Do-It-Yourself Frozen Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

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 Do you love the convenience of frozen grilled chicken breast strips like the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips?  We do, but there’s a few problems.  One, you don’t really know what’s in them.  Sure, you can read the label, but unless you’re a chemist, it may not tell you much.  Second, they are outrageously expensive!  I checked the price today and a 22 ounce bag runs about $8.69 around here.
The solution: You can make your own Frozen Grilled Chicken Breast Strips and for only a fraction of the cost!
It’s really quite simple and I made approximately 64 oz of grilled and ready chicken strips for $10.  I usually plan on making a batch when I’m grilling anyway… kill two birds with one stone.  Our Wal-mart sells boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.97/lb.  This was a 4-1/2 lb pack and I figure I had about a half pound of waste (I trim all the fat and tendons off.)
You can go as basic as salt and pepper for your seasoning or you can grab an all-purpose poultry seasoning.  We really enjoy the McCormick’s Grill Mates Chicken Rub.  After you clean your chicken breasts up, give them a liberal rub down with your seasoning of choice and get them on the grill.
Once you’ve grilled your chicken to an internal temp of 165 degrees, you can cover it loosely and pop it in the fridge to cool.  You want to be able to handle it without tearing it apart.
Once your chicken has cooled, use a nice sharp knife to cut it into strips.  Then you get to the thicker portion of the breasts, you may want to split those in half to make strips rather than rounds.  Using either a cutting board or a sheet pan, cover it with a sheet of wax paper and arrange your chicken strips so that they are in a single layer and not touching each other (if possible).
Pop the chicken in the freezer, uncovered, for about an hour.  This isn’t long enough for the chicken to freeze through, but the outside of the chicken will freeze solid enough that you can place the strips in a freezer bag for storage without the chicken freezing into one giant clump.
When you want to use your chicken, grab out how ever much you need and heat it on a plate in the microwave for about 1:30 (time varies depending on your microwave) and you’re ready to go!  Just as convenient and SO MUCH CHEAPER!  Plus, you know exactly what’s in it.
This is one of my favorite grocery hacks, what’s yours?
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48 Responses to Do-It-Yourself Frozen Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

  1. Amy says:

    Love this idea! My mom always used to do the freezer trick with homemade hamburgers, steaks, & pork chops (bought them in bulk & froze them individually).

  2. We here are all about eating healthier and you are so correct on the frozen chicken from those companies. They add chicken broth and other ingredients. Like you, we make our own from chicken we get from the store or farmers market or butcher. Stock up on baggies and make our own nuggets. We have gotten rid of all processed, boxed, can good and sugar.

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  3. Nikki says:

    Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. We were at Emerald Isle NC, so you are right about the east coast.

    This is a great idea! I’ve been buying in bulk for awhile not but never thought to do this, but I will be now.

  4. I just BBQ my entire bag of chicken breasts the other day. We ate some, and then I freeze the rest for the next meal.

  5. gina valley says:

    Good money saver! We use tons of these.

  6. Susie Kline says:

    I’ve been meaning to do this and you just inspired me to get it done! I agree about the store bought strips–I won’t have anything to do with them. And don’t get me started on Tyson!

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

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  8. George H says:

    Sorry if I ask a dumb (and late) question.

    Any tip how to grill? Haven’t done this much before. I don’t have a grill and having trouble using a cast iron pan. Grilling becomes pan frying. Pretty bad.

    • mamamommymom says:

      I wish I had a better answer for you, George…. My best advice would be to lower the temp and try adding a little low sodium chicken broth to the bottom of the pan rather than using oil. You may have to add a little more as you go, but that should keep your chicken from sticking without adding a ton of fat or calories. You could also try boiling the chicken breasts… that would work too!

  9. Never thought of this and I NEVER use the premade kind because they are FULL of preservatives. Would definitely be better to make these ahead. AHHHH, the dinner possibilities that would open up for me!!! Thanks for joining Pin It Forward Fridays. Pinning you now!

  10. Melissa says:

    Oh this is fantastic!! I actually buy these all the time….not anymore!

  11. Yolanda says:

    Thanks so much…I buy at least 3 bags of those a week! This will cut down on the time I spend trying to find them on sale and also result in my family eating “cleaner”!

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  13. Stephanie says:

    This is brilliant. I’m totally going to do this, it our be so perfect on my salads.

  14. Jenne says:

    I do this with ham and turkey too! It’s great for quick pasta meals.

  15. Okay, this idea is PURE genius! Pre-grilled frozen chicken is so overpriced, I’ve just never thought of making them from scratch. So smart!

  16. We love the Tyson grilled strips, never thought of making my own. Bookmarking this to add to my recipe box!

  17. GENIUS! 🙂 And looks soooo delicious!

  18. Stephanie Boen says:

    Hi! My parents and I are trying this out. We buy our chicken breasts from in a 40lb box. Organic, Fresh, Local and inexpensive at $1.89 a pound! BEST CHICKEN EVER!! Our family is on the 1,200 calories per day diet and chicken breast is a good protein. I like those pre-made chicken strips but the calories are high and too $$$. I am baking my chicken instead of grilling it. Will use you hints and I will be able to freeze the strips for later meals. TYVM!! 🙂

  19. Kendra says:

    Great idea! Generally I just freeze the chicken breasts whole. I’ll have to try doing something to them first before freezing next time.

  20. if i actually did diy/prep work like this cooking would be so much more affordable and fast!

  21. This is oh so genius! Seriously so much more affordable! Thanks for sharing!

  22. I can say for sure that one thing a lot of people forget to do is season before they freeze. My husband learned how to do his frozen cooked chicken from his mother and he NEVER seasons them first :/

  23. Jamie says:

    Very nice, I love doing things like this myself…like you said you never know whats in them!

  24. Laura says:

    It’s foods like this that make me wish I had a grill! I love grilling, but apartments make it hard. These look yummy though!

  25. Carly says:

    Seriously can’t wait to try this!

  26. Ugochi says:

    I have chicken rub but have never used it quite like this. I often mix it up with other spices. Would love to try using it all alone. Thanks for sharing and have a very Happy SITS day today!

  27. Great time saving idea. I love anything that I can freeze, bag, and use in the proportions that I need for a meal. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Oooooh, this looks and sounds fabulous! I’m all about the time-saving, healthier, variety of foods. Thanks for sharing (and Happy SITS Day)! Pleased to meet you.

  29. I stopped buying those packages because they just didn’t seem healthy to me. I never thought to make my own! Awesome idea!

  30. GREAT idea! I never thought about doing that myself, but have avoided buying them at the store cause they seem like they’re not real meat. Thanks for this! Visiting from SITS!

  31. Jennifer says:

    Seriously?? WHY have I never thought of this? BRILLIANT!! I love the chicken seasoning too – that stuff is ADDICTIVE!

  32. NailCentric says:

    This is such a great idea. I am into freezing lately specifically for the “you know what’s in it” part.

  33. Tiffany says:

    This is so great! I totally have that Grill Rub in my cabinet but I am only recently thinking about the awesome benefits of prepping food a freezing it. This could definitely help get me on my way there! Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. Jean Lynd says:

    What a moneysaver! Happy SITS day!

  35. Summer says:

    These look so good – I need to try this – having chicken on hand whenever I need would be so awesome!

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  37. Ok. So this is making me want to go and yank my grill out of hibernation like… right now! Even though we’re in the middle of winter! Looks super yummy. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  38. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea. I never thought of freezing it. We always just eat it all! I love it. Perfect for a quick tortilla or wrap. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Seriously?!?! These are to die for! Thank you for linking up with the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party!
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  40. Renee says:

    What a great idea!! I would never have thought about it. This will be great for lunches.

  41. Cydnee says:

    What a great idea and timesaver! Love this idea of Frozen Grilled Chicken Breast Strips. . Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every Thursday night at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  42. Dee says:

    This is a great kitchen tip and so much better than buying those bagged meals. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! 🙂

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  44. Nikki says:

    I love this! Very handy! Thanks for sharing on OMHGWW.

  45. Jessica says:

    Such a great idea! Thanks for posting this!

  46. SUCH a smart idea!! I always buy the big packs of chicken and freeze the individual raw breasts, but I never thought of doing this! No idea why, it’s genius!

  47. Nicola says:

    I avoid pre made anything, but around 5pm, when I’ve taken nothing out and have no supper ideas, I think about those bags of cooked, sliced chicken breasts that I refused to buy during the last grocery trip.
    Thank you for posting this so I don’t have to experiment on my own 🙂

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