eDiets Lunch Review: Chicken Breast Fricassee and Biscuit

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  4.0 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The Chicken Breast Fricassee luncheon entrée came packaged in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a biscuit in one section and the chicken fricassee in the other.  The chicken dish consisted of chunks of chicken breast, diced red-skinned potatoes, peas, and carrots, tossed together in a creamy sauce.

The directions on the package said to remove the biscuit, microwave the chicken fricassee on high for 1 ½ minutes, replace the biscuit, and microwave another 30 seconds.  Because I have a lower-wattage microwave, I added 15 seconds to the first cooking time, but kept the latter time at 30 seconds.  This worked perfectly.

Chicken Breast Fricassee and Biscuit

The meal plan calls for the dieter to add a fruit accompaniment to this meal, so I added a serving of unsweetened mixed fruit.

My General Impressions

The entrée looked very appetizing, with its variety of ingredients and creamy sauce.  And the various textures proved to be very appealing to my tongue.  The ingredients were properly cooked such that the distinctive texture of each item in the fricassee was retained.  As I’ve come to discover since being on this eDiets program, while the sauce looked a bit skimpy, it was more than adequate to add both moisture and flavor. 

This said, I wasn’t totally enamored of the flavor of the chicken fricassee. Rosemary and thyme were used a little too liberally to suit my taste buds.  They weren’t so overpowering as to cause me to put down my fork, but I would have liked the meal a lot more if the cook had used a little less of these two spices.

The biscuit was moist and tasted fresh.  I enjoyed it both by itself and with some of the chicken fricassee spooned on top.

Nutritional Content

There are 230 total calories in this luncheon entrée, only 40 of which are from fat.  This equates to a fat content of just over 17%.  The dish contains a healthy 18 grams of protein.  The total carb content is 29 grams, with 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar.

This meal supplies 50% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 20% of Vitamin A, 10% of iron, and 6% of calcium. 

There is some milk used in the preparation of the chicken fricassee, but it would not count as a full serving of dairy.  The vegetables in the dish might not amount to a full serving of the vegetable section of the food pyramid, either.  My mixed fruit supplied me with a serving from the fruit category, though.

Food Rating/Quality

Using a scale of 1 to 5, this meal ranks as a “4” with me.  Overall, it was good.  I appreciated the fact that the individual textures of the ingredients in the chicken fricassee had been maintained in the preparation of this meal, and the fact that there wasn’t an abundance of sauce didn’t detract from the meal in the least.

The heavy hand on the rosemary and thyme did, however—at least for me.  This said, there may be some people who enjoy these flavors in larger doses than I.

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