Looking for something cheap to eat before payday? Try this delicious Cajun chicken with tomato salsa from The Top 100 Cheap Eats by Hilaire Walden – it serves 4 and keeps costs down!

Cajun Chicken with Tomato Salsa

2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
6 frozen boneless chicken breasts, with skin on, thawed
groundnut oil, for brushing
salt and freshly ground black pepper
lime quarters, to serve

For the Tomato Salsa

700g/1½lb firm but ripe plum tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
4½ tsp chopped coriander
4½ tsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1. Mix together the herbs, spices and seasoning. Brush the chicken lightly with oil, then rub the spice mixture into the chicken. Cover and leave in a cool place for 2–3 hours to marinate.

2. Meanwhile, make the salsa by combining the ingredients. Add salt to taste. Cover and chill.

3. Thread the lime quarters onto skewers, if you would like them grilled. Preheat the grill to high.

4. Cook the chicken on an oiled grill rack under the preheated grill for about 15 minutes until browned and cooked through, turning once. If grilling the limes, cook the skewers alongside until caramelized. Serve the chicken with the lime quarters, either fresh or grilled as above, and accompanied by the salsa.


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