I’m starting to bring food with me to work and stop going out to lunch. I can’t afford to eat out all the time – either financially or healthy-wise. I’ve had a number of frozen meals I’ve liked over the years, and some have changed – and even the companies that make the food have changed their MO. Today, I tried Healthy Choice “Top Chef” – Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms. This is a mixed bag. On a scale of 1-5, I give it 3 stars. This is supposed to be a ‘healthy’ choice – right? You have to read the ingredients to know that the “chicken” only contains chicken, but is not actually “just chicken.” No – I’m not kidding.

My hat is off to the culinary engineers that were able to put these ingredients into something that looks like actual chicken – right down to the fiber-like strands… but dear, sweet engineers – it tastes FAKE. Why? Because it is! Just like fake crab meat – it’s an innovative leap in food – but at least fake crab meat is tasty!

The chicken contains:

  • Chicken tenderloin
  • water
  • olive oil
  • 2% or less of isolated soy protein
  • 2% or less of modified potato starch
  • 2% or less of corn starch
  • 2% or less of carrageenan (WTF IS THAT?!)
  • 2% or less of soy lecithin

This, my friends, is NOT real chicken. It LOOKS like chicken breast – on the package and in real life – but no chicken’s breast was sacrificed for this meal. No – only the tenderloin – which is a tender cut of meat located UNDER the breast. SO – this is how you cut costs at Healthy Choice? BLEH! It tastes artificial – that’s why I had to read the ingredients. I would gladly pay more for actual chicken. This crap makes me angry.

Shame on you, Healthy Choice! This is a bait and switch. I scanned the ingredients before purchasing – as I always do, to make sure sucralose was not hiding in the ingredients anywhere. Now, I’ll actually read the meat content. I bet no CEO of the company has their kids eat this crap.

On the flip side, the sauce was adequate, the onions, asparagus, & bell peppers were good – and the scant amount of mushrooms were AWESOME. I am praising God that Healthy Choice has not figured out a way to make artificial mushrooms (yet). Bastards.