I was surprised to find meal kits on the menu at Chick-Fil-A, but since I am a big fan of the Atlanta-based chain, I had to give them a try.
Chick-Fil-A Mealtime Kits are currently being tested in the Atlanta market, which reaches up to my Cleveland, GA location.
Chicken Enchiladas and Chicken Parmesan Mealtime Kits will be on the menu through Sept. 22. New Mealtime Kits will arrive on Sept. 24.
The Chick-fil-A Mealtime Kits are $15.89 each, and serve two people. The price is just a little more than two average meals at Chick-Fil-A, but the experience is very different.
You’re paying for the convenience of having the ingredients already bought and put together, and the experience of cooking a nice meal at home.
I chose Chicken Parmesan, and ended up adding some pasta I had in my pantry to stretch the serving size.
The Chick-Fil-A Chicken Parmesan Mealtime Kit includes two raw chicken breasts in a marinade, broccolini, grape tomatoes, partially cooked pasta, marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, yogurt, bread crumbs, cheese and a lemon.
The instructions are very easy to follow, and state that the meal should be ready in 30 minutes. I can see how that would be possible when working alone, but I had three “assistants” ages five and younger working with me. They loved it! They also doubled the prep time, but it was totally worth it for the experience of cooking with them.
My oldest, Trace, has actually been requesting a Mealtime Kit since he saw the sign promoting them! He said he was “so excited” that I got one.
We followed all the steps easily, with the exception of keeping the breading on the chicken when I fried it. I probably didn’t put enough oil in the pan. It still tasted good, regardless. You could modify the recipe to only bake the chicken, but that may affect the juiciness. I don’t know.
One thing I was wondering was if the chicken would be like a chicken breast from a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, just smothered in marinara sauce and cheese. It really wasn’t. It was appropriately seasoned for an Italian dish. Not that there’s anything wrong with that magical Original Chick-Fil-A Sandwich recipe.
I liked the addition of broccolini, which added a nice crunch. After trying it, I like it better than traditional broccoli.
One neat thing about Chick-Fil-A Mealtime Kits is that you can learn various cooking skills when you’re making them.
The meal kit counted as “cooking class” for Trace, who we are homeschooling. Skills involved included chopping and steaming vegetables, stirring the sauce, breading the chicken; frying, then baking the chicken, squeezing lemons into the sauce and taking turns with his two-year-old brother, Lane.
I did the more “dangerous” parts of the prep, but the kids were able to observe the different steps and learn safety rules.
The end result was a very filling, “fancy” meal, actually eaten by both boys.
The chicken’s breading was pretty much missing after it stuck to my “nonstick” pan, but it tasted fine without it. The chicken was still juicy and flavorful.
The addition of pasta (about 1/4 box of bucatini) made the pasta less saucy, but I did that intentionally. I really liked the lemony sauce, but I always want only a light coating on pasta, so adding the extra noodles helped.
I would definitely recommend Chick-Fil-A Mealtime Kits, especially for the experience of cooking with kids (with most of the prep done for you.)
I plan to purchase one per month for our homeschool “cooking classes.”
Chick-Fil-A Mealtime Kits also are a convenient option for moms, since you can pick them up at the drive-thru and cook them within a few days.
If there is a gap in your weekly meal plan (or you have no weekly meal plan!) they are a fun way to get a freshly-cooked supper on the table.