Dump the Chicken

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 www.DebtProofLiving.com.

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


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  • maxhalberg

    My personal favorite is Spiced Citrus Chicken… yum!!!

  • Max H.

    Personal favorite: Spiced Citrus Chicken… YUM!!!

  • GaelicWench

    Oh my goodness! Talk about a wonderful way to save money and time! We love chicken in our house, so doing this will be an added bonus. I work two jobs and the last thing I want to do is cook (because I love cooking from scratch) upon getting home.
    Take the bag out of the freezer, thaw and bake, grill or slow-cook, add a side dish/veggie and Voila! Dinner is done.
    I will be ordering the ebooklet for sure.

  • EasyDoesIt

    Can’t wait to try these!! Thanks!

  • Momto2

    Don’t you have to throw the liquid out? I thought it wasn’t safe since it was with raw meat.

    • You would only need to be wary about that if the liquid was not going to be cooked along with the chicken. Trust me you do not want to throw out the liquid! It automatically makes the the best sauce/marinade for the chicken.

  • Katharine Weiss

    Why put it in the freezer? Just marinate overnight and cook it the next day.

    • Max

      Katharine, that’s a great way to do it, but if you are buying chicken in bulk to get a better price, you have to freeze some of it!

  • tmb06@health.state.ny.us

    I was wondering if I could turn these into crock pot meals? They sound wonderful for camping but using the oven is not really good (tend to bake the family along with the meal:), I use the crock pot alot more when camping. Have any ideas how to change the cooking directions for the crock pot?

  • lwj

    I’ve made the first one several times…it’s very good with rice.

  • Denise

    For years I have been using this method whenever I see salmon on sale. I have friends who consider themselves chefs to practically scream 🙂 at me for ruining fish. But everyone who has eaten my salmon loves it and asks for the recipe. Looking forward to using some of these sauce combinations.

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  • Carrie

    Just found your post! Waiting every 6 weeks until chicken is on special by the pound, at your favorite market, is a great way to repackage and freeze for these recipes. Buying 16-oz. bags of frozen, mixed vegetable blends, when also on special can be a terrific pairing to your meal ideas.