Cheap Family Meals with Chicken or Turkey

I originally intended to post this together as a series but I was feeling a bit overwhelmed towards the end of last year so I left it but I always knew I was going to come back to it. So here it is the next post of my feed your family for less series.

Now these dishes are made with Chicken or Turkey. You can use your preferred meat and which part of the bird you want. The thighs and drumsticks are always cheaper and have amazing flavour, wherein the breast is more expensive but lower in fat.

Chicken Traybakes
These are a great way to use up vegetables at the bottom of your fridge because you can literally throw everything in with the chicken in one pan and leave it to cook. I have no set recipe really for this as it’s different every time but I will share with you my favourite one.

Chicken Traybake

Ingredients

  • 1kg Chicken thighs
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Baby potatoes (optional)
  • Red chilli
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh basil

Method

  • Preheat oven 220° or 200° fan
  • Roughly chop the mushrooms
  • Cut the onion into large chunks
  • Chop garlic
  • Throw all above into an oven tray with the tomatoes (and potatoes if using)
  • Season thighs and place on top
  • In a mug mix the honey bee and soy sauce. Chop and add the chilli. Pour over thighs
  • Cook in oven for 45 mins or until chicken is cooked. There should be no pink.

Leftover Chinese Chicken Curry
A simple and tasty way of using up any chicken leftovers. It’s fast to make so a great weeknight option.

Chinese chicken curry

Ingredients

  • Leftover cooked chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Mayflower Chinese curry sauce

Method

  • Chop onions and mushrooms roughly and fry in a little oil
  • Add your cooked chicken and peas
  • Make up the curry sauce as per packet and add to the pan.
  • Serve with rice

Turkey Chilli Con Carne

Turkey mince is something I hadn’t used much before. This recipe was inspired by The Meal Prep King book but I have made a few changes to suit my own taste

Ingredients

  • 500g lean turkey mince
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 red peppers
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tin haricot beans
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 2 TSP cumin
  • 1 TSP oregano
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
  • 1 TSP sugar
  • 1 Beef stock cube
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • Chop onions, garlic and peppers and fry in a little oil until soft
  • Add the turkey mince to the pan, season and separate in the pan. Fry until coloured on the outside
  • Add the chilli powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper.
  • Crumble in the stock cube with 200ml water, add the tomatoes and beans
  • Simmer for about 45 mins or until the sauce thickens

I may come back and add some more meals as I find them. Or if there are any you want to add in please let me know and I’ll add it on with credit.

Love and peace xxx

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