The cheapest way to buy chicken is as a whole, frozen bird. You can roast it for one meal and then use the leftovers to stretch it for another day. Alternatively you can cut it into separate pieces before cooking.
Don't forget the carcass makes great chicken stock, to use in other recipes too. Nothing need go to waste, ideal if you are cooking on a budget.
Chicken is also available as leg, thigh, drumstick, wing and breast (skinned and/or boneless) portions for convenience. A chicken breast with the bone removed is called a fillet. If a breast has the wing still attached it is known as a Supreme.
Another option is minced or ground chicken meat. You can even buy pots of chicken livers which make a tasty, risotto or pate.
From a humble chicken bake, to tasty chicken Kiev, there is so much you can do with this bird. It is well worth learning how to cook chicken!
If you have a freezer, it makes sense to keep chicken portions or breasts on hand. But do make sure it is fully defrosted before cooking, to avoid any upset tummies.