Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken Review

Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken

When we noticed that the Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken was moved to the Favorites line with a “New and Improved” stamp on the box, we knew right away that we needed to try it out. Then we realized that we’d never actually reviewed the old version (we did review Stouffer’s take on this same dish, so you can see how we’d be a little confused here).

So when we got started on this, we thought we were going to be doing a re-review; it turns out we’re actually doing a fresh review for something we’d never tried before. Now let’s dig into the Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken and see what it’s all about!

First off, we must cook this, and the cooking instructions are pretty much what you’d expect from Lean Cuisine. Pop it in the microwave for three minutes, give it a good stirring, then pop it back in for two more minutes. This is about as easy as it gets. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the box, check out the package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken

As you can see in the image above, this meal is divided into two sections. On one side, you have chicken, stuffing, and gravy, while on the other you have a scoop of mashed potatoes.

Let’s start with the potatoes. These are actually surprisingly decent. We’ve had enough frozen meals with gravelly, fake-tasting potatoes that it’s just what we expect from any frozen meal. However, these potatoes have a slightly creamy consistency and a great, buttery flavor. There are even little chunks of potato skin in the mix, which we really enjoy.

The chicken is pretty good as well. It’s a white meat, so we weren’t expecting a ton of flavor here, but this actually has a grilled taste to it that’s really lovely. On top of that, the chicken comes soaked in a mushroomy gravy. The gravy isn’t amazing, but it’s pretty decent, and it goes well enough with the chicken that we have no complaints.

The stuffing here is a little bland and soggy, but it’s not terrible. It does give this a bit of a Thanksgiving vibe, which we’re sure was deliberate on the part of Lean Cuisine. This is actually a pretty tough combo to pull off, so we’re surprised Lean Cuisine actually managed to do it this well.

Lean Cuisine really lives up to their name here, since this meal contains only 240 calories. The sodium is slightly less than average for a frozen meal, at 690 mg, but this is still a bit more sodium than you’ll want to consume if you’re trying to reduce your sodium intake.

The Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken isn’t perfect, but it’s a really successful attempt at doing something that a lot of frozen food makers fail at: making a Thanksgiving-style dinner with a decent amount of flavor and a low calorie count. In that sense, this meal is a success. We wish the stuffing had a little more flavor, but we’re still pretty happy with how this turned out.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Lean Cuisine frozen meal, check out our package scans below.

Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken
Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken
Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken
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