Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy rich and delicious dishes. Using affordable cuts like juicy chicken thighs and drumsticks will help you maximize flavour, while keeping your grocery bill in check. These budget-friendly recipes are sure to leave you (and your wallet!) satisfied.
Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma with Nigella-Seed Cabbage Slaw
It’s time to elevate your standard chicken supper with this warming shawarma variation finished with a zippy cabbage slaw. There’s only 15 minutes of prep time involved, so really, there’s little reason not to give this recipe a test-drive this week.
Braised Chicken Thighs and Legs with Tomato
This one-pot wonder is Sunday night dinner at its finest, and stars chicken legs and thighs together with memorably bold flavours. More good news? It tastes just as delicious as leftovers the next day.
The Keto Kung Pao Chicken Recipe That is Better Than Takeout
A nourishing, protein-packed chicken dish that’s keto-friendly, affordable and can be thrown together in 30 minutes flat? Consider our “what to cook tonight” dinner woes resolved. See here for more reliable keto chicken recipes to bookmark.
Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs
Chopped chicken thighs are cooked in a simmering homemade sauce starring garlic, onions, chicken broth and crushed tomatoes, served over tubed-shaped rigatoni noodles and finished with freshly grated Parmesan. Ree Drummond leaves our stomachs growling, yet again. Here are more of her easiest dinner recipes.
Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole
A one-pot dish that’s filled with tender chicken, wholesome brown rice, red peppers and smoky, Hungarian paprika. This delicious meal freezes like a dream for the perfect make-ahead dish. See here for more of our favourite freezer-friendly chicken recipes.
One-Pan Chicken and Squash Risotto
Chicken thighs are nestled on a bed of delicious squash risotto in this easy weeknight recipe.
One-Pan Chicken, Rice and Barley With Capers, Olives and Arugula
This variation on the one-pan chicken dinner is studded with briny olives and capers, with peppery arugula for flavour.
One-Pan Indian Chicken and Rice With Raisins, Yogurt and Lemon
Indian-spiced chicken thighs and fragrant rice are finished with a dollop of tangy yogurt in this dinner that comes together in just under an hour.
Chicken Fennel Bake
Featuring chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and fennel, this home-cooked meal prepared by Ree Drummond takes over an hour to cook so that all the delicious flavours meld together. Trust us, it’s worth the wait!
This Simple Miso Chicken With Glazed Carrots Recipe Comes Together in Just 45 Minutes
The combination of miso, sesame oil and honey amounts to pure deliciousness. This is also a quick one-pan meal with little mess, and it comes together in just 45 minutes. We love pairing the chicken with glazed carrots and brown rice to make for a filling, complete supper that’ll quickly be added to your recipe arsenal.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli
Nutrient-packed broccoli and wallet-friendly chicken thighs are a glorious duo that make dinner decisions way less daunting. This recipe from Ree Drummond herself gets a dose of Asian flavour as it’s slowly simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and Sriracha.
Lasagna, meet enchilada! We love the Italian/Mexican-inspired combination of this hearty, comfort food recipes from Ree Drummond. Want more inspo? Here are more indulgent comfort food mashups you need to make at least once.
Curry Chicken Pot Pie
Forget pot pies that take hours to assemble — this quickened-up recipe employs store-bought puff pastry, cooked chicken (use up those leftovers!) and tons of frozen veggies.
Ina Garten’s Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken is a Game Changer for Weeknight Meals
Three cheers for the Barefoot Contessa and her game-changing lemon skillet chicken recipe that is here to alleviate the stress that so often accompanies busy weeknights!
Delicious 30-Minute Gochujang Korean Chicken Skewers
This popular street food from South Korea will ignite your taste buds! Paired with a tangy cucumber salad, the delectable dish comes together in a half hour, and is made perfect thanks to an easy homemade gochujang sauce that makes ketchup and hot sauce look… boring.
Sunny’s Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs and Rice
Jamaican jerk sauce adds a ton of bold flavour to this vibrant chicken and rice dish. After you let the chicken marinade, you can whip up this tasty dish in less than an hour. The perfect weeknight meal.
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
Featuring soy sauce and ginger, this mouthwatering (and complete) meal is prepped and cooking in just 10 minutes!
Spaghetti is a no-brainer for quick and satisfying suppers that no one will protest, but sometimes you just make too much! Make the most of leftover noodles in this delicious casserole recipe featuring a savoury mushroom sauce, baked with chicken and shredded cheese.
Chicken Tortilla Casserole
We can’t get enough of Ree Drummond’s Mexican-inspired lasagna. Layers of cheese, salsa verde, rice, corn, beans and juicy chicken breast come together to make a comforting make-ahead dish.
Chicken Rice Soup
Soup is forever a perennial, cold-weather comfort food. Make a double batch of this hearty, freezer-friendly dish, so you’ll always have a bowl on hand to get you through the chilly season.
White Bean and Chicken Chili
A lighter chili recipe that combines lean chicken and spring greens all in one family-friendly pot of goodness. Simply reheat on the stove from frozen and devour to make chaotic weeknights a little less hectic.
Chicken Tinga Tacos
Easy, fresh and packed full of classic Mexican flavour, chicken tinga tacos were made for two. Pre-cooked rotisserie chicken means quick assembly, topped with soft Cotija cheese and colourful pickled shallots.
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
No one feels like cooking when they’re battling a cold or a sore throat, which is why this recipe is perfect for those days when you’re feeling under the weather. Let your slow cooker do all the hard work, while you rest and wait for a warm and comforting bowl of goodness.