Category: Chicken

Grand China – Middleton, WI

Having moved to Middleton and wanting some Chinese take-out, I did a quick Google search and found a few places close to me. One was named Grand China (the name of a Chinese take-out I love in Stoughton, WI) so I decided to try them out.

I ordered a couple of my favorites, steamed dumplings, broccoli with garlic sauce and General Tso’s chicken. After they took my phone number I was told it would be ten minutes.

Google showed me that I was about six minutes from the restaurant so I got ready and drove to Grand China. The Restaurant is located next to McDonald’s and Starbuck’s in a small strip mall. There are a couple of tables and chairs to sit and eat your meal, but most of the location is taken up by the kitchen and counter.

The staff, from my initial phone conversation to my visit to the restaurant, were friendly and very nice.

My order was ready when I arrived and after I paid for it and was leaving the lady behind the counter informed me I could grab a can of soda for free. Nice touch.

I was primed for the food by the time I arrived home – the smell of garlic had me salivating.

The steamed dumpling come eight to a serving and have a nice amount of filling while the dough of the dumpling had a pleasant chew to it. Not thin like a wonton but not too think. The dipping sauce had elements of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Very nice indeed.

I usually order steamed garlic, not as a meal, but to add to my plate along side the General Tso’s. I know, General Tso’s comes with broccoli but usually only has four or five pieces so there is never enough for leftovers, let alone the initial meal. This broccoli was perfectly steamed with a beautiful deep green color and cooked thoroughly but still crunchy. The broccoli came with it’s own small box of rice.

The General Tso’s chicken was very tasty. There was plenty of chicken and about six pieces of broccoli (told you). The sauce was sweet and tangy with only a hint of heat. The take-out menu indicates this selection will be “Hot & Spicy” but it is not. Not a deal breaker, I just made a mental note to request more heat the next time I order.

By ordering the steamed broccoli there is enough chicken and broccoli to feed four people. You would want to order extra sauce to coat the extra vegetables.

Grand China, located at 2608 Allen Blvd, Middleton WI 53562, is definitely a welcome addition to my take-out rotation. I would recommend this Chinese-American restaurant to anyone. Enjoy!

Campbell’s Sauces Oven Classic Roasted Chicken

I prepared this about one week ago, but wanted to wait and see if my opinion would change over time (and eating the leftovers). I wish that time had changed my mind. I really did.

The meal is relatively easy to prepare. Carrots and potatoes into a roasting pan. Add chicken, cover with the sauce, and bake.

Besides peeling the carrots this meal goes together quickly and could easily feed a family of four. If you are planning to have this for dinner, make sure you put the salt and pepper on the dining room table. This is one of the blandest sauces I have ever tasted. I found myself checking the package to see if there was any sodium in it. Despite the label stating there are 710mg of sodium per serving, there is very little flavor to this sauce.

I used chicken thighs because I like the flavor. I can not imagine how tasteless it would have been had I used chicken breasts.

Over the week that followed I ate the leftover chicken, carrots, and potatoes (the latter two items being the most flavorful things in the meal) and regretted buying this sauce every time I sat down with it.

The sauce is gelatinous and does not reheat well. I found myself adding water to it (wether microwaved or reheated in a pan) to try and achieve a gravy-like state. I did not succeed.

I almost purchased some other sauces and now am glad I didn’t.

Save your money. Roast the carrots, potatoes and chicken together with some salt, pepper, thyme, and sage. After the chicken is ready make a roux with the chicken fat and an equal amount of flour. Let the roux color slightly and add some chicken stock to make a gravy. It will be a hundred times better and you will have saved about $4.00. I can not recommend this to anyone.

Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo

With limited time after work, I have begun trying various frozen dinners that can be prepared quickly. On a recent outing to Pick ‘n Save I ran across a selection of Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers.

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The photo on the box is very nice, giving you the impression of equal parts broccoli spears and grilled chicken on a bed of linguini noodles that are covered with a creamy red pepper alfredo sauce. Like what it says on the box.

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The sauce is separated from the rest of the ingredients by the packaging and, as you can tell by the second picture, some creative license was taken by the folks at Healthy Choice. The ratio of chicken to broccoli is not equal.

The meal heats up in a matter of minutes and when you peel the plastic film back you have a pile of broccoli and noodles, some chicken and sauce.

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The broccoli is good, still crisp and flavorful. The chicken is ok, kind of bland for something with 520mg of sodium. The sauce is thin andalso bland, having chunks of red pepper but no hint of parmesan like you would expect in an alfredo sauce.

As far as meals go, this one is ok if you are looking for a broccoli dish. I ended up grating some parmesan over the meal to give it some flavor.

In the future, I will pass on this frozen dinner. Although filling, it is watery and lacks flavor.