First off, take a look at this yummy Italian Herb chicken with mashed potatoes:
Isn’t it beautiful? Doesn’t it look absolutely delightful? At this point you’d probably expect me to be saying that it was all made from scratch, was cheap and easy and you can do it too. Well, I’ll be saying all but one of those things. I did not, in fact, make this from scratch. Nope. It came out of a box, minus the chicken.
I was strolling through the grocery store one day and was thinking of ways I can make quick, cheap dinners for two. And I found this, Hungry Jack Perfect Pairings.
So basically, this is a pre-packaged box of Italian seasoning and instant mashed potatoes. All you do is rub the seasoning on some thawed chicken breasts (it’s supposed to be enough to feed 4), pop that in the oven & boil water for the potatoes. Literally the only other thing you need to purchase for this is chicken.
The chicken turned out fantastic, the seasoning blend was on point. The mashed potatoes…well what can you expect for instant potatoes. So while I would recommend this for someone like me, who is trying to watch money and do something quick (I don’t think this box cost more than $10), I would also say that you could probably do it for cheaper by buying a bottle of italian seasoning to use over and over on meats. And definitely, definitely would do potatoes from scratch.
But, considering how easy this was to toss together, it would be a great buy for someone short on time and cooking skills. It would be ridiculously hard to mess this up.
What do you guys think? Have you ever tried the Hungry Jack Perfect Pairings? Do you have a “box dinner” that you like to fall back on for busy nights? Let me know in the comments below!