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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.

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  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.

  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.

  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.

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