Frugal Foods: Oven-Fried French Onion Chicken

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Fancying-up chicken breast is one of my many struggles as a novice housewife. I’m always trying to think of new (yet simple and easy) ways to jazz up a cheap cut of meat.

It all started when I found myself digging through the clearance rack at Duane Reade. They often have pantry items for up to 90% off – items that they just haven’t been able to sell (check your expiration dates!). A lot of the time it’s seasoning, boxes of cake mix, and can goods. That’s when I ran into this french onion mix. I thought hmm, there has got to be something worth while to make with this.  And, of course, on the back of the packet, there is a recipe. This is my simplified version of that recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Mayonnaise (unsure if a substitute would work just as well – if you do try that, please let me know how it turns out!)
  • Breadcrumbs – plain, Italian, or panko all work fine.
  • French onion soup mix
  • Cooking spray – butter or olive oil preferred

Directions:

  1. Start by combining the breadcrumbs and french onion soup mix in a bowl, or plastic bag. This is your breading.
  2. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Lightly coat chicken in mayonnaise.
  4. Next, coat the chicken in the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Prep baking dish by lining foil down and spaying bottom with cooking spray.
  6. Arrange your chicken on the baking dish and lightly spray the top of the chicken as well.
  7. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy on top.

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Meal Plan 3/17-3/24 – Simple Dinners

Hey all, this week is all about simple, easy, and no-fuss meals. Nothing complicated  happening on this week’s menu – and that’s exactly what I’m after!

All of these dinners can be made for less than $30. My budget usually sits at around $40 dollars a week. I use the remainder $10 dollars on oats, cereal, milk, and bread. Sometimes we have leftovers for lunch, otherwise, I pick up some deli meat or canned tuna to make sandwiches – whichever is cheaper.

Here is what’s on the menu:

Baked French Onion Chicken

Basic Chicken Strips

Basic Fish Sticks

Meatloaf 

Spaghetti with meat sauce

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Frugal Foods: Doritos Chicken Fingers

Just a few days ago, a friend of mine posted this video from Cooking Panda on Facebook for a Doritos chicken recipe. Immediately my husband jumped on board and wanted to give it a try. This recipe only calls for 3 ingredients: boneless-skinless chicken breast, mayonnaise (or substitute), and a bag of Doritos (or generic substitute).

We simply coated the chicken in mayonnaise, then breaded it in a generic bag of nacho flavored corn chips. Any chip would probably work just fine – in fact, feel free to experiment with different kinds of chips! Try buttermilk instead of mayo and let us know how it goes.

We ran out of chips for the last few pieces of chicken so we ended up grabbing some breadcrumbs from the cabinet and seasoned it with half of pack of tacos seasoning!

Pop it in the oven on 375 for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness and size of your chicken. 

The Doritos chicken fingers came out great -moist inside and crunchy on the outside!

You can easily spend $1-2 on a generic bag of chips, hopefully you already have a little bit of mayo in the fridge (it doesn’t take a lot), if not, a small jar will run you less than $2, and depending on the cost of chicken per lb, you can easily walk away with spending less than $5! Pair it with your favorite vegetable. Yum!

The only thing I would have done differently is pan-fry the chicken coated in bread crumbs instead of baking it.

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Here is our end result:

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After running errands this afternoon, this is exactly what I wanted – a quick, easy and affordable lunch.

This is such an awesome kid-friendly meal too. Bring them into the kitchen with you for this one!

Enjoy!

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