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Choosing cheaper cuts of meat is one of the most basic ways to save money on groceries. A long time ago I began to buy boneless, skinless chicken thighs more than chicken breasts, mostly because the flavor is better, but thighs are also cheaper than breasts! If you buy chicken thighs that are bone-in and skin-on, though, you’ll save even more money. I recently saw bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for $0.69 per lb! Even better, this recipe for crispy roasted chicken thighs is a family favorite!
One of my favorite bloggers/podcasters to follow is the Lazy Genius, who has a recipe she calls “Change Your Life” Chicken that is very similar, only she has great instructions for adding veggies with the chicken. I actually made it her way recently because of all the rave reviews and realized it’s essentially the same kind of idea, I just sear my chicken in the pan first.
I like to serve this with sides that are quick and easy and don’t require the oven, like rice in the rice cooker and a frozen vegetable cooked in the microwave. My kids love these roasted chicken thighs so much—some don’t love the skin, but there’s always someone else willing to eat that crispy goodness. Another bonus is that these roasted chicken thighs are paleo-friendly, keto, and gluten-free!
You can also make this with different seasonings—try adding some spice with a bit of cayenne pepper, or add herbs like thyme or rosemary in addition to the salt and pepper.
Some other frugal chicken recipes from the archives:
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Easy Roasted Chicken Salad
- Shortcut Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken