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Freezer Meal: Cilantro Lime Chicken

I’ve saved the best for last! This freezer meal recipe was BY FAR our favorite – twice over. 

First, we accidentally created a vegetarian option when I forgot to tell Kyle that the chicken was in a separate bag … and neither of us noticed the missing meat until I came home from work and found nothing but veggies in the Crock-pot. Oops! Kyle convinced me to try the filling in our taco shells anyway, and they turned out great (and of course, lighter in points). 

(NOTE: You'd think that since we made this twice, I would have taken a picture at least once ... alas, I did not. Sorry!)

Cilantro Lime Chicken - 6 points per serving for regular, 3 points for vegetarian (filling only - shells/rice and toppings extra points), serves 6

Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or none for vegetarian!)
  • Juice from two limes
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 16-oz. bag of corn
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers (can substitute one bag of frozen pepper blend)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. each salt and pepper (more to taste)
Prep Directions
  • Place lime juice in small sandwich bag; place all seasonings in separate sandwich bag
  • Add chicken to large freezer bag; add remaining ingredients (beans, pepper, onion, garlic, corn, cilantro) in a separate large freezer bag
  • Seal all bags and stuff into one large freezer bag (or two if they don't all fit ... just don't forget one of them like we did!)
  • NOTE: The original recipe also calls for you to freeze a cup of shredded cheddar cheese in its own freezer bag ... but it's only used as a topping, so I left it off the list of ingredients
Cooking Directions
  • Remove bags from freezer and let thaw in fridge overnight
  • Dump all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours 
  • Serve in taco shells or on rice, with topping of choice: cheese, avocado/guacamole, sour cream, scallions, etc. 
This is the eighth of eight freezer meal recipes I'm sharing after attending a party sponsored by my local Farm Bureau. Recipe credit goes to Michelle Rudolphi -  check out her LivingIt Facebook page for more information or if you have any questions. Thanks again to the Farm Bureau and Michelle for throwing a fantastic, tasty and educational event! 

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