My wife decided to make pasta for dinner last night and ran to the store to pick up some ingredients.
When I saw she had purchased a package of Oscar Mayer Deli Style Grilled Chicken Breast, I assumed she had grabbed it for her lunch at work the next morning. As it turns out, she bought it to use in the pasta itself. And, after trying it, I’m glad she did.
I’m actually not much of a deli meat guy so, when I saw the grilled chicken breast and then saw what she was doing with it, I honestly didn’t think too much of it. I figured, at best, it would taste like something that was whipped together on the fly and wouldn’t be as good as if she would have made it either by cutting up some chicken or using canned chicken (not that foods made with canned chicken are all that great either).
However, when I tried it, I have to admit it was much better than expected. The grilled chicken offered two things I didn’t expect it to. The first was flavor. The grilled flavoring mixed perfectly with the pasta and sauce and gave it a bit of a restaurant-like quality.
I also loved the texture of this meat. When eating it, it didn’t seem like deli meat. Instead, it was more like what we would have gotten if she would have taken a leftover chicken breast and cut it into pieces. I still think I would have liked that method better. But, I did like the deli meat more than what we would have gotten if she had used canned chicken both because it seemed fresher and because it was much less plain than what you usually get from a can.
If I had any real complaints about this product it would definitely be the quantity. Now, to be fair, there wasn’t any less in this package than there would have been if we had opened some canned chicken. But, at the same time, canned chicken is considerably less in price. I’m still willing to sacrifice some quantity for the higher quality. But, I think this product fell right on that cutoff point.
Overall though, I do feel this was a product that was worth purchasing. I don’t know if it was really meant to be used the way we used it. But, after trying it, I definitely feel it is a product I would purchase again.