With these inspired sauces and 15 minutes to spare, you've got a flavorful dinner for two...and then some
I was hopeful when I received the skillet sauces since it seemed like it would make cooking a whole lot easier than putting together spices, rubbing the chicken with them, and then cooking them. This seemed like it would take a lot of time out of my cooking routine so I was excited to try them. My boyfriend and I had another couple over so I thought I would try it. We gave them both options and they picked the toasted sesame unfortunately (I absolutely had the taste and smell of sesame) but since they were the guests I figured it was up to them. I followed the directions which were really easy since you just cook the chicken partially and then add the sauce. I made some rice to go with the dish, cut the chicken into easy to eat pieces, cooked, and then threw in the sauce. It didn't smell as bad as I was expected, which made me hopeful. Though once we tried it, the dish was extremely bland and difficult to eat. Sadly nobody finished their dish and we ended up making something else. I tried the chicken marsala with my boyfriend on another day with some pasta and it also was not very good. I also thought they shouldn't have added the mushrooms into the sauce since most people do not like mushrooms (both my boyfriend and I had to pick them out). The flavor wasn't terrible, but I definitely would not purchase it again. The flavor was kind of off and also wasn't very strong (not garlic-y enough) and we ended up adding a bunch of salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning to help it out. Overall, I wasn't very impressed with the Cambell's Skillet Sauces and most likely would not buy them again. However, there are most likely people who don't have any time to cook and want something that is close to home cooked who may like these. However, I think they need to have much better flavors that are stronger and more flavorful and leave out things like mushrooms which everyone may not like.
I simply do not have enough words to describe how amazing this product tasted... and how many people I raved about how delicious it tasted and how simple it was to make. Something that I would like to know before getting the product of which i gave helpful suggestions to friends of what to get with their skillet sauce was what kind of pasta to pair it with. We ended up getting parmesan garlic noodles that went amazing with the chicken. The night that I went to go make my chicken i had bought more than a pound of chicken and realized that the instructions called for a pound... Just so you know it covers a lot more than a pound of chicken... So i had decided to make both the toasted sesame that night and the chicken marsaala. The smell in the kitchen was divine and we were all excited to try supper... Well almost...someone in the household doesnt like mushrooms but were very excited to try the other one.... I made the chicken the way the instructions said to do (which I'm now cooking my chicken that way because it made it so moist and yummy) and started working on the pasta and also we had a salad with our meal. Once it was time to put the sauce on the chicken that was so simple and easy to do. And then it was supper time... The chicken smelt and looked as if we had gone to an expensive restaurant and instead we made it at home. The taste was divine and kept the chicken so tender. We absolutely loved the toasted sesame and I loved teh chicken marsala...of which i had left overs the next day... and that sometimes is your true test of how a product is... I would almost say the chicken marsala on top of the pasta the next day reheated was even better than the night before. All in all this was an amazing product and we shared the news to everyone we knew. Also bought some to cook for my family.
I tried the Campbell's Skill Sauce for dinner twice. Both times I used the Marsala flavor. The first dinner consisted of chicken breast, quinoa and kale salad. The directions on the easy-to-read packet were nearly spot on. My chicken breast was thick, so I browned the chicken for an extra six minutes before adding the sauce to simmer. The chicken came out wonderfully! It tasted great, and the Skillet Sauce complemented the dish. The sauce was not too salty and contained actual pieces of mushroom. I wish there was more sauce in the bag, but it was still adequate. The second meal consisted of pork chops this time, with the same sauce. I received the same results and my significant other loved the sauce with the pork more. I plan to buy Skillet Sauces in the future. Mmmm, mmmm good.
I received 2 Campbell’s Skillet Sauces- Chicken Marsala and Toasted Sesame. I decided to make the Chicken Marsala first because we’ve had that dish numerous times from restaurants and I wanted to compare! First off, let me just say I didn’t realize how easy this was to make! We keep chicken breasts frozen in our freezer after trimming/pounding them about a 1/2 inch thin. Then, all we do is thaw for about 20 minutes, and <poof> ready to go! From start to finish, I think this dish took 10 minutes! A healthy portion of protein in less than 10 minutes? Sign me up. Let’s get started! Chicken Marsala. I won’t lie, I’m a sniffer. You betcha that I sniffed that pouch after opening to make sure it smelled as good as the picture on the front looked. So far, so good, because what I smelled instantly made my mouth water! Upon looking in the pouch, I saw good sized mushroom slices...even better! I began sautéing the chicken breasts in some coconut oil, seasoned with garlic salt and pepper (garlic fanatics here, it goes on pretty much everything!) and cooked each side for 4 minutes. The chicken had a nice sear on it, and I added the sauce. Okay, do you remember that part where I said the sauce smelled good and how I said I was a sniffer? Well, I’m also a taster while cooking. I poured the sauce into the sizzling pan and let some “accidentally” fall onto my finger while pouring and licked it (classy, I know). WOW! Even without seasoning, this sauce was great and packed with flavor! The consistency and texture of the sauce was perfect (I’m a texture kind of girl), and it immediately began to bubble happily along with my chicken. I let that go for 2 minutes...remember I said it took 10 minutes? I can not tell a lie! I paired the chicken and Campbell’s Skillet Marsala Sauce with a roasted red pepper risotto and cut green beans (frozen, but who’s judging?) and dug in! The sauce had thickened slightly and clung to the meat which I love because I like sauce with every bite of chicken I take! The mushrooms were tender but meaty due to their nice size. The marsala sauce had the PERFECT amount of garlic to it. It was just enough to say "hello, I’m here," but not enough to knock over your palate! My husband loved it, and my 2 1/2 year old who is going through the “I only eat yogurt and applesauce” phase actually ate half a chicken breast dunked in the sauce! If that doesn’t convince you, what will? We also received the Toasted Sesame Sauce. I did what every other BzzAgent probably did...I made a helluva stir-fry! I cut small pieces of boneless skinless chicken breasts, and chopped carrots, broccoli, celery, onions, red pepper, and bean sprouts, and water chestnuts. MASSIVE STIR-FRY ALERT! Because the Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce had ginger and garlic in it, I added garlic to the chicken while sautéing it. Garlic fiend here. I put the chicken aside, then dumped all the veggies in, and once they were done, added the chicken back to the pan, and poured the Toasted Sesame sauce over it. I only left it to cook for a few minutes to warm the sauce so as not to mush up my crispy stir-fry. Start to finish (minus prep of cutting), was 13 minutes. While the sauce was warming up, I boiled some minute brown rice, and ta dah! All done, time to eat! This sauce is GREAT! I really liked that they paired ginger and garlic because those 2 together in an asian dish are pure heaven. Really. My husband is not a ginger person, and he loved the stir-fry! So much so, that I didn’t even get a pic of the yummy bowl of food! Glad I caught one of the Marsala Sauce! Now, because I’m a texture girl, I want to let everyone know that this was the perfect consistency! I despise when I get a stir-fry that has sauce the consistency of broth and runs all over the plate! This sauce was slightly thicker, and clung perfectly to the chicken and vegetables without soaking my rice and plate. I LOVED when I would get a piece of broccoli and the sauce was all nestled into the head portion. Pop it in your mouth and HUGE BURST OF FLAVOR! I went back to the pan and picked every piece of broccoli out just for that purpose! Overall, these sauces are a winner in our home. If getting dinner to the table quickly is a goal of yours, Campbell’s Skillet Sauces make it achievable. You need 3 ingredients for a “basic” meal with these sauces: a protein, oil to saute in, and the pouch of skillet sauce. It doesn’t get easier than that. Boil/steam/nuke some veggies, add a carb of choice, and you’re set to go in WAY under a half hour! Take the extra 15 minutes you have and put your feet up! After all, if you cooked it, you earned it!
We tried two different flavors before writing this review. When I say 'we' of course both I and my husband were going to try out these dishes and see what each of use thought. I am a very picky person, so I wanted to give them a real shot. I went and used a coupon to get the scampi flavor, we received sesame ginger and marsala in the mail. And now to the reviews: Scampi - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don't do it. Don't waste your time & money, don't try it. Yuck! Both my husband and I were able to finish our plate, but threw away the leftovers. We did not want that dinner to repeat itself. Thank goodness I made 2 sides, I usually only make one. The side dishes were the lifesavers of the meal. We used it with chicken, possibly the shrimp would be worth it, but we just felt that the dish had an 'off' flavor. Sesame Ginger - My husband MUCH preferred this flavor, in fact....we even saved the lefotvers for him to have the next day for lunch. His exact words weren't that he loved it, but that "I would have this one again" All in all I wasn't that impressed. I don't feel that it cut down on cooktime that much from what I normally do. Though I am sure for some people who usually do not do any sauces, this might be a good base to start with.
I received samples of the Toasted Sesame and the Marsala flavors in my BzzKit. My husband and I are both huge fans of Asian cuisine, so of course we had to try the Toasted Sesame first. The package recommends using it with chicken, but I had salmon on hand and thought that would go perfectly. The directions for the sauce are very simple to follow- just brown/cook the meat you're using, then add the sauce and bring to a boil so it thickens. I served the salmon over a bed of pasta along with some veggies on the side. From the very first bite, I was blown away! Not only was the sauce flavorful and rich, it tasted like I spent much longer cooking dinner than the 15-20 minutes that I did! The salmon was the perfect compliment to the sweet tanginess of the sauce, though I'm sure chicken would be good as well. I did find myself wishing there was more of the sauce, but just because I wanted some more to drizzle over the leftover pasta! I was so impressed with the Toasted Sesame flavor, the next week I used one of the coupons to purchase another packet of it, and this time used it with ocean perch served over rice. Again, delicious! All in all, I am very impressed and will certainly be keeping these on hand to help me prepare quick weeknight meals.
I was excited to try the skillet sauces when I received the campaign, but I was a bit disappointed in the flavors included in my kit. I hate mushrooms, so I gave the mushroom flavor to my fellow Bzz Agent Ron, which he reviewed (and loved). I decided to look around at Kroger for another flavor, but honestly, none were quite what I was looking for so I settled for the Toasted Sesame flavor included in my kit. I generally associate sesame and ginger with Asian food, and I am not usually a fan of sweet sauces. I decided to be optimistic and give it a try though. I defrosted a little more than a pound of boneless chicken tenderloins, and I cooked a bag of Knorr's Chicken and Broccoli rice to accompany the skillet dish. I added a bit of garlic power, pepper, and oregano to the chicken while browning it. The overall process was very simple, and the chicken dish was prepared within the promised 15-minutes. It smelled so delicious, I had to try a piece of the marinated chicken right out of the skillet! My boyfriend immediately asked what I was doing upon his arrival home, because the smell drifted through the entire apartment =) The chicken with the sauce alone was delicious. The sauce was the perfect consistency, and it was not overly sweet. I was worried it may taste too "seedy" but it was perfect. My boyfriend complained that it didn't have much flavor because he expected more garlic, and I agree that it didn't have much of the garlic. I expected it to be more of an Asian-inspired sauce, though, so I wasn't expecting a ton of garlic. The chicken and sauce went great with the rice I cooked, and I shared some with my parents as well, for whom I will support a Bzz Report soon. Overall, the Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce exceeded my expectations and it made for a quick, easy, tasty dinner. And with the rice included, it only took less than 30 minutes of my time! You can't beat that for the taste and price. My only advice is that Campbell's widens the variety a bit to include less exotic flavors that boring folks such as myself would be comfortable throwing down money for =)Thank you for the opportunity to try this product, BzzAgent!
I was very excited to have received Campbell's Skillet Sauces in the mail from BzzAgent to try out for free. I decided to try the Toasted Sesame with Garlic and Ginger first. I started boiling angel pasta in a pot and started to cook the chicken in a separate pan. After the chicken was almost fully cooked, I added the sauce and let it simmer with the chicken. I then drained the noodles, put them on a plate and added the chicken with the sauce on top. My first bite - I don't know how to say this without sounding completely rude, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I asked my husband to take a bite and his reaction was the same. The Toasted Sesame flavor seems to be a flavor that is not for everyone. It is an acquired taste that we did not acquire. Although we did not like the flavor, I brought leftovers to my father in-law for lunch who ended up liking the dish.
I love that the sauce was so easy to use. Just chop up some chicken, brown it and add the sauce. I made dinner tonight with the Ginger/Sesame Sauce and it smells/looks great. I shook about a tsp of sesame seeds after everything was assembled and it looked great. Imagine my disappointment when I took a bite and it was extremely muted (read: bland). Now admittedly, I like a lot of kick and spice with my food so maybe it'd be the right speed for someone else. The other flavor I recieved in my Bzzkit was Marsala Mushroom which neither my husband nor myself likes mushroom. All in all- it was an efficent dinner but not something I'd look forward to.
I tried both the Marsala and the Toasted Sesame Campbell's Skillet sauces. In the top picture, you can see the Toasted Sesame chicken over some Ramen noodles; in the bottom picture is the Marsala chicken over linguine. Both sauces had decent flavor; I found the Toasted Sesame one to be a bit bland and added some salt and chopped green onions on top; I put Parmesan cheese and cilantro on the Marsala dish to brighten it up. Both sauces were very easy to cook. The directions are very simple: brown the chicken, put the sauce in, boil and then simmer covered until the chicken is cooked. I found that the first time I tried these sauces, I used whole chicken breasts and it took WAY longer than the package indicated for them to cook, so the second time I chopped the breasts into small strips, and that was much quicker. The one big problem that I had with these sauces was the greasy texture. The sauce separated in the pan, even though the heat was low when I put it in, and left a greasy feeling on my lips. It was kind of gross, to be honest. The Marsala was very very greasy, and even while it was cooking I could tell from looking in the pan that the texture was going to be unappealing. The Toasted Sesame sauce was less greasy, but still a bit unpleasant unless it was piping hot. I'm not sure that this product is something that I would buy again. It's not that much more difficult or time consuming to cook chicken and make some sauces yourself if you want, and that way you can adjust the salt and have a better texture. I guess if you feel uncomfortable in the kitchen or like prepackaged meals like this you might enjoy this product, but I didn't feel like it saved enough time for me vs. cooking from scratch that I was willing to overlook the bland flavor and greasy texture of the product.
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