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Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Cashew Curry

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Cashew Curry meat entrée

Spicy and filling. Not bad at all!


  • Spicy
  • One package makes one good serving
  • Decent texture


  • Inaccurate cooking instructions
  • Expensive

The biggest problem with any dehydrated food seems to be how much water to add. I carefully measured the 2.25 cups needed, waited the 13 minutes stated on the package, and wound up with a thick soup! 

Take it for what it is. Given the amount of water, the Cashew Curry Rice with Chicken was spicy and tasty. The texture of the rice was okay (kind of 'Minute Rice' instant) and there was enough in the envelope for one good meal.

There weren't a lot of big pieces of cashews in the bag and the chunks of shredded chicken were tiny, making it hard to distinguish between the various flavours. The texture was alright, and although it could have used some salt, it was nice to have something with some 'zing' to it.

I've had some bad experiences with Backpacker's Pantry noodle dishes, and in comparison this rice meal was quite good. This time, I'd have to say that the Cashew Curry Rice with Chicken is one I'd buy again. But next time I'd try 2.0 cups of water instead.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 8.25

Pretty bad.


  • On the trail it's energy


  • Taste
  • Consistency

Will not buy again.

I love the Mountain House staples (Lasagna, Chili Mac, Stroganoff), but I'm always looking for something different. Problem is MH has meat that is sized to how you'd cook at home, while Backpackers Pantry has these tiny little diced cubes; there's no comparison.

BP does package its meals well though; rounded corners and less air than MH. (I poke holes with a pin in MH meals to remove the air and then tape over them. Also I cut off the corner points to keep the from piercing my OR dry bags, which are part of my bear hang).

I do like BP's Jerk Chicken; this meal was subpar.

That said, it's food. On the trail anything is edible.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6.50

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Price MSRP: $8.50
Historic Range: $5.95-$45.00
Reviewers Paid: $6.50
Dry Weight 6.2 oz / 177g
Serving Size Two 12 oz Servings
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