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Mountain House Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: Mountain House Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese meat entrée

An interesting take on Mac & Cheese. Solidly spicy, reasonably filling, but ultimately not quite as good as the usual box-made stuff.

Pros

  • quick and easy
  • inexpensive
  • not too spicy

Cons

  • poor rehydration
  • too "soupy"
  • not nearly enough cheese

One more look at a freeze-dried Mac & Cheese, this time with extras in the shape of chicken and "buffalo" sauce.

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Looks pretty straightforward. Another basic Mountain House offering.

Preparation and Nutrition: Tear open the bag, remove the oxygen absorber, pour in 1 2/3 cups boiling water, stir, and wait. Simple.

580 calories is not too shabby for a meal.  It has a good balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates thanks to the inclusion of cheese and chicken and noodles.  Sodium is moderate at 100mg (63% rda).

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The Experience:

Sadly, this did not cleave to my expectations of a Mac & Cheese. 1 and 2/3 cups of water lead to something more like a soup than a Mac & Cheese. And in spite of too much water, the chicken was still a little crunchy.  But while the chicken chunks were crunchy, the noodles were "overcooked" and gluey.  It just didn't come together.

The flavor was good. Solidly buffalo chicken flavor, but without sweat-inducing levels of spice. The chicken still tasted like chicken. But there was very little cheesiness about the meal, either in flavor or in texture. It does include a decent whack of veggies, which was pleasant.

It was in no way bad; it just wasn't quite what I'd been hoping for.

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Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11.50

About the Author

Joshua has been hiking, backpacking, and car-camping for more than four decades. He is based primarily in the Pacific Northwest, but has hiked throughout the US, with forays into Hawaii and New Zealand.

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