Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Meal-Prep Freezer Pack
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.Advertisement
Meanwhile, place chicken, onion, carrot, celery and thyme in a sealable gallon-size freezer bag. Place the cooled noodles in a separate sealable gallon-size freezer bag. Freeze both bags until ready to use. Let the bags defrost in your refrigerator for 1 day before cooking (see Tip).
Combine the chicken mixture, broth and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker (reserve the noodles). Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours. Add peas during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken into the soup along with the noodles, dill and lemon juice. Garnish with more dill, if desired.
To make ahead: Freeze the prepared bags (Step 1) for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator for 1 day before cooking (Step 2).
Tip: Want a faster thaw? Place the frozen chicken mixture (in its sealed bag) in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. You can also thaw the pasta this way, but be sure to use separate bowls to avoid cross contamination.
3 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable