Pre-Marinating Chicken Before Freezing

When I shop, I look for sales on family size packages of chicken, legs, thighs, quarters, and breasts. I love to make my own marinades, and this can be done before freezing your chicken.


One of my marinade recipes is:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
Mix these ingredients well until the sugar is completely dissolved. Package your chicken for your meal in freezer ZipLoc bags. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of marinade to each bag. This freezes nicely, and when defrosted, it taste just like you marinated it that day.

Try using Italian, Greek or Balsamic dressing as your marinade. These are delicious, too.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

Note that both the sugar, and the salt in the soy sauce, will inhibit freezing; the chicken (or any food) will not be as deeply frozen as it would be unmarinated. This is only a concern if you hold the chicken in the freezer for a few months.

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March 30, 20160 found this helpful

Yes, it works as "antifreeze."

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