Chew & Review: Healthy Choice Honey Balsamic Chicken Steaming Entrée

Friday, August 27, 2010

A few weeks after Healthy Choice debuted and started selling their new line of frozen meals in grocery stores, they finally decided to give them a name and place on their website, and (sadly) they’re not calling them Steamies. Ladies and gentlemen, behold their 8 new Steaming Entrées: Chicken Romano Fresca, Garlic Herb Shrimp, Honey Balsamic Chicken, Lemon Herb Chicken, Portabella Parmesan Risotto, Roasted Chicken VerdeRosemary Chicken & Sweet Potatoes and Sesame Glazed Chicken. They range in points Weight Watchers points values from 3-6, with the majority falling in the 4 point category.

I’ve already sampled the Roasted Chicken Verde and Rosemary Chicken & Sweet Potatoes. The last Steaming Entrée of last week’s Jewel run was the Honey Balsamic Chicken meal (I promise I’ll Chew and Review them all soon!). Weighing in at 220 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 5 glorious grams of fiber, this lunch will cost you a mere 4 Weight Watchers points. It is described by Healthy Choice as “chicken tenderloins with red potatoes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes in honey-herb balsamic glaze.” I believe you left out a crucial “and” between asparagus and cherry tomatoes, Healthy Choice, but I ate your Steamie anyway… I was hungry, and hunger trumped grammatical correctness.

Let’s take a look at the box:

Healthy Choice Honey Balsamic Chicken

Healthy Choice Honey Balsamic Chicken

And now, through the power of the internets, you don’t even have to wait the 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 minutes cook time plus required “let stand 2 minutes” time to see what it looked like out of the microwave:

Healthy Choice Honey Balsamic Chicken

I’ll admit – it didn’t necessarily look much like the picture on the front of the box. But, in its favor, it smelled good and wasn’t covered in a highly disconcerting sauce, unlike the last Healthy Choice Steaming Entrée I tried. There were a great deal of potatoes, as I assume that’s the cheapest ingredient. The amount of chicken was standard, but I would have loved to see more cherry tomatoes and asparagus spears.

So, how did it taste?  It was really quite good…for a frozen meal. The whole vegetable/chicken medley worked out a lot better than that carrot, sweet potato and pearl onion disaster of last week. I love cherry tomatoes, asparagus and anything balsamic, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise that I really enjoyed this lunch. The honey balsamic sauce was plentiful, yummy and perfectly complimented the chicken and veggies. There was no need for spray butter, and I added just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I can’t ask for much more – great taste, a decent amount of food and only 4 points. It’s safe to say that I’ll be adding the Healthy Choice Honey Balsamic Chicken into my Desktop Dining rotation.

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  1. Liz says:

    I had this steamie yesterday and thought it was pretty good, especially for 4 points! I wasn’t a big fan of the tomatoes, but there weren’t that many, so no big deal. Plus, there was enough sauce left over to dip my fresh garden tomato in and that was delish. Good suggestion.

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