Whole Roasted Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Gluten Free

Today, I’ve got an absolute game-changer for your kitchen arsenal: Whole Chicken Freezer Meals. Deliciously seasoned, and simply made, makes the best recipe you will find available.

If you’re like me, you’re all about convenience without sacrificing flavor. That’s where freezer meals come to the rescue. Picture this: a delicious, succulent whole chicken, perfectly seasoned, and ready to be transformed into countless mouthwatering dishes. And the best part? You can prepare it all in advance!

Whole Roasted chicken freezer meals are the superheroes of make-ahead meals. They save you time, they save you effort, and they definitely save dinner when you’re too busy or too tired to cook from scratch. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile. You can customize the seasoning and cooking style to suit your taste buds or the recipe you have in mind.

So, whether you’re a meal prep enthusiast or just someone looking to simplify weekday dinners, get ready to fall in love with the magic of Whole Chicken Freezer Meals. Stay tuned for some mouthwatering recipes and tips that’ll make your kitchen life a whole lot easier!

Why you’ll love this Whole Roasted Chicken Freezer Meal

  • Budget friendly
  • Flavor 
  • Meal Prep 
  • Kid-friendly
  • Homemade Stock
  • Customization
Whole Roasted Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe
Hannah Stewart
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Adults
Calories 377 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  
  • 4-6 lb whole chicken thawed
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery seed
Instructions
 
Freezer prep directions:
  • Place whole chicken from grocery store into freezer.
Cooking directions:
  • Ensure the chicken is fully thawed before cooking. It may take up to 24 hours in the fridge, so plan accordingly.
  • Mix together the seasonings in small bowl and set aside.
  • Pat chicken dry and then set aside. (You may be tempted to skip this step but it helps the chicken immensely in the slow cooker.)
  • Rub spice mixture all over chicken, including beneath the skin. (The skin will remain on the whole chicken but can be easily separated to create space for the seasoning if you slide your fingers between the skin and breasts).
  • Place chicken breast side up into a slow cookers and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Timing will depend on the size of your chicken. a 4 lb chicken will be closer to 6 while a 6 lb chicken will be closer to 8 hours. Be sure chicken is cooked to an internal temp of 165 degrees).
  • Ready to serve! Chicken should break apart easily and be juicy and tender!
Get creative with different spice blends to create your own flavored roasted chicken. 
Do not cook a whole chicken from frozen. Be sure to thaw your whole chicken for 24-48 hours in the fridge and then follow directions above. It is not reccommended to place a frozen whole chicken in the slow cooker or crockpot for safety reasons.
 
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Ensure the chicken is fully thawed before cooking. It may take up to 24 hours in the fridge, so plan accordingly.
  2. Mix together the seasonings in small bowl and set aside.
  3. Pat chicken dry and then set aside. (You may be tempted to skip this step but it helps the chicken immensely in the instant pot.)
  4. Rub spice mixture all over chicken, including beneath the skin. (The skin will remain on the whole chicken but can be easily separated to create space for the seasoning if you slide your fingers between the skin and breasts).
  5. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. This will create the steam necessary for pressure cooking.
  6. Put the seasoned chicken breast side up on the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  7. Set to High Pressure for 6 minutes per pound, then allow a 15-minute natural release followed by a quick release.
  8. Note: Be sure chicken is cooked to an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  9. Ready to serve! Chicken should break apart easily and be juicy and tender!
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
 
 
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.

Notes

  • Get creative with different spice blends to create your own flavored roasted chicken.
  • TIP: Set whole chicken atop foil balls so the drippings fall down below chicken while cooking. (This step is optional but ends up with a great result).

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 377kcalProtein: 54gFat: 14.6gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 3891mgPotassium: 586mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 1.1gCalcium: 77mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Whole Roasted Chicken
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Equipment Needed to make Freezer Recipe Whole Chicken

1 tbsp garlic powder

Ingredients for your Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 whole chicken, thawed (4-6 lbs)
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery seed

How to make a Roasted Whole Chicken Freezer Recipe

Prep/freezer directions:

  1. Place whole chicken from grocery store into freezer.

Cooking directions:

  1. TIP: If frozen, be sure chicken is fully thawed. It may take 24 hours to fully thaw so take it out of freezer and set into the fridge a day or two before you plan on cooking it.
  2. Mix together the seasonings in small bowl and set aside.
  3. Pat chicken dry and then set aside. (You may be tempted to skip this step but it helps the chicken immensely in the slow cooker so I would not suggest skipping this step.)
  4. Rub spice mixture all over chicken, including beneath the skin. (The skin will remain on the whole chicken but can be easily separated to create space for the seasoning if you slide your fingers between the skin and breasts).
  5. Place chicken breast side up into a slow cookers and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Timing will depend on the size of your chicken. a 4 lb chicken will be closer to 6 while a 6 lb chicken will be closer to 8 hours. Be sure chicken is cooked to an internal temp of 165 degrees).
  6. Ready to serve! Chicken should break apart easily and be juicy and tender!

What to pair with your Freezer Meal Whole Roasted Chicken

Sides:

  1. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  2. Roasted Vegetables
  3. Quinoa Salad

Desserts:

  1. Apple Pie
  2. Chocolate Avocado Mousse
  3. Mixed Berry Parfait

Mocktails:

  • Cucumber Cooler
  • Virgin Mojito
  • Pineapple Ginger Fizz

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Fresh Garlic: Swap the garlic powder for minced fresh garlic cloves for a more intense and aromatic garlic flavor.
  • Fresh Onion: Replace the onion powder with finely chopped fresh onion or shallots for a sweeter and milder onion essence.
  • Smoked Paprika: Substituting regular paprika with smoked paprika can lend a smoky and robust flavor profile to your chicken.

Additions:

  • Fresh Herbs: Add fresh rosemary, sage, or parsley sprigs to the chicken cavity before roasting for an extra layer of flavor and aroma.
  • Lemon or Citrus: Place lemon or orange slices, along with a few cloves of garlic, inside the chicken cavity to infuse it with a bright and citrusy fragrance.
  • Root Vegetables: Arrange carrots, potatoes, and onions in the roasting pan around the chicken to create a delicious one-pan meal as they absorb the chicken’s juices and seasoning

How to Reheat and Store Whole Roasted Chicken Freezer Meal after cooking

Best way to store Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe leftovers?

The best way to store your whole chicken leftovers is to allow the whole chicken to cool down for about 30 minutes at room temperature before storing . IF you are not planning on using the whole chicken at once, consider carving it into smaller portions like breast, thighs, and such. This not only makes it easier to store but simplifies the reheating process.

Make sure that you are storing your leftovers in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent moisture loss and freezer burn. If your recipe includes gravy or sauce, consider storing it separately from the chicken to maintain its wonderful texture.

How long will a Roasted Chicken Freezer Meal last in the fridge?

With proper storage, using airtight containers, separating portions and cooling down, your leftover whole chicken should be able to last for 4-5 days in the fridge. Make sure the temperature on your fridge is set to 40 degrees or lower.

Can I freeze Whole Chicken after cooking?

If you want to store the chicken for an extended period, up to 2-3 months, freezing is a suitable option. Use freezer safe containers or heavy duty freezer bags. Label them with the date and recipe for reference. If you are planning to use this recipe as a raw freezer meal, simply throw your chicken in the freezer and store for 3-4 months. Then allow to completely thaw, add your spices, and cook!

How to Reheat Make Ahead Whole Chicken?

When you are ready to enjoy those leftovers, reheat them in the oven, microwave or stovetop. Ensure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees to ensure its safe to eat. If you are using a portion of the leftovers, only reheat the portion that you are planning to eat and avoid reheating over and over again.

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Comments

  1. I liked this recipe I love it keep sharing these kind of recipes

  2. This is probably a silly question but is a foil ball just foil rolled up into a ball? ???? Had never heard of it before. Going to try the recipe.

  3. This is one of my go-to dishes in restaurants, can’t believe it’s so simple to make, thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you like it!!

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