Abby Slutsky loves to cook from scratch, but sometimes it isn't practical. This meal fits the bill for convenience, flavor and health.
Packaging of Kevin's Paleo Lemongrass Chicken
The Costco package contained 32 ounces of product. The chicken and sauce were conveniently packaged so that there were two sealed packages of each item. Since I only made the meal for two or three people at a time, I loved that I could use one package of each at a time without worrying about wrapping an unused or uncooked portion. The chicken was raw and cut into small pieces. I don't think one package is enough for four people unless you are adding additional chicken.
Ease of Preparation
This is very easy to prepare. I have two boys in their mid and late 20s. It was simple enough that they would both buy it and have no trouble making it.
The meal took about 20 minutes to prepare. However, the packaging indicates it may take less time than that. Part of the reason it may have taken me longer is that I always add fresh vegetables to the entree. This adds extra nutrients without a lot of extra calories and makes the meal more filling. I used about a tablespoon of olive oil when I sauteed the chicken pieces for about 15 minutes over a medium flame. Then I added stringbeans and mushrooms. When the stringbeans looked bright green, I added the sauce, but I only used about two-thirds of the package. The vegetables were not included in the meal, and you can prepare the entree with or without them.
The cost of this product probably varies based on where you live. I bought the large package at Costco for under $14, but I have seen it in traditional supermarkets for $9 or $10 for a smaller package. Based on the package from Costco, the cost is approximately $3.50 per serving per person without adding vegetables.
When you look at the nutritional information, note that it is for a 5 ounce serving. Assuming the correct serving size, there are 170 calories, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of saturated fat, 460 milligrams of sodium, and 70 milligrams of cholesterol. A serving also gives you 23 grams of protein. This entree is touted as low carb and Atkins friendly. When I made it, I cut the sodium by using a third less sauce.
I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this entree. It had a very subtle citrus flavor that my family enjoyed. The sauce clings nicely to the chicken and easily coats the entree even if you add vegetables to the dish.
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Since I am always trying to sneak extra veggies into our meals, this entree was perfect for adding them. I have prepared it with a few combinations of fresh vegetables, depending on what I have in the refrigerator. Here are my favorites:
- Fresh stringbeans and mushrooms: To prepare, cut the ends off the stringbeans and add them to the pan when the chicken is close to finished. When the green beans turn bright green, add sliced mushrooms and toss the mixture until they turn light brown.
- Scallions, carrots and snap peas: Peel the carrots and cut them into thin rounds. Add them when the chicken is nearly done. When the carrots turn bright orange, add the snap peas, and stir the mixture for a few minutes. Chop the scallions, and stir the mixture another 45 -60 seconds until they are just done.
When adding fresh vegetables, add the larger and crunchier vegetables first since they usually take longer to cook.
- Rice: I usually make this entree with brown or jasmine rice. Follow the package directions on any rice you choose. Boil in the bag rice also works fine if you are short on time or prefer not to clean a pot that may have rice clinging to it.
- Brown rice noodles: You can also serve this entree over brown rice noodles or pasta. Suggested cooking times vary slightly by brand, so follow the directions. Whatever I use, I usually boil the water before starting the chicken, and cook the noodles or rice while I prepare the chicken. This makes it easy to have everything finished at the same time.
The first time I made the entree, we had leftovers because I made enough for four people. I put the uneaten portion in a microwavable container, and it reheated beautifully. I also kept the extra sauce and brushed it on salmon before broiling it the following evening.
Given the ability to vary the entree, cost and flavor, I recommend that you try Kevin’s Paleo Lemongrass Chicken if you are looking for an easy-to-prepare entree that is on the healthy side.
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