Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Lemon Chicken Soup is a burst of sunshine in a bowl, combining the refreshing tang of lemon with the savory richness of chicken and a colorful array of vegetables melding it all together. Each spoonful brings out the yumminess of all flavors, perfect for warming up on a cool day or enjoying as a light, nourishing meal year-round.
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Lemon Chicken Soup is a burst of sunshine in a bowl, combining the refreshing tang of lemon with the savory richness of chicken and a colorful array of vegetables melding it all together. Each spoonful brings out the yumminess of all the flavors, perfect for warming up on a cool day or enjoying as a light, nourishing meal year-round.

For busy individuals and parents, this Lemon Chicken Soup as a freezer meal is a lifesaver. The convenience of make-ahead meals means you can prepare a big batch when you have the time, and then reheat when you are in need for an easy dinner and serve whenever you need a quick, healthy dinner. It’s a stress-free solution to feeding your family well without sacrificing flavor or quality.

Come along with me as we dive into prepping this wonderful Lemon Chicken Soup freezer meal. It is so simple, you need to try this to believe it. Together, we’ll create a delicious, convenient dish that’s sure to become a staple in your make ahead meal rotation.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe?

  • Perfect for Busy Schedules: Ideal for those days when you’re running late.
  • Family Favorite: A dish everyone in the family can agree on.
  • Ideal for Sharing: Make extra to share with friends or neighbors.
  • Flavorful: The zesty lemon and savory chicken make for a delightful, refreshing taste.
  • Healthy: Low in fat and high in protein, making it a balanced meal.
  • Customizable: Add your family’s favorite vegetables or spices.
  • Long Shelf Life: Keeps well in the freezer for months.
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Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal Recipe
Lemon Chicken Soup is a burst of sunshine in a bowl, combining the refreshing tang of lemon with the savory richness of chicken and a colorful array of vegetables melding it all together. Each spoonful brings out the yumminess of all flavors, perfect for warming up on a cool day or enjoying as a light, nourishing meal year-round.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  
  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken thighs boneless/skinless
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup Frozen onion diced
  • 1 cup Celery diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs Petite potatoes
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk Full-fat
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except chicken broth, lemon juice, and coconut milk, to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.
Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions
  • Thaw in fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking.
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker, plus 4 cups of broth.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 months.
  • Remove chicken, shred, then stir back into slow cooker.
  • Add lemon juice and coconut milk. Stir to combine and serve.
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Equipment Needed To Make Freezer Friendly Lemon Chicken Soup

  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 Slow Cooker

Ingredients For Your Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken thighs, boneless/skinless
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup Frozen onion, diced
  • 1 cup Celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs Petite potatoes
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk, Full-fat

How To Make A Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  2. Add all ingredients, except chicken broth, lemon juice, and coconut milk, to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions

  1. Thaw in fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking.
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker, plus 4 cups of broth.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 months.
  4. Remove chicken, shred, then stir back into slow cooker.
  5. Add lemon juice and coconut milk. Stir to combine and serve.

What to Pair with your Healthy Make-Ahead Chicken Soup

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Substitute with Chicken Breasts: Use 1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They can be diced and cooked similarly to thighs and will provide a leaner protein option.
  • Substitute with Butternut Squash: For a creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor, use 1 1/2 lbs of diced butternut squash.
  • Substitute Broccoli: Use 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets. Broccoli offers a similar texture and can be frozen easily.

Additions:

  • Frozen Peas: Add 1 cup of frozen peas for extra color, texture, and a slight sweetness. They cook quickly and freeze well.
  • Fresh Spinach: Add 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves towards the end of cooking for added nutrients and a vibrant green color. Spinach can be frozen and added directly to the soup when reheating.
  • Corn Kernels: Add 1 cup of frozen corn kernels to the soup for a sweet crunch that pairs well with the lemon and turmeric flavors.

How To Reheat & Store Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal

Best Way To Store Best Lemon Chicken Soup for Freezing Leftover?

To maintain the flavor and safety of your Chicken Soup leftovers, it’s imperative to follow proper storage protocols. Kickstart the process by letting your leftovers cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer them into airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, making certain that excess air is eliminated to thwart freezer burn or spoilage. Labeling the containers with the date is a vital step to monitor freshness.

How Long Will Lemon Chicken Soup Freezer Meal Last In the Fridge?

To ensure the freshness and safety of leftovers, it’s crucial to understand their shelf life in the fridge. Generally, leftovers can remain fresh for three to five days when stored appropriately. After cooking, allow the dishes to cool and then transfer them into airtight containers. Proper cooling and sealing minimize the risk of bacterial growth.

Can I Freeze Quick and Easy Chicken Soup Freezer Meal?

Yes. Absolutely!! We recommend making this recipe as a raw freezer meal. This means, you prep the meal, freeze, and cook fresh when you need it made. You may also freeze leftovers, however, the more times you thaw, reheat, and freeze, the more likely the texture and flavor profile will be impacted.

To make this recipe as a raw freezer meal, label a gallon freezer bag with directions and recipe, add all ingredients, except chicken broth, lemon, and coconut milk, to a labeled gallon freezer bag. Seal and freeze for up to three months.

How To Reheat Lemon Chicken Soup with Vegetables?

This recipe can be reheated in the microwave or stovetop. We do not recommend reheating in the oven. To reheat on the stovetop, place the leftovers in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until your leftovers are heated evenly to desired temperature.

If you wish to use the microwave, use a safe plate and place desired leftovers in the microwave, heat in short bursts of 30-60 seconds. Stirring between each internal to ensure even heating.

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