Nov 21, 2014

Frozen Friday: Chili's - Island Chicken & Rice

Chili's Island Chicken & Rice frozen meal features roasted white meat chicken in a jerk sauce with rice mixed with pineapples, Southwest-style vegetables, and black beans.

A 10-ounce box was $2 on sale.

This basically takes the same rice, beans, and vegetable base as Chili's Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl and adds pineapples, chicken, and jerk sauce to it. The vegetables consists of red bell peppers and poblano chili peppers.

The chicken comes in pretty good sized chunks and are decently tender and flavorful. There's just a bit of browning to them to look nice.

The jerk sauce is a sweet and sour type of sauce that leans more towards the sweet portion. There's a fruity tang to it as well as a little bit of spicy heat.

The vegetables and beans lend a subtle flavor and some texture but it's mostly the jerk sauce show. The pineapples are mostly sweet which serves to accentuate the sauce.

Overall, Chili's Island Chicken & Rice is good if you prefer the moderate mix of sweet, sour, and savory indicative of a generalized "island" cuisine. It's not something I typically seek out but it's prepared pretty well.

Nutritional Info - Chili's Island Chicken & Rice
Serving Size - 1 package (284g)
Calories - 370 (from Fat - 45)
Fat - 5g (Saturated Fat - .5g)
Sodium - 620mg
Carbs - 63g (Sugar - 18g)
Protein - 16g

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