Chicken Dinners Under $3

Looking for a chicken dinner that's easy on the wallet but still full of flavor? Look no further. These delicious chicken recipes all fall under $3 per serving.

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    Chicken Breasts with Herbs

    A fragrant mix of parsley, oregano, lemon peel, and garlic give a boost of fresh flavor to buttery chicken in our simple and succulent chicken dinner.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.21

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    Oven-Fried Chicken

    Cornflakes are the secret to the crispy coating in this budget-friendly version of fried chicken. Crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, this chicken recipe is sure to leave your guests asking for more.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.75

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    Chimichurri Chicken

    Stuck in a chicken rut? Spice up a traditional chicken dinner recipe with chimichurri, an Argentine sauce made from pureed herbs. Lemon-seasoned green beans round out the meal.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.48

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    Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

    Satisfy even your pickiest eater with a tomato-chicken chowder full of yummy nacho cheese flavoring. As one of our readers says, "My family loves it!"

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.50

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    Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

    Introduce your family to Indian food with the flavors of aromatic curry, ground ginger, and hint of cayenne in this slow cooker chicken stew that’s delicious served over basmati rice.

    Budget Dinner Price: $1.84

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    Chicken Dijonnaise

    French-inspired creamy Dijonnaise sauce tops pan-fried chicken in this 30-minute meal. Add green onions to a mixture of whipping cream, white wine, and mustard to make this simple sauce.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.95

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    Chicken Cassoulet-Style Soup

    Cassoulet, a French slow-cooker pork-and-bean casserole, is a delicious dish for any weeknight meal. Our six-ingredient version uses chicken and turkey sausage to help keep the price low.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.29

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    Lemon-Ginger Chicken Thighs

    Incorporate zesty lemon and ginger flavors into your dinner with an easy homemade rub. A tangy honey, lemon juice, and soy sauce dressing simmers alongside the chicken for a full-flavor meal.

    Budget Dinner Price: $0.65

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    Chicken with Apricots

    Sweet, juicy apricots balance the curry-spiced chicken in this quick and easy dinner. Serve with light, fluffy orzo for a complete chicken dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.73

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    Garlic-Parmesan Chicken and Noodles

    For a cozy dinner (that’s inexpensive, too!), fold egg noodles and Parmesan cheese into a mixture of frozen peas, garlic, milk, and shredded rotisserie chicken. A bread-and-Parmesan topping adds crunch to this bubbly chicken casserole.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.87

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    Grilled Rosemary Chicken

    A marinade of lime and rosemary infuses this grilled chicken recipe with great flavor. This recipe is as quick as it is delicious—the marinade takes just minutes to whip up!

    Budget Dinner Price: $1.77

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    Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken

    This classic fried chicken recipe tastes just like it should—juicy and tender with a crispy coating. A great budget-friendly option for any cookout or picnic, this finger-licking good recipe will be a hit with any crowd.

    Budget Dinner Price: $0.78

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    Buffalo Chicken Pizza

    Combine two favorites—buffalo chicken and pizza—in this spicy homemade chicken dish. At just 20 minutes from start to finish, you’ll love how quick it is to pull together these hot, peppery pizzas. Top with celery strips and crumbled blue cheese to fully embrace the buffalo wing flavor.

    Budget Dinner Price: $1.90

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    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Mexican-seasoned chicken broth and canned tomatoes help keep the price of this Southwestern-style chicken soup manageable. Top with fresh jalapenos and crispy tortilla chips for added heat and crunch.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.84

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    Fast Chicken and Rice

    Saucy chicken and brown rice pair with peas and crunchy almonds in this incredibly fast and inexpensive meal. It takes just 10 minutes—a great solution for hectic weeknights.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.45

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    Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with Braised Greens and Grapes

    If you’re looking to keep to a dinner budget, always buy chicken thighs—they’re a surprisingly cheap chicken option. A coating of pecans, wheat crackers, and nutmeg make a deliciously crunchy coating, while braised grapes and greens round out our quick and easy meal.

    Budget Dinner Price: $1.84

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    Chicken Stroganoff

    Take traditional stroganoff to the next level with garlic-laced cream of mushroom soup and fresh cooked chicken. Make this delicious dinner in the slow cooker to trim your prep time down to just 20 minutes.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.30

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    Pineapple Chicken

    Temper the spice in this curry-flavor chicken dish with skillet-seared pineapple. A coconut milk sauce flavored with serrano chile pepper and brown sugar finishes off the spicy-sweetness of this chicken recipe.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.07 

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    Grilled Lemon Chicken

    A mixture of chicken broth, lemon, and spices turn these chicken breasts into a savory must-have dish with minimal work. Grill the meat to add smoky-seared flavor and cut down cook time.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.34

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    Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

    This slow cooker version of the old-fashioned favorite is a triple threat—it’s easy, inexpensive, and uses just five ingredients! Frozen veggies, canned soup, and quick egg noodles help keep the cost down.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.10

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    Honey-Ginger Crusted Chicken

    Add homemade fried flavor to these chicken breasts with a crushed cornflake coating. Seasoned with honey, orange juice, and ginger, this zesty breading adds crispy texture without all the calories and fat of classic fried chicken.

    Budget Dinner Price: $1.55

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    Pasta, Red Bean, and Parsley Toss

    Tender broccoli, red beans, and smoky chili powder make this pasta dish anything but ordinary. A simple chicken broth and pecorino cheese sauce tie the whole dish together.

    Budget Dinner Price: $2.29

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    One-Dish Chicken Dinners

    Take the hassle out of dinner tonight with these quick and easy one-dish chicken recipes, including faves like chicken cacciatore, chicken and rice, and speedy chicken stir-fries. The best part? Minimal cleanup!
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