It’s called Dump Chicken. And it’s genius. Here’s why: You dump chicken pieces and your choice of sauce into a 1-gallon freezer bag and stick it in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, dump it into a pan and bake it. That’s it!

The following recipes can be made with any four to eight pieces of chicken; bone-in or boneless, skin-on or skinless, even whole. Experiment to see what you prefer. Simply mix the sauce ingredients and toss into the bag along with the chicken, seal and freeze.To cook the chicken, thaw the bag overnight in the refrigerator. Pour the contents of the bag into a 9 x 12-inch pan and bake at 350 F until done. Chicken breasts take about 25 to 35 minutes. Dark meat pieces will take longer.

Russian Chicken

2/3 cup apricot preserves
16 ounces Russian salad dressing
2 packages dry onion soup mix

Teriyaki Chicken

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger

Spiced Citrus Chicken

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

Spicy Sweet Glazed Chicken

2 teaspoons minced garlic
2/3 cup apricot preserves
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Tabasco

Sticky Chicken

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons ketchup

Honey Sesame Chicken

1/2 cup chicken broth or water
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

Pepper Lime Chicken

1/2 teaspoon lime zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

You can find dozens of ideas and recipes for making your own spice blends, dressings and mixes in my handy booklet, Make Your Own Mixes. It’s available as an eBooklet to download for $3.99. To order either version: Visit our bookstore at

Which one of these chicken recipes will you be cooking in the near future? Let me know in the comments section below.