Frugal Foodie: Lime chicken, rice and vegetables


(Mackenzie Webb/Amherst Wire)

This is the sixth installment of “Frugal Foodie,” a series where Mackenzie Webb explores recipes that are both appetizing and affordable for college students.

Doesn’t everyone love Chipotle? This is a cheap and easy homemade version of a chicken burrito bowl.

Here’s what you need:

3 chicken breasts

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp Mexican seasoning

3 tbsp vegetable oil

Brown rice

1 red bell pepper

1 onion

½ cup sour cream

½ cup shredded cheese


Total Cost: $15.45

Servings: 6

Cost per serving: $2.58


Step 1: Start by making the marinade for the chicken. In a large Ziploc bag combine the lime juice, vegetable oil, Mexican seasoning, salt and pepper. Add in the chicken breast, seal the bag and work everything around until the chicken is all coated in the marinade. You can let that sit in the fridge for an hour, or up to six hours.

Step 2: Next, heat up a skillet to medium heat and add in a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Sauté the chicken breasts on both sides (about 5-10 minutes per side) until browned on the outside and cooked through.

Step 3: While the chicken is cooking, slice the pepper and onion into strips. Once the chicken is done cooking, set it aside on a plate to rest. Cook the pepper and onion in the same pan as the chicken, so they get coated in all of the seasoning left in the pan from cooking the chicken.

Step 4: When you’re ready to eat, cook the rice according to package directions.

Once everything is done, you can either eat it as a bowl or dice up the chicken and make it into a burrito. Add cheese, salsa, sour cream, or any other toppings you like. Enjoy!

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