When it comes to buying pre-cooked chicken breast strips, the first question should not be “which pre-cooked chicken breast strips are the best?”, but why would you ever buy pre-cooked chicken breasts? Further, if there was to be a second question, it would simply state “why?”, while looking towards the imaginary camera.
You do see the problem with the phrase pre-cooked chicken breasts, right? If not, and even if you do, let me tell you what happened.
Rule #1. Do not do groceries while hungry
So, in a moment of complete insanity (I’m talking tongue wagging raving lunatic here), I bought some pre-cooked chicken breasts. Wait. Let me back up. I was coming from an extra intense gym class and I was 99% drained. That remaining 1% of brain power I put to the task of grocery shopping. That was my second mistake. My first mistake was not preparing something to eat at home before going to the gym. So what happened instead?
I fucked up. That’s what happened.
I was thinking, “Yeah, go Paleo. Go Primal. Make a salad. All you need is some tuna, or hey, maybe get some chicken”, when I saw it.
Marc Angelo Italian Style fully cooked and seasoned chicken breasts. All sliced up too! Perfect for…a grilled chicken Caesar salad, right? Wrong. So wrong.
So why was this wrong? Well, first of all, these so-called “chicken breast strips” barely tasted like chicken. They were just…rubbery and not “chicken-y”. I can’t describe it. And secondly, the seasoning was just all wrong. Maybe the rubbery texture was too much of a distraction. It’s hard to say.
Rule #2: Always remember that cooking is not as hard as it seems
And finally, do you know how easy it is to make chicken breast strips at home??? I mean, it’s just a chicken breast! What else do you need to cook a chicken breast? Some oregano? Some pepper? All purpose spice if you want to get fancy and daring?
Anyway, the folks at Marc Angelo Foods may have better products than this one. All I know is that these chicken breast strips were terrible and not as advertised as on the package. Our advice? Buy a boneless chicken breast from your local grocery store and cook it yourself.
Here’s a list of the ingredients:
Note: This is another red flag when purchasing processed foods. You can do much, much healthier when you season a chicken breast yourself. A lot of the ingredients here are part of the seasoning and flavouring and well, prepared foods such as this will always end up with more sodium than you need. This is not encouraging:
CHICKEN, WATER, SEASONING (MALTODEXTRIN, SPICES, DEHYDRATED VEGETABLES [TOMATO, GARLIC, ONION] , SUGAR, PARMESAN CHEESE [MILK] , AUTOLYSED YEAST EXTRACT, HERB, CITRIC ACID, VEGETABLE OIL [SOYA] , FLAVOUR [MILK] , SILICON DIOXIDE [MFG AID] ), POTASSIUM LACTATE, CANOLA OIL, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM DIACETATE.