As a stay at home mom saving money is so important to me. I see saving money as money that I earn, and I find that I try to challenge myself each week to save more. What can I say I love a competition even if it is with myself.
Meals are a great way to save money! And I want to share with all of you some amazing family and budget friendly chicken recipes to add to your meal plan.
I will sort the recipes so you can easily do batch cooking and making dinner meals quick, cheap, and easy. Not to mention add a ton of different recipes to your meal plan list. Variety is great so you and your family don’t get bored and start eating out.
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170+ Family and Budget Friendly Chicken Recipes
I don’t know about you, but I love to cook! I also love to have my girls help in the kitchen and see how we make the food we eat. I found this to be so helpful in getting them to try new things.
Related Post: The importance of cooking with your toddlers
Why chicken? It is the cheapest meat and easy to cook in 100’s of ways. Not to mention it is a great lean protein. It can also be very bland and an easy protein source to get your toddlers to eat and if you have picky kids it can be hard to get protein in their diet.
What kind of recipes are in this post
- methods for cooking whole chicken
- recipes using pre-cooked chicken
- crockpot chicken recipes
- instant pot chicken recipes
- baked chicken recipes
- one pot chicken meals
- air fryer chicken recipes
- stove top chicken recipes
- grilled chicken recipes
And in this post you can find chicken freezer meals and freezer friendly chicken marinades.
Batch cooking whole chicken
As a stay at home mom with two kids under 3 and another one the way batch cooking is a life and time saver. And I’ll be honest anything that saves me time is a win in my book! When you batch cook a whole chicken it means you cook the whole chicken without using the whole chicken in one meal.
Batch cooking a whole chicken saves you so much time and money. Chicken breast are usually $1.89 a pound here but a whole chicken is $.95! Sure you have to deal with the bones and cooking the whole chicken, but you can freeze the bones and make bone broth when you have a few carcasses.
So you may be wondering how do you batch cook a whole chicken? Lucky for you their are many methods to cook a whole chicken and it can work for everyone no matter what tools you have in your kitchen.
How to cook a whole chicken
- Crock pot whole chicken by Sip Bite Go
- Oven roasted whole chicken by Jasper and Willow
- Whole chicken in the Instant Pot
- You can also just boil the chicken by covering it in water, add some carrots, celery, rosemary and you have a great broth and a cooked chicken.
Okay, so you have 5 or so pounds of chicken cooked now what do you do? Some times we just eat plain chicken or I pack plain chicken in Luke’s work lunch as an easy meal. But as I promised I have more meal ideas for you to make this whole cooking thing easy!
Favorite Recipes to use cooked chicken
When you take the extra time to batch cook chicken you are left with cooked chicken just ready to eat. But if you are new to batch cooking you may be wondering what to make with that cooked chicken.
Don’t worry I got you covered!
- Buffalo Chicken Wraps by Parenting With a Dash of Authenticity
- Easy Chicken Parmesan Roll Up by Baking With Mom
- Chicken Quesadilla by Food Meanderings
- Chicken Pot Pie Casserole by Cincy Shopper
- Walnut and Caramelized Onions Chicken Salad by A Clean Bake
- Chicken Noodle Soup by Baking Beauty
- Swimming Rama Loaded Sweet Potato by Hot Pan Kitchen
- Cheddar Chicken Casserole by Tasty Casseroles
- Buffalo Chicken Enchilada by Foodal
- Easy Chicken Spaghetti by A Reinvented Mom
- Easy Sriracha Chicken Noodle Lettuce Wraps by Food Meanderings
I also love to make chicken salad. From simple mayo, chicken and seasonings to a more filling meal with corn, black beans, lime, and cilantro. You can than put it on bread, tortillas, crackers, or just eat it!
Crock Pot Chicken Recipes
If you don’t have a crock pot you need to get one! They are so easy to use and you can make anything from roast to soup in it! Maybe you have one and you don’t use it, but that should change! It can be so easy to just throw food in the crock pot and let it cook for the day while you continue on your way or head to work.
The slow cooker can be perfect for when you know you will be gone all day and home late. You may not have time to make something tasty when you get home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat some healthy tasty chicken recipes.
Not only is it better, but you save money by not eating out because you need a last minute meal and you didn’t plan it.
- Chicken and Stuffing by The Cozy Cook
- Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Sauce by The Momnipresent Mother
- Chicken enchilada Doritos casserole by Latina Mom Meals
- Light Thai Yellow Curry by Tikkido
- Chicken Fajitas by A Clean Bake
- Chicken Gyro Recipe by Menu of Musings
- Chicken Tortilla Soup by Happy Deal – Happy Day
- Chicken Shawarma by A Clean Bake
- Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken by Wholesome Yum
- Chicken Burrito Bowls by My Everyday Table
- Chicken Stew by Forgetful Momma
- Chicken Tikka Masala Curry by Recipe This
- Honey BBQ Chicken by Uncommon Designs
- Mississippi Chicken by Moore or Less Cooking
- Garlic Chipolte Lime Chicken by Beauty and the Foodie
- Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken by Tammilee Tips
- Cilantro Lime Chicken by Menu of Musings
- Crock Pot Roast Chicken by The Spicy Southern Cook
- Pulled Chicken by Iheartfrugal
- Tex Mex Crock Pot Chicken by Tammilee Tips
Be sure to check out these chicken freezer meals to make using your crock pot even easier! Or for stocking up on meat when it is on sale and making dinner easy and faster!
Chicken Instant Pot Recipes
When the Instant pot first became popular I was a skeptic and thought how much time could it really save? I mean I can just dump everything in to my crock pot and leave it for the day, right!
Yes of course I can and I still do but my sweet grandma got me an Instant pot for my birthday and I am in love.
Well you start with frozen chicken, or lets say you didn’t plan dinner and have to throw something together quick instant pot for the win. Throw everything in give it 40 minutes to get up to pressure, cook, and natural release and you have a healthy yummy recipe.
Another sell for me was the use of water. We don’t drink our water, which means we buy our water and using less water to cook just gives me relief.
Ok, on to some yummy chicken instant pot recipes!
- Lemon Garlic Chicken by Baking Beauty
- Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner by Chicken Scratch NY
- Healthy Chicken Pho Recipe by Went There 8 This
- Chicken in Honey Garlic Sauce by The Flavours of Kitchen
- Fresh or frozen chicken breast by Recipes from a Pantry
- Low Carb Instant Pot Salsa Chicken by Easy Guide to Eat Healthy, Save Time, Live a Better Life
- Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese by This Old Gal
- Sesame Orange Chicken by Paleo Scaleo
- Jerk Chicken and Vegetable by Maria’s Mixing Bowl
- Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Marsala by Curry Trail
- Chicken Corn Soup by Delightful Plate
- Chicken Noodle Soup by Balancing Motherhood
- Lemon Chicken by Powered By Mom
- Instant Pot Taco Recipe by A Worthy Read
- White Chicken Chili by Recipes From a Pantry
Baked Chicken Recipes
- Chili Lime Chicken by Courtney’s Sweets
- Jalapeno Popper Chicken by Mommy’s Fabulous Finds
- Mustard Bake Chicken Tenders by Diabetes Strong
- Ranch Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots by Becoming Schultz
- Oven Baked Oregano Chicken by Courtney’s Sweets
- Stuffing Coated Chicken by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast by Basil and Bubbly
- Easy Baked Hoisen Chicken by Food Meanderings
- Garlic Chicken by Cook Eat Go
- Chicken Pizza Crust by Low Carb Maven
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Breast by My Gorgeous Recipes
- Easy Parmesan Crusted Chicken by Retro Housewife Goes Green
- Easy Apricot Chicken by Food Meanderings
- Honey Tabasco Lime Broiled Chicken by A Sprinkle of Cayenne
- Hasselback Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil by Walking on Sunshine
- Easy Crunchy Mustard Chicken by Baking Beauty
- Sweet and Savory Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings by Sizzling Eats
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce by The Rising Spoon
- Cajun Spiced Stuffed Chicken Breast by Divalicious Recipes
- Baked Tarragon Chicken by Caroline’s Cooking
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs by From This Kitchen Table
- Stuffed Chicken Marsala by The Cozy Cook
- Baked Salsa Chicken by Swirls of Flavor
- French Onion Chicken by Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats
- Caesar Chicken Pasta Salad by Trisha Dishes
- Baked Bruschetta Chicken by Swirls of Flavor
- Easy Chicken Parmesan by Natalie’s Health
- Caprese Sheet Pan Chicken Breast by Food Meanderings
- As Good as Fried, Baked Chicken by Eating Richly
- Coconut Cracker Crusted Chicken by Tails of a Tired Mom
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole by Dancing Through the Rain
- Creamy Chicken Bake with Chipotle Cheese Sauce by Eating Richly
- Easy Chicken and Vegetable Bake by Cook Eat Go
- Roasted Chicken Parts with Ginger and Garlic by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Chicken Wrapped Asparagus with Bacon by Eating Richly
- Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs With Leaks and Kale Mashed Potatoes by Honey & Lime
- Easy Malibu Chicken by Low Carb Maven
- Greek Lemon Chicken by Organized 31
- Ritz Cracker Chicken Bake by Maria’s Mixing Bowl
- Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken Drum Sticks by Sweet and Savory Pursuits
- Easy Doritos Chicken Tenders by Dancing Through the Rain
- Famous Butter Chicken by Maria’s Mixing Bowl
- Oven Baked Pretzel Honey Mustard Chicken by Delicious Table
- Garlic Stuffed Baked Chicken by Trisha Dishes
- Creamy Chicken Skillet with Sun Dried Tomatoes by Delicious on a Dime
- Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore by The Kitchen Is My Playground
- Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken by Mighty Mrs
- Cowboy Casserole by Spaceships and Laser Beams
- Chicken Mexican Casserole by The Best Blog Recipes
- Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken by Mommy’s Fabulous Finds
- Chicken Scaloppine al Limone by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Artichoke and Broiled Chicken Thighs by Avocado Pesto
One Pan Chicken Meal Recipes
One pan chicken recipes are great because they are easy and create a small mess. Less dishes after dinner is a huge win for any busy mom am I right?
Dishes are never ending and if you are anything like me and your house is a mess you will fall in love with these chicken recipes.
Oven baked one pan chicken recipes
These oven baked chicken recipes are sheet pan or casserole dishes that you can throw together and toss in the oven! You can even line your sheet pan to make clean up easier or use my favorite stoneware that makes for easy clean up.
- Baked Chicken Fajitas by Courtney’s Sweets
- Easy Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole by Three Different Directions
- Portuguese Style Chicken by Beauty and the Foodie
- Maple Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes by Sidewalk Shoes
- Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken by Sizzling Eats
- Chicken Potato Pizza Bake by Mashup Mom
- Fajita-Inspired Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Peppers by Mashup Mom
- Three Cheese Pesto Chicken Pasta Bake by Powered By Mom
- Cashew Chicken by Powered By Mom
- Easy Chicken Bake by Ann’s Entitled Life
- Baked Chicken Thighs with Green Beans and Red Potatoes by Coupons for Your Family
- Roasted Chicken Breasts and Potatoes by Mom Foodie
- Creole Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner by Julia’s Simply Southern
- Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Sheet pan Dinner by Low Carb Maven
- Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole by Thrifty Jinxy
- Thyme Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus by Beach Hut Cook
- Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner by Delicious Table
- Sheet Pan Pineapple Spiced Chicken by Sunshine and Roller Coasters
- Thai Chicken and Rice Bake by Delicious on a Dime
Stove top one pot chicken recipes
Need an easy weeknight meal that won’t heat up the house or leaving you with a ton of dishes? Check out these 16 stove top one pot chicken recipes!
Cast iron skillets are a must have for easy one pot meals and easy clean up. Please don’t be scared to use one! They are easy to use and if cared for properly will last generations! Not to mention you can go from stove top to oven with out any worries!
- Easy Low Carb Pizza Chicken Skillet by Low Carb Yum
- Chicken, Spinach and Mozzarella Skillet Meal by Kenya Rae
- Low Carb Chicken Schnitzel by This Old Gal
- Cajun Chicken Stew by A Sprinkle of Cayenne
- Maple Chicken and Potatoes by Chicken Scratch NY
- Creamy Skillet Chicken Broccoli by Divalicious Recipes
- One Pot Chicken Pesto Soup by Kerri AxleRod Wellness
- Chicken Enchilada Soup by Jasper and Willow
- Chicken in Rich and Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Gravy by Mom Foodie
- Chinese Chicken Fingers by The Cozy Cook
- Fiesta Quinoa Chicken Skillet by Darcie’s Dish
- Chicken Stir Fry by Skinny Fitalicious
- Skillet Broccoli Parmesan with Bow Tie Pasta by Thrifty Jinxy
- Buffalo Chicken Chili with White Beans by Delicious on a Dime
- Chicken Fajita Pasta Skillet by Forgetful Momma
- Chicken, Mushroom, and Cabbage Soup by Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Air Fryer Chicken Recipes
I don’t own an air fryer but we don’t eat much fried food, but these chicken air fryer recipes sound incredible. I’d love to hear your opinion if you own an air fryer in the comments below.
- Chicken Breast with Cornflake Crumbs by Courtney’s Sweets
- Golden Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast by Recipes From a Pantry
- Air Fryer Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwich by This Old Gal
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast by Little Sunny Kitchen
Stove Top Chicken Recipes
20 stove top chicken recipes that are still easy but require more than one skillet to make. Some are as simple as just cooking noodles and everything else is made in a single skillet. Or the recipe is only for chicken and you need to determine a side dish.
Related post: Side dish- Pea salad
- Chicken, Mushroom, and Leaks in a Cream White Wine Sauce by Fab Food 4 All
- Honey Garlic Chicken by Little Sunshine Kitchen
- Low Carb Chicken Meatballs with Zoodles by The Inspiration Edit
- Easy Tandoori Chicken by From This Kitchen Table
- Chicken Milanese by The Cozy Cook
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes by Nourish and Fete
- Skillet Chicken Rotini by This Ole Mom
- Taco Chicken Alfredo by The Cozy Cook
- Hoisin Orange Chicken by Food Meanderings
- Skillet Lemon Chicken by Curry Trail
- Creamy Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles by Delicious on a Dime
- Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes by Pass Me Some Tasty
- Hidden Vegetable Garlic Chili Chicken Curry with Turmeric Rice by The Culinary Jumble
- Pepper Chicken Recipe by Indian Ambrosia
- Arroz Con Pollo by Graceful Abandon
- Spanish Style Smoked Paprika Chicken Stew by The Culinary Jumble
- Pan Seared Chicken & Garlic Cream Sauce by A Worthy Read
- Caprese Chicken Cutlets by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad by The View From Great Island
- Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup by Jersey Girl Cooks
Grilled Chicken Recipes
I love grilled everything so much so we grill when there is snow on the ground.
Gas or charcoal?
We use charcoal it just taste so much better. Sure you have to wait for it to get hot but that just gives you time to prepare everything.
- Pinchos Puerto Rico Marinated Grilled Chicken Kebabs by Low Carb Yum
- Best Greed Grilled Chicken By Easy Guide to Eat Healthy, Save Time, Live A Better Life
- Honey Soy Garlic Chipotle Butterflied Chicken by A Sprinkle of Cayenne
- Chicken Cob Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing by The Mommy Mix
- Sweet and Smoky Grilled Chicken with Peach Chipotle Sauce by Foodal
- Grilled Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki by Caroline’s Cooking
- Honey Cajun Chicken by The Afropolitan Mom
- Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast by Eating Richly
- North African Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowl by Beyond Mere Sustenance
- Ras El Hanout Chicken Kebabs by Beyond Mere Sustenance
- Easy Grilled Chicken Breast with Buttermilk Marinade by The Flavours of Kitchen
- Grilled Chicken with Artichoke Pesto by Pink Fortitude
- Chicken Shish Kebob with Dill Dip by Sustain My Craft Habit
- Curry Chicken Kabobs by The Afropolitan Mom
- Grilled Chicken Fajita Flatbread Wraps by The Mommy Mix
Why you should start meal planning?
Meal planning not only takes the work out of trying to figure out what you want to eat each night but it saves you money. You can easily plan your meals for batch cooking to not only save money but also time. What do I mean?
Lets say on Monday you make chicken and serve it with brown rice and veggies. Instead of making a cup of rice you can double it up and save half of it for lets say Wednesday. Then on Wednesday you can make some chicken stir fry and you already have the rice made!
You can do the same with pasta, potatoes, homemade sauces (which last a week or two in the fridge), and of course batch cooking your protein.
Not only do you have some amazing week night meals, but you saved yourself so much time.
Meal planning does not have to be hard, you can always do a taco Tuesday or pizza Friday and then add in a new recipe a week and have a list of family favorites to add in. Don’t forget to have a left over or cold dinner night to give yourself a break and keep your passion burning.
Let the kids help choose a side or their favorite meal, because it is important to help them feel included and if you have a picky toddler keep them eating.
Please share with me your favorite recipe
I’d love to hear what recipe you tried and your family loved! I am slowly making my way through the list to try them all out and add some to our meal plan!