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Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal

A white hobnail plate sits on a wooden backdrop and is filled with cauliflower risotto, Texas cheese toast, and Chicken Alla Vodka. A white and grey towel has been placed to the left of the plate with a gold fork resting on the towel.

Saving Money in the Kitchen

Hey there! I know your’re here for this Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal but I want to talk with you for a minute and give you the “back story”.

You’ll notice that this Budget Meal recipe is slightly different from what I normally post.

For one, it’s not entirely “homemade” and for another, I list any and every possible recipe variation in the recipe card below.

Allow me to explain. My husband and I are just like 90% of the American populace in that we would love to live a more financially free life.

We are pursuing a completely debt free life and in doing so, we’ve placed ourselves on a strict budget to manage our finances and save money.

Aside from contributing financially to our goals, I’m also working to reduce our eating out and cut costs in the kitchen with frugal, homemade meals.

I’ve been hearing from many of you that saving money and budget-friendly pantry meals is of interest, so consider this Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal the first of many.

A white plate containing cauliflower risotto, cheesy Texas toast, and cooked, bite sized chicken tenders with spinach in a Vodka Sauce. The plate sits on a wooden backdrop with a grey and white striped towel to the left of the plate.

Family Budget Meals made Easy

For this meal I used just what I had on hand and I want you to do the same.

Don’t have chicken or spinach? Choose from the list of substitutes below and make it work for you!

I heated 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive in a large skillet, then added 5 boneless skinless chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces.

I seasoned the chicken tenders with garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil flakes, salt, and ground black pepper.

Once the chicken was cooked through, I added in 4 cups of spinach and allowed that to wilt.

Cooked and seasoning chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces are in a black skillet with olive oil and sauteed spinach.

Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal

I had jarred, store bought Vodka Sauce on hand, so I added 12 ounces of that into the skillet with the chicken and spinach.

If you don’t have Vodka sauce, use what you have and make it work!

My Homemade Marinara Sauce would be delicious with this recipe as well if you have any on had.

Now that the chicken is cooked, you can cook any side item you’d like. I served our Chicken Alla Vodka over cauliflower risotto that I had on hand.

Just use anything in your pantry – any kind of rice, pasta, couscous, quinoa, risotto, or cauliflower rice will work.

Cooked and seasoned chicken tender that have been cut into bite sized pieces are in a large, black skillet along with sauteed spinach and Vodka sauce.

Cheap Easy Healthy Meals

If you’re on the cheap, easy, healthy meal wagon, check out a few more of my budget meal recipes!

My  Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice along with my Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe are both great easy dinner ideas for kids that are also budget friendly.

A frugal tip for you: casseroles will stretch your dollars the most when feeding a family.

If you have a casserole with veggies, meat, and a starch, you can have a complete meal there without serving any type of sides.

Another great way to stretch a dollar is by making a big pot of soup or a “one pan meal” such as this Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal.

Just about any soup or one pot/one pan meal will go further than most any other meal will.

A white hobnail plate sits on a wooden board and contains Chicken Alla Vodka, cauliflower risotto, and cheesy Texas Toast. A white and grey striped towel is placed on the left side of the plate and a gold fork is resting on the towel.

I thank you for joining me in my kitchen today and I hope I have helped you learn a few frugal tips for the kitchen.

Happy saving, friends!


Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal

A fast and easy budget friendly meal that can be made as-is or made with many variations available in your own pantry.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Budget Friendly Chicken Dinner, Budget Friendly Meal, Chicken Alla Vodka, Chicken Alla Vodka Budget Meal, Chicken Budget Meal, Chicken Dinner, Chicken Pantry Meal, Pantry Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 256 kcal
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula


  • 5 boneless skinless chicken tenders uncooked and diced
  • 12 oz store bought Vodka Sauce
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen spinach
  • 12 oz store bought cauliflower risotto
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or any cooking oil or butter/ghee
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil flakes or Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional Substitutes for the Chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
  • 3 skinless chicken thighs diced
  • 2 cups shrimp peeled, cleaned, tails off
  • 1 lb ground hamburger cooked
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage cooked

Optional Substitutes for the Vodka Sauce:

  • 12 oz Marinara Sauce
  • 12 oz Creamy Four Cheese Sauce
  • 12 oz Alfredo Sauce
  • 12 oz Italian Meat Sauce
  • 12 oz Italian Sausage and Garlic Sauce
  • 12 oz Italian Mushroom Sauce
  • 12 oz Four Cheese Tomato Cream Sauce
  • 12 oz Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce
  • 12 oz any type of your favorite Italian pasta sauce

Optional Substitutes for the Spinach:

  • 1 cup sliced sauteed mushrooms
  • 1 cup sauteed onions
  • 1 1/2 cups sauteed sliced zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups sauteed sliced squash
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup chopped sauteed asparagus
  • 1 cup sliced sauteed bell pepper

Optional Substitutes for the Cauliflower Risotto:

  • 12 oz cauliflower rice
  • 12 oz regular risotto
  • 12 oz cooked rice
  • 12 oz zoodles
  • 12 oz any type of cooked pasta
  • 12 oz cooked spaghetti squash
  • 12 oz cooked quinoa
  • 12 oz cooked couscous

Optional Side Items:

  • Texas Garlic Cheese Toast
  • Garlic Sticks
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Green Beans
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • any type of side salad
  • grilled or sauteed asparagus
  • marinated mushrooms


  1. Place the olive oil (or butter) in a large, deep skillet and melt on medium high heat.

  2. Cut the chicken tenders into bite sized pieces, and add to the hot skillet.

  3. Season the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, basil, pepper, and salt and stir to combine.

  4. Cook the chicken for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through, then add the spinach.

  5. Cook spinach until it wilts, then add in the Vodka Sauce.

  6. Cook the cauliflower risotto according to package directions.

  7. Serve the chicken and sauce mix over the cauliflower risotto and add any desired side items. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information calculated using the original ingredients listed for this recipe and no substitutions. 

Shared at What’s for Dinner

Shared at Full Plate Thursday

Also shared at Meal Plan Monday

View at Weekend Potluck

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