Chicken Recipes

Another Chicken and Dumplings

I noticed a recipe for Chicken and Dumplings in this column, and although I am sure it is wonderful, I think I can cut down on the amount of work, as well as the cost of the meal. My father in law would not eat chicken and dumplings since his mother died about 20 years ago. He eats mine and no one else's now.

1 boiled chicken, deboned, (save the broth)
1 pack of large flout tortillas
dusting flour

After deboning a boiled chicken, cut up tortillas in 2 to 3 inch strips. Put the cut up tortillas in a large zipper bag, (or the original tortilla bag is what I use), and shake about 1/2 cup of flour over them. Seal, and shake the bag. Drop ONE AT A TIME into boiling chicken broth. Add chicked, and simmer about 5 minutes. This meal is my family's favorite, and guests don't know that my dumplings are made of tortillas. They turn out perfect every time. total cost: about 3.00 for a chicken, and about 1.00 for the tortilla. Minimal cost for flour.

Submitted by: Rory Slaughter

Chicken and Dumplings
Ingredients:1 whole chicken fryer
medium onion chopped
2-3 green onions chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1&1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c milk
1 egg
1-2 cups cooked white rice
pan of sweet cornbread (jiffy is good at .33 cents) may need to bake 2 packs

Boil the fryer in a large pot until juices run clear. Remove the meat off of the bone and set aside. Keep 3-4 cups of water in the pot from boiling the chicken or dump it all and start with fresh water. Dumping the boiled chicken water will cut some of the fat out. add both cans of soup to the water along with all onions. Sometimes I leave the onions out and the taste doesn't change.

Bring to a boil and mix up the flour milk and egg. You can roll it out very thin and slice the dumplings into strips or do like me and take a small piece of dough in your hand and flatten as thin as possible. As I flatten dumplings with my hands I drop them into the boiling
mixture. Try to get them all in within 5 minutes.

They will need to simmer about 10 minutes. Add the chicken back in after you drop the dumplings in. Serve over cooked rice with a side of sweet cornbread. This is one of the quickest meals I know of and
about $6.00. We eat it for Saturday supper and Sunday dinner. Family of five.

Submitted by: Gebyon

Hen On the Nest
Left over rice (or about 3-4 cups depending on how hungry your family is)
2 cans cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream
(Optional) A can of sliced mushrooms
Chicken either left over or 3 (?) breasts
four stalks of celery
1-2 chopped onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pkg of frozen peas

This meal is so flexible. If you don't like something take it out or make a substitution to suit your personal taste.
Sauté the onion and celery in a tablespoon of oil. Or if you are cooking the chicken now you probably won't need the oil. Throw in the mushrooms during the last bit of cooking to warm them up. Salt and pepper to taste. Meanwhile mix together the soup and yogurt and sour cream. Add the veggies after they are cooked and make them Chinese vegetables and chicken. (And frankly I think that this tastes better if you stew a whole chicken as you would for soup and then debone the meat use if for this recipe and use the broth for soup). Pour this mixture over the rice. Cook the peas and strain them and top the meal with them. If your rice was cold then put it into a 350 oven until everything is nice and hot, If your rice was just newly cooked then you can pour it
over and serve. Make sure to serve a salad or a veggie to round out the meal. Make sure when you serve it to get some of the sauce along with the rice and vice versa. Also when you go to put the leftovers in the fridge mix it all together first and then you won't have to worry so much about the rice getting dry.

So the total cost is around $5.35 and this serves the whole family one meal and my husband, myself and the two little ones lunch for the next day and possibly my husband for a third lunch. My husband is a big guy and also a BIG eater and this is one of his favorites.

Submitted by: Dolly Perry

Busy Mom's Chicken and Rice w/ Broccoli
2-4 breasts of chicken (buy the skin on/bone in @ 88 cents a pound, then simply de-skin and de-bone the chicken)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup (50 cents/each - store brand)
1 box chicken & broccoli rice mix (Farmhouse or Rice-a-Roni are always on sale)
1 bunch broccoli (75 cents pound on sale)

Place chicken breast in crock-pot. Pour cans of soup over breasts. Season to your discretion. Cover crock-pot and cook on low for 10 hours. Before you are ready to serve the chicken, prepare box of chicken & broccoli rice according to package. Steam broccoli. Combine the two. Spoon breasts onto plates. The soup makes an excellent gravy topper. Add the broccoli and rice mixture as the side dish. Enjoy.

Makes 4 good size servings.

Submitted by: Kathy Newman

Fast & Easy Crock Pot Chicken

1 whole chicken fryer (88 cents/pound on sale)
cook's choice of seasonings

Remove giblets. Rinse & dry chicken. Season inside and out with your choice of seasonings. Place chicken in crock-pot breast side down. Cook on high for one hour. Cook on low for 10 hours. When chicken is done, remove from crock-pot with slotted spoons or slotted spatulas (helps remove a lot of the chicken fat), and carve. Serve chicken with your choice of sides. Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken for your next meal.

***I always buy 2-3 fryers when they are on sale because they are easy to store in the freezer, and you can get at least 2 good meals out of them.***

Submitted by: Kathy Newman

Easy Chicken And Biscuits
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk
2 cups cut cup chicken
2 cans refrigerated biscuits (10 to can)
sm. package of frozen mixed vegetables

Mix soup, milk, chicken, and vegetables in bowl. Set aside. Lay unbaked biscuits in 9x13 pan. Pour soup mixture over biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Submitted by: Stephanie

Huntington Chicken
2 cups cooked macaroni ($1.00)
1/2tbs. butter (cents)
3 tbs. flour (cents)
1/2 cups cream or milk (cents)
1 cup cream cheese(.88 cents at Wal-Mart for 8oz package)
1 cup hot chicken broth (nothing use the broth after cooking the chicken)
2 cups cooked chicken(3.00 or 4.00 for a whole chicken)
salt and pepper to taste (cents)
add all ingredients into casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 min
Also is good on toast

Submitted by: Tonia Jackson

Mushroom-Onion Chicken
2-4 chicken breasts (i usually get a large bag frozen on sale for 6 bucks)
1 can cream of mushroom (3 for 1.00 at dollar general)
3/4 can of milk *soup can* (pennies)
2/3 cup french fried onions (small can on sale for 79 cents @ winn dixie) black pepper (pennies)

heat a skillet. brown chicken, add soup and milk, stir... simmer about 10 min... add onions and season with pepper to taste. cheap, fast and easy....

Submitted by: Erin in Carrollton, TX

Italian Chicken Recipe
There are many good, good, good recipes on the backs of Campbell's soups cans. Here's one I recently tried and liked. (P.S. I have no children, but still like good food at good prices).

1 Can Campbell's Tomato Soup (.99 cents)
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts ($4.99 regular price, $3.00 sale price)
1 tsp. of garlic powder (.10 cents?)
1 tsp. of Italian Seasonings (the bottled kind, not the salad dressing mix, although, I did throw one of those in for extra taste and it was good). (Ital. Seasoning in bottle .10 cents; envelope of Italian salad dressing mix .60 cents?)
Grated cheddar cheese (I use 2% skim milk pre-shredded in package) ($3.00 a bag, use just a handful, = $1.00).

Brown the chicken in frying pan. Place in casserole dish.
In mixing bowl, mix the tomato soup, Italian seasonings, and garlic powder. Pour over chicken.
Bake the chicken with sauce for 25 minutes at 345 degrees.
When comes out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese, which will melt on the chicken.

Arroz con Pollo
Editor's Note: This is a great recipe for when chicken leg quarters go on sale

Chicken legs (as many as you need to feed your family-these are really cheap!)
1 can chilies and tomatoes as hot or mild as you like (I buy store brand $.69)
Splash of red wine vinegar ($0)
Add onion (in a bag .10)
Rice (in bulk $.25)
Water ($0)

Place chicken, tomatoes, chilis, vinegar, and onion in crock pot on low and cook for about 8 hours. Drain the juice from the crock pot and use to cook rice. Add additional water if you need to. This will not be as good if you use boxed rice. The flavor from cooking makes the rice delectable!
Serve chicken over the rice and with bread or a salad!

This is wonderful! Your family and your budget will thank you!

Submitted by: Sheryl Rexach

Crunchy Topped Swiss Cheese Chicken
4 chicken legs
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
8 oz. Swiss cheese
2 c. Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing
1 stick butter, melted over chicken and cheese

Boil chicken 20 minutes. Skin and bone it. Tear into pieces, place in bottom of caserole dish. Cover with cheese. Pour soup evenly over chicken. Mix butter with stuffing and spread evenly over casserole. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes.

Chicken Hot Dish
1/2 cup of raw rice ($0.25)
2 cans of cream of anything soup (I use the equivalent in a homemade dry mix similar to the one in the Miserly Mom's book) If you buy the soup $0.75 if you use the mix $0.15.
8oz water
1 whole chicken cut up ( I buy these from a local farmer for $1 a bird but help with some of the butchering) In a store maybe $3-$5 for a fryer chicken.
Onion to taste
Chopped Celery opt.
Salt and pepper
French fried onions $1 (stock up after the holidays and use the coupons offered during the holiday and you can get for as little as $0.75 a large can)

Put raw rice, soup, onion and other ingredients in 9X13 baking dish. Place chicken pieces and top with the French fried onions. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Makes enough to feed 4-6. leftovers taste even better.

Submitted by: Tonya, Marshall, MN

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Here is a delicious and spicy dish that you can serve to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party. They'll never guess that this restaurant worthy creation costs only $1.69 per serving!!!

4 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips (I use the frozen packaged chicken breasts - $1.15/piece)
1-2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (vary according to spiciness desired) (if you don't have this on hand, may substitute 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion salt, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper for each 1Tbsp Cajun seasoning) (pennies)
2 Tbsp butter or margarine ( 6 cents for 2Tbsp from 1lb package of butter sale $.99)
2 (4oz) cans mushrooms stems/pieces, drained (29 cents each, sale)
2 cups heavy whipping cream ($0.80)
1/4 tsp dried basil (pennies)
1/4 tsp. salt (pennies)
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
Hot pepper sauce to taste (Tabasco) pennies
1 tsp. flour
1 lb. linguine, cooked and drained ($0.50 on sale)
grated parmesan cheese, optional

Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl or resealable plastic bag; toss to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté chicken in butter until almost tender, 5-7 minutes. Add mushrooms, cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat. Add cream and seasonings to taste, heat through. Toss with linguine. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired. Serves 4

Submitted by: Jennifer

Chicken Rolls
This is a recipe that has been enjoyed by my husband's family for about 3 generations now. My family loves it and we have it often.

1 whole chicken(cooked and deboned) $.89 a lb.
1 can cream of chicken soup $..79 can
1 cup mayonaise $.50
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese $1.50 store brand
1 package brown and serve dinner rolls $.50 store brand
Butter for rolls $.25

Cut off the tops of the dinner rolls and scoop out the inside with a spoon or a melon ball scooper. Mix together the chicken, soup, mayonaise, and cheese. Fill each roll with roll with the chicken mix. Butter the tops of the rolls and put back on top. Bake at 350 degrees till browned.

Submitted by: Christina

Chicken & Dumplin's
1 1/2 pound of chicken legs and or thighs $1.50
5 cups chicken broth from boiled chicken $.0
21 1/2 ounces cream of chicken soup (2 cans) $2.00 (or make your own, then it's pennies)
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
16 pieces biscuit, canned (2 cans) $.50 (4 for a $1.)

Boil the chicken in 8 cups of water. Boil. Skin and tear chicken into bite size pieces, save 5 cups of broth. Keep torn chicken and chicken broth in pot.

Add cream of chicken soup to chicken broth, bring to a boil. Keep stirring, or the chicken will settle on bottom and burn. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to low, tear biscuits into quarter pieces, drop in biscuits (dumplins).

Cook uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes, then cook cover for an additional 10 minutes. Test the dumplins with a toothpick, dumplins are done when toothpick comes out clean. Serves 6-8

Chicken Fricassee
My Mother used to prepare this dish often!

1-3 to 4 pound broiler chicken (cut up) 3.00 to 4.00
flour to dredge chicken-pennies
1 medium onion, sliced 10 cents
1 can cream of chicken and 1 can cream of celery soup - store brand 50 cents each
Spices - Garlic powder, Salt , Pepper, Oregano - pennies

Coat chicken with flour and brown in a frying pan with one tablespoon of oil. Transfer to a Dutch oven. Slice onion and place on top of chicken. In the frying pan stir together browned bits with 2 cans of soup, add 2 cans of water and bring to a boil while stirring. Pour this mixture over the chicken; season with spices to taste. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for an hour and a half. Makes a delicious gravy-be sure to serve with mashed potatoes. Can be made less expensively with leg quarters purchased on sale.

Submitted by: Linda Edmonds

Homemade Tequila Lime Chicken
I have heard of three homemade tequila lime chicken recipes. I hope one of them helps you!

12 ounces frozen Minute Maid lemonade concentrate
12 ounces frozen Minute Maid limeade concentrate
3 fresh limes (juice only)

Marinate chicken in this and grill.

Combine these in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, to thicken the sauce:
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tsp. cornstarch

Broil 4 chicken breasts for 10 to 15 minutes, basting with prepared sauce for last 5 minutes of cooking time. Brush on to chicken breast: Rose's Lime Concentrate. Sprinkle with garlic salt and ground black pepper. Grill until done.

Happy cooking!
Jonni McCoy, Miserly Moms

Chicken Lentil
I made this recipe yesterday and my family loved it.

Boil around 6 skinless thighs, with a couple of shakes of pepper, a chicken bullion cube and a pack of Sazon by Goya. ( this is a spice found in the Mexican foods aisle) For about 30 minutes.

Add half an Onion. One small green pepper cut into chunks, three carrots cut in to bite size pieces and a half a pound of lentil, with three cups of hot water. Cook until chicken is done and lentils tender. Serve it over hot plain
rice for a delicious twist on boring old lentils.

Cost- I buy chicken quarters by the 40 pound case for 30 dollars, so about 1.50. The seasoning less then 50 cents . The sazon comes in packages of 8 for about 1.89 and you can use it to flavor almost anything. The vegetable maybe 1.50. Rice about .50. For a total of 4 dollars.

Oriental Chicken

This is one of my husbands favorite recipes. It can cost more or less, depending on what kind of chicken you use. The recipe actually came from a variation on my mother in law's chicken and walnuts. We leave out the walnuts because they are just too expensive. I have also pared it down to a few ingredients so that it is easy to make, and flexible for leftovers. I use white meat chicken, but any part will do. This serves our family of 4 with no leftovers, I double it if I want leftovers. Including the rice it costs about $1.50 a serving, more if you add more stir fry veggies.

1 pound chicken, cut into small pieces for stir fry
1 can water chestnuts
1 can bamboo shoots
soy sauce
spices to taste, like garlic, ginger, pepper, salt

stir fry the chicken with a little oil and a little soy sauce and whatever spices you want. Just keep enough soy sauce in the pan so that it stays a little wet, but not so much as it is sitting gin liquid. When the chicken is done add the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Serve over hot rice or Ramen noodles.

That is it. My kids are picky veggie eaters so we usually have green beans or peas on the side. You can add whatever stir fry veggies you want.

You can take this and mix in the rice and peas with a little more soy sauce for fried rice. Or mix it with chicken flavor Ramen noodles for an all in one noodle bowl.

Submitted by: Danielle C., Grand Prairie, Texas

Thai Chicken (crock pot)
feeds 4/6

1 package chicken thighs (usually 6 pieces) $2.50 (or use leftovers)
2 16 ounce cans of diced tomatoes $1.00
1/3 cup peanut butter - chunky is ok too
1 med. red or green pepper, sliced 50 cents
1 med. onion, sliced 50 cents
red pepper flakes(optional) **if you need to buy these then do not add
scallions 25 cents
salt and pepper to taste
rice (enough to feed your family) - 2 cups for mine (1.00?)

In a crock pot add the sliced red/green pepper and onion to button of cock pot add chicken thighs in a bowl mix diced tomatoes and peanut butter will be chunky add red pepper flakes pour over chicken thighs and cook 7-9 hours serve over rice and garnish with scallions.

Cola Chicken
I don't know the cost, but this recipe is very reasonable, and easy, easy, easy.

1 liter cola
1 sm bottle ketchup
1 uncooked chicken, cut up.

Combine all, boil on medium till chicken is done. Add more cola, ketchup, or water if needed. Chicken will fall off bone. 3 ingredients and you are done (add onions if you like).

Easy and Cheap Chicken Divan
1lb boneless breast $2.50 (you can subsitute boneless thighs for even less)
1/2 cup mayonaise $.50
3 cans cream of mushroom, or celery or chicken soup $40 each
2 soup cans filled with milk $.50
16 oz or 24 oz package frozen broccoli $.99
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese $1.25
1 cup crushed ritz crackers or bread crumbs

Boil chicken until done, remove and add broccoli and cook until crisp tender. In a bowl, mix soup, mayo and milk. whisk until blended. I add spices like garlic powder, cumin and a dot of mustard. You can just do with salt and pepper if you like. Or, you can just add in any spices you like, to your taste. Break the chicken into bite size pieces and add the chicken and strained broccoli to a casserole dish. pour the soup mixture over top. Top with cheese and sprinkle either crackers or breadcrumbs over top. bake at 350 until cheese is melted. about 30 minutes. You serve this over pasta, rice or toast.

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