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Friday, May 21, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Crock Pot Ginger Chicken

One blog I like to follow is The Grocery Cart Challenge.  Gayle put up a link for a great recipe for Crock Pot Ginger Chicken. I made this last night and my family liked it.
I've run into 2 really great deals on chicken lately so you'll be seeing lots of under $5 chicken meals. The first deal was whole chickens advertised for 79c/lb but were 59c/lb when I got to the store. No complaints here! The second was a 10lb bag of quarters marked down to $4.19. I bought 3 bags. I should get 5-6 meals out of these.  I love being in the right place at the right time. 


Crock pot Ginger Chicken - $3.67
Steamed Rice - .56
16oz Frozen Green Beans - .68
Total - $4.91

Crock pot Ginger Chicken
7 chicken quarters - 2.25
1c soy sauce - .88
1c water
1/2c brown sugar - .42
3t ginger root sliced and smashed- .12

Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar and ginger root in crock pot. Add chicken. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

I used chicken quarters instead of thighs that were called for in the original recipe. When the chicken was done I removed it and added some cornstarch to the liquid and made a sauce to serve over the chicken.

For my side dishes I served rice and green beans.

This was a triple treat. I found a good deal on chicken, a good recipe to use that chicken, and it was in the crock pot which made it really easy too. All around, a great day.

Live less, live more
Renee

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4 comments:

  1. I'm not sure where you shop, but I buy my rice, brown sugar, and soy sauce in bulk at Sam's Club.
    We aim to keep our meals for our family of 8 under $5 as well; right now we're eating lots of $2 meals, but the ones with meat are about $5.

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  2. Wow $2 a meal, that's great! We'd love for you to share your ideas and recipes with us.

    What do you pay for brown sugar? I don't really like the Costco price. It's ok but not a savings from just getting it at the grocery store.

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  3. You get what you pay for. Chicken at that price most likely comes from somewhere you'd rather not know about. If I were you I'd spend a couple extra bones (pun intended) for some free range chicken that you can feel good about eating.

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  4. Good point.
    How to eat frugally and healthy (really healthy) is a whole other series of posts. Any ideas?

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