May’s mid-month chicken-a-la-delicious

If it feels as if May is the longest month of the year, you aren’t too far off. It has nearly five work weeks, so the grocery budget will have to stretch a little bit further this month.

With winter on its way, this hearty chicken dish will be a sure winner.  Feed 4 (and have leftovers) for under R100.

Hearty Chicken Dish

(Serves 4)


  •    12 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  •    1 chopped onion
  •    4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into slices
  •    3ml fine cinnamon
  •    10ml paprika
  •    25ml olive oil
  •    10ml crushed garlic
  •    25ml honey
  •    30ml lemon juice
  •    125ml water
  •    Fresh parsley for garnish
  •    Serve with rice or couscous


  1.    Mix the cinnamon and paprika and sprinkle over the chicken
  2.    Heat up half of the olive oil in a pot, fry the chicken until brown. Spoon out and put aside
  3.    Heat up the rest of the olive oil, fry the onion and carrots for 3 minutes
  4.    Add the garlic and add the chicken back into the pot
  5.    Add the honey and water, bring to the boil  
  6.    Reduce heat, add the lid and simmer for 10 minutes
  7.    Add the lemon juice and flavour to taste
  8.    Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with rice or couscous

A quick and easy meal.  Feel free to add additional vegetables if you need to bulk up the servings.

With still another two weeks before it is payday, it could be hard to stretch the grocery budget until then.

Try these tips:

  • Divide your grocery budget by the days left until payday. This way you’ll be able to work out more or less how much each meal should be.
  • Plan your meals around what you currently have in the pantry, fridge and freezer.
  • Replace meat dishes with less expensive protein-rich foods like lentils and black beans. 

If your cashflow is already depleted, you could be over-indebted. Give Debt Rescue a call.

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