My husband is a light eater. I have become a lighter eater myself in the last few years. Therefore, there are times when neither one of us is in the mood for a huge meal.
Sometimes we opt for a salad or soup. Other times we go Chinese or for a veggie sub. However, my husband is also always in the mood for rice. One of his favorites comes from Rice-A-Roni. It is called Chicken & Herb Classico. I like it too because it comes from their whole grain blends.
Chicken Herb Classico is a blend of barley, brown rice and wheat. I like that it can aslo be fixed in a low fat option.
There are 2 servings of rice in each 3.8-oz box of Chicken Herb Classico. There are 260 calories per serving; about one-third of which comes from fat.
There are 1.5 grams of fat in each serving. There are also 41 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar and 760 milligrams of sodium.
On the flip side, Chicken Herb Classico provides 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. It also offers 6% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin A; 4% of the required Iron and 2% of the needed calcium.
Ingredients include carrots, garlic, long grain brown rice, miscellaneous spices, olive oil, onions, parsley, pearlized barley, pearlized red wheat, salt, soy protein, and turmeric. It also contains autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors and tocopherous.
Chicken Herb Classico can be fixed in the microwave or on top of the stove. For stovetop cooking, mix 1 Â¼ cups of water, 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and the rice and seasoning mixtures into a large saucepan. Stir thoroughly.
Bring to a rolling boil. Then cover the pot and continue cooking on medium-low heat for roughly 25 minutes. The majority of the water should be absorbed.
Keep covered and remove the pan from heat. Let it stand until the remainder of the water is absorbed. This will generally take 3-5 minutes. Stir thoroughly and then serve alone or as a main dish.
For the microwave, choose a microwave safe bowl that is at least 2 quarts in size. Combine the rice and seasoning mixtures with 2 ¼ cups of water and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.
Microwave on high, uncovered, to about 25 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Then remove the dish from the microwave.
Remove the bowl from the microwave and cover it to seal in the heat. Let the rice stand for about 3-5 minutes or until the remainder of the water is absorbed. Then serve with a main dish or all on its own.
To cut the fat content, eliminate the use of olive oil and substitute additional water. An additional 2-3 Tbs. should be sufficient.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. When it comes to making whole grain rice dishes that are tasty, Rice-A-Roni is head and shoulders above the rest. Their Chicken & Herb Classico is easily one of the best.
Appearance: 5 stars: This rice looks every bit as good as it tastes and that is saying a lot.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Rice-A-Roni’s Chicken & Herb Classico does contain a small amount of fat and sugar. However, the real problem lies with its high content of carbohydrates and sodium. On the flip side; however, it does not contain any cholesterol and it is somewhat vitamin enriched. It’s a trade off, but not a bad one to make.
Ease: 5 stars. It is really hard to mess up Rice-A-Roni. This was my daughter’s first dish to cook, with my help of course. She was only 8 and it came out perfectly.
Green rating: 5 stars. Rice-A-Roni packaging is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. Rice-A-Roni Chicken & Herb Classico comes in a deep burgundy box with red and yellow trim. A picture of the rice is included on the front in order to whet the appetite. The Rice-A-Roni logo and a banner declaring it a Whole Grain Blend are prominently displayed. This box is easy to locate on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box isn’t that big. It measures about 6 ¼” by 3 ¾” by 1″. Because it isn’t tall or thick, it should fit well into just about any kitchen storage, be it a cabinet, cupboard, pantry or drawer.
Availability: 5 stars. Rice-A-Roni products are sold almost everywhere. That includes grocery stores and discount department stores with a food section. It is also found in some convenience stores and drug stores. Finding Rice-A-Roni products should never be difficult. On the other hand, there is no guarantee which Rice-A-Roni products those stores might opt to carry.
Price: 5 stars. The cost is small, averaging in around $1 a box or $.50 a person.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. My husband and I both love Rice-A-Roni products and the Chicken & Herb Classico version is one of our favorites. You can count on it always being in our kitchen pantry.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. This one is a winner!
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor