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Budget family chicken recipes

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Feed the family on a budget with our thrifty chicken recipes. These simple midweek meals make the most of cheaper cuts of meat, leftovers and easy flavour twists.

Save the pennies with our selection of delicious chicken recipes which use a few simple ingredients without compromising on flavour. Cheaper cuts of meat such as chicken thighslegs and wings are better value and often tastier than chicken breasts. The more portions of meat you buy, the less expensive they are, so look for big packs and freeze any leftovers for another time.


From warming soups and stews to tasty tacos and traybakes, these 10 great value chicken suppers are sure to become family faves. Each recipe comes in at under £2.50 per serving and feeds four people.

1. Sweet potato & chicken curry
Price per serving: £1.36

Sweet potato, chicken and spinach curry in a dish

This vibrant chicken curry is packed with veg and counts as a whole three of your five-a-day! Super simple and ready in just half an hour, it makes a perfect midweek meal. Why not make a larger batch to freeze for another night?

Our nutty chicken curry recipe also makes a quick and affordable option.
2. Chicken alfredo
Price per serving: £1.99

Two dishes of creamy chicken tagliatelle topped with parsley and parmesan

If you have several hungry mouths to feed, this luxuriously rich and creamy chicken pasta dish will do just the trick. We recommend using tagliatelle or fetuccine, as these allow the best coating in the cheesy sauce. Flavoured with a hint of nutmeg and finished with a sprinkling of parmesan and parsley; this dish proves that sometimes, simplicity is best!

3. Easy chicken stew
Price per serving: 85p

Chicken stew in a casserole pot and two bowls

A warming chicken casserole makes a super satisfying and healthy weeknight dinner. Brimming with chunky veg and gently spiced with a hint of mustard, this nourishing one-pot delivers on both taste and texture. Furthermore, costing less than £1 per serving, it shouldn't break the bank! Serve with a crusty loaf of bread to mop up those delicious juices.

4. Peanut butter chicken
Price per serving: £2.46

Casserole dish of peanut butter chicken with bowls of rice and peanut

Try a new way with chicken by serving it in a comforting tomato and peanut butter-based curry. Made with creamy coconut milk and aromatic spices, this flavoursome dairy-free dish will fast become a family favourite. Any leftovers will freeze well or make a great lunch for the day after.
5. Southern-fried chicken tacos
Price per serving: £1.30

Three chicken tacos with lettuce and dips

Rustle up our tasty tacos for a finger lickin' family treat which you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. Kids will love assembling their own wraps using a mixture of crispy chicken goujons, fresh lettuce and soured cream. Serve with buffalo sauce for a spicy kick, if you like.

Try our chicken & lemon skewers recipe for another wrappable wonder.
6. Oregano chicken & squash traybake
Price per serving: £1.31

Rectagular tray of chicken legs, squash and salad

With just 5 mins prep time, this tempting traybake is a saviour on busy weeknights. Using affordable chicken legs, chunky butternut squash and artichokes, it makes a filling family dinner. Flavour with oregano and cumin seeds and serve with a handful of crisp rocket.

Make our sticky Chinese chicken traybake recipe for another cheap and easy midweek meal.
7. Roast chicken soup
Price per serving: £2.07

Bowl of chicken soup with cheese scones on the side

Stir up a hearty soup for a satisfying family supper. This rustic recipe uses shredded leftover roast chicken and can also be made in the slow cooker to tenderise the meat even further. Swirl creamy garlic yogurt through the mixture, then serve with cheesy cheddar and sage scones on the side. Bliss in a bowl!
8. Easy chicken pie
Price per serving: £1.03

Chicken pie topped with mashed potato, in an oval dish

Pure comfort in a pie – chicken thighs, sweetcorn and crème fraîche are a dreamy combination. Top with fluffy mashed potato and bake in individual dishes until the top is beautifully golden and crisp. To top it off, this recipe is super easy and will cost you less than a fiver.
9. Honey mustard chicken pot with parsnips
Price per serving: £1.13

Cooking pot of chicken thigh and parsnip casserole

Make an easy, warming one-pot to save on prep time and money. Simmered in a honey and mustard stock, the sticky chicken thighs and parsnips are lip-smackingly moreish. If you've got enough time, this casserole will gently bubble away for up to 90 minutes so the meat is extra tender and falls away at the bones. Serve with steamed greens.
10. Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous
Price per serving: £1.54

Chicken breast on a bed of couscous on a plate

This low fat, feel-good family supper uses just five ingredients so it won't break the bank. Lemon juice gives the couscous and chicken a fresh, zingy flavour while grated courgettes add moisture and boost the veg content. Opening out and flattening the chicken breasts allows them to cook quickly.

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What budget chicken recipes do your family enjoy? Leave a comment below...


All recipes and prices have been reviewed and approved as of January 2019. If you think there is any incorrect information in this guide please email us at

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