Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cheap Budget Meals - Chicken Curry

We always enjoy chicken, however it can be expensive to buy. So to make it go further I like to bulk out the meals with added vegetables.

One of our favourite meals has to be curry.

If you ever look at the contents of shop bought curry meals you will be amazed by how many calories and fat content there is. On the traffic light system, the majority of the nutritional information is highlighted in red! This is not the sort of meal that I want to feed my children, plus there is the added expense!

The basic curry sauce is a recipe that I was given to from my mum a few years ago. Over time I have adapted it to our tastes and bulked it out with extra vegetables to make it go further.

This is my Cheap Budget Meal recipe this week...

Chicken Curry


2 chicken breasts, 320g - 350g (£2.50)
100g baby tomatoes, chopped (30p)
115g mushrooms, halved and sliced (50p)
1 onion, chopped (16p)
1 red pepper (60p)
600mls chicken stock
2tbsp curry powder (I use Tesco Everyday Value medium curry powder, 85p for 50g)
2tbsp plain flour
3tbsp mango chutney (£1.19 for 230g)
Rice to serve (40p per 500g bag)
2tbsp butter
2tbsp oil


1 - Melt the butter in a large pan and add the oil

2 - Add the onions and fry over a medium heat until soft

3 - Mix the plain flour and the curry powder together and add to the pan, mix into the oil and onions and heat for a minute

4 - Gradually add the chicken stock stirring continuously, you may not need all of the 600mls add according to taste, if you like a thicker sauce add 500mls only

5 - Brown off the chicken in a frying pan with a little oil

6 - Add the chutney to the sauce, according to taste, for a sweet curry add 3 tablespoons, however if you do not like it as sweet add it a tablespoon at a time and taste

7 - Add the browned off chicken, mushrooms and peppers to the sauce and bring to the boil, then simmer until the chicken is thoroughly cooked

Serve with rice and add naan bread to bulk it out even further.

With this being a sweet curry, it is perfect for the whole family.

This meal cost a little more than usual. I made this meal for £6.50. It fed all five of us and there was a meal left over for the twins. That is £1.30 per serving and you will be left with curry powder, chutney and rice for other meals.

Enjoy x



  1. I pad out lots of dishes with veggies - amazing how far it can make food go! Thanks for sharing your curry recipe...mmmm....curry!

  2. Ahhh I am on Slim fast, I am starving and I love curry! :( #ThatIsAll xx

  3. We like to bulk ours out with sweet potatoes too.

  4. That does look yummy! I enjoy reading about your budget meals.

  5. I love making curry. Yours looks delicious!

  6. Ooh, I can't resist a homemade curry!

  7. Looks so delicious, I absolutely love curry and it is a great idea for a warming and satisfying budget meal. Thanks for sharing

  8. This recipe looks yummy - will have to try it with my kids!!

  9. This looks delicious, and straightforward to make. Will certainly give it a bash!

  10. Sounds delicious and healthy too. You can't beat a chicken curry sometimes.

  11. Love chicken curry! Thanks for sharing a budget recipe - always looking to make my meals cheaper!

  12. I love curry! that look so delicious!

  13. I make my curries from scratch but I am going to pinch your idea of adding the flour - why did I not do this before. Thank you.

  14. Thank you so much - I really need to make some cheaper nice meals - will be using this one asap :) x

  15. We love curry and I have a similar budget recipe too!

  16. our whole family love a chicken curry , its the one meal thats not too spicey for them all

  17. I've never heard of adding mango chutney inside the curry! Now I'm curious to try it out

  18. oh Mrs your tickling my hungry tummy with this

  19. Great one pot meal can be served with nan bread or rice.

  20. I do love a tummy is now rumbling


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