Having a few quick and easy dinners in your recipe collection is a must when you’re a busy parent. And it doesn’t get much easier than this 5 ingredient baked teriyaki chicken breast freezer meal!
To prepare it ahead of time, all you have to do is combine the ingredients and pop them in the freezer. Then you can cook your flavorful chicken dinner in the oven or crockpot for a family-friendly meal that’s as easy to cook as it is to prepare.
To make this a complete meal, serve over rice or cauliflower rice with a side of a simple vegetable such as carrots, broccoli, or peas.
Chicken marinades are so fast to assemble especially if you make more than one of each meal at a time. Literally five minutes or less goes into assembling this meal. And then it’s into the freezer for the day you want to cook it.
Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe
- 3-5 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1/3 cup honey, melted
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Dump the chicken breasts, honey, soy sauce, fresh ginger, and garlic in a large (gallon sized) resealable freezer bag.
- Squish the bag to combine the ingredients. Remove excess air from the inside of the bag, seal the top, and freeze.
- Transfer the frozen teriyaki chicken ingredients to the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
- When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the ingredients from the bag into the dish and bake for one hour, until the chicken is cooked through.
- To cook the teriyaki chicken in the crockpot, pour the contents of the bag into the bowl of the slow cooker. Place the lid on top and cook on low for four to six hours.
- If desired, shred before serving. Serve over rice. Top with sesame seeds or sliced green onions if desired.
How Long Should I Cook Teriyaki Chicken in the Oven?
To get tender, flavorful chicken breasts while baking in the oven, it’s best to cook them at a low temperature for an extended time. After adding the chicken and sauce to the pan, bake your boneless chicken breasts at 350° for around one hour.
To ensure your chicken is cooked all the way through, it’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of each chicken breast. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165° to make it safe to eat.
Does Teriyaki Sauce Burn in the Oven?
Since this homemade teriyaki sauce is made with real honey, there is the possibility that it may burn in the oven. To keep your sauce from burning, make sure to keep the oven temperature low. Cooking the chicken in the sauce at 350° is a great way to ensure your chicken is cooked through without burning your sauce.
If you notice the sauce is beginning to burn around the edges of the pan or the top of your chicken breasts, simply cover the pan lightly with a piece of foil and continue cooking until the chicken is safely cooked.
Can you freeze cooked teriyaki chicken?
Since the original chicken in marinade was raw when it went into the freezer, it is safe to freeze the leftovers of the teriyaki chicken after it is cooked. It can even be divided into individual portions and frozen.
Do not however refreeze raw chicken after it’s been thawed.
More Easy Chicken Marinade Recipes:
- 3-5 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 1/3 cup honey melted
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced
Place the chicken breasts, honey, soy sauce, fresh ginger, and garlic in a large resealable freezer bag.
Squish the bag to combine. Remove excess air, seal, and freeze.
Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the ingredients from the bag into the dish and bake for one hour, until the chicken is cooked through.
Pour the contents of the bag into the slow cooker. Cook on low for four to six hours.
If desired, shred before serving.