Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grilled Chicken Breasts

During the summer I find myself serving sandwiches, subs, wraps, etc a whole lot more than normal. Something about the warm weather and fresh veggies from the garden is inviting. Especially when we're cramped for time or don't particularly feel very hungry in the evenings.

Lunch meat from the deli counter can get old. Chicken breasts are always good and so versatile. I can season them up a bit or even let them soak in a favorite marinade all day. Tonight we enjoyed chicken and bacon subs topped with all of our favorite veggies. Simple and really good!

Grilled chicken breasts also freeze really well too. You can then use them for sandwiches, salads, wraps, served over pasta; anything your little heart desires. These come in handy when packing lunches too! Skip those drive-thrus and pack your own lunch. It's all about planning ahead.

When it comes to freezing the chicken, it's better to have only a small amount in each bag. I'd recommend no more than 4-6 breasts. That way if you don't happen to use up the whole bag for one meal, you're not opening and closing the bag a million times and ruining the quality of your meat.

You could even go one step further and prepare your subs or sandwiches to be frozen. You would want to place one chicken breast, maybe a couple slices of bacon as well if you wish onto your choice of bun/bread. Then wrap individually in foil. You can then place them into a large freezer bag. When come time to eat, just let thaw and reheat. Top with your favorite toppings and you've got a quick bite to eat.

Grilled Chicken Breasts

1. Prepare chicken breasts with choice of seasonings {for these I used Lawry's, garlic powder and pepper} or marinade.
2. Cook on grill until juices run clear, about six minutes on each side.
3. Remove to a plate or platter and let cool completely.
4. Once cooled, place a few breasts in a freezer bag. Make sure to label and date with contents.
5. Place chicken into freezer until ready to use.
6. When ready to enjoy, simply remove from freezer and let thaw in the fridge.

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