Last Updated on September 13, 2021
At ButcherBox, we’re always searching for ways to improve. Recently, we’ve made some upgrades to our frozen chicken wings and chicken breasts. The chicken is still the same delicious, free-range organic chicken you know and love from ButcherBox—but now, it comes in more convenient packaging.
Each piece of chicken is individually frozen, so you can take exactly what you need out of the resealable bag. The chicken is ice-glazed to prevent freezer burn and stay separated, so you can thaw quicker or simply cook from frozen.
Best of all, you won’t have to defrost an entire package of chicken when you only need one or two portions.
While the chicken is the same free-range organic chicken, there are some improvements compared to how we packaged chicken breasts and chicken wings in the past.
- Better portion control: With individually frozen pieces, you can take only what you need for your meal.
- Ultimate time savings: The chicken is ice-glazed to prevent freezer burn while keeping its delicious flavor and amazing texture. It is easier to defrost or to simply cook directly from frozen for easier dinner preparation or last-minute meal planning.
- Less food waste: With a resealable bag and individual pieces, there’s no more defrosting the whole pack when you only need only a few pieces of chicken.
Looking for additional info? Check out this quick video for cooking tips and more.
How To Defrost
While you can cook these chicken breasts and chicken wings from frozen, you can also defrost them to use in any dish that calls for breasts or wings.
The best way to defrost this chicken when you have some time is in the refrigerator. Place the frozen chicken in a food storage container with a lid, and then let it thaw overnight.
You can also quickly defrost by placing the frozen chicken in a sealable plastic bag— airtight and leak-proof—and placing in a bowl of cold water. Change the cold water every 30 minutes and do not let the chicken thaw for more than two to three hours.
How to Cook ButcherBox Chicken Breasts and Chicken Wings From Frozen
Frozen Chicken Breasts
These frozen chicken breasts make cooking chicken for dinner, lunch, or meal prepping so much easier. Use in your favorite chicken dishes and add some flavor with your go-to spices or marinades.
Below, you’ll find some of our favorite methods to cook these chicken breasts. The chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 170°F as measured with a meat thermometer to ensure their doneness.
Cook in a Skillet or Cast-Iron Pan
- Place your favorite seasonings in a bowl with a small amount of oil, add the chicken breasts, and toss til coated.
- Lightly coat the pan with your favorite cooking oil and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add frozen chicken breasts and cook for approximately 3 minutes per side to brown.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook additional 22 minutes until temperature reaches 170°F, turning 3 to 4 times.
Grilling Frozen Chicken Breasts
- Using cooking oil on a cloth, oil the grates and set the grill to medium heat.
- In a medium bowl, marinate the chicken breasts by combining a small amount of cooking oil and your favorite grilling spices. (We love this mix for grilled, fried, or baked chicken.)
- Grill frozen breasts for approximately 12-13 minutes on each side. The chicken will be done when internal temperature reaches 170°F when using a meat thermometer.
The new packaging for our frozen chicken wings could be a game-changer for hosting a party or having friends over for the big game. Cooking chicken wings has never been easier than being able to bake or grill chicken wings directly from frozen. Like the chicken breasts these pieces of chicken are done when they reach an internal temperature of 180°F.
Bake these wings in a dry rub or grill and then add your favorite wing sauce. However you prepare them, these will be a big hit whether you are treating guests to an appetizer or just hoarding these wings for your own snacking pleasure.
Here is the easiest method to cook amazing wings from frozen:
Cooking Frozen Wings in the Oven
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, toss wings with a dry rub and some oil—or a favorite wing sauce.
- Place about 24 wings on a foil-lined baking pan.
- Bake for about 50 minutes (approximately 45 minutes if thawed) until internal temperature reaches 180°F.
To grill, cook wings for 15 minutes on one side and then turn and grill for approximately 12 more minutes until internal temperature is 180°F. You can mix with your favorite dry rub or marinade before grilling or experiment with some different sauce flavors after they are done.