Budget-friendly cheap chicken recipes give you an easy way to make affordable home cooked meals. These easy chicken dinners won’t break the bank.
In most of them, the chicken is the most expensive ingredient. Sometimes, though, you can use canned chicken, which can be pretty affordable. Especially if you buy store generic brand* or stock up when you have coupons or great store sales.
Chicken is one of the more affordable meats. It’s a great protein for meals. The problem is that on its own, it doesn’t have much flavor.
You need easy chicken recipes that pack a lot of flavor and don’t use expensive ingredients to do it. Some of these call for bottled sauces and seasonings that aren’t cheap when you buy them. But they will last for ages – years, in most cases.
A couple of these call for an air fryer or a cast iron skillet, but any of them can be cooked in a conventional oven or on a stove top with whatever type of cookware you like.
(*Hint about store brands: they are usually name brands repackaged for the store. You are typically getting the same thing as the name brand for less. Sometimes they even taste better.)
An easy one-pot dinner of roast chicken, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, garlic and herbs. The chicken is crisp on the outside, juicy and flavorful. The vegetables are roasted perfectly in the chicken drippings.
Thai Coconut Chicken Drumsticks with Brown Sauce and Spinach is an easy-to-make and inexpensive dinner inspiration. This budget-friendly family favorite brings home those healthy and delicious flavors of Thailand. The drumsticks are pan fried and then topped with an amazing brown sauce, wilted spinach and toasted shredded coconut.
This casserole recipe is full of flavor. It calls for rotisserie chicken, but when that's too expensive, any chopped chicken - even canned chicken - will work. You put that in a savory creamy sauce with a buttery crushed Ritz cracker topping.
She gives lots of substitution tips. as well as suggestions for either serving vegetable sides or incorporating the vegetables into the casserole itself. It's a very versatile recipe you could change up from one time to the next.
This is a whole meal cooked in a sheet pan. Easy prep, easy cleanup. You get chicken thighs with carrots, onion and potatoes. You could easily add more veggies or replace the potatoes if you're going for lower carb.
This easy Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken requires only 5 ingredients and is ready in less than an hour! Served with an amazing, sweet and sticky honey lemon glaze, this chicken recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner!
Why put a second Ritz cracker chicken casserole recipe on ths list? Because this one is way simpler and the seasonings are a little different. Try them both to see which you prefer.
This easy and kid-friendly Ritz chicken casserole recipe is the perfect comfort food for cold weather. All you need is shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, Ritz crackers, shredded cheddar and a can of corn.
This Canned Chicken Salad recipe is easy to make in less than 10 minutes! It’s creamy like tuna salad and seasoned simply with seasoned salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. This version is healthier than most and replaces most of the mayo with Greek yogurt!
One Pot Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas is a one pot meal with chicken rubbed with a jerk marinade cooked on top of some fluffy rice. This is an easy oven One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice with Peas dinner meal that starts on the stove top and finish in the oven.
This is serious comfort food. Chicken (thighs or breasts) is seasoned then cooked with rice in a cheesy, creamy sauce and topped with crisp, fried onions. There is no chopping in this recipe and it all comes together in one pan.
These baked chicken tenders are easy to make. Even picky eaters will go for them. You can make them with boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts. Make a large batch and keep them in the freezer for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
This recipe delivers all of the classic flavors of your favorite Chinese noodle dish. Soy sauce, boneless skinless chicken thighs, mixed veggies, ginger and garlic make this a dish that's big on flavor but comes together in just 30 minutes time. This is a perfect recipe for a side dish or a quick weeknight meal.
This low-calorie, low-carb chicken drumsticks recipe is a perfect, effortless way to make chicken legs just in a few minutes with minimum ingredients for all super busy days. A healthy and filling recipe for weight watchers!!!
Baked chicken with cherry tomatoes makes an easy one-dish meal which is ready in under 30 minutes. The sweetness and smoky flavor of cherry tomatoes come through in the juicy, flavorful chicken breasts.