I was inspired to make this recipe for Oven-Baked Apricot Chicken Legs with Roasted Potato Wedges and Lemony Broccoli by actually seeing a similar Plated meal kit on Safeway delivery. While I’ve been cooking for many years, the idea of using jam as a glaze or sauce for meats is actually very new to me. I tried it recently in the HelloFresh Pork Chops with Cherry meal kit and I was both impressed and intrigued.
I figured I’d try the HelloFresh version in order to get a more thorough view at the offerings from this company before moving on to the next.
All in all, this meal was perfectly fine but not particularly exciting. I did use orange jam instead of apricot, as I prefer that flavor myself, but that’s the only change I made from the kit. The chicken was pretty good, it was perfectly cooked and moist and I liked the flavor of the skin. However, it was not spectacular – a home meal, rather than a restaurant quality one. The potatoes were good but not remarkable, and the lemony broccoli was not a great hit for the family. Still, they ate it. In all, it was a perfectly all right family meal which I don’t think I’d make again.
I made a bit more chicken and potatoes that the 2-person recipe called for so I’d have enough for 3 people (one doesn’t eat broccoli so I didn’t increase that amount). In all, I spent $18.50 out of pocket for this meal for three, instead of the $20-$24 this would have cost me from HelloFresh, though I saved a bit by not having to buy potatoes as I already had them at home.
|HelloFresh Ingredients||My Ingredients||Cost|
|32 oz chicken legs||3 lbs organic chicken thighs and drumsticks||$9|
|1 tsp paprika||1 tsp paprika||$1 for jar|
|24 oz Yukon Gold Potatoes||3 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes||pantry|
|1 Tbsp fry seasoning*||1 Tbsp Homemade fry seasoning||pantry|
|1 lemon||1 lemon||$2.50 for bag of lemons|
|2 oz Apricot jam||4 oz orange jam||pantry|
|2 tsp Dijon mustard||4 tsp Dijon mustard||$5 for jar|
|16 oz broccoli florets||1 lb broccoli||$1|
|1 tsp chili flakes||forgot to use||pantry|
If you’d like to subscribe to HelloFresh use this link to save $40 off your first box, and I’ll get a $30 credit – which I probably won’t use as I’ll be unsubscribing form HelloFresh shortly to try a different company.