I truly love convenience combined with good taste, which is why I am always on the look out for good frozen meals that prepare easily and quickly. One product that I have tried is Marie Callender’s Herb Roasted Chicken.
I love chicken, but frankly, I am skeptical of it when I get it anywhere but at a good restaurant or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Years ago, the results were always bad. The convenience might have been there, but the taste definitely was not. However, Marie Callender really has set the tone for better tasting frozen meals, including those that feature chicken.
This particular meal takes about ten minutes, give or take seconds based on your microwave and preferences. The worst part is that halfway through the cooking cycle, you have to take it out and stir the mashed potatoes.
I still wish that there were separate compartments for each part of the meal. I hate having my mashed potatoes mixed in with the chicken, and the chicken end up with mushy potatoes as part of it. On the plus side, there is no gravy here, and I hate having gravy on my mashed potatoes almost more than anything else.
Marie Callender’s Herb Roasted Chicken includes two pieces of chicken, a wing and a thigh. It includes a side of mashed potatoes as well as a vegetable mixture of broccoli and carrots. Frankly, I tend to ignore that because I really and truly do not like broccoli at all.
I have been pleased with the quality of mashed potatoes in this meal and others. Again, the worst thing is when it ends up mixed with other ingredients. That is when I do not like it as well. There is just no telling when that will happen, though.
The chicken in this meal is very good. It is tender, and the herb blend works pretty well. As someone who hates dealing with bones, I have found that it is really easy to just cut the meat off when not in the mood to eat the chicken with my hands.
So, for me, it is a thumbs up for this meal, even though I do ignore the vegetables.