Budget-Friendly Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms

Healthy eating can be done on a budget and this dinner proves it! Chicken thighs are less expensive than chicken breast and can be a nice change. This makes a tasty, low-carb, budget-friendly meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh with mushrooms

  • Calories 205
  • Carbohydrate 6 g
  • Protein 21 g
  • Fat 11.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Dietary Fiber 1 g
  • Cholesterol 105 mg
  • Sodium 115 mg
  • Potassium 505 mg

This Recipe Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon trans-fat free margarine
½ onion, finely diced
8 ounce package sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 ½ cup low sodium, fat free chicken broth


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken thighs and sauté for 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add margarine to pan and melt. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté for 3-5 minutes until liquid is released; stirring frequently.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar to pan and cook with mushrooms for 1 minute. Add chicken thighs back to pan and place mushrooms on top of chicken. Pour chicken broth into pan.
  5. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan with a heavy, tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 25 minutes.

Recipe Cost: $7.82

Side Suggestion: Heat up your favorite frozen vegetable medley and serve alongside chicken. You could also add 1/3 cup brown rice to your meal.

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Make sure to buy gluten-free chicken broth and confirm all other ingredients are gluten-free and this dish can be made gluten-free.

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