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3-Ingredient Chicken Dinners to Save Your Budget

Want to eat well and spend less? Have I got some ideas for you! Each of these cheap and easy recipes fill you up with a whole lot of flavor using only chicken and no more than two everyday ingredients (not counting salt, pepper, and oil). Your mouth and your budget will thank you. See our entire collection of budget-friendly recipes.

8 Budget-Friendly Chicken Dinner Recipes

1. Crunchy French Onion Chicken

Boneless chicken breasts are simply baked with a coating of crushed French-fried onions. "Super easy quick and tasty. Served it with honey mustard sauce on the side." — MELPRES


Crunchy French Onion Chicken

Photo by bd.weld

2. Stupid Simple Roast Chicken

"I have been roasting chickens for almost 30 years and this is the best method I've tried. Juicy, tender, and delicious." — SUSAN360

Stupid Simple Roast Chicken

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Barbeque Bacon Chicken Bake

"Excellent. Perfect for a weeknight after work as the recipe is quick and easy." — Stephanie

Barbeque Bacon Chicken

Photo by Sugarplum

4. Pesto Chicken

"I never really cook and yet this turned out great!" — lauramg

Pesto Chicken

Photo by Rebecca Kuo

5. Chef John's Broiled Chicken

"I can't believe this doesn't have a million five-star ratings." — Elhundle

Chef John's Broiled Chicken

Photo by Chef John

6. Three-Ingredient Baked Chicken Breasts

"Worked very well, easy, and the chicken was very moist. Will definitely do again. It will be fun to experiment with the spices." — Rebecca

Three-Ingredient Baked Chicken Breasts

Photo by naples 34102

7. Fiesta Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

"Simple and delicious! We used this to make lettuce tacos." — Christina

Fiesta Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Photo by Christina

8. Gluten-Free Shake and Bake Almond Chicken

"Got a winner here, folks! This recipe is perfect for everyone, not just those following specific diests. it is that wonderful." — Buckwheat Queen

Gluten-Free Shake and Bake Almond Chicken

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Check out our entire collection of budget-friendly recipes.

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About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).