Savory meals to feed 4 for under $12

As part of TODAY’s Everything Cheaper hour, chefs Norman King and Kelsey Nixon compete against each other in a cheap chicken challenge — to make savory dinners for four, for under $12. On the head-to-head menus: chicken piccata and crispy chicken thighs.

Chicken piccata
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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Herbed angel hair pasta
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 12 ounces angel hair pasta
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    • Freshly cracked black pepper
    • Kosher salt
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 lemon, zested

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Haricots verts almondine
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • Kosher salt
    • 3 tablespoons almonds
    • 1 pound haricots verts (French string beans)
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 shallots, minced
    • Freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced

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Crispy chicken thighs
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 large bunch collard greens
    • 2 carrots
    • Pinch of sugar
    • Kosher salt and pepper
    • 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice

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New south dumplings
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 1 16-oz. package potato gnocchi
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1-2 teaspoon gremolata
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • Kosher salt and pepper

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Gremolata
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

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