With big flavors and small prices, you can prepare these kid-approved chicken recipes from All You for under a $1.50 per serving.
February 17, 2010
1 of 14Beau Gustafson
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.
2 of 14Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Chicken Pot Pie ($1.38)
Chicken Pot Pie ($1.38) Recipe 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.
Grilled Chicken Skewers ($0.92) Recipe 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.
6 of 14Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes
Chicken Noodle Soup ($0.73)
Chicken Noodle Soup ($0.73) Recipe 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.
7 of 14Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes
Fried Chicken ($0.65) Recipe 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.
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Buttermilk Chicken Tenders ($1.19)
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders ($1.19) Recipe 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."
Easy Broiled Drumsticks ($0.86) Recipe "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!
14 of 14Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps