By: Lauren Oats (Flour Town Treats)
Social distancing and quarantine have changed many things in our everyday life. Except one. My kids still ask me “What’s for dinner”? Since we started ‘virtual learning’ now they ask immediately after they eat lunch instead of when they get home from school.
My family is no stranger to meal kits, I like to use them on weeks when I’m too busy to shop or meal plan. Kits provide a planned, organized, relatively simple way to get our family eating something other than take-out. So, imagine my surprise when I looked at my Chick-fil-A app and saw a new category: Meal Kits. This wasn’t just some delicious golden nugget platter you bring to a kid’s party; this was a Chicken Parmesan dinner with pasta. I could choose grilled, fried, or spicy chicken. How could they make Chicken even better? I had to find out, so I added a meal kit to our lunch order and was excited to see what was for dinner. You could order a meal kit in the drive-through if you aren’t using the app.
The cost of Chick-fil-A meal kits varies by location and the number of services selected (2 or 4 servings). A 2 serving meal is $14.99 and the 4 serving meal is $28.49 at the Summerville, SC location where we purchased our meal kit.
With the 2 serving meal you have 3 chicken options: original, grilled and spicy
With the 4 serving meal you have 6 chicken options: original, grilled, spicy, original/grilled combo, grilled/spicy combo, and original/spicy combo
Our meal arrived, and in addition to our lunch, there were 2 classic Chick-fil-A red and white boxes that were cold to the touch and two chicken sandwich bags with hot chicken filets inside. Wait a minute, they already cooked the chicken. One less thing for me to do. I’m already happy with this impulse purchase.
Once we got home, I was able to open the boxes and see what was included. Each box contained pasta, a white sauce packet, a red sauce packet, fresh kale, lemon, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, and a detailed, illustrated recipe card. Looking over the card, the directions were incredibly easy to follow, and the meal would take minutes to complete. I felt comfortable letting my teen take charge and make dinner. I placed the kits and chicken in the fridge and patted myself on the back, again, for making a great choice.
Dinner was as easy as 1.2.3. My teen washed and prepped the fresh ingredients, heated the chicken and prepared the sauce and pasta. Within minutes our house smelled wonderful and I was excited to try Chick-fil-A’s take on this Italian classic.
In less than 30 minutes we had dinner for 4 on the table. In less than 20 minutes all 4 plates were clean. We all agreed that we loved this new way to eat Chick-fil-A and we’d definitely have this meal again. We used 1 pan, 1 skillet, 1 spoon, 1 knife, and a cutting board. Clean up took less than 15 minutes. Next time I’ll be a little more prepared and have a salad to accompany the meal or maybe add another vegetable. If your family has big appetites or are pasta lovers, you may want to also add some additional pasta. I think there is more than enough sauce to accommodate some more spaghetti.
Before this experience, I thought meal kits were something that had to be ordered and planned in advance. Chick-fil-A brought a convenient and easy to use option to help me when my week goes from normal to crazy. The next time I find myself suddenly over-scheduled with limited time to shop, cook, and clean up I’m ordering a Chick-fil-A meal kit and telling my teens they are in charge of dinner!