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This chef is a busy mom of three and a wife on top of every other hat I wear. While we love to eat out when we can, honestly we don’t do it often. So I am always looking for great family dinners that aren’t going break the bank. I’m all for low budget meals, and simple dinners but they have to be delicious, because my crew
is picky has high standards and I need to be able to make it in 30 minutes or less, unless it’s the weekend.
One of my favorite things to eat out is called Rocky Top Chicken so I thought it would be fun to recreate it at home for less than $20. That’s right. A restaurant meal for four, in 30 minutes or less, for under twenty dollars. The housing, utilities, and kid’s activity bills are always due around either the first of the month or the 15th so money can be a little tight. I used three Kraft ingredients (Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Kraft Natural Cheese Slices, and Kraft Ranch Dressing) because they were on rollback at Walmart, added a baked sweet potato adding cinnmamon and butter for everyone and steamed a bag of frozen broccoli. We ate just like they serve it at the restaurant (minus the bacon).
Budget Friendly Rocky Top Chicken
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 bottle of Kraft Ranch Dressing
1 bottle of Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
1 pack of Kraft Natural Cheese Slices
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 Large Tomato, diced
1 tsp. Parsley, chopped for garnish
Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Rub each piece of chicken in ranch dressing.
- Bake chicken for 25 minutes, until done. (We used thinly sliced chicken breasts so they didn’t take long.)
- Pour about two tablespoons of barbecue sauce on each chicken breast and top with cheese and return to the oven until melted.
- Meanwhile mix garlic, tomato, and parsley in a bowl and set aside. Top chicken with mixture just before serving. Serve with a baked potato and a green vegetable.
What’s your favorite budget friendly meal?