Lemon Pepper Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 28, 2009

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Last week I stashed the chicken breasts that I bought for $1.79/lb into the freezer in different baggies with different marinades.  For tonight’s dinner, I just took the chicken out of the freezer and let it marinate while it thawed in the fridge.

Quick and simple!

Sorry no photo…camera fail…Err…operator fail…forgot to recharge the battery in time!

3 large or 4 small chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb.) ($2.24)
1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
2 Tbsp lemon pepper seasoning (free) Bought with $1 coupon when on sale for $1!
1 lb. green beans ($.99)
1 tsp olive oil ($.03)
Salt and pepper
Homemade Rolls ($.50) Used this recipe with half white flour and half wheat flour. Baked them in regular size muffin tin.

1. Marinate the chicken breasts in the olive oil and lemon pepper seasonings for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
2. Grill or saute for 5-6 minutes per side, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of the chicken breast.
3. In medium or large skillet, add the olive oil and turn on medium-high heat.  Add the green beans and saute for 4-5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Prepare dough and bake homemade rolls.
5. Serve Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken with Green Beans and “Hot out of the oven” Rolls.

Cost $3.86

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Sarah September 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Oops, here’s a better link for my recipe: http://frontierkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/09/mini-bbq-meatloves.html

I always love seeing how affordable you can make really yummy recipes!


The Happy Housewife September 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

We make this too, although we use chicken legs, much cheaper when you are feeding 8 mouths!
Have to go check out the rolls, I am a bread junkie!


Christina Baita September 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm

No green beans from your garden?? My tomatoes and yellow peppers are still coming in but they were late bloomers. I can’t wait to try again next year!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

They are “in between” rounds right now…not quite large enough to pick! Perhaps by week’s end!


Kristen September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

My son LOVES lemon pepper on practically anything. I’ve been having trouble getting him to eat solid meats (he’s fine with ground up meat in meatballs or sausage or meatloaf, etc). I’ll have to try this to see if the lemon pepper tempts him enough to eat chicken ;)

I keep forgetting to take pictures, but I promise I’ll park my camera in the kitchen for next week ;)


Liz@HoosierHomemade September 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Looks yummy, as always! Thanks for hosting!


Chaya October 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Lemon pepper is a great seasoning. I have a honey lemon pepper which is another great one. They can make the difference in a recipe.


BCholly January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I use lemon pepper on chicken all the time… especially roast chicken, it is always popular.


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