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Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes to Save Time & Money in the Kitchen

Are you overscheduled, overworked, and just plain busy? You’re not alone! As a wife, I’m always striving to make life for my family better than before. Part of that is slowing down and finding joy in the simple things. But what about weeknights? Sometimes they’re just plain busy! Trying to get a healthy meal on the table every night to feed my family adds to the already crazy-busy week.  

Where we live, chicken is the cheapest meat to buy. I often find boneless, skinless chicken breast for a measly $1.88 a pound! Compared to the skyrocketing price of hamburger, this is a steal. So to save money, I cook a lot of chicken. (Good thing it’s healthy!)

Here are my favorite cheap and easy chicken recipes to save you time and money in the kitchen!

(Side note: I made this post as much for me as for you! I can easily “Pin” it and look at it on those busy, stressed-out nights to get dinner on the table fast!)

Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

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At our house, we celebrate “Taco Tuesday,” and these are a delicious way to take a break from the “regular” ground beef tacos. Just toss some chicken, taco seasoning, and salsa in a slow-cooker and dinner is done when you get home. See the full recipe here.

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

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Making stir-fry is one of my favorite meals for a busy weeknight. It’s just cut-up chicken mixed with any veggies you have on-hand with a splash of sauce and seasonings for flavor. This is a great way to use up leftover veggies or chicken from another meal. You can mix and match whatever chicken and veggies you have on-hand or there is a recipe here.

BBQ Chicken

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Barbecue chicken is quite possibly the easiest weeknight dinner to make. We buy chicken in bulk packages (cheaper that way) and we trim the fat and icky stuff off and put them in individual meal-sized freezer bags for quick and easy access on a weeknight. For BBQ chicken, it’s as easy as putting the chicken in a baking dish, topping it with store-bought barbecue sauce (this is our family’s favorite!), and cooking it at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. If you want a “real” recipe, though, you can get it here.

Two-Ingredient Zesty Italian Chicken

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This is one of my family’s favorite chicken recipes. And it’s so simple! Just like the BBQ chicken recipe above, you place your chicken in a baking dish (like this one), squirt Italian salad dressing on it (we love the Kraft Zesty Light Italian dressing), and pop it in the oven to bake. If I have extra time, I peel and cube russet potatoes to put in the baking dish along with the chicken and that is really good! Here’s a recipe for the chicken – just a note, if you add potatoes, you’ll want to cover it with aluminum foil and add 10-20 minutes to your bake time!

To make life even easier, print the free Master Grocery List from my Free Resource Library – or take it up a notch and download the Menu Planner and Grocery List from my shop!

What are you favorite weeknight Chicken recipes?

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Amy Beardsley, the driving force behind Marvelous Mrs, loves personal finance and productivity hacks, Netflix, and everything chocolate. You can check out her favorite money-tracking tool Personal Capital and visit her freelance writing business, too. Thanks for reading the blog!