What if we could live in a world where we could get to choose our own favourite recipes and have the ingredients delivered to our door…..Well, the good news is that you can. All thanks to HelloFresh.
HelloFresh offer a service whereby you are in control. On a weekly basis you can choose how many recipes, what kind of cuisine and for how many people. HelloFresh will take care of the rest. Everything comes freshly packed in a box for complete convenience.
The recipes generally take between 20 and 50 minutes to prepare. Our challenge, set by HelloFresh, was to road test one of their enticing recipes and see if it really is just that simple. The chosen dish was Herby Italian Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato and Vine Tomato Salad.
The full recipe can be found right here
Sounds healthy, right? Well, this was perfect in terms of nutrition to fit in with our healthy eating plan. HelloFresh provide the nutritional breakdown of each and every recipe. This Italian Chicken dish only contains 5g of fat per serving with just 1g of saturated fat. Absolutely spot on for what we were looking for.
Ingredients for the dish were simple also which means minimal effort is required to create a tasty meal. Just six ingredients go into the dish, plus a drizzle of olive oil and a little seasoning – that really is it. Nothing more required.
I began by dicing up two sweet potatoes with no need to peel them beforehand. Not only does this shave a few vital minutes off the clock but later enhances the flavour of the sweet potato when roasted. I laid out the potato chunks, cut around 2cm thick, on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
A good helping of Italian seasoning plus a drizzle of olive oil ensures that the sweet potato pieces are flavoured to the max. Adding a generous pinch of salt and pepper completes the job and it’s into a preheated 200C oven to bake. Easy enough so far, right?
The next job is to dice up a couple of juicy, rich vine tomatoes and toss them in a bowl with chopped fresh coriander and balsamic vinegar. This is a salad garnish for the dish and the longer it sits in the bowl, the more the flavours intensify. Not forgetting of course to season to taste with salt and pepper.
I very rarely pan-fry chicken breast. The oven is my usual preferred method of cooking. In this case, HelloFresh suggest using a frying pan with a light drizzle of oil to cook the breasts on a medium heat. The gentle nature of the frying, along with another hit of the dried herbs, allow for a much more relaxed cook.
After turning the chicken a few times to produce even colour and cooking, the meat is left to rest. You can do this by either wrapping the chicken in foil or simply keeping the pan on the lowest heat setting.
Once the sweet potato pieces took on a golden colour and a soft texture to the touch, it was time to take them out of the oven. Up to now, the recipe had taken me little over 20 minutes, including prep time.
All that was left to do was to crush the sweet potatoes with the back of a fork and to slice the chicken breast into four pieces. The aromas filling the kitchen at this point were making me salivate at a rapid rate.
The dish looked inviting, colourful and substantial. If this was my daily offering from HelloFresh, I would be a very happy man. Looks are one aspect, but what about the taste? It was time to dig in.
It’s honestly hard to believe that this is healthy food. The number of flavours and textures within the dish were incredible. The sharpness of the salad and the sweetness coming from the crushed potatoes worked so well together.
The chicken was so juicy that i’m actually contemplating changing my approach to cooking it. The pan-frying method almost gives you more control over the end result. Yes, it takes a bit of time keeping it company but the end result is so worth it.
HelloFresh provide a service that ticks so many boxes. Meals that fit in with both your favoured cuisine and lifestyle, fresh ingredients and straightforward recipes. With life becoming ever more busy, it’s a huge helping hand to have a company like HelloFresh making things that touch easier.
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