$5 Dinner Challenge – 2 for 1 Edition

Tonight’s $5 Dinner Challenge Recipes come from Duffy!  She’s rockin’ it with 2 meals for the price of 1!!! Thanks Duffy!

The recipe below is yummy the first time, but reusing the leftovers in a frittata makes for an amazing meal the second time around!



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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40-50 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut to bite size pieces (I buy boneless skinless chicken breasts @ Meijer when the 40 oz package is on sale for either $6.99 pr buy one, get one free – I am only using a 1/4 of the package ~ so roughly used $1.75)
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed to bite size pieces (10lb bag of potatoes for $1.99 ~ so roughly used $.50)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced to same size pieces (3lb bag of carrots for $1.50 ~ so roughly used $.50)
  • 3 handfuls frozen broccoli florets (I buy 4lb bags @ Sam’s club for ~ $5.00 ~ I roughly use about $.50)
  • 3 handfuls frozen corn (I also buy these in 4lb bags @ Sam’s club for ~ $3.00 ~ I roughly use about $.50) – you could also use 1 can
  • Olive Oil to drizzle
  • Garlic powder, salt & pepper, Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray large pyrex rectangular pan with cooking spray to help from the food from sticking!
  • I put all the cut up chicken, potatoes, carrots, broccoli and corn in a huge bowl. Drizzle olive oil over mixture to coat, but don’t drown! Then sprinkle the garlic powder, S&P, and Italian Seasoning to your family’s taste. We really like it seasoned!
  • This is a lot of food, and sometimes I need to put in 2 pyrex pans. It’s best to not overcrowd the mixture as it needs to brown.
  • Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, or until lightly browned (chicken cooked and veggies tender).

$3.75 plus oil & spices

With leftovers you can do this recipe:

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Roasted Chicken and Veggies Frittata

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2- 2 cups Leftover Roasted Chicken & Veggies
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded Colby jack cheese (or whatever you have on hand) (last package I bought was $1.50 for 2 cups, so I roughly used about $1.00)
  • 4 eggs (I bought 12 eggs for $.79 – so I roughly used $.26)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk ($1.99/gallon – I roughly used $.30)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 430 degrees. Spray pie sized pyrex dish.
  • Put the Leftover mixture in the dish – spread to cover the dish. Drop cheese on top and spread around. Mix 4 eggs in a bowl and add milk with salt & pepper and then pour over mixture in pie dish.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the mixture is completely set. Cut in 8 pieces and serve with a salad or fruit!

$1.56 by using leftovers!

Duffy works from home as a travel agent, and challenges herself to feed her family of 6 (including 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 tweens) with delicious, nutritious, and cost effective meals. She figures with 6 people, she can usually make dinner for $7-10, however, there are almost always leftovers which they either enjoy for lunch the next day, eat on a free for all night (where they eat leftovers for our dinner) or she reuses the leftovers for a totally NEW meal.

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  1. Jodi says

    $1.99 for a gallon of milk? I live in MS and it’s $3.39. We drink 1%. Price goes up with more fat. And eggs I do not see cheaper than $1/dozen here.

  2. Kathryn says

    Price of foods depend and vary greatly on where you live.

    I live in Indiana and on sale can sometimes get a gallon of milk for $1.99 on sale at Kroger or Walgreens (on sale usually applies to all fat contents). Not on sale it would run $2.69-$3.39 a gallon depending on brand and fat content.

    Eggs depend on the size – Kroger and Walmart run sales on medium and large for $1 a dozen sometimes. The only time I have seen lower than that though at Kroger when the end date is nearing and one time did get those marked down to 75 cents.

  3. Jessica says

    Thanks for the great recipe! I’m new to your site… I made this for dinner tonight – except I put my oven at 375 – I thought 450 would obliterate my bite-size pieces of chicken after 40 minutes. And I did sub for the potatoes like someone else asked about – I just used the veggies in my fridge – brocoli, carrots, zucchini, and red pepper. I’m looking forward to using my leftovers as suggested :)

  4. Stephanie says

    I know i am a little late to this one….Does Duffy have a blog? I too have to feed a family of six and am dying trying to get it done. lol. All they do is eat, 4 out of the six are boys, 2 grown and 2 growing. After I go grocery shopping it seems like everything is gone within two weeks or so.

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