Best Student Budget Friendly Meals For Date Night

student budget friendly meals

Want to treat someone special to a lovely meal but don’t want to spend too much? Here are some student budget friendly meals that won’t get you too stressed out in the kitchen either!


student budget friendly meals

Chicken Tray Bakes

This one is super tasty and easy to make. The ingredients can also vary if you want to add different veg or make it meat free!

You will need;

  • Chicken breasts or chicken breast pieces
  • 1 lemon
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan or any other hard cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Baby potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Butter
  • A large baking tray

Mix together the eggs, squeezed lemon juice, parsley and garlic together. Once that is done, dip the chicken into the mixture. Have the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan in a different bowl and dip the chicken in once they are coated in egg.

Add oil or cooking spray to the bottom of the baking tray. Once coated, place the chicken onto the tray. Chop the potatoes and place them around the chicken on the tray. Mix together butter, garlic and salt together to brush over the potatoes. Put all of this in the oven. After 15 minutes, take the tray out to flip the chicken and to put the chopped green beans in. Leave in the oven for another 10 minutes (around a medium to high heat). Make sure the potatoes and chicken is crisp.


student budget friendly meals

“Risotto” With Lemon, Chicken & Veg

Risotto requires a little work as you are constantly looking over it. It can be creamy, butter or a little lighter. I have chosen a lighter option here so you can play around with it. Again, you can replace things in this;

  • Chicken breasts or strips of chicken
  • Kale
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Rice
  • Chicken stock
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Lemon


Cook chicken in one pan and kale in another. Chicken will need to be cooked through for about 8 or 9 minutes. Once the kale has been cooking for about 1 minute, throw in the chopped spring onions and add any other greens at the same time. Add the rice after a few minutes of the veg cooking. Pour the chicken stock in and cook all together for about 3 or 4 minutes. Make sure the stock has been absorbed.

Mix together the greek yoghurt, lemon juice and herbs together separately. When plating up, put the rice in each bowl, then top with chicken and pour/drizzle the yoghurt over the top. Add garnish to look extra fancy.


Tortilla & Pitta Pizzas

Pizza bases might be quite long winded so why not make pizzas the easier and healthier way? Tortilla or pitta bread can be a fabulous base for a tasty pizza!

You will need;

  • Tortillas / Pitta Breads
  • Tomato sauce (thicker consistency is best)
  • Tomato puree
  • Cheese (optional is you want to make it vegan)
  • Toppings (veg or meat)

Suggestions to add;

  • Chopped up wafer thin ham
  • Oregano
  • Mushrooms
  • Slices of red pepper
  • Chilli flakes
  • Parmesan cheese (for topping after cooked)


Add a mix of the tomato sauce and tomato puree together and smear across each base. One they are as covered as you want you can add the cheese! Grated cheese can be added to your hearts content. For toppings – go wild! Add lots and fill it up as much as you want! Place under the grill in the oven and check on it regularly! When out of the oven, add chilli flakes, oregano and Parmesan to taste (as well as salt and pepper).


student budget friendly meals


Mexican food is great for student budget friendly meals and are great for sharing! I have written this down for chicken but you can do all veg or add an alternative meat!

You will need;

  • Chicken breast or pieces
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Courgette
  • Cheese
  • Dips; Guacamole, Sour Cream, Salsa
  • O Del Paso Spice Mix
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika & Chilli Powder

Chop the onions, peppers, courgettes and chicken. Add some oil to a frying pan and start cooking the chicken and the onions. Once the chicken is almost cooked and the onions has softened, add the vegetables and spice mix. Add chilli powder and paprika to give it an extra kick and more flavour. Make sure everything is cooked and has taken all of the flavour. Warm the tortillas, grate the cheese and you are done! Set the table with the dips on the side, a plate of grated cheese, the fajita mix and the tortillas. It means you can have a plate each and serve yourself!


student budget friendly meals

Lo Mein

Noodles are a dish that everyone will love! Thankfully, this one is great for student budget friendly meals and it is mainly a case of putting everything into one pot!

You will need;

  • Chicken breast or pieces
  • Noodles/linguine
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Carrots
  • Pepper
  • Chicken stock
  • Spring onions


Chop everything; the chicken, garlic, carrots, peppers and spring onions. Add all of the ingredients into the pot, seasoning with salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Add the stock and cover with a lid for 10-15 minutes. Check on it occasionally and serve when the chicken is fully cooked!


If you are still unsure of what to cook that could work for student budget friendly meals that would be perfect for date night. All of the recipes are simple, straight forward and delicious. It means there won’t be any food disasters, you won’t be ringing for a take away and you can add candles and wine for the perfect date night.

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