Meal kits are all the rage these days, but Chick-fil-A is the first fast-food restaurant chain to test its own branded line of meal kits.
So, are they any good?
We tried one of Chick-fil-A’s meal kits and here’s what we found…
Beginning in late August, Chick-fil-A began testing five flavors of Mealtime Kits at about 150 restaurants across its native Atlanta:
- Chicken Parmesan
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Chicken Flatbread
- Crispy Dijon Chicken
- Pan Roasted Chicken
If you’re a big Chick-fil-A fan, these meal kits give you a chance to try an item that’s not regularly on the menu. And you can even eat it on a Sunday, when the restaurant is normally closed!
Before we get to the taste test, don’t despair if you live outside the limited initial test area.
Chick-fil-A says its actively looking for its next test market and it could be yours — if enough people from your area speak up.
Our taste test of a Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Flatbread Mealtime Kit
Like all meal kits, Chick-fil-A’s entry into the market aims to simplify mealtime.
You get a pre-prepped assortment of food with the promise that you can cook and assemble it into a tasty finished product in 30 minutes or less.
The cost is reasonable — $15.89 — and the Mealtime Kit is made to serve two people, though you could easily stretch it to feed three or four people.
Best of all, there’s no need to pay another monthly subscription, which is a business model favored by the leading meal-kit companies.
With Chick-fil-A’s product, you can just go through the drive-through or into a participating restaurant and pick up a Mealtime Kit anytime you like.
We tried the Chicken Flatbread recipe. Here’s what we found when we opened the box:
The ingredients were pretty basic; two pieces of marinated chicken breast, about 8 ounces of shredded pimento cheese blend, two pieces of flatbread, a little bag of crumbled bacon and two toppings — a spicy pepper relish and Chick-fil-A Ranch Dressing.
First thing to do was cook up the chicken, which took about five minutes on each side.
With the chicken cooked, it was time to assemble the meal for baking in the oven to melt the cheese.
I cut the chicken up and arranged it on the flatbread. Meanwhile, my children were more than capable of opening the cheese and the bacon and sprinkling it all around.
After 10 to 12 minutes in the oven — which was preheating to 425 degrees — we pulled out the finished product:
The kids loved it and it was fairly quick and easy meal. Even my picky eater ate it! And both children were excited to help dad make the dish — always a plus!
Think Chick-fil-A’s Mealtime Kits might appeal to your family? Better act fast — the Atlanta-area test of the kits wraps up November 17.
After that, the kits are expected to debut in another market TBD for further testing ahead of a possible national rollout.
On the face of it, I’m probably the target audience for this meal kit: A busy single parent who wrestles everyday with getting dinner on the table for two children.
But the price point, which while not outrageous, is an issue for me.
For $15, I can get in and out of Chipotle with three “Chicken 3-pointer burritos” ($4.95 x 3) and three cups of water (free) without having to do any kitchen work, any clean-up or any waiting for a half-hour.
Still, I can see this being a value for other consumers. And it’s certainly tasty!