How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in a Crock Pot

how to cook frozen chicken breasts

If you’re not cooking with frozen chicken breasts, you’re missing out on some frugalicious and fast dinners!  They’re a busy mom’s secret to quick and easy dinners.

10 reasons you should be cooking with frozen chicken breasts…

  1. They’re a frugal shoppers delight!  Costco sells a 6.5-lb. bag of frozen chicken breasts for $17.  If you’re not a member of Costco or Sam’s, you’ll discover that frozen chicken breasts are frequently on sale at your neighborhood grocery.
  2. A 6.5-lb. bag has about 24 chicken breasts, and that’s enough for at least 6 meals.
  3. There’s less waste because you don’t have to worry about expiration dates.
  4. Fewer trips to the grocery because you don’t have to pick up a fresh package of chicken just to make dinner.
  5. No need to thaw before cooking…throw them on the grill or in the crock pot!
  6. No trimming or stinky parts to deal with, and when you’re a vegetarian mom cooking for a family of carnivores – this is really important!
  7. If you always have a bag of frozen chicken breasts, you’ll always have something for dinner!  No more excuses for eating out!
  8. A busy mom’s go-to dinner.
  9. Chicken Tacos…an effortless dinner that starts with frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot!
  10. Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole, Chicken Enchiladas, King Ranch Chicken…these recipes start with shredded chicken that you’ll prepare in your crock pot.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in a Crock Pot

Many crock pot recipes start with frozen chicken breasts like my Chicken Taco recipe, and you just add a few ingredients for an effortless dinner.

If you have a recipe that calls for shredded chicken, you can prepare perfectly shredded chicken by putting 4 frozen chicken breasts in your crock pot with 1/2 cup water on low for about 6 hours and then use 2 forks to shred.  The meat should shred easily.  (Note:  cooking times vary from crock pot to crock pot, so start checking your chicken breasts after 4 hours).

Please leave a comment to share your favorite recipes that start with frozen chicken breasts.


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  1. Kalli says:

    Hi there,

    I want to make the chicken taco recipe but I have a question. I noticed that your basic recipe calls for 1/2 cup of water. However, in your chicken taco recipe there’s no water being called out. Was that an oversight or is it not needed?


    • Kristl says:

      You only need to add water when you’re just making shredded chicken that will be used in a recipe like my Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole. The Chicken Taco recipe is completely made in the crock pot, and the salsa provides plenty of liquid. Enjoy!

  2. sharyl says:

    You can put the chicken breast in a Kitchen aid type mixer with the paddle attachment and it will shred the chicken perfectly for you.

    • Kristl says:

      If I only had a Kitchen Aid Mixer!

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks for this! Another easy way to shred chicken is to use a hand or stand mixer and turn it loose on the chicken.

    • Kristl says:

      A mixer…how clever!

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