My wife was at the store Friday evening and decided to pick up a frozen dinner for our oldest daughter since we were going to order a pizza that night and she knew our daughter wouldn’t eat that.
Normally, we buy her Kid’s Cuisine meals or something similar. But, mostly because we know our daughter is getting a bit bored with those, she decided to buy something a bit different; a jumbo popcorn chicken dinner from the Hungry Man brand.
After making this for my daughter (and trying a few bites of it when she wasn’t looking), I ended up a bit jealous.
I have purchased Hungry Man dinners before and, while they are definitely filling (and probably very fattening), I have found very few that offered much in terms of taste. The dinners aren’t bad. But, they really aren’t anything special either.
The jumbo popcorn chicken dinner is a rare exception to that.
First of all, when the box describes the popcorn chicken as being jumbo-sized, it isn’t lying. I usually will buy a dinner like this and discover the food inside is much smaller than what the box indicates. With this dinner, it was the exact opposite. The picture on the front makes the popcorn chicken look big. But, the chicken inside the box is even bigger.
Naturally, just because the dinner had bigger portions didn’t mean it was going to be any good. This is why, before my daughter even took her first bite, I was trying a piece of her popcorn chicken (it wasn’t as though she was going to be able to finish that by herself anyway).
I have to say I was extremely impressed by this popcorn chicken because it wasn’t like any other popcorn chicken I have ever tried. Instead, it was more like a regular piece of fried chicken; only boneless. And, unlike many other frozen dinners I’ve had, the chicken was tender and moist; not tough and dry.
I even liked the seasoning on the popcorn chicken. There was plenty of flavor without it being too peppery or spicy (another problem I’ve had with other frozen dinners).
As I suspected, the dinner ended up being too much for my daughter to finish and we ended up putting most of the popcorn in the fridge. But, I’m glad about that because now I have something for lunch. And, the next time my wife is buying frozen dinners; I’m going to insist on her picking up one of these for me.