Bloody Mary Chicken + A Hello Fresh Review

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This is a sponsored post. The folks at HelloFresh sent me a box of their delicious meals to try. However, how could I not recommend them to you?! They’re awesome!!! AND, they’re giving you a great deal – Check it out below!

Bloody Mary Chicken + A Hello Fresh Review  platingsandpairings.comLast week was AWESOME! I found myself with so much free time because someone did all of my meal planning and grocery shopping for me. Who is this mystery person you may ask? HelloFresh – My new best friend.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE getting boxes in the mail –Birchbox, Stitch Fix, and Barkbox for Sammie – I like to have a never ending supply of deliveries headed my way. They make me a happy girl. So when HelloFresh offered for me to try out their meal delivery program – “YES, YES and YES!”

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I was impressed from the minute I opened the brown cardboard box with its bright green lettering. The items were shipped with several ice packs and everything was still plenty cold when I retrieved the box from our front stoop at 5pm. Inside were three recipe cards and three bags which held the groups of ingredients for each of the meals. Each meal serves two. However, there’s also the option to sign up for a family plan, which serves four.

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The three recipes that I was presented with were:

Bloody Mary Chicken – Such beautiful colors and a totally original idea! I love bloody marys, so what could be bad about this?

Lebanese Beef Skewers with Herby Quinoa Tabbouleh – Who would have thought to make tabbouleh out of quinoa – It was delicious and went really well with the herbed meatballs.

Smoky Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Salsa & Tangy Mixed Greens Salad – This one was completely vegetarian, but really good, and really filling! Rick loved this recipe.

How good do all of those recipes sound?! Whoa – I didn’t know what to make first!


The things I LOVED about HelloFresh:

  1. The ingredients are super fresh.
  2. The calories are kept in check – Each recipe is reviewed by in-house dietitian, Rebecca.
  3. The meat and poultry is high quality.
  4. There’s no traveling to and waiting in line at the grocery store
  5. The recipes are top notch – Prepared by graduates of top notch culinary schools.
  6. The prices are reasonable – Under $12 per dish. (For an even better deal, check out the special 40% off offer below)
  7. There’s no need to go out and buy loads of spices that you’re only going to use once. It’s all provided.
  8. It’s fun!
  9. You don’t have to menu plan for the week – It’s all done for you.
  10. It’s an opportunity to try exciting, new recipes.
  11. The ingredients will stay fresh in your fridge for a week – Giving you flexibility.

The things I didn’t LOVE about HelloFresh:

  1. I didn’t already have a box in the works to be delivered next week!

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Check out their recipe for Bloody Mary Chicken below. AND – You guys are in for a real treat! Drumroll… HelloFresh is offering my readers 40% off their first box! Just click this link. SCORE! That’s six gourmet dishes for right around $40.00 (shipping included). I know, right?!

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Bloody Mary Chicken

Course: Entree
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: HelloFresh
Everyone's favorite brunch refreshment delivers a wealth of bold flavors - why limit them to a beverage? An intense tomato-horseradish vinaigrette packs the heat, while olives, celery and pancetta remind us of a Bloody Mary's classic garnishes.
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Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp . blackening seasoning
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 tbsp . white wine vinegar
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 oz . green olives
  • 4 tbsp . tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp . tabasco
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 oz . pancetta
  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 2 tsp . horseradish powder
  • 5 tbsp . extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Halve, peel, and thinly slice 1/4 the red onion. Place in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and set aside to pickle. Mince or grate the garlic. Peel the carrot. Using your peeler, shave the carrot and celery into ribbons, rotating the carrot as necessary. Place the celery and carrot ribbons in a medium bowl of ice water and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken with blackening seasoning, coating it on all sides. Heat 1/2 tbsp. olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until the exterior becomes slightly charred. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet and bake until cooked through, another 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the pancetta to the same pan and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Set the pancetta aside, keeping the drippings in the pan.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and whisk 2 tablespoons tomato paste and the minced garlic into the pancetta drippings. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, then remove from heat and whisk in 1 tsp. horseradish, remaining white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and hot sauce to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Tear the romaine lettuce leaves into bite-sized pieces. Drain and dry the celery and carrot ribbons. Roughly chop the olives. Thinly slice chicken against the grain.
  6. Toss the lettuce, celery, carrot, pickled red onion, and olives together and mound on a plate. Top with the pancetta and sliced chicken, then drizzle with the tomato-horseradish vinaigrette. Enjoy!

 ERIN’S PAIRINGS:

  • For this chicken dish, lean away from the typical white wine pairing and go for a Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir to balance out the richness of the slightly spicy sauce that’s got a base of bright tomatoes and fatty pancetta.

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23 comments

  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    This looks delicious!! Of all the subscription dinner services I have heard the best things about Hello Fresh!

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    1. Erin

      They were awesome – Great, fresh ingredients and such creative recipes.

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  2. Susannah

    I don’t like bloody mary’s one bit (although I always try them when my hubby orders them) but bloody mary chicken sounds like something I could get behind. 😉

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    1. Erin

      🙂 It may not be as fun as a bloody mary cocktail, but it sure is yummy!

      Reply

  3. Rachel

    I got my mom this subscription for Christmas last year she loves it too!! I might have to get it for myself!

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    1. Erin

      DO it Rachel!!! Best thing ever 🙂

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  4. Melinda

    Oh, yum! That DOES look delicious!

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    1. Erin

      It’s a great idea huh? Who would have ever thought of making Bloody Mary Chicken – They’re crafty 😉

      Reply

  5. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife

    This looks delicious, and I’ve been looking at Hello Fresh recently. Looks and sounds like a fabulous and fresh subscription!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you give it a try Marlynn! They do a great job! And with the discount, it can’t be beat!!!

      Reply

  6. Erin

    Beautiful photos! I personally really enjoy scouting out recipes to make, but I HATE going grocery shopping so I do always like that aspect of these kind of boxes.

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    1. Erin

      Aren’t they the best?! I’d never done this before but now I’m hooked!

      Reply

  7. Catherine

    Awesome! I was thinking this would make an INCREDIBLE gift for new parents, too, who probably don’t have the time to plan and shop for dinner. (I’m one to know!)

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    1. Erin

      That is a GREAT idea Catherine!!! It’d be awesome for new parents!

      Reply

  8. Ali

    Looks intriguing. We have some dietary restrictions in our family so I will have to look into whether it will work for us. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Erin

      Sure – I hope it works out for you Ali!

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  9. Christine

    Mmm…getting something other than a bill in the mail AND having it be food?! Bloody Mary Chicken sounds like it would go over really well at my parent’s house!

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    1. Erin

      Fun mail is the best mail!

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  10. Geoff (Steep Stories)

    What an awesome recipe. Since I don’t drink, I’d pair with . . . oh hell, I think I have a rum barrel-aged tea somewhere. *starts looking*

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    1. Erin

      That works Geoff!

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  11. Renée @ The Good Hearted Woman

    this looks delicious! I love the fresh vibe and all the colors. With all of the box subscription options available these days, this looks like one of the good ones!

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    1. Erin

      I had such a wonderful experience with them Renee! I’d highly suggest checking them out!

      Reply

  12. Jacob

    I made this once before and was not happy with the texture of the chicken or skin, but loved the flavor. Below are my changes. Make sauce and set aside 3/4 cup. Marinate the chicken thighs or legs overnight in the remaining sauce. Roast seasoned uncovered thighs or legs in 450* oven for 40 minutes, or until done throw away “dirty” marinade. Bring 3/4 cup “clean” or remaining marinade to boil and reduce by 1/2. When done the skin gets a beautiful deep brown color and is crunchy. The texture of the chicken is perfect 

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