The Verdict on New Foster Farms Oven Ready Chicken Entrees

Foster Farms new Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Oven Ready Entree. Just add your own sides.

Foster Farms new Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Oven Ready Entree. Just add your own sides.

 

I admit I’m a skeptic when it comes to most packaged prepared foods.

I often don’t think they’re a time-saver.

Plus, the sodium levels are usually frighteningly through the roof.

Recently, I had a chance to sample the new Foster Farms Oven Ready Entrees, which feature chicken breasts that are already marinated. You just put the recyclable, oven-proof tray in the oven and they’re ready in about 30 minutes.

They come in four varieties: Chile Verde, Roasted Red Pepper, Zesty Thai and Honey Roasted Garlic.

What I most appreciated was the reasonable sodium level — 210 to 270 per serving, depending upon the variety. The entrees also have a moderate 120 to 130 calories per serving, though, it’s hard to tell exactly how much a serving constitutes as the nutrition label states “servings per container varied” because, of course, not all chicken breasts are exactly the same size. A publicist I checked with said that one package will serve 4 to 6. I think it’s more like 4 servings at most — or even 2 if you have very big eaters in the house.

The large chicken breasts, which are 99 percent fat free, bake up very moist and juicy. My husband only wished it came with the skin, though. But of course, that would add to the calorie count.

The Roasted Red Pepper has sweet Mediterranean flavors. The Honey Roasted Garlic would be a favorite of kids because of the pronounced honey sweetness. The Zesty Thai has a nice savoriness but lacks the boldness of authentic Thai food. The Chile Verde is again on the mild side, but makes a fine meal with some tortillas and sliced avocado.

Find them in the refrigerated poultry case.

Find them in the refrigerated poultry case.

The Oven Ready Entrees can be found in the poultry cases of Safeway, Save Mart, Super Target, Lucky, and Raley’s.

If you’re a from-scratch cook, you may not be tempted by these products. But if you’re a harried cook always looking for a new shortcut to getting dinner on the table, these are definitely worth considering.

 

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3 comments

  1. 1

    That “Servings per container” thing can be so tricky. Sliced very thin and strewn around as the protein component of a salad, I can see they would go much farther than as stand-alone portions alongside the veggies. Looks and sounds easy enough to beef up the flavor with a dash of an appropriate extra seasoning and tasty enough to give a try on some night when cook-from-scratch is not in the offing.

  2. 2

    These look quite interesting, however…. I would need to read the ingredients before purchasing as a lot of these products have added sugars and other filled to keep them freezer stable :(

  3. 3

    About the only convenience food we eat on a regular basis is frozen ravioli (locally made), and sometimes will use jarred pasta sauce instead of my own to accompany it (but I’m lucky in that St. Louis has several good Italian restaurants that sell their pasta sauces in local supermarkets). Anyway, this does look like an interesting product, although I guess the only time you’re saving is not having to put together the marinade. Still, I know people who cook so little they’d consider this homemade!

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