Lemon Garlic Chicken over Rice – $1.73

Eat your heart you, Rachel Ray. Here’s an easy “30 Minute Meal” if I’ve ever seen one. Easy, tangy, and really flavorful.

Another thing that makes this easy is that you can easily use frozen chicken right out of the freezer. I know that’s taboo for some people, but I honestly don’t have an issue with it. Plus, you can make cute little rectangles when it’s frozen.

Go ahead and get your rice cooking. (1 part rice, 2 parts water, bring to a boil, turn to low, cover for 7-10 minutes)

Finely chop up a ton of garlic.

Add the chicken to a heated, greased pan with a nice pinch of salt. Cook till *almost* done and add your abundance of garlic.

While the chicken is cooking, chop up a few handfuls of fresh parsley and get a lemon ready to squeeze.

When the garlic starts to get a little color on it, add your parsley and freshly squeezed lemon.

Cook till the lemon juice is evaporated. This will deglaze it and get any of that yummy goodness up from the bottom of the pan.

Plate your rice.

Top with chicken, fresh parsley and lemon. It’ll be tangy and gorgeous- and although it looks a little dry in this picture, there’s so much flavor in the chicken, you really won’t need it.


  • 1 serving rice – $.20
  • 1 chicken breast – $.95
  • Fresh parsley – $.25 for this serving
  • 1 lemon – $.33
  • 1 serving – $1.73

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  1. I use this at least twice a month in our home- everyone likes it, even my one year old!

  2. This looks really good, but for a chicken breast for $0.95 in Canada, no way! For two breasts at the grocery store it’s a minimum of $6. I’d still give it a go though 🙂 Love me some chicken!

    • Thanks for the comment! Since I’m totally naive about Canadian grocery store prices, I won’t argue with you 🙂 However, most people think that about American chicken too–that $4-$6 per pound is average. But I never buy chicken unless it’s $1.99 lb. or less. Just have to wait for the sales. But again, I’m not sure how it works up in your neck o’ the woods. Good luck!

  3. This looks easy and so delicious! Cant wait to try it 🙂

  4. I got you in my RSS reader so I'm all set. And will be making this dish this week.

  5. Laanba, thanks for finding me! 🙂 I've got almost 100 recipes on here so far you're welcome to try out! Hope you stick around. Oh, and I'm on Facebook too if you want be updated when I add a new one. Peace!

  6. I'm excited that I found your blog and I'm looking forward to try this. Even I, a complete non-cook who really does want to stop eating crap, can do this. Thanks!

  7. I've made a similar recipe before except it had peas and used linguine instead of rice. Can't wait to try this one out!

  8. Hey Daniel, thanks for the comment. Actually, I don't really ever add in things like oil, salt and garlic because 1) I don't use much of it 2) the price is harder to gauge and 3) the price is pretty insignificant.

    However, you're right- for this particular recipe, because I used SO much garlic, I could have added an extra $.20 to $.30 cents.

  9. You forgot to add the cost of the garlic to the serving cost.