Betty Crocker Helper Complete Meals, Fried Rice w/Chicken
May 28, 2011 (Updated May 28, 2011)
Review by Dusty Nichols
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy preparation, tastes good, chicken is tender, asian seasoning, just add oil and enjoy
Cons:High in sodium and carbs
The Bottom Line: A savory meal with broth, chicken vegetables and Asian style seasoning that's quick and easy to prepare when you're in a hurry. Tastes delicious.
On my last shopping trip to Walmart I was looking for something that would be quick and easy to fix when I've been busy all day and just don't want to take the time to fix a meal. I came across Betty Crocker's Complete Meals, the fried rice with chicken which makes 4 servings. Net Weight: 25.3 oz (1 lb 3 oz)
Recommend this product?
The picture on the box of the meal looked delicious. Sometimes this can be deceiving but you never know if you never try. There was chicken, rice, peas and carrots all looking good enough to tempt my taste buds so the box landed in my shopping cart and I could hardly wait to dig in!
Savory broth with white chicken meat and vegetables: Chicken broth, cooked white chicken meat (with chicken meat, water, modifyied food starch, isolated soy protein, salt, sodium phosphate), carrots, sweet peas, modified corn starch, salt, sugar. Enriched white rice (rice, iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid). Asian-style seasoning blend: Natural and artificial flavor, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (corn, soy, wheat), salt, sugar, color (caramel, yellows 5 & 6, yellow lakes 5 & 6), brown sugar, monosodium glutamate, spice, sesame oil, yeast extract, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, tocopherol (preservative), nonfat milk.
Contains soy, sesame, wheat and milk; may contain egg ingredients.
Total Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrate 39g
Dietary Fibe 1g
How to prepare:
I followed the directions on the box which said to preheat oven to 450 degrees, pour the can of broth into an ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish. Stir in the packet of seasoning and blend well. Then I added 1/3 cup of water, 1 tablespoon oil and packet of uncooked rice. Cover the pan with foil and bake 35-40 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Carefully remove foil, let stand uncovered 5 minutes and refrigerate any leftovers.
It took my oven longer to preheat than it did to prepare the meal. My husband isn't a big fan of rice but he really loved this and we wound up eating the whole meal so there were no left overs. I had also boiled some small red new potatoes in case this was another one of my messes so we had a few potatoes with our meal too. There are some cooks who add a bit of this or a bit of that when preparing meals from the box or just preparing meals in general. I wouldn't know what to add so I always follow the directions.
Sometimes you'll get tips on things you can add or try but I ignore them because if they're not part of the original recipe, they don't belong. The good Lord knows I have to follow the original recipe or I'm lost. It's akin to coloring outside the box, something I abhor. Maybe this is why I'm not a good or original cook.
However, there was a tip about adding scrambled eggs to the fried rice and you may want to try it. The sodium count is high so this is something to keep in mind.
You can also fix this on the stove in a pan but I haven't tried that way. The directions are really easy and you have a meal in about 25 minutes.
There's also directions on cooking it in your microwave so there's three alternatives on preparing this meal.
If you have a larger family and need to use two boxes, use a larger glass baking dish, 2/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and bake 40-45 minutes. I'm planning on using this method the next time one of my kids come for a visit.
It's recommended not to use shiny metal pans.
For a quick and easy meal, give Betty Crocker's Helper Complete Meal a try. I think you'll like it just as my husband and I did.
General Mills Sales, Inc
Minneapolis, MN 55440 USA
ddustyrose May 28, 2011
I'm entering this in the Made in the USA Write-Off and double dipping in texas_swede's Celebrate America Write-Off
Thank you John (bruguru) for adding this to the data base for me.
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