Yesterday I thought I had taken up a lb of chicken breast, but it turned out to be boneless chicken thighs. So, I had to figure out what to do with the chicken thighs. I was about to make chicken curry, but then I realized it was boneless, and chicken curry was out of the question. As always, when I need some recipe inspiration for some frugal cooking, I turn to Allrecipes, and sure enough I found something that was worth trying. I found a honey baked chicken recipe, but it was for a whole chicken.
After fiddling around with the recipe, and taking into considerations my family’s taste buds, I came up with the following formula.
1. Season the chicken with your favorite seasonings (I choose Adobo seasoning and pepper)
2. Mix up the honey, dijon mustard and curry powder and pour it over the chicken in a baking pan.
3. Put the chicken in the fridge for 30 minutes
4. Add 1/2 cup of water to the pan
5. Put the chicken in the oven for about 40 – 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.
6. Every 10 minutes or so add a little water to the chicken, and pour over some of the liquid in the pan.
I needed a quick side, so I found a bag of yellow rice I had bought very cheap at Publix a while back. For veggies I added a bag of steamed veggies (Steamfresh mixed veggies).
I was very curious to see how the meal was received, as it was a bit out of the ordinary, and I will admit that I was quite skeptical. Amazingly, everyone liked it – except for my picky five-year-old son (who does not eat anything but hotdogs and peanut butter sandwiches). My husband enjoyed his meal, and even my toddler finished his plate.
This was frugal cooking as it bests, as I combined a cheap meal with great bargains.