Saturday, December 22, 2012

The New Mother's Friend: Perdue Oven Ready Chicken

The reason I say these are "The New Mother's Friend" is that I am getting close to delivering baby number 3, and after trying out this product, I plan to add some to our freezer for quick and easy meals after she arrives.

The Product
Recently I received a coupon for a free Perdue's Oven Ready Chicken.  They are pre-seasoned and come in a cooking bag for an easy dinner.  I actually ended up trying the package of 2 Cornish Hens, since the first store didn't carry any Oven Ready products (the guy in the meat department said they did, but didn't have any at the time) and that was the only product the second store carried.

The prep work was so easy, because there is no prep work involved!  I literally opened the bag, removed the Cornish Hens, which were in their own separate bags and put them in a baking dish.  The individual bags already had all the seasonings, and I just had to cut a 1-inch slit to help the bags vent during the cooking process.  For these, I only had to cook on 375 for about an hour since they were not frozen.

The Result
The kitchen smelled sooo good while it was cooking!  The skin browned up much more than I expected, although it did stick to the bag slightly.  The husband immediately commented on how the meat just fell off the bone.  It wasn't infused with flavor, but it wasn't bland or dry.  The excess juices can be used for a gravy, and there's a recipe is on the bag if you need one.

I'm feeding two adults and two children (3 and 6) and one hen was enough for dinner.  I had a little leftover, so that and the second hen made our favorite "leftover chicken" casserole dish the next night!  Bonus!

Clean-up was easy, because even though my bags leaked a little when I opened them, the juices weren't "baked" onto the dish, which means it washed out very easily with no soaking required.

The Recommendation
On sale and with a coupon, these would be a great deal, especially for busy households!  They are certainly convenient.  They are grab-and-go, since there's no dealing with raw chicken or perfecting the seasonings, and they can even be cooked from frozen.  This is great if I forget about dinner or get home later than expected.  The only real work is whatever side dishes I'm preparing with it.  I'll be keeping Perdue Oven Ready products in mind for after the baby is born or other busy seasons of our life.

Disclaimer:  I am a member of Bzz Agent (a word of mouth marketing program) and received a coupon for a free Perdue Oven Ready Product.  I am not required to give a positive opinion; all opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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