Freezing Chicken Stroganoff: Is it Safe and How to Do it Right
Chicken stroganoff is a popular evening meal – not quite as popular as its famous cousin beef stroganoff“.
As an alternative to the beef version, it is great for cold winter nights. But sometimes, we don’t manage to eat all of it, and we’re left with leftovers.
Can you freeze chicken stroganoff, plus how should you do it? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Freeze Chicken Stroganoff?
The short answer is: yes, you can freeze chicken stroganoff. As with most cooked dishes, chicken stroganoff can be safely stored in the freezer for up to six months.
If the chicken stroganoff contains a lot of sour cream then I would only freeze it for three months.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your frozen chicken stroganoff tastes as good as new when you thaw and reheat it.
Can You Freeze Chicken Stroganoff With Sour Cream?
Yes, you can freeze chicken stroganoff that has sour cream in it. However, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that the dish tastes as good as new when you thaw and reheat it.
Sour cream is a delicate ingredient when it comes to freezing and can separate or curdle when subjected to temperature changes. The best way to prevent this from happening to your chicken stroganoff is to let the dish cool down to room temperature before storing it in the freezer.
When it comes time to thaw and reheat the stroganoff, do it slowly and at a low temperature, this will help prevent the sour cream from separating or curdling.
How Do You Fix Sour Cream That Has Curdled in Stroganoff Dishes?
If you notice that the sour cream has curdled after reheating, you can try stirring in a little bit of milk or cream to smooth it out.
In summary, you can freeze chicken stroganoff, but you should take extra care when freezing dishes that contain sour cream.
How to Freeze Chicken Stroganoff
Here are some tips for freezing chicken stroganoff:
- Let the dish cool completely. It’s important to let the stroganoff cool down at least to room temperature before storing it in the freezer. I prefer to cool it in the fridge first.
- If you have a large batch (or a lot of leftovers) of chicken stroganoff, it’s a good idea to divide it into smaller portions before freezing. This will make it easier to thaw only the amount you need and will also reduce the thawing time.
- To prevent freezer burn and to keep the stroganoff fresh, make sure to store it in airtight containers or bags. Glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids work well. You can also use zip-lock bags, making sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing.
- Label and date the containers. It’s important to label and date the containers so you know how long the stroganoff has been in the freezer. Chicken stroganoff will keep for about six months in the freezer, but it’s best to eat it within the first three months for the best taste and texture.
Thawing and Reheating Chicken Stroganoff
When you’re ready to eat your frozen chicken stroganoff, there are a few options for thawing and reheating it:
- Thaw in the refrigerator. The best way to thaw chicken stroganoff is to transfer the container from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you eat it. This method is slower but ensures that the stroganoff thaws evenly and safely.
- Thaw in cold water. If you’re in a hurry, you can thaw the stroganoff faster by placing the container in a bowl of cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes.
- Reheat on the stove. Once the stroganoff is thawed, you can reheat it on the stove over medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure that it heats evenly.
In conclusion, you can freeze chicken stroganoff and enjoy it at a later date. Just follow the tips above for safe storage and thawing, and you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious meal anytime you want.