4/13/05 | Banquet Fried Chicken Meal
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Part 3 : Banquet Fried Chicken Meal
Well, since the Salisbury Steak debacle was fresh on my mind, I was looking forward to trying their “Original” Fried Chicken Meal which is I guess their bread and butter offering. You’ll notice that the box is ripped because I was so hungry to try it out that I forgot I needed to take a picture of the packaging. In any case I wasn’t disappointed at all for this one. I made it in the oven like the others, and 24 minutes made some a really crunchy chicken thigh (kudos for them for using dark meat as well) that rivals Popeyes or even KFC. The fact that it’s only a dollar is the icing on the cake
This meal gets high marks because it gives you something that you’d either have to spend quite a bit of time and mess (oil splattering) to try and make it yourself. If you’re single then I really think this can’t be beat at home if in a rush. The amount of oil, seasoning, breading, and brining would be overwhelming for making a single chicken thigh.
As I said, the chicken thigh was really crunchy.. not so much greasily fried like some places but with batter that really crunched. The only complaint I had was that the chicken was slightly mealy and I suspect this is due to the brining process they need to undergo in order to keep the chicken really moist. But that was pretty minor.
I had less praise for the mashed potatoes. Like the Salisbury Steak meal, this potato slop simply detracted from what would be a super high scoring Cheap Eats meal. If I were them I would replace it with the fries from their Chicken nuggets meal. But I guess since it’s their “original” meal they don’t want to mess with a good proven thing. And the corn? Well, it’s corn; see ya later and all. Overall, this is still a great frozen dinner for a buck.
Cheap Eats Score: 8/10