Kid-Friendly Chicken on the Cheap

With big flavors and small prices, you can prepare these kid-approved chicken recipes from All You for under a $1.50 per serving.

  • Chicken Tonight
    Beau Gustafson

    Chicken Tonight

    Hands-down, chicken is the most popular main dish to serve for dinner. So why not save money on this family favorite? We put our budget-friendly recipes to the test with our kid taste-testers; see which recipes came out on top.

  • Chicken Pot Pie
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Chicken Pot Pie ($1.38)

    Your kids may not even notice that they’re eating veggies when they dig into this creamy chicken mixture topped with tender biscuits. The budget-friendly feature of this recipe is that you make your own biscuits from pantry basics instead of buying canned or frozen biscuits.
  • Cornflake-Crusted Chicken

    Cornflake-Crusted Chicken ($1.43)

    Use crushed cornflakes to make a crispy coating for chicken tenders. Decrease or omit the red pepper if your kids don’t care for the heat.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

    Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks ($1.01)

    Make an easy teriyaki sauce for the drumsticks with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Kids love the sweetness of this not-too-spicy sauce.
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Grilled Chicken Skewers ($0.92)

    The key to getting kids to eat healthier is to make meals fun! Our panel of judges enjoyed eating this grilled chicken off of skewers, and even suggested serving it with easy sides such as broccoli and mashed potatoes.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
    Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes

    Chicken Noodle Soup ($0.73)

    Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic comfort food that takes just pennies to prepare. Add chickpeas or white beans to make this soup even heartier.
  • Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties
    Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes

    Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties ($0.91)

    Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties offers a twist to the traditional favorite with the inclusion of bow-tie pasta, diced tomatoes, and chopped chicken.
  • Fried Chicken

    Fried Chicken ($0.65)

    This Southern favorite makes use of the whole chicken; a less expensive option than chicken breasts. Be sure to start prepping early so that the poultry has plenty of time to soak in the buttermilk.
  • Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

    Buttermilk Chicken Tenders ($1.19)

    With a kick of heat from Tabasco and cayenne, this recipe received the highest marks. (You can leave out the spices for not-so-daring taste buds.) In the judges' words, the chicken tenders are "spicy, really juicy, and flavorful."
  • Buffalo Chicken Skewers
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Buffalo Chicken Skewers ($0.81)

    Yummy Buffalo Chicken Skewers win points for flavor and presentation--making it a perfectly fun meal for kids.
  • Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables

    Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables ($0.88)

    Why order takeout when you can fix fried rice for the family in less than 30 minutes? Although this hearty dish can stand alone, feel free to add other Chinese recipes to your dinner menu.
  • Popcorn-Crusted Chicken Strips
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams  

    Popcorn-Crusted Chicken Strips ($1.10)

    Popcorn-Crusted Chicken Strips are the tasty results of a coating of whole-grain popcorn on ordinary chicken strips. The results are a crunchy texture that the kids will love.
  • Easy Broiled Drumsticks

    Easy Broiled Drumsticks ($0.86)

    "It's a little crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, with a lot of flavor," kid judge Davis raved. Plus, drumsticks are just as easy for small hands to hold as they are for Mom to make!
  • Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken ($1.32)

    Whether it's stuffed into tortillas or served over rice, the whole family will enjoy Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken.
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