Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 19, 2010

Part Freezer-Part Pantry Meal

I froze the chicken breasts in the marinade. I froze the broccoli when on sale. And I used up some potatoes from the pantry to make the fries.

And who says seafood seasoning had to be used on seafood!!!

3 large chicken breasts ($2.47) Bought when on sale for $1.77/lb!
1/4 cup olive oil ($.40)
1/4 lemon juice ($.20)
1 1/2 Tbsp seafood seasoning (with lemon pepper and dill) ($.15)
4 large potatoes ($.60) Been some super sales on potatoes lately!
1 Tbsp canola oil ($.05)
1 Tbsp chili powder ($.10)
Salt and pepper
2 large broccoli heads ($.50) Bought when on sale 4/$1 and froze them


1. If you plan to freeze, place the chicken breasts into gallon size freezer baggie. In small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice. Add in the seasonings and a few dashes of salt and pepper. Whisk and pour into freezer baggie. Freeze. (If you wish to not freeze, just marinate the chicken in the same marinade for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.) Thaw completely in the refrigerator (pull them out the night before you plan to make them!). Place into glass baking dish with marinade. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on thickness of the chicken.

2. Make Chili French Fries. Wash, peel and cut potatoes into thin French fry strips.

3. Add oil and season with chili powder. Toss in bowl.

4. Spread on to a greased baking sheet in a single layer.

5. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, then turn the fries over.  Bake another 15-20 minutes.  Cooking times may vary slightly depending on how thick you cut your potatoes.

6. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer or in a microwavable bowl covered with plastic wrap with 1/4 cup of water for 4-5 minutes.

7. Serve Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries and Broccoli.

Cost $4.47

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle January 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Those fries look AMAZING (And the chicken doesn’t look bad, either)!

I’ll have to add this to my list of recipes to try… and soon!


Jessica January 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Those fries look awesome. I’m baking some boneless chicken tomorrow too. I have not baked much boneless chicken before. Can’t wait to try it. It looks so easy!


Alison January 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

I thought the fries looked really yummy and I got a great deal on potatoes so I might have to make them tomorrow. I am going to have to see if I have chili powder. Suggestion to all those lazy cooks out there (or mom’s who forget)- there are these neat pizza trays that have holes in it and it lets the stuff cook on both sides so it is nice because it isn’t such as big deal to flip everything. I use mine for everything!


karen January 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

This recipe looks fantastic, I’d like to give it a try soon. By the way, I have your book, it is really excellent, very good job. I have a large family and I have been frugal for many years, most books aren’t helpful to me but yours really was. Thank you!


Jamie January 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

We make fries like that alot, except that I cook the potatoes whole in the microwave for a bit first, then cut them into the shape I want, sprinkle with olive oil and seasonings and then they only take 10 of 15 minutes in the oven. It’s much faster and for us it tastes the same. We love fries that way.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm


Good to know about the microwave! Will do that next time I’m in a time crunch!


the1chery January 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Erin, I’m curious. Do you buy the brined chicken breasts that come in three pound bags? Or do you buy the all natural ones from the meat department. I find the brined ones moist but sometimes so salty. But then the unbrined are sometimes dry. Your always look so moist and delicious.



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm


I buy the fresh ones from the meat dept. I don’t prefer the saltiness of the brined ones :)


Nancy March 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

This meal looks like something our family of 9 will LOVE! I’m going to try it this week AND making a dinner for 9 for under $10 is a great treat because lately that has been quite hard to do!


Karen Hiebert March 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

do you need to have the seafood spices? Or can you get away with out it? I was thinking of using a veggies and some of the leftover mashed taters from dinner last night. :)

Also is there a way to subscribe to a thread so I don’t have to keep checking for the answer?


stella reynolds February 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Sounds good ! Going to be my Saturday nite supper.


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