5 More Chicken Dump Recipes

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Making freezer meals is always a productive use of my time, but it’s when I make chicken dump recipes that I feel the most accomplished because I am able to make so many meals in such a short period of time. I call them dump recipes because I dump all the ingredients into the bags, seal them up, freeze them, and then on the day I want to cook them, I take them out, thaw them, and then dump them into a baking dish or crock pot. They couldn’t be simpler.

More Chicken Dump Recipes - 10 more meals in an hour!

The last time I found myself with some spare time on my hands (with 7 kids, believe me, I rarely have extra time!), I decided to assemble twenty chicken dump meals. I put together 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon by doubling five recipes each time. You can read about my morning session (Chicken Hurry, Caribbean Chicken, Lemon and Garlic Chicken, Sticky Chicken, and Cantonese Chicken) and access those 5 recipes (2 of each recipe for a total of 10 meals) by clicking here or by clicking on the picture below.

You can also purchase Chicken Dump Recipes which includes 25 recipes, printable grocery lists and printable labels. 5 Chicken Dump Recipes Later that afternoon, I got ready to make the next ten meals by getting everything that I needed out. The key to successful chicken dump meals is having all your ingredients out before you start assembling. This saves time and frustration!

Before I get into the recipes and instructions, I thought I would address a concern that came up when I published the first set of chicken dump recipes. Because of the popularity of the recipes (more than 2 million people read that article in its first month!), there was a lot of discussion about them on social media and the biggest issue seemed to be with some of the recipes having sugar in them. When you read the recipes below, you will find that this second set also has some recipes that have ingredients that have sugar. I can’t help but laugh when I think of how people will react to one of these recipes calling for maple syrup! Here is my response to all the concern about the sugar included in some of the recipes:

It’s true that if you are on a sugar-free diet, these may not be the recipes for you. I want to make a difference for busy families, busy moms, busy women. I want to see people eating as a family around the kitchen table instead of eating on the run or eating fast food in a vehicle. When paired with a salad or vegetables as a side dish, these recipes (even the ones that contain sugar) are going to be healthier than eating fast food. The moms who are cooking frozen pizzas or chicken nuggets and fries because it’s all that they have time for are the ones I am reaching out to with these recipes. By taking an hour on a Sunday afternoon or in an evening after the kids have gone to bed to prepare these meals, you can have healthier (note that I did not say the healthiest!) meals that your whole family can enjoy. The bulk of the work will be done already so that you can relax at the end of the day and actually have time to talk while you eat dinner together.

And since I’m still a recovering people-pleaser, I am working on trying out healthier dump-style recipes. I will be publishing ground beef dump recipes and healthier dump recipes in the coming months so watch for those! More Chicken Dump Recipes

Steps to making Chicken Dump Meals:

  1. Get out all ingredients.
  2. Label resealable freezer bags (you can use a permanent marker or print labels to stick on) with the name and cooking instructions.
  3.  Prop the bottom of the bags and fold over the top so that they will stay open.
  4. Add chicken into each bag. You can use boneless, skinless thighs or breasts.
  5. Once the chicken is in all of the bags, dump the ingredients for the recipe into the bag.
  6. When all the ingredients are in each bag, remove the excess air, seal the bags, lay flat, and freeze.

Teriyaki Chicken

3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup honey, melted
3 tbsp. soya sauce**
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake at 350° for an hour or in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. **if you are making these gluten free, be sure to use gluten free soya sauce.

Lemon Mustard Chicken

3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake at 350° for an hour, covered, uncover last ten minutes or in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.

French Canadian Chicken

3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. soya sauce**
3 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. pepper

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or bake at 350° for an hour, covered, uncovering for the last 15 minutes.

**if you are making these gluten free, be sure to use gluten free soya sauce.

Pepper Lime Chicken

3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp. lime zest
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. olive oil

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake at 350° for an hour, covered or in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.

Cindy’s Chicken

3-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
one bottle of Russian salad dressing (don’t use Creamy Russian dressing. If you can’t find this, you can substitute with Catalina dressing)
1 1/4 cups Apricot jam
3 Tbsp. dry onion soup mix*

*I use an MSG-free, gluten-free dry onion soup mix.

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake at 350° for an hour, covered or in the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.

Notes:

  • Each recipe listed is to make one bag. To make 2 bags, you will need to double both the chicken and the other ingredients.
  • The recipes work best with 3-5 chicken breasts or 8-10 thighs per bag. If you are adding a lot more or a lot less chicken, you may need to adjust the recipes accordingly.
  • If you plan the meals so that they have some common ingredients, it saves even more money.
  • All these recipes can be made gluten free by following the notes indicated.
  • I heard from a reader who suggested using slow cooker liners. I had never heard of such a thing, but it sounds like a way to save even more time because it eliminates the cleanup of the crock pot.
  • Don’t forget to check out the first 5 Chicken Dump Recipes!

My Chicken Dump Recipes includes 25 recipes divided into 5 plans, each with its own printable list and printable labels. It will save you time and money!

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Valentine’s Learning Activities

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The other morning, I found myself scrambling a bit to come up with something for the kids to do because our regular homeschool routine had to be thrown out. My friend was coming over to give me a haircut (and colour my grey because I have a lot of grey hair these days!) and I didn’t think me homeschooling while getting my hair done was going to be very effective, so I decided instead to look for fun ideas for the kids on some of my favourite blogs.

Valentine's Learning Activities

I was able to find so many neat and educational Valentine’s activities that I thought I would share them with you. These Valentine-themed learning activities are great to incorporate into your homeschool or classroom.

Science

Valentine's Science Experiments

Love Potions from No Time for Flash Cards

Valentines Frozen Hearts Science Experiments from Little Bins for Little Hands

Valentine Candy Science from Inspiration Laboratories

Valentine Science Experiment from Our Modern Family

Valentines Explosions from Creekside Learning

Conversation Heart Candy Science Experiments from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Dancing Conversation Hearts from Playdough to Plato

Sensory

Valentine's Sensory Activities

Simple Valentine’s Sensory Bin from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Valentine’s Sensory Station from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Valentine’s Sensory Sink from My Nearest and Dearest

Valentine Goop Sensory Oobleck from Little Bins for Little Hands

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin from Teaching Mama

Valentine Sensory Play from B-Inspired Mama

Valentine’s Sensory Jars from Blog Me Mom

Math

Valentine's Math Activities

Valentine’s Math Activity from No Time for Flash Cards

Candy Heart Math from Mom to 2 Lil Posh Divas

Math Games for Valentine’s Day from Kids Activities Blog

Measuring with Candy Hearts from Buggy and Buddy

Valentine’s Day Scrabble Math from And Next Comes L

Heart Addition from Playdough to Plato

Valentine Memory Game for Working on Numbers from A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Printables

Valentine's Printables

Free Valentine’s Math Printables from 3 Dinosaurs

Valentine Printable Pack from Gift of Curiosity

Preschool Do-a-Dot Printables from Crystal and Co.

Valentine Sudoku Printable from Gift of Curiosity

Free Cutting Practise Pack for Valentine’s from This Reading Mama

Valentine Spelling Game Word Bump from This Reading Mama

St. Valentine’s Day Word Search from Real Life at Home

If you’re looking for more Valentine-themed ideas, you may want to follow my Valentines board on Pinterest.

History Sensory Bin

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I find it easiest to create sensory bins that have some type of theme to them. If there is something that we are studying in homeschooling, a sensory bin along that theme can further reinforce what the kids are learning as well as providing an opportunity for sensory play.

Last week, the kids watched the classic musical “Annie Get Your Gun“. They adored it and are still singing “no, you can’t get a man with a gu-un”! Granola Girl was even singing it through the aisles in the grocery store the other day!

Since they were already so interested and asking lots of questions, I decided to expand their learning and teach them about the history of Annie Oakley, the woman the movie is based on and about that time in history. I happened to have a Wild West TOOB which had an Annie Oakley figurine in it (I hadn’t even noticed that when I bought it!) so I used that to create a sensory bin that would allow the kids to play and expand on the story they had watched in the movie.

History Sensory BinFor the base of the bin, I used dry white beans in one section, aquarium rocks that we had left over from a science experiment we had done the week before in another section and I finished it off with an area of moss. Then I added the Wild West TOOB figures and let the kids play.

I know that my sensory bin may not be completely historically accurate, but the point of it is to get the kids more interested in history and its characters by letting them explore. They loved that there was an Annie Oakley figure and had such fun reenacting scenes from the movie.

You can create a history sensory bin to go with any period in history (think Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt) or that is centred on a specific historical figure (think inventors, artists, politicians or heroes).

For hundreds of other sensory bin ideas, you can also follow my Sensory Bins board on Pinterest.

Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Sensory Bins on Pinterest.

If you are looking for information on making sensory bins,you may be interested in my book. The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins

DIY Gluten Free Taco Seasoning

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Spice blends were one of the challenges I discovered when our son first became gluten free. There are a lot of seasoning blends that have gluten in them as a filler. That hidden gluten became something I needed to watch for. It became easier much of the time just to make my own.

Homemade Gluten Free Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is one of the spice blends I use most often because my family loves Mexican flavours, so I make it in huge batches and freeze it in a resealable freezer bag.

The recipe I’m sharing today is for a small amount of taco seasoning. I actually times it by 8 or 10 because it’s just as easy once I have all the ingredients out to make it all at once.

Taco Seasoning Recipe:

1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. oregano

If you like things on the spicier side, you can increase the crushed red pepper flakes or add a bit of cayenne pepper.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in a resealable bag or airtight container. I keep mine in the freezer.

homemade taco seasoning(please note that the picture is this recipe times 8)

Another benefit of making your own taco seasoning mix is that you are able to control how much sugar (in this case, none) and how much salt go into it. I always have more peace of mind when I’ve made something myself because I know exactly what ingredients went into it.

Here are some of my recipes that use this taco seasoning:

From Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Mixed Bean Casserole

Gluten Free Stuffed Peppers

Garden Taco Rice

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