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5 Easy Cheap Dinners for Families


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Chicken Breast Entrée
Chicken breasts can be cooked 100 ways, including grilled with a fruit salsa.
Chicken breasts can be cooked 100 ways, including grilled with a fruit salsa.
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The great thing about the chicken breast entrée is you can serve it a few times a week, easily changing the recipe and no one gets bored. Marinade it in your favorite salad dressing or barbeque sauce. Or, make a homemade marinade with citrus juice or vinegar, oil and whatever herbs or spices you have on hand. Just combine chicken and marinade in a baggy to soak until dinner.

Chicken breasts are also great because you can cook them many ways. Use your slow cooker, your oven, frying pan, or take them outside for some grilling action. No matter how you slice it, it's better than fast food and will taste great.

Chicken breasts can be expensive. In August 2011, the average price of chicken breasts was around $2.30 per pound (with bones) and $3.28 if you prefer boneless. However, food warehouses often have sales on boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you buy them in bulk. For those with a little more time and creativity, you can save by purchasing a whole chicken for only $1.29 a pound and cutting it up. One bonus: You'll be left with a chicken frame that you can use in a recipe on our next page.


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