This recipe for grilled Portuguese chicken marinade has a wonderful flavor combination of chilies, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and fresh oregano. The marinade is easy to throw together and can be used on any cut of chicken or fish then grilled either on a barbeque or in a grill pan.
Serve grilled Portuguese chicken with guacamole or sour cream.
Continue reading for money saving tips and a PDF version which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper. This recipe is both gluten and dairy free.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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You can also use chicken legs which are even cheaper to buy however you will need to double the marinade ingredients. The legs will take much longer to cook on a grill but you can bake them in the oven for 45 minutes at 350ºF (180ºC).
Herbs and Spices
Consider growing your own chilies during the warmer months. They are easy to grow and one plant will produce masses of chilies. See this guide to Growing Chilies for more information. When you get a glut of chilies it is easy to make a chili paste with chilies, lemon juice and salt. Simply blitz in a food processor then form into a log. Freeze until needed then simply snap off the amount you need. See this guide to Freezing Chilies.
Oregano is one of the hardiest herbs to grow and is a must for a Mediterranean garden. Oregano is a perennial which puts down roots as it creeps along the ground. If you know someone who has it growing in their garden simply pull a stem out of the ground then put it in a moistened towel or water until you get home. See this guide to Growing and Drying Oregano for more information.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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