicken for about 50 minutes

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: four to five servings

Other Ideas For Cooking Frozen Chicken

  • Baste with your favorite barbecue sauce while cooking
  • Cook frozen chicken breasts in cream of mushroom soup
  • Make a quick chicken Parmesian
  • Cook with blue cheese dressing and bacon bits
  • Top with salsa halfway through cooking

These are just a few ideas for cooking frozen chicken breasts. I'll bet you can get creative and come up with your own quick, delicious recipe


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    • Natashalh profile image

      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I've always known I could cook more cheaply with frozen meats, I just didn't know what to do with them to get them ready to cook! Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are welcome, Natashalh. I hope you found something useful!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this useful info

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this recipe.. I have been wanting to try this myself.. thank you for sharing

      I will share on Facebook on the cooking page..


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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are so welcome, thanks for stopping by, Mhatter99!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are so welcome guys!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a great idea for those of who who work and have to save time in cooking. I haven't used frozen meats in awhile, but this has reminded me that there are options that would help make my work day a bit easier.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am so glad to have given you some ideas for fast healthy cooking! Have a good school year!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've only ever had sweet potato home fries when I'm out somewhere and I really like them. Thanks for posting this recipe along with the chicken recipes.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      This sounds like a lovely meal. I love all the ingredients. Plus, I always hate to thaw meat, so it's nice to learn about a recipe that allows me to just skip the thawing process.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks Om Paramapoonya. The rosemary lemon chicken is my favorite way to prepare frozen chicken!

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      Catherine Dean 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I am growing sweet potatoes so I hope to making these fries sometime in the near future. Very helpful tips. I voted up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      The sweet potato fries recipe is an original and delicious, if I do say so myself. Thanks for the vote up!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      You're making me hungry, Rebecca!! ;) Thanks for all the info.


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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do a lot of cooking with meat from the freezer, and it's such a time saver. The rosemary lemon chicken and sweet potato home fries sound like a nice combination - I will have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are welcome, Kathy. Enjoy the rosemary lemon chicken recipe!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful recipe. Great for lunch or dinner. Yeah, school starts and the routine goes haywire again. Voted up

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks peachpurple. I really use the frozen meat recipes a lot! I hope you find them useful as well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful quick meal ideas and a wonderful recipe for a lemon chicken that I love.

      Voted up/useful/interesting.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Rebecca, I am a teacher, too, and you are right. We hit the floor running and need healthy meals to fall back on. I do buy the bulk frozen chicken breast and also frozen fish, too. I love your rosemary lemon chicken recipe.

      I have a favorite meatloaf recipe, and I never thought of making it then freezing it as meatballs. That is a great idea!

      A great hub! Time saving and healthy! :-) Thanks for these great ideas!

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I foresee lots of ideas and tasty, nutritious meals being cooked and served as a result of the ideas and recipe you've provided here. Add a slow cooker/crockpot and pressure cooker to the mix, and there's no reason to have to settle for fast food ever again!

      Voted up and Shared.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Good reminders for the upcoming busyness of spring and summer. Thanks for the rosemary chicken recipe, too. Pinning to my ways with food board.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This rosemary, lemon chicken sounds delicious! I am always forgetting to lay something out to thaw, so thawing becomes a pain at the last minute. This recipe sounds delicious, nutritious and easy! Thanks for sharing this with us! Voted up, useful, sharing and pinning! :)

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