Recipe for one: Make-shift Parmesan chicken with chips and peas

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no chef. 6 days out of the week I eat pasta and sauce for dinner. But every now and then I get tired of that, or feel like I should maybe make an effort to include something green on my plate. This week, my cooking adventure involved making a make-shift Parmesan chicken with chips and peas.


I say make-shift because, as you can see from the photo, the chicken isn’t breaded. And, whether you can tell or not, the cheese isn’t parmesan. It’s cheddar.

The ingredients I used for this recipe are:

1 boneless chicken breast… from Tesco
A large handful of french fries… from Sainsbury’s
A regular handful of peas… probably from Sainsbury’s
One to two slices of cheese (enough to cover the top of the chicken!)… Cathedral City!
A bit of roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce… Lloyd Grossman (my new personal hero because they’re always on offer for a pound)

As you can tell, there’s no exact science here. I just judge portion sizes based on how hungry I am, so my recipes should in no way be used as a definitive guide! I mean, I haven’t died from anything I’ve cooked…. yet. -nervous laugh-

I put the french fries on a baking pan and stuck them in the oven for 15 minutes and immediately started cooking my chicken as well.

Cook the chicken in a pan on high using a bit of butter to fry it up. I cooked it for about 5 minutes, or until both sides were getting brown, and then put it in the oven with the chips for the remainder of their cooking time (10 minutes).

When there’s only 5 minutes left on the chicken and chips combo, put the peas in a pot of boiling water and let them cook until the timer buzzes. Or for the recommended cooking time on the packet.

Slice up some cheese while you wait, and be sure to snack on the cheese while you wait.

When the oven timer buzzes, take the food out, make sure the chicken is cooked properly and then pour a bit of sauce onto the chicken, top the sauce with cheese, and put the whole pan (chips and all) back in the oven.

Drain the peas and then serve them. In that time the cheese should have melted, take the pan out of the oven and serve!


A simple meal to add a bit of variety to my week. I didn’t take a photo before I had a bite, unfortunately, but I think it still looks pretty appetizing. Nothing really adventurous, but it is cheap!

The Cost

The chicken came from a 2 pack from Tesco, bringing the price of the one chicken breast down to 1 pound. The sauce was on offer for a pound, and I only used a bit, so we’ll say that cost about 20p. The chips came from Sainsbury’s and cost 1 pound for a big ol’ bag, making the cost of them in a meal about 10p. The peas cost who-knows for a bag… I’ve had them so long… so we’ll say like 10p. The Cathedral City cheese was on offer for 2 pounds from Tesco, so we’ll say that cost me 5p for the meal. Oh, and I added a bit of Italian Seasoning to the chips and chicken for some flavor. Costing me like 1p.

Laid out all nice and pretty my expenses look like this:

Chicken: 1.00
Pasta sauce: 0.20
Chips/french fries: 0.10
Peas: 0.10
Cheese: 0.05
Seasoning: 0.01

Adding up to a grand total of: 1.46 pounds! 

Not bad!!!!

If you don’t own any of these ingredients already the meal will probably cost you… 8 pounds, but you can reuse ingredients for other things so you shouldn’t despair if this is the case!


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