These loaded barbecue chicken cheesy fries make the ultimate budget-friendly meal for your family! Naturally gluten-free.
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For many families the budget gets just a little tighter around the 1st and 15th of each month, and mine is no exception. Whether times are tight or not I’m always looking for budget friendly meals to make for my family. Something that they LOVE to eat, is easy on our budget, and are also a simple dinners.
Our family does most of our shopping at Wal-Mart and I always try to buy items that are on rollback there. #RollIntoSavings Right now Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Mayo, and Natural Cheese Slices are on rollback so they have naturally become a part of our dinner menu. One thing I really love about Kraft is how good they are about labeling. If an ingredient contains wheat or gluten it will be noted on the label making it easy to know if I can eat it or not.
I almost always have Miss E with me when I go grocery shopping. She thinks she is a big helper so this trip she held the barbecue sauce for me.
One of my favorite things to eat while I’m pregnant is cheese fries. Nothing sounds better to me than a pile of crispy fries with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce and gooey melted cheese. And some jalapenos. I don’t know why, but I’ve been loving them. I guess this baby likes spicy food. We LOVE the BIG Cheese Slices, they were just the perfect size for a portion of fries, and divided everything up really nicely.
Meat is one of the most expensive items on our grocery list so I’m always searching out ways to stretch it just a little bit farther. You only need a little bit of chicken for these fries, which makes it a budget friendly meal. You can even use ground beef instead if you prefer.
Stretching my meat out by using it on these tasty fries (instead of making chicken breasts for dinner), and by purchasing rollback items I kept this meal well under $20. And that was planning for 4-6 people. For just my hubby and Miss E it was half as much.
Now lets talk about this creamy barbecue aioli. Have you ever had fry sauce? It is a Utah/Idaho thing I think. Basically it is ketchup and mayo mixed together for the sole purpose of dipping fries in. It was my favorite dipper for fries when I was little. I was at my parent’s house one day at lunch time and we were having sweet potato fries as a part of our meal. My dad mixed together some mayo and barbecue sauce to dip his fries into. I tried it, and my life was changed! It has the same creamy appeal of fry sauce, but also has the sweet and smoky flavor of the barbecue sauce.
Dipping my cheesy fries into my dad’s creamy barbecue aioli really is what makes this dinner special. The fries already have some great barbecue flavor and the dipping sauce just enhances that.
Crispy fries topped with sweet barbecue chicken, gooey melted cheese, fresh green onions and drizzled with a smoky barbecue aioli.
- 2 28 oz bags frozen french fries
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce
- 8 Colby Jack Cheese Slices
- 3 green onions
- 1/4 c. pickled jalapeno slices (optional)
For the Barbecue Aioli
- 1/2 cup Kraft Mayo
- 1/4 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce
- Bake the fries according to the package directions.
- Mix together the shredded chicken and Kraft Barbecue Sauce.
- Chop the green part of the green onions, discarding the white part or reserving it for another recipe.
- Make the Barbecue Aioli by mixing together the Kraft Mayo and Kraft Barbecue sauce together.
- Once the fries are nice and crispy divide them into portions (each portion about the size of a BIG slice of cheese) and top with the chicken, cheese, and jalapeno slices.
- Return to the oven until the cheese is melted and the chicken is hot.
- Top each portion with the chopped green onions and drizzle with Barbecue Aioli (or serve the aioli on the side for dipping.)
Amount Per Serving Calories 793Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 76mgSodium 1501mgCarbohydrates 79gFiber 6gSugar 9gProtein 25g
All nutrition info is a guestimate and will vary depending on the ingredients you use.
- You can easily use ground beef instead of the chicken, or even make these fries vegetarian by adding your favorite vegetables sauteed and tossed in the barbecue sauce.
What are your favorite budget friendly meals?