Garlic Pepper Chicken on a Budget: Simple and Affordable Recipe

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In this recipe, we bring you an irresistible and wallet-friendly recipe for Easy Frugal Garlic Chicken. If you’re looking for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank, this is the perfect dish for you. Our simple yet flavorful recipe combines the aromatic goodness of garlic with tender chicken, creating a mouthwatering experience that won’t disappoint.

Join us as we show you how to make this budget-friendly garlic chicken dish step-by-step. We’ll guide you through the process, sharing tips and tricks to ensure your chicken turns out juicy and packed with flavor. You’ll be amazed at how a few affordable ingredients can come together to create such a satisfying meal.

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Garlic Pepper Chicken on a Budget: Simple and Affordable Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 4 Calories: 710
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Whether you're a seasoned home cook or just starting out on your culinary journey, this recipe is designed to be accessible and easy to follow. With minimal preparation and cooking time, it's perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. '

So, if you're ready to impress your family and friends with a scrumptious yet frugal garlic chicken dish, click play and join us in this culinary adventure. Get ready to savor the flavors and enjoy a satisfying meal that won't break the bank!




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  1. Add the oil to a pan over medium to medium low heat. Place the garlic in. Stir and saute for about 5 minutes until the garlic toasts. Put it into a bowl and set it aside. 

  2. Add half the butter to the same pan and allow it to melt down. Place the chicken in and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium high heat for 5 - 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Add more pepper if you wish. Put it on a plate and set it aside. 

  3. In the same pan, add in the remaining butter and let it melt down. Add in the flour and stir until cooked through and somewhat browned. Add in half the water and continue to stir until it begins to thicken. Still stirring, add in the remaining water. Pour the soy sauce in followed by the garlic powder. Bring to a boil, while continuing to stir. 

  4. Add the chicken back in and half the toasted garlic. Stir and simmer for a few minutes. 

  5. Serve over rice or potatoes. Garnish with the remaining toasted garlic and parsley. 

  6. Enjoy our smothered frugal pepper garlic chicken. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 710kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 1050mg44%
Potassium 1040mg30%
Total Carbohydrate 6g2%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g6%
Sugars 0.6g
Protein 65g130%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


  1. Chicken: You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe. If you prefer bone-in chicken, adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure it's thoroughly cooked.

  2. Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are highly recommended for maximum flavor. Mince or finely chop the garlic to release its aromatic oils.

  3. Seasonings: Apart from garlic, you can add additional seasonings such as salt, black pepper, dried herbs (such as thyme or rosemary), or even a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences.

  4. Cooking Fat: Use a cooking fat with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil or canola oil, for sautéing the chicken. This will prevent the garlic from burning and give the chicken a nice sear.

  5. Sautéing the Chicken: Make sure the pan is hot before adding the chicken. Sear the chicken for a few minutes on each side until it turns golden brown. This will help lock in the juices and enhance the flavor.

  6. Deglazing the Pan: After sautéing the chicken, deglaze the pan with a liquid of your choice, such as chicken broth, white wine, or even water. This will help scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, adding extra flavor to the sauce.

  7. Simmering Time: Once the chicken is cooked, let it simmer in the garlic-infused gravy for a few minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and ensures that the chicken absorbs the delicious garlic flavors.

  8. Serving Suggestions: Serve the frugal garlic chicken over cooked rice, pasta, or with a side of steamed vegetables for a complete meal. You can also garnish it with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for an extra touch of freshness.

  9. Leftovers: This garlic chicken recipe is great for meal prep and leftovers. Store any remaining chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It can be reheated in the microwave or gently warmed in a skillet with a little extra sauce to keep it moist.

  10. Experiment and Customize: Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking. You can add vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms for extra texture and flavor. Don't be afraid to get creative and make it your own!

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