Thursday, July 16, 2009

Review: Chicken Grillables

Chicken Grillables

Barber Foods

140 calories

5 grams fat

I recently received some Chicken Grillables to take out for a test drive. Chicken Grillables are seasoned patties of chicken (mostly breast) that seem to be designed to be a healthy alternative to hamburgers. I’m not a big proponent of processed meats, so I was a bit hesitant going into this review.

I decided to approach this review preparing the food as it seems to be intended and then prepare a second Chicken Grillable completely plain. The first strong point is that the preparation and cooking couldn’t be simpler. On a propane grill you wipe the grill with some oil, preheat the grill for a few minutes on medium and slap on the still frozen chicken. After 6 minutes you flip the chicken over. In 6 more minutes you take the chicken off the grill and get ready to eat.

I had one piece of chicken on a toasted English Muffin with a quick aioli I whipped up and a few tomato slices. The flavor was mild but enjoyable. The chicken retained its inherent taste while offering slight but noticeable hints of the additions to the chicken. Garlic, lemon, onion and vinegar all make an appearance. With the addition of the tomato and aioli, the chicken seemed to work best as a medium for the other flavors.

The texture was relatively firm and the exterior developed a nice crust. As this is obviously not an intact chicken breast, the texture took a bit of getting used to. I’m conditioned to expect a specific ‘mouth feel’ from chicken and this was different. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

The second patty was eaten naked. No bun, no toppings, just straight Chicken Grillable. Without the impact of the competing flavors, the nuances of the Grillables were more pronounced. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavor. I could easily see cutting these up and throwing them in a salad.

As I was informed, ‘WebMD recently named Chicken Grillables™ its best bulk food buy for the grill, in terms of both cost and health’. When you add that to the ease of preparation you would anticipate that taste would almost have to be lacking. When a company touts the health benefits or how ‘quick and easy’ it is to make their product, you start to wonder why they aren’t mentioning flavor.

The health conscious consumer is the lucky beneficiary of a product that succeeds on three levels.

Will the advent of Chicken Grillables entice me to stop marinating, seasoning and grilling or BBQ’ing my own chicken? No. Is it a nice alternative when I’m looking to save time and energy or when I would otherwise be preparing burgers? Absolutely.

You can find Chicken Grillables at many supermarkets and club stores.


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