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3 quick chicken dinners for busy parents

By Michelle Edelbaum, August 27, 2009 - 10:45am

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3 quick chicken dinners for busy parents

My husband and I love to spend our evenings making dinner and talking while we cook. But these days we want to hang out with our 6-month-old son too, and cooking just isn’t as much of a priority. So we’ve been making a lot of delicious 20-minute dinner recipes that give us a chance to spend a few minutes over a great meal together, but get us out of the kitchen fast and back to our boy.

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Since we’re now paying for daycare and diapers, we’re starting to watch our budget too. We’ve been able to keep our food costs down and still enjoy lots of delicious, healthy meals with these 30-minute dinners for $3 or less.

Here are three of our favorite easy, cheap chicken recipes:

Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables: I’m always in the mood for Asian food and this recipe fits the bill. It’s ready in 30 minutes and it costs just $2 per serving. Way better than takeout and there’s enough left over for lunch the next day!

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Creamy Chive Sauce: This sauce, served over pan-seared chicken breasts, is so delicious. Just make sure to serve a little crusty bread to dip in it. Make it a meal: Serve with steamed asparagus or cauliflower, mashed potatoes or orzo pasta, and a glass of Vinho Verde.

Grilled Chicken Fingers: Chicken fingers aren’t just for kids—my husband and I love them too. Instead of the usual breading, this recipe calls for a simple, sweet orange glaze for the chicken, which can be whipped up fast; marinating time is just 15 minutes and the marinade caramelizes deliciously on the grill. Serve this with carrot sticks and baked potato wedges, tossed with herbs and olive oil.

What are your tips for getting a healthy dinner on the table after a busy day? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Michelle Edelbaum, Food Blog, Dinner, Family meals, Healthy kids, Quick meals

Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

Michelle asks: What are your tips for getting a healthy dinner on the table after a busy day?

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