Since we've been on a tight budget, but still ineligible for Food Stamps, it's been an adventure trying to eat well and cheaply. Especially by cooking from scratch with your own ingredients,
You can buy a box of Rice-A-Roni for $1. It comes with rice, vermicelli, and seasoning.
Or you can buy a bag of rice, box of vermicelli, and a bottle of bullion, for about $3.50, and get about 6 meals of Rice-A-Roni.
So here's my recipe for Chicken Rice A Roni
1 lb diced chicken(dark or white works)
1/2 cuo rice
1/2 cup vermicelli(broken, a mortar and pestle works well)
2 1/2 cups water
3 tbsp Bullion
2 tbsp butter or margarine
This recipe is also really good, because it only takes one skillet. Brown the rice and vermicelli in butter, then add the 2 1/2 cups of water, and 3 tbsp of Bullion. The bullion recipe usually only calls for 1 tbsp per cup of water, but the water gets absorbed in the rice and pasta, so you want it a little more flavorful that plain stock or broth. Then throw in the diced chicken. Bring to a boil, then simmer with the lid on for 30-35 minutes. Whole chicken pieces also works, but it has to be boneless. If it's still bone-in, the rice and pasta gets too gooey, while it cooks.
Boom, it's done. It keeps well, and is great as leftovers too.