When I was a kid, I was introduced to Hamburger Helper by my Aunty P, who was visiting my grandma from Honolulu and was used to cooking stuff like this to feed her three boys. She cooked the Lasagna box (on sale right now on Amazon AND eligible for SS shipping) and added a few slices of cheese on top. Since lasagna was Garfield’s favorite food and he was my favorite character, I was instantly sold.
For that reason, I’ve been making and serving Hamburger Helper to my own family for years, especially since Mr. Pikko loves the stuff too. I think it’s the only thing he actually knows how to cook, though he doesn’t actually do any cooking with me around. The weird thing is, I don’t think his mom has ever made it. Such things are beneath such a great home cook as her.
But not me! Haha! I’m all about fast and easy and good and that’s just what these boxes are. For that reason, I was more than willing to try this new box of Whole Grain Chicken Helper: Lemon & Herb Chicken. I bought a tray of chicken breasts, which isn’t as cheap as hamburger, but whatever. The instructions said to cut up the breasts into about 5 pieces, which tells me that either their test kitchen uses really small-breasted chickens or I just did it wrong. I ended up cutting the pieces into 1 inch or so cubes, as it looked like that in the front picture.
After that, you’re to mix the chicken pieces up with the seasoning packet (there are two packets, so don’t mix them up) and then heat up some butter in a skillet.
At this point, the chicken smelled heavenly and I was pretty confident that this was going to be another winner. You cook the chicken until it’s golden brown on each side, then add the noodles and cook as you usually do with other Helpers.
This Helper comes with another packet of “Glaze”, which you’re to sprinkle on after the noodles are done cooking and then let it simmer.
Glaze is right. It looked pretty gross, actually. I plated it and snapped a photo with some edamame.
Looks great, all set to eat!
It tasted like ass.
I am so not kidding. What smelled heavenly 15 minutes previously ended up tasting like a disgustingly wrong mixture of sweet lemon and tasty herb with soggy noodles. It was like taking some Italian seasoned chicken dish and dousing it in leftover Lemon Chicken sauce from your Chinese takeout box. I forced myself to eat it and made everyone else endure it as well because I refused to let the chicken go to waste and cook something else.
We didn’t save the leftovers. It’s possible this thing would taste okay if you left the glaze off and if you already have a box of this, PLEASE DON’T ADD IT. I hated it so much that I’m not going to try it again by buying another box. If you can do it, please let me know how it tasted and if you want, just add a little touch of the glaze to a piece of chicken so you can taste the horror that I experienced.
My favorite Helper products on Amazon:
- Hamburger Helper, Beef Pasta, 5.6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
- Hamburger Helper, Lasagna, 6.4-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
- Betty Crocker Tuna Helper, Classic Tuna Melt, 6.4-Ounce (Pack of 6 )
- Tuna Helper Creamy Pasta, 5.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)