Chicken Broccoli Alfredo: Gluten-free freezer meal

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo: Gluten-free freezer meal
This is one of my families favorite freezer meals. I like to double the recipe and spoon it into 4 gallon-sized freezer bags and buy myself 4 lazy dinner days. You will need to cook up a box of pasta to serve under this, but I just assign that task to one of my kids.  
Keep in mind that I have eight kids, so this recipe, non-doubled, should feed a family of 5 four times.

First, make the alfredo sauce.

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 T. Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 2 c. grated parmesan cheese.
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sautee until tender. Add heavy whipping cream, cream cheese and whisk until smooth. I usually cheat and break out my favorite tool, my immersion blender. Add the italian herbs, parmesan, salt and pepper while whisking. 
  2. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3 minutes, until it starts to thicken.

 

Next, divide the cooled alfredo sauce between 4 gallon-sized freezer bags. Then add the following to the freezer bags, also divided evenly between the four of them:

  • lbs boneless. skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips. Go ahead and add it raw. *Hint: Chicken breasts are easiest to cut when slightly frozen.
  • 16 oz bags frozen broccoli florets

 

Squeeze the air out of your bags before sealing them, then label your freezer bags and write the following cooking instructions:  Squeeze contents from bag into crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Boil 1- 16 oz package of pasta to accompany this sauce.

 

 

 

 

The night before you need to use a freezer meal, move it from the freezer to the fridge, where it will thaw enough by morning that you can squeeze it out of the bag into your crockpot. My kids think it’s a treat to get to be the person who ‘chooses’ dinner and don’t mind that they are also responsible for cooking any accompaniments, such as the pasta in this meal.

This would be a well-appreciated gift for a new mom or an ill friend, or kids away at college, provided that you live close enough to drive it, as it wouldn’t survive the mail.

 


6 thoughts on “Chicken Broccoli Alfredo: Gluten-free freezer meal”

  • Hi! If I don’t have a crockpot, and already froze the meal as you described above, how would you recommend cooking it?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Kate! If you don’t have a crockpot, you could cook it in the oven. Just thaw the ziploc of alfredo sauce in the fridge, then dump the thawed sauce into a 9×13 baking dish and bake it at 350 until your chicken is done all the way through. If the sauce is completely thawed, it would probably be about 20 minutes. It would take longer if the sauce was still icy. You could just take a piece of chicken from the center of your baking dish and cut it in half to see if it was done all the way.

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