I’m not a big fan of Birds Eye frozen skillets. They all pale in comparison to the Bertolli meals that I love, but it’s not just that. Even without something to compare them to, these meals just aren’t that good. Yet, I keep getting pulled in because they’re so cheap. They’re cheap for a reason, guys.
There’s definitely less product in this bag than the Bertolli counterpart. That’s okay for me because I’m only one person, but it’s probably not as awesome for two or more people.
The bag splits up the sauce. You have to open it, cut it open and then dump it in with the noodles, veggies and meat. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s annoying. Other companies freeze the sauce, chop it up and include it. Also, you have add a bit of water. I almost forgot, because I’m so used to the toss-it-in-the-pan and leave it types.
Once in the pan, I noticed that the bulk of this was pasta. The chick pieces were small and few. There were two tomato skins but no pieces of actual tomato. I don’t even.. But there were a hole lot of little onion pieces. 1×1 centimeters or so. I hate onions so this is a turn off, but even someone who likes them probably wouldn’t expect them in chicken parmesan–not, at least, in such big proportions.
As the skillet meal cooked, all I could smell was the onions. Because of that, I actually made something else, tossed the pasta in a plastic dish and stuck it in the refrigerator. The smell was such a turn off. It was some weird combination of greasy camp kitchen meets fair food truck. Very cheap smelling. The onions seems to overpower everything. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this came from a can, not a frozen bag!
I did, however, eat some of the pasta. It tasted better than it smells. That is, to say, it tasted bland. It didn’t taste like onions, but I could sure feel them on my tongue. It wasn’t very creamy, either. The chicken and pasta tasted too much like the same thing. And I don’t know about the parmesan. This wasn’t cheesy in the least. I sprinkled the last of my parmesan on it, but it wasn’t much. It wasn’t enough. I wanted a saucy, creamy delectable meal.
Sure, I could have added my own cheese, but if I’m going to do that, I might as well make it myself. To be honest, the idea of cooking up some chicken tenders in tomato sauce with Italian seasoning, penne and a handful of shredded parm or mozzarella sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? No matter how badly I fuck it up, it would still be better than this meal from Birds Eye.
This is not a good thing, you guys. This was not a good product.