Student budget meals

Student budget

Everyone who is a student knows how hard it is to manage your money. Often as a student you will find yourself looking at your bank account and being way further into your overdraft then you thought you were. One of these reasons is for many students its the first time they have had to buy and cook for themselves. So instead of buying some overpriced ready meal for £3.50. I’m going to show show you a couple of simple and tasty meals you can cook for yourselves for under £1! These our Toby Fullicks One Pound Meals (or less). All ingredients on this page are brought from ASDA.

Oven Fried Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw 

Total price = £0.80


  • 3 chicken drumsticks – 50p  (6 drumsticks for £1)
  • 5ml of vegetable oil – 6p (1ltr of vegetable oil for £1.20)
  • 1 tsp of Cajun spice – 7p (50 g for 79p)
  • 1 egg – 8p (15 eggs for £1.19)
  • ¼ onion – 2p (1kg of onions 59p)
  • 1 carrot – 5p (pack of 10 for 50p)
  • 40g of flour – 1p (1.5kg of flour for 45p)
  • 6g of white cabbage – 5p (1.3kg of white cabbage for £1.03)
  • 50g of mayonnaise – 4p (500g of mayonnaise for 40p)

How to make it

Oven Fried Chicken

  1. Whisk the egg in one bowl.
  2. In another bowl mix the Cajun spice with the flour.
  3. Dip each drumstick in the egg once, then the flour, and then repeat.
  4. Place the chicken on an oven tray and put in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees F or gas mark 5.
  5. For a good crisp add the oil over the chicken half way through.


  1. Chop the onion, white cabbage, and carrot into small fine slices.
  2. Place in a bowl and mix the mayonnaise in.
  3. Put the coleslaw in a small bowl and serve on plate with the fried chicken

Spanish Chicken

All together = 84p


  • 200 g chopped tomatoes – 15p (400g for 30p)
  • 1tsp paprika – 4p (50 g for 49p)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano – 4p (50g for 49p)
  • ¼ pepper – 7p ( 3 peppers for 70p)
  • ¼ onion – 2p (1kg of onions 59p)
  • 1 chicken thigh – 29p (7 chcien thighs for £1.99)
  • 100 grams of rice – 4p (1kg rice for 40p)
  • 1 garlic clove – 3p (10 garlic clove for 30p)
  • 5 ml of vegetable oil – 6p (1ltr of vegetable oil for £1.20)
  • Half a green chilli – 10 p (3 chillies for 60p)


How to make it

  1. Chop the pepper and onions into chunks.
  2. Chop the garlic into thin slices.
  3. Put the rice on to boil till soft.
  4. Add 10ml of oil to the frying pan and leave for a minute.
  5. Fry the onion, peppers, garlic and chillies for 3 mins then add the diced chicken thigh.
  6. Put the gas on a low heat and add the 200 g of chopped tomatoes.
  7. Add the tbsp of dried oregano and paprika
  8. Mix it in and let the sauce simmer
  9. Serve up the rice with the Spanish chicken on the side

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