Plan Ahead: Freezer-ready Chicken Cutlets with White Wine and GarlicPosted: April 9, 2014
Food blogger and business owner Trish Ryan is constantly looking for healthy options to feed herself and her family. She is the founder of Time for Dinner, a meal planning service designed to help you enjoy healthy meals with your family.
In this post, she makes preparing dinner a [cool] breeze with a little help from your freezer.
Making the most of your time
The extension of evening daylight hours is the perfect reward after surviving a long winter. The extra sunlight and warmer temperatures just beg us to soak up some extra Vitamin D outside and to accomplish our 10,000 daily steps goal outside. (Experts recommend setting a goal of walking 10,000 steps per day for improving health. If this is new to you, consider taking this advice and making it your goal, too!)
However, breathing in all that fresh-air can leave you famished. The solution? Before your hunger impulses tell you otherwise, the answer is not a quick bag of chips. That’ll only counteract the benefits you’re hopefully getting from a little extra outdoor moving time the spring weather prompts. Instead, with a little planning ahead, an entire healthy and delicious meal can be ready for you in minutes when you walk ravenously in the door from a spring day well spent. All you need to do is put your freezer to use.
There are lots of meals that translate well to the freezer. Next time you make dinner, consider doubling the recipe and freezing half in individual serving-sized containers for later. Here’s a recipe to get you started.
This recipe gives chicken cutlets a marinade that will actually infuse them with flavor while stored in the freezer. They’ll keep for up to two months. When ready to use – for instance, on a day you know will be packed with activities – thaw the night before in your refrigerator. The following day, you’ll have the base to a meal that can be ready in no time. Serve with your favorite veggie and whole grain, like wild rice with mushrooms, roasted broccoli and/or cauliflower with walnuts.
Chicken Cutlets with White Wine and Garlic
Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes
For the marinade:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- Fresh ground pepper
- Chicken cutlets (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
When ready to cook:
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Chopped parsley (optional), for serving
- Stack cutlets in a double layer in a 1-gallon freezer bag. (If you purchased chicken breasts, slice each in half lengthwise.) In a small bowl, combine butter, wine, garlic, and thyme and whisk to combine. Season with pepper. Pour marinade into bag with cutlets and freeze. (To freeze, press the air out of the freezer bag, seal and freeze flat, up to 2 months.)
- To serve, thaw chicken in refrigerator overnight. Remove cutlets from bag and discard marinade. Gently shake chicken to remove liquid and season with salt. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add cutlets to the pan and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes total, flipping halfway through and adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning.
- Sprinkle chicken with parsley and serve.
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