Marinade and freeze chicken pieces for delicious chicken kebabs with no fuss. Prep ahead at its best and Keto and Paleo diet friendly.
Regardless of if you are a planner or someone rather more spontaneous, it is always great to have food on hand that you can use to produce a meal from with the minimum of fuss. I am fairly sure that I can produce a meal for 4 from the contents of my kitchen and freezer at any time and I have a number of freezer tricks that I have learnt over the years to help me do this. My freezer nearly always contains:-
- Lemon and lime slices – perfect for adding to a G&T
- Cooked beans and pulses – dunk in a bowl of water to defrost – use for dips or salads
- Portions of pasta sauce – these defrost whilst the pasta is cooking
- Nearly cooked risotto – defrost in the microwave and finish in a pan on the hob
- Fresh pizza dough and toppings
- Frozen herbs – add to anything
- Frozen bananas, grapes and berries for smoothies
- Fish fingers
My freezer trick for prepare ahead summer BBQs is to cut up your meat and freeze in its marinade, it intensifies the flavour and means that all you have to do is defrost in the fridge overnight, or on the counter for a few hours then assemble the kebabs. Pre marinaded then frozen meat is also perfect for stir fries, or serving with my asparagus slaw, or no mayo slaw.
Recipe: Easy Freeze Ahead Chicken Kebabs
For the Freeze Ahead Chicken Marinade
- 8 skinless chicken thighs - cut into 5cm pieces
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic - crushed
For the Kebabs
- 1 red pepper - cut into chunks
- 1 green pepper - cut into chunks
- 8 bamboo skewers - soaked in water
- Place the chicken, oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic into a freezer container and stir well. Seal and freeze.
- Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight - or on the counter for a few hours.
- Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers, and bake in the oven at 170C/ 150C Fan / GM5 for about 20 minutes until cooked through or grill on the BBQ for about 10 minutes turning regularly.
- Take care that all frozen chicken is properly defrosted before cooking it, and it is cooked right through before eating. I prefer to cook chicken in the oven and then finish it on the BBQ for a few minutes.
- This recipe is 7 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion
If you are having a BBQ you might also like my:-
- Yoghurt chicken tikka kebabs
- Chicken tikka kebabs
- Balsamic & redcurrant BBQ lamb chops
- BBQ maple hake on a cedarwood plank
What are your top freeze ahead tips?
Sarah Maison Cupcake
These look great – I often marinade whole pieces of meat and freeze them but not considered doing it with smaller cubes for putting on skewers. Must try!
I’ve been doing this for ages. Makes assembling the kebabs so quick and easy.
What a wonderful idea and perfect for summer! These look delicious. xo, Catherine
Thanks Catherine. Hopefully a useful tip.
I really like the flavor and the freeze ahead idea.
thanks Peter, it is a classic for a reason!
I never did freeze meat in its own marinade – this has to be something my meals have missed for long :) Gonna try it this weekend!
Let me know how it goes. It is a simple but effective trick
Great idea. This is a real timesaver and I bet the flavours are much stronger by freezing.
Sally @ Life Loving
It works a treat Sally! I do it all the time now.
annette @ annettesfoodpassion
Great freezer tricks…. I have never thought of freezing lemon or lime slices! Love the chicken kebabs, they must be delicious and I have to try them very soon.
Thanks Annette, I adore my freezer, it is an extension of the pantry for ingredients.
What a great list of ideas for freezing. I wouldn’t have known some of them. Freezing the meat in the marinade makes perfect sense though. Brilliant!
It is always good to have handy food in the freezer, saves on so much time and great for unexpected guests.
This sounds fantastic? Question: can you actually put the chicken on the kebabs and freeze them? On the stick(without the veggies)?
I don’t see why not – although it would take up more space in the freezer, and id be worried the kebab sticks would poke a hole in the freezer bag.