I got this recipe from the Everyday Paleo site. They do a section once in a while by a college student who budgets her meals. When she posts, she does include prices for her ingredients, but I will add mine since prices vary depending on where you live.
The kids loved this chicken, it was super easy to make, took simple ingredients you probably already have on hand and it only took a few minutes to cook (but you need to plan ahead to properly marinade). Definitely check this one out when you're in need of something new!
What you need to feed 4-5 people:
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4.39)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (2.99 if you have to buy a new bottle)
1/2 cup olive oil (2.99 if you have to buy a new bottle)
6 cloves of garlic, minced (1.13 for a pack of pre-peeled cloves)
5 TBSP spicy brown mustard (or just plain dijon if that's all you have) (I had some already, but I would guess 2.00)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Rinse the chicken breasts and slice each in half length-wise to create long tenders. season with salt and pepper to your liking. Place them in a large ziplock bag then add the balsamic, olive oil, mustard and garlic. Seal the bag and shake the chicken around to make sure it all gets nicely coated. Place the bag in the fridge for at least 3 hours, longer if you want or have the time.
Cooking the chicken:
We opted to grill ours for a few minutes per side. The original recipe calls for pan frying them, but I find my chicken dried out a lot that way which is why we chose to grill. if you want to pan fry them, just heat a frying pan on medium-high, drizzle a little coconut oil (the recipe calls for olive oil, but cooking with olive oil over high heat is a no-no, or so I have read, so use butter or coconut oil) Brown chicken on both sides, then turn the temp down to medium, add some marinade, cover with a lid and let the juices reduce down as the chicken finishes cooking.
Total cost for meal: $13.50 for 5 servings
Per person: $2.70