Cooking on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t make savory, delicious meals. Sometimes, you have to be willing to plan your meals around the weekly grocery store sales though. I bought thin-sliced chicken breast when they were on sale, so instead of paying over $5 for the package of chicken, I only paid $3.80. A package of thin-sliced chicken breast usually gives you six pieces of chicken, rather than three regular sized chicken breasts. I like using thin-sliced chicken or chicken tenderloins because they cook much quicker and it is also a good form of portion control. You can also create your own healthy version of your favorite foods.
Our family loves fried chicken, so this crispy, baked chicken is a perfect, healthy substitute.
Heart-Healthy, Crispy Chicken Recipe
(This recipe has been adapted from the Bisquick Ultimate Chicken Fingers recipe)
Crispy Chicken coating
6 thinly sliced chicken breasts
2/3 c. Bisquick mix
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. crushed corn flakes
salt and pepper to taste (I use Morton Seasoned Salt because it has other seasonings already in it)
steak seasoning to taste (Weber Chicago Steak seasoning is pretty much good on any meat!)
4 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. honey mustard
Dip each piece of chicken in the egg wash.
Make sure both sides are drenched.
Coat the chicken with your crispy coating mixture.
You will need to turn chicken several times to make sure it is thoroughly coated.
Arrange in a glass pan, greased with olive oil. (Olive oil is a healthier alternative to using cooking spray)
Bake for 17-20 minutes at 450 degrees. Turn over halfway through bake time. Depending on how thinly sliced your chicken is, you may need to adjust bake time.
I bought two large sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts to go along with the chicken. Altogether, this meal for four cost less than $8! You can’t even buy fast food for a family of four that inexpensively!
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