Cheap Chicken Recipes for a Large Family

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Chicken is a staple that we keep a stock pile of in the freezer. We eat at lot of breasts but I also like to buy thighs. From time to time I will even buy a whole chicken.

Cheap chicken recipes for a large family is something I constantly seem to be searching for when I mean plan for my crowd of boys each week.

cheap chicken recipes for large families

If you know me you know that I don’t like to babysit meals, and I LOVE easy! Getting dinner on the table can be such a chore sometimes and feeding a crowd only makes things even more complicated especially when you are trying to stick to a budget.

Here is some inspiration to make dinner happen easy at your house for feeding a crowd! And your grocery budget will thank you!

Holiday Recipe Ideas

Once of my favorite ways to cook chicken recipes is in the Crockpot. Here are some of our favorite slow cooker recipes that are also great for large families and I think you will love them! 


Chicken Recipes on a Budget 

Cheap Chicken Recipes for a Large Family

Can I Use Canned Chicken

Yes! For any of the recipes that call for cooked chicken, you certainly can use canned chicken. Do drain your chicken before adding it to the dish.

Canned chicken is a great way to always have chicken on hand, it keeps in your pantry for a long time and it is inexpensive.

Using canned chicken is also a great way to get dinner done fast because it is already cooked- just open, toss and you’re done!

How Can I make Chicken Taste Better?

It’s all about the seasoning. I buy seasoning in bulk at Sams so I always have it on hand. Salt and pepper go a long way, but other seasonings like Taco, Ranch and Italian seasoning can really change a dish!

I also love cooking with olive oil, garlic and onion. I essentially use this combo as a base for any dinner recipe I am making.

How Do You Keep Chicken Tender?

Nothing is worse than tough and dry chicken. The key is to not cook it too fast, so low and slow no matter if you’re using the slow cooker, stove top, oven or grill.

You also don’t want to cook your chicken for too long. Over cooking it will keep it from being tender.

Dark meat is generally easier to keep tender and juicy. I love cooking chicken thighs, personally.

What’s the Cheapest Meal to Make

When I need to make dinner on a budget these are some of the top things I like to make

  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Chicken and Rice
  • Chicken over Salad
  • Chicken with Potatoes
  • Chicken with Pasta in a Casserole
  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • Chicken Tacos
  • Chicken in Soup

What is your favorite way to cook chicken when you’re on a budget? 

No matter the size of your family, if you need help getting dinner on the table join our Facebook group where we share our dinner ideas and hold each other accountable.

Whole 30 Instant Pot Recipes

Are you looking for fast (but healthy) dinner ideas for your busy family?

Check out our instant downloadable cookbook that has Instant Pot Whole 30 recipes your family will love.

Make Ahead Meals 

Have you ever given freezer meal planning a try? It has changed my life in the kitchen! Check out our six weeks of freezer meals. You get the recipes, assembly instructions and grocery lists all broken down week by week. I think you will love them!


  1. Mother of 3 says:

    These all sound wonderful! We have a chicken, broccoli and rice casserole that the whole family loves and also a chicken noodle soup but other than that we haven’t stumbled on many great recipes that the whole family loves. Pinned.

  2. Crystal,
    This is a fantastic collection of Chicken Recipes for our big families! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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