Scott & Jon’s Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl Review

Scott & Jon's Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl

We’re big fans of the Scott & Jon’s brand of frozen food here at Freezer Meal Frenzy. Well, it’s more accurate to say we’re fans of Scott & Jon’s shrimp-based frozen food. We’re still trying to decide how we feel about their non-shrimp dishes. Their Chicken & Bacon Fried Rice, for example, is pretty okay but not amazing, while their Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini is pretty darn excellent.

We’re putting another shrimp-less dish to the test today: the Scott & Jon’s Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl. Will this live up to our expectations, or will this just be another somewhat forgettable dish from a brand we otherwise really dig? Well, let’s find out, shall we?

Cooking this is NBD, as the kids are saying these days (short for “no big deal.”) Simply remove the box, cut a small slit in the plastic seal, then microwave the bowl for three and a half minutes. Not only is it easy, but it’s fast too! (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the box, you can check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Scott & Jon's Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl

For a bowl with the word Chicken in the title, this really doesn’t have a lot of chicken in it. We had one big chunk, and it was excellent — super soft, moist to perfection, and seasoned with the loveliest maple bourbon glaze. It’s really, really good chicken, so the fact that the portion size is so scant is almost a crime. We did have some smaller chunks in the bowl, but the vast majority of our chicken was in one big piece.

Instead of stuffing this thing with the amazing chicken, Scott & Jon’s decided to pack it out with sweet potatoes. While that’s all fine and good — and these sweet potatoes are firm and flavorful — we would have preferred a bigger portion of that absolutely heavenly chicken. The sweet potatoes are a good match for the glaze, though.

What’s not quite as good a match is the broccoli. The earthy flavor of the broccoli really contrasts with the sweetness of the glaze. And that’s on top of the fact that this stuff isn’t even that good — it’s kind of soggy and the taste is a little off. We would have preferred this meal without it.

You’ll also find a few scraps of roasted red peppers and maybe a black bean or two, but the portion sizes for those veggies are scant. We would have gladly taken more red peppers and fewer pieces of broccoli here.

Calorie counters will rejoice, as this only has 220 calories, and the sweet potatoes make it heartier than you’d expect. It does have 780 mg of sodium, though, which is slightly higher than average for a frozen meal.

The Scott & Jon’s Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl starts wonderfully, with some incredible chicken and even some pretty dang decent sweet potatoes. The glaze is wonderful as well. However, the veggies aren’t great, and the chicken portion is almost insultingly small. Scott & Jon’s is clearly onto something with this dish, but they aren’t pulling it off quite right. With a few small tweaks, this could be a truly excellent frozen meal; as is, is just an alright one.

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

Scott & Jon's Maple Bourbon Chicken Bowl
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