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Chicken is one of the cheaper meats to cook with. As a large family, we are on the hunt for frugal chicken recipes that are easy to make, quick and cheap! Chicken recipes are a great way to stretch your grocery budget and make amazing recipes that don’t taste cheap!
Below are some of our favorite chicken recipes that your family will love, and some tips to make the stretch even further. I learned these by trial and error I promise you will love these frugal recipes.
Frugal Chicken Recipes
So if you want a few tips to make these chicken recipes even cheaper read on below the frugal chicken recipes.
Some of my families favorite recipes are the copycat Chick Fil A recipes. They are hands down made mostly on Sundays! It’s when we always crave it, go figure!
Easy Frugal Chicken Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
Slow Cooker and Crock-Pot recipes are some of the easiest. Start it in the morning, cook it low and slow all day and come home to a tasty meal that will make your family thin you spent all day in the kitchen!
Stretching the Chicken Recipes
Look for chicken leg quarters on sale. I can find the 10-pound bags at Walmart for less than $5. I can even watch for sales and get them for as low as 39¢ a pound at stores like Save A Lot.
$3.90 for 10 pounds of chicken which comes out to about 4 meals for us ones cooked and shredded. Can’t beat that!
I bring the chicken thighs home and cook them up in the oven and then shred them and put them in freezer bags to use in recipes later. I share my process on this in my Cheap Family Meals Facebook Group.
Chicken Broth – I then use the bones to make chicken brother which I put in large mason jars and freeze it. It tastes better than store-bought, it’s healthier, and save money on buying chicken stock!
One quick and easy way to spice up any chicken recipe I use this DIY Chicken Shake and Bake. I love keeping it on hand.
Skip the Chicken Breast – Even though many recipes call for chicken breasts (including many of mine). You don’t have to use chicken breast! I use shredded chicken but lessen the cooking time because it’s normally already cooked.
It takes a little thinking to do it sometimes I warm the shredded chicken up on the stove in some chicken broth or even just water then add it to the recipe.
Frugal Chicken Recipes Kitchen Items
You need some of the right kitchen tools to make some of the best cheap chicken recipes. Below is my must-have in my kitchen. My Instant Pot doubles as a slow cooker and saves space!
When I’m cooking up my bargain chicken thighs I love using a full sheet pan. I can cook more and it just makes my life easier.
So, I mentioned I like to make chicken stock from the bones after cooking the chicken thighs. I store the stock in large mason jars and then put them in the deep freezer.
To make all that chicken stock you need a stockpot. I say grab a big one it’s never a bad thing to have space when cooking you never know when it will come in handy! Cook a large batch of soup and freeze it!
More Frugal Recipes
What are some of your favorite frugal chicken recipes? Let me know in the comments below I am always looking for new recipes!