When I have time, I love to cook from scratch. Unfortunately, time is usually a factor, which means I often have to take shortcuts.
When it comes to boxed meals, I have found that Romano’s Macaroni Grill makes some of the best options available today. While their Chicken Marsala may not be as good as mine, made from scratch, it is a close second.
From their Restaurant Favorites line, Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chicken Marsala with Linguine includes the pasta noodles, Marsala sauce and seasoning, seasoned flour and cooking wine. All you have to provide is the chicken. I recommend using chicken tenderloins, however chicken breast will also work well.
Either way, you will need about one pound of chicken. Additionally, you will need 5 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. of butter and ¾ cup of hot water. If you want to jazz up your recipe a bit, try adding mushrooms or shallots into the mix.
Cooking Macaroni Grill’s Chicken Marsala with Linguine couldn’t be simpler. It takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish.
If you are using chicken breast rather than tenders, you will want to cut the breast into strips about 1″ in diameter. That way, they will cook quickly.
Start by getting the water for the pasta ready to go. It will require a large saucepan filled a little over halfway. Bring the water to a boil. Put about 1-2 Tbsp. of olive toil into the water, along with a touch of salt (optional; and not recommended for salt free diets).
After the water comes to a rumbling boil, stir in the linguine. Continue to boil about 8-12 minutes. Eight minutes will give you al dente pasta while 12 will make it much softer.
Next, heat a skillet containing 3 Tbsp. of olive oil. In the meantime, coat your chicken with the seasoned flour.
Once the oil is heated, brown the chicken to a golden brown color (about five minutes each side). Then remove the chicken from the pan temporarily.
Into the skillet add the cooking wine and stir together thoroughly with the pan drippings. Add in the seasoning mix and stir again.
Put the chicken back into the pan. Now cook the dish on medium low heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is completely done. Add in the butter and stir once more until the mixture is thick and sauce-like.
Drain pasta and plate. Serve the chicken and sauce on top. Voila, you have a gourmet meal!
Let’s talk nutrition. The 10.1-oz package of Macaroni Grill’s Chicken Marsala with Linguine serves 4-5 people.
There are 300 calories in each serving of Macaroni Grill’s Chicken Marsala with Linguine. Of that amount, 120 calories are fat-related.
There is only 1 gram of fat in this meal. However, there are 30 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of sugar and 350 milligrams of salt.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chicken Marsala with Linguine also provides 4 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. In addition, it offers 50% of the daily-recommended amount of niacin; 20% of the required thiamin and 15% of the needed folic acid. It also provides 10% of the daily-recommended amount of iron and riboflavin and 2% of the required vitamin A and calcium.
Ingredients include bitter sweet cream, chicken broth, chives, cornstarch, corn syrup, cream of tartar, dextrose, egg yolk, enriched flour, hydrolyzed vegetable protein soy, Marsala wine, miscellaneous spices, modified cornstarch, molasses, nonfat milk, onion powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, roasted garlic, rosemary, salt, sherry, sunflower seed oil, wheat flour and yeast extract. It also includes arabac. artificial color and flavor, ascorbyl palmitate, disodium guanlyate, disodium insonate, disodium phosphate, ferrous sulfate, folic acid, maltodextrin monosodium glutamate, potassium sorbate, tocpherol, and xanthum gum.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. It is, after all, a boxed meal. That means it isn’t quite as flavorful as it might be when you choose all fresh ingredients. However, as boxed meals go, this is one of the best.
Freshness: 4 stars. Since the meal’s ingredients are dehydrated that negates some of the freshness. However, that is not as noticeable in taste as it is in practice.
Nutrition: 4stars. This meal is high in carbs so people watching their intake of carbohydrates may wish to make another choice. However, over all, Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chicken Marsala with Linguine isn’t that bad of a choice.
Reputation: 5 stars. Macaroni Grill Restaurants are popular because they cater to tradition and family. It is, therefore, a treat to have one of their meals that you can cook for your family.
Packaging: 5 stars. Macaroni Grill’s packaging is white and gold in color with red, green and black accents. A picture of the finished meal is displayed on the front of the box, which whets your appetite to say the least. The packaging is attractive although a bit too generic, making it difficult to locate on store shelves.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box is somewhat large at 7 Â½” in height by 6″ in width and 1 Â¾” in depth. It could prove a tough fit for some older kitchen cabinets. On the other hand, it should fit fine in today’s kitchen pantries.
Availability: 3 stars. I found this meal by accident and then I couldn’t remember where I found it. Recently; however, the commissary began carrying it. It is also available online.
Price: 4 stars. I bought the meal for a little more than $2. I consider that a real bargain.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. We like it. I would definitely purchase it again.
Final rating: 4.4 stars.
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