Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The Gourmet Critic
I was brainstorming ideas to use to make my blogsite more interesting last night – basically I was running out of stories to bore you with. Then, as I was making Chicken Helper, I realized I had the answer in front of me all along. Every now and then, when I try to make/eat something that I have never made/ate before, I can share my experiences, thoughts, and opinions with you (aren’t you lucky?).
Last night was a perfect situation – I have long been a fan of Hamburger Helper and the many delectable options that the brand offers, from the delightfully creamy cheeseburger macaroni, to the succulent beef pasta – Hamburger Helper is affordable, quick, easy, and delicious. However, my wife and I have never delved into the Chicken Helper side of this Betty Crocker mainstay, and since we were curious (and since we haven’t gone grocery shopping in about a month), we decided we would give this one a try.
The actual flavor of choice that we had in our cupboard was Chicken Teriyaki, and we were hoping this concoction/recipe would make Asians around the world proud. I promise I won’t bore you with the details involved in the preparation, other than one needs a pound of chicken breast cut into one-inch pieces, a tablespoon of margarine, and 2 1/3 cups of hot water. The package provides the rice, the Teriyaki-style cooking mixture, and the topping.
Even though I ate my entire allotment of the “bounty,” I must say that Chicken Helper does not live up to the legend of Hamburger Helper. I’m not sure if I prefer the taste and texture of the ground beef/turkey that is normally used with Hamburger Helper products, or if it was the ridiculously poor quality of the rice that was used. Maybe it was the laughably low count of peas used in the Teriyaki seasoning (I counted 3). Whatever the reasons were, I suggest to all to stay with what works – and that, my friends, is Hamburger Helper, and avoid Chicken Helper at all costs (as an aside, I am willing to try Pork Helper or Seafood Helper, for the sake of you – the reader, if Betty Crocker has the balls to release these to the general public).