Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Were you able to rest or did you find yourself running from one task to the next? Last week we bought two Tyson Dinner Kits–Roasted Garlic Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta and Chicken, and Teriyaki Chicken and Rice–that I was really excited to try out. Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed and, quite frankly, disappointed in both of the kits. As I want to help save others from this very disappointment. Here are the ups and downs of the two Tyson Dinner Kits we bought.
Roasted Garlic Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta and Chicken
So first of all, both me and the hubby thought this was for the Instant Pot. It’s the whole reason we picked it up. It wasn’t until I got home and was about to cook it that I realized it was Oven Only. I mean, it was sitting with the Instant Pot kits! So that was the first disappointment. I almost chose to make the other kit instead, but it only took 30 minutes to cook, so I went ahead.
~ Ingredients come in separated packages, though the sauces are already mixed
~ You can use the tray it comes in for the oven or you can layer the ingredients in a glass dish. I chose the glass dish.
~ Easy to layer
~ Easy to follow instructions
~ Ready in 30-35 minutes
~ Not for the Instant Pot.
~ The Roasted Garlic Chicken wasn’t that easy to spread
~ The Chicken came in large chunks that had to be separated. Not a big deal of course but even after separating them, any chunks that were close to each other squished back together as it cooked.
~ The packaging was a little flimsy. At some point between grabbing it off the shelf and then being put in the fridge, the inner package for the Roasted Garlic Chicken burst at part of the sealed seam, allowing the sauce to get all over the other packages. Thankfully it didn’t all leak out and there was enough to still cook with.
~ The finished dish was WAY too salty, even for my husband. Pretty much the only taste was salt.
This kit had so much potential, especially since I love a good Chicken Alfredo, and it just fell short. The lack of effort really came out in the finished product. I think we each had one serving of this and then tossed the rest. It just was not good. I’m sure it’s no surprise, but we will not be buying the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta and Chicken kit from Tyson again.
Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
Round Two. This kit actually was for Instant Pot, but it also came with Oven Instructions. After the underwhelming performance of the first kit a few days earlier, I was crossing my fingers that this one would be a winner.
~ For the Instant Pot
~ Ingredients came in separate, easy packaging.
~ None of the packages burst open before I could make it!
~ Easy to follow Instructions
~ Cooks in 20 Minutes
~ Almost Rudimentary Ingredients. The packaging shows ingredients in the •final dish• that were not included in the actual product.
~ Once cooked, the combination looked bland and was almost too sticky to properly stir it.
~ I had to make add-ins for the otherwise bland dish. Luckily I had stir fry vegetables in the freezer
~ The Teriyaki sauce was underwhelming. Most of the flavor for the dish came from the sauce I added to the vegetables.
‘Sticky Mess’ are honestly the two words that come to my mind for this dish. I’m glad I had extra vegetables to add in and wish the package had included some. The more I think about it, the more I think this kit has to be a base and not expected to be a full dish. Right? Right?! After following the instructions to a T (because I do that with new recipes) the Teriyaki Chicken and Rice looked, well, unappetizing. We didn’t throw the rest out, but we haven’t touched the leftovers, either. So I guess, if you’re looking for a good base for an asian dish, this might be it. Otherwise, don’t waste the time and money.
Despite the disappointment, and lack of taste, in these two Tyson Kits, a part of me is still glad I bought them if only for the information they provided. Now I have guidelines if I want to make my own from scratch. Well, at least I do for the Teriyaki Chicken and Rice. Unfortunately, the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta and Chicken left a bad taste in my mouth and my mind.
I hope this review helped, and maybe saved you some money.
Have you tried Dinner Kits before? What are some of your favorites?