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Budget-friendly chicken recipes

When it comes to feeding the family, budget chicken meals are a popular option – and with good reason. Tasty, versatile and easy on the pocket, chicken can be the star of many dishes, from roasts and tray bakes to starters and hearty pies. So, whatever occasion you are cooking for, here are some tasty budget chicken recipes for you and your family to try.

1. Healthy lemon and paprika roast chicken

If you’re after healthy chicken meals on a budget, nothing beats a Sunday roast – and this one has all the classic roast chook flavours that makes it everyone’s favourite. Zesty lemon perfectly balances fragrant rosemary and thyme and keeps the chicken moist, while paprika gives it a sweet-smoky flavour and that all-important golden colour. And with potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and more lemon roasted in the pan juices, this family roast is a delicious one-pan dream.

2. Easy chicken drumstick tray bake

Ready in just 30 minutes, this budget chicken tray bake is also super-easy to prepare. Five spice gives the chicken drumsticks plenty of flavour, while Chinese broccoli and onion offer colour and ticks the good-for-you box. All baked on one tray, it’s one of the easiest, quickest and most flavour-packed family dinners you’ll serve. To round out the meal, this chicken tray bake is served with coconut, chilli and lime rice that also takes next to no time to prepare, making it the perfect side.

3. Spiced chicken wings with ranch dressing

For tasty, easy-on-the-pocket entertaining, budget-friendly recipes are the way to go, and these spiced chicken wings certainly hit the mark. With paprika, oregano, cumin, allspice, garlic and chilli in the mix, there’s no shortage of flavour in these baked bites. And, of course, spiced wings need a fresh, creamy sauce to balance out the heat. Whip up a super-simple homemade ranch dressing to serve alongside for a winning party dish.

4. French-style braised chicken with leek and mushroom

Take budget chicken dinners to the next level with this creamy chicken dish inspired by a traditional French stew. Browned, then braised in cream, the chicken is juicy, golden and takes on the classic French-stew flavours from leek, mushroom and bacon. And the best part is, you can enjoy this warm comforting dish in less than an hour. Serve this tasty braised chicken with steamed green beans and mashed potatoes for a hearty family dinner.

5. Country-style chicken pies

If you’re after budget chicken breast recipes, there’s nothing better than the beloved pie. All the ingredients and flavours of this country-style recipe – think veggies, bacon and fragrant herbs – makes six pot pies and is one of the tastiest budget-friendly chicken recipes you’ll find. Cooked over low heat in a rich tomato and wine sauce and encased in flaky golden pastry, these pot pies certainly don’t skimp on flavour. Whether served for lunch or dinner, they’re guaranteed to become regulars in your household.

Cooking with meat needn’t cost the earth! It’s all down to savvy shopping. Knowing the cheaper cuts of meat and how to make them shine will result in winning dinners the whole family will love. From steaks served with slaw and quick pork stir-fries, to lamb pizzas and perfectly cooked chicken, check out these budget dinners and have your weeknight meals sorted.