I had one chicken breast hanging out in the fridge that I needed to use up, but there are three of us for dinner so what to do with it was sort of haunting me. I could have thawed out some more chicken, but time got away from me this week so that wasn’t an option. I did some searches for “1 chicken breast recipe” and found quite a few stir fry options. It’s a great way to make a small amount of protein feed a few people. Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your repertoire!
Short on funds this week? These are some budget-friendly recipes that can help you stretch your grocery dollars through lean times. It’s also nice to just be conscious of what you’re spending, but still put healthful, homemade food on the table every night.
These recipes are definitely family favorites, so try them even if you’re not pinching a few pennies!
Hubby requested chili for dinner – but I had 2 lbs of ground chicken that needed to be used up – so I whipped this chilE up, which was a conglomeration of my Pueblo Green Chile and white chicken chili recipes. It’s pretty dang tasty and ground chicken is fairly economical. If you don’t have ground, or don’t want to grind your own in your food processor or meat grinder, diced chicken breast works great as well.
Season to your taste – we like chili powder and cumin along with S&P in our chili. Some people like oregano or Mexican oregano in their chile – it’s all to what you like. This recipe will also freeze very well – have some on hand for smothering burritos or adding to eggs or potatoes. It’s freezer friendly for sure!
I am generally a “from the jar” spaghetti sauce kind of girl, but my daughter has a cumin allergy – causes severe migraines – and most jarred sauces have cumin in them. I used to make my own sauce so I thought I’d write out the recipe for her to use in place of “migraine sauce” as she’s called it.
This is pretty flexible – just don’t substitute tomato sauce for crushed tomatoes – they are not the same thing.
I found this recipe on Pinterest and adapted it a bit from the one Damn Delicious posted. Hubby had his with a fried egg on top, and really enjoyed it. Runny egg yolks are not my thing without toast, so I skipped the egg and enjoyed mine with a sprinkling of fresh grated parmesan cheese. The egg definitely adds protein though – so to boost it if you don’t want eggs, try a legume like chickpeas or cannellini beans.
The Boy had his without egg and cleaned his plate, so even good for picky eaters. My kids both love roasted asparagus, though – so that makes things easier!
Serve with a green salad and garlic bread – perfect quick-cooking, no plan meal.
I am, admittedly, a novice when it comes to Indian food. Curry scared me as I’d had it years ago and it tasted terrible and was so stupidly hot it was inedible. I sort of painted all curry with that same brush – and steered clear for years. Then I tried a coconut lime chicken recipe that had a tad of curry powder in it, and I realized that not all curry is hot, and some curry tastes amazing!
So – I got braver today and tried a Coconut Chicken Curry recipe that I modified a bit and made more to our taste. This turned out great! I served with steamed rice, toasted naan bread, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato, and sliced red onion. It was ah. mah. zing.
If you wanted to make this vegetarian, use water instead of broth/stock and double the potato. It would taste great. I had one chicken breast in the fridge already thawed so that’s what I put in here, but all potato would be pretty damn tasty as well!
If you feel the need – garnish with parsley or cilantro 🙂
I am a really REALLY big fan of one dish meals – in fact a recent Christmas present was a cookbook of one-pan dinners – from slow cookers to sheet trays and dutch ovens. Really great for weeknight meals and easy clean up when you’re not really into doing a bunch of dishes. This chicken veggie tray bake recipe if definitely one to put in your repertoire.
I generally get 2 chicken breasts and butterfly into thinner pieces – they cook faster and it’s more of a realistic portion size. You can do fresh green beans, cauliflower or broccoli if you want in place of the Brussels sprouts – we like Brussels sprouts though. I also use russet potatoes, but halved baby reds work too… really this chicken veggie tray bake recipe can be whatever you have in the fridge. If you use broccoli or cauliflower, add it in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking because they cook faster than Brussels sprouts do.