Freezer Marinade Mexican Chicken

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Freezer Marinade Mexican Chicken is perfect to make ahead of time especially on May 5th for Cinco De Mayo here is a great recipe for the event and it will be all ready to cook to help celebrate the day!

We just love easy recipes like this one, all the marinade coats whatever meat you prefer and stays in the freezer until ready to thaw and cook, it's super easy to do.

Part of meal prep like this is great especially when you get a great deal on meats at the butcher or local supermarkets.

This freezer marinade will save time and money and delicious meat will be easy to just cook on the stovetop, grill, or slow cooker.

Marinates in the Freezer

This tasty marinade is perfect for hurried cook any night of the week, the marinade is just waiting to be cooked from the freezer.

We love this dish served with refried beans and simply cooked rice.

this is a lime pepper chicken marinade for the freezer. Lime and spices are in a freezer bag with raw chicken marinating until ready to use. This is an easy and fast marinade to make juicy tender chicken for any cooking need like grilled chicken, fried chicken, slow cooker chicken already flavored and ready to use in one freezer bag

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  • cubed chicken is completed cooking quickly check the thickest part to be at 165 degrees using a meat thermometer ( can be left whole and sliced in half or cubed)
  • for more spicy  sauce add cayenne pepper and more ginger to taste
  • chicken thighs cubed  or pork should be boneless or deep-fried  chicken wings can be left whole or cubed
  • always preheat the cooking pan you're using
  • Pork, Lamb, Veal, Venison, and Beef can be used in place of Chicken also

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Serving side dish suggestions

  1. cooked fluffy white or brown rice
  2. pasta or any Asian-style noodles
  3. roasted vegetables
  4. stir-fried rice or vegetables

Freezer Marinade Mexican Chicken

Freezer Marinade Mexican Chicken

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This is a Mexican-flavored marinade for meat that stays in the freezer until ready to cook it!


  • 2 teaspoons Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zip lock freezer bag gallon size
  • 4 boneless Chicken Breasts sliced in half or use another boneless meat you prefer


  1. Mix all the seasonings together add to the freezer bag, add oil and lemon then chicken, and shake till chicken is well coated. Label date and contents.
  2. Freeze until needed around 6 to 8 months.
  3. When ready to cook thaw in the refrigerator overnight, never leave it out on the counter as chicken can become contaminated.
  4. See Other Cooking Methods below under notes
  5. In a large heated fry pan, saute 2 cloves of fresh garlic till soft in 1 tablespoon oil, add 1 lb of fresh cleaned mushrooms, and sliced peppers, add the chicken, add 1 small bottle of taco sauce or enchilada sauce or 14 oz can of pureed tomatoes with green chiles.
  6. Simmer until the chicken is cooked all the way through around 20 minutes.
  7. Serving suggestions: cooked rice, refried beans, in fajitas, garnish with sour cream, guacamole.


Bake, Pan Fry, Grill, or Air Fry Methods for Chicken

  • NOTE: Check the chicken to be at 165 degrees using a meat thermometer in the thickest part:
  • Baked: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the coated chicken on a greased baking sheet with all the vegetables. Spray with cooking oil or drizzle with vegetable oil. Bake for 20 minutes stirring a few times 
  • Grill: Add all ingredients to an oil-sprayed cast iron skillet and saute outdoors as you would the pan fry method
  • Air Fry: Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 400 degrees. Add the chicken and air fry for 5 minutes, flip and continue cooking in the air fryer until the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer is at 165 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken (around 5 more minutes). Any vegetables can be done in another disposable tin for around 7 minutes air fried then toss with chicken in a serving dish. Slice the chicken for tacos or salads
  • Slow Cooker: Put the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot. Pour thawed sauce liquid chicken. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-6 hours or until done.

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Try these other freezer marinades:
Italian style lemon lime chicken marinade
Peanut butter marinade
Hawaiian marinade
Lamb  Pistachio Pesto Marinade
Wine Steak Marinade
Mexican Marinade


  1. I think Mexican is my second favorite cuisine, right after Italian. I have been looking for a good chicken recipe, will have to give this one a try.

  2. This marinade does look perfect for Cinco de Mayo-great blend of spices. Also, I like the thickness of the photo recipe-yum! I can think a variety of Mexican dishes to use the meat in-thanks for such a versatile recipe!

  3. Mexican sound very exotic and interesting to me. I like this! Ciao

  4. I love this, it's perfect for Cinco de May--all those good flavors! And great with freezing--a good and easy dish!

  5. This looks so good and I bet that sauce was to die for!

  6. Love the idea. Will definitely give this a go.

  7. Love the idea... will definitely give this a go.

  8. Dear Claudia, What a great chicken rub and it is ready when you need it.
    Looks delish. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  9. Such a perfect Mexican marinade, Claudia. I love the idea to get the chicken marinated, and freeze it till ready to use. I can imagine the flavors being so infused, and also tenderizes while it's in the marinade and being frozen!
    Genius idea! Thanks for sharing:DDD

  10. A Mexican marinade sounds like something I will get a lot of use from this summer! Yummy!

  11. This sounds delicious, Claudia! I hope you had a relaxing vacation :)

  12. I've never done a Mexican marinade - this is a splendid idea! Welcome home!

  13. wow i definitely want to try this one! great blog and great recipes, following you now! :)


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