Student Savers: Tequila Chicken

Hey folks, how are you doing?

It’s been a while since my last Student Savers post, it’s likely you’ve probably forgotten the first one! If you did, be sure to check it out after you’ve finished this one. This time I’m moving away from catering for lunchtime and on to the issue of the main meal; however this one is similarly versatile and wouldn’t go out of place with a salad or in a wrap for lunch the next day!

In case you missed the last post, I started this student savers series as a way of helping my little brother learn to cook good meals while at university. I decided to do it after I went on a food shop with him the weekend he moved, and saw how many cheap crappy ready meals he put into the trolley. Granted it was his first food shop and he was getting used to all the new changes, but still I figured I’d like to try help him (and anyone else who finds this) with a few recipe’s I learned while at uni.

Today’s recipe might actually be the cheapest evening meal I make in this whole series, I say might because I’m adding recipe’s and ideas to this thing every day, so this might carry on for way longer than it should do. Everyone loves trying new food!

Tequila Chicken is something I made up while in my local greengrocers staring at some limes (as you do) thinking of an excuse to buy them WITHOUT simply chopping them up to use for a tequila shot. Contrary to what the name suggests, this recipe doesn’t include any actual tequila, I called it ‘Tequila Chicken’ because when I was squeezing the limes the smell reminded me of every tequila shot I’d ever had…

For this recipe, marinading is everything. While you can make the dish in real time and it still taste good, by marinading the meat for a while first you get even more flavour. You don’t have to think about what to have for tea when you get in from that late lecture, plus there’s way less washing up to do right at the end, which is always a good thing!

Ingredients
So for this recipe you will need:

3 tbsp honey

1 lime (small)

1 red chilli (small)

2 chicken breasts (medium sized)

  1. MarinadeTake a large dish and mix the juice of a whole lime, the honey and the chilli (well diced) together, add the chicken breasts to
    the bowl and cover the meat in the marinade. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinade in the fridge for 15 minutes (at least).
  2. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees (fan), heat some oil in a large frying pan and fry off the chicken breasts, basting the meat with some of the remaining marinade (don’t use all of it just yet, make sure you’ve saved some for the oven).
  3. Continue to fry the chicken until both sides are almost golden, then remove them from the pan, onto a baking tray or oven proof dish, pour over all the remaining marinade from the original bowl and the frying pan. Put the meat in the oven and leave it to cook through for around 20 minutes.

4. At this point you can figure out what you’d like as a side for this chicken, you could do yourself a salad, some rice or some baby potatoes. Whatever you have in your cupboards.

5. After 20 minutes has passed, remove the chicken from the oven and Marinade2check it’s cooked through. If it isn’t, put the chicken back into the oven for another few minutes.

6. Once cooked, serve with your choice of side. Don’t forget to pour the excess marinade from the baking tray onto the chicken for extra flavour!

So there we have it, super simple, super tasty and super quick to make! Of course, as I mentioned before, this would be perfect for lunch the next day, making it even more value for money.

Finished

Speaking of money…

Total Cost: £2.91

Cost Per Portion (2 meals): £1.45

As always, let me know if you try this recipe out and what you think of it, and be sure to let me know if you make any tweaks.

Be sure to help each other out and share cost-effective tips and tricks, don’t forget this isn’t limited to students!

Till next time, 

love, Leigh

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