My Thoughts on Blue Apron’s Soy Chicken

I absolutely love that we are in an age where grocery delivery exists. Growing up I always despised going to the grocery store with my mom, and I would moan and groan any time it had to happen. I would think to myself, “how in the world am I going to do this when I’m an adult. It’s. The. Worst.”

Lo and behold, I am 23 years old and I no longer despise going to the grocery store. I have a newfound fondness for organizing and preparing my grocery list, mostly because I’m excited to go cook it. Now, that’s not to say I won’t go back to hating it once I have kids and things get a tad more hectic. For me, the best grocery trips happen when I have a pre-made box, like HelloFresh or Blue Apron, waiting at home.

One graduation gift I received was a week of Blue Apron, and I couldn’t wait to try it! Most of what I know of them comes from their Instagram ads (so bravo, BA marketing team!) and I wanted to try something other than HelloFresh. I always make my own additions to their recipes, and now I finally have a place to share them! Without further ado, here are my thoughts on Blue Apron’s Soy Chicken.

 

The Ingredients
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Jasmine rice
Scallions
Cucumber
Clove of garlic
Jalapeños
Summer squash
Bunch cilantro and mint
Mirin
Rice vinegar
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Chinese five-spice powder

 

My Changes 
I’m working on decreasing my prep time because I still take a bit long to slice and dice. I’m in constant dissonance over wanting extremely sharp, professional grade knives and battling the terror of cutting myself. So, because of this, I did not start out by cooking the rice like the recipe says. I waited until a bit later because I wanted it to be nice and hot.

If you want to spice up their recipe a bit, do what I did and follow their steps for marinating the chicken, then add lemon juice and your flavored olive oil. Right now my favorite brand is Olive Amelia, so I threw in a little bit of the Chipotle, Basil, Garlic, and Rosemary flavors. I also cooked the jalapeños (gotta soak up those flavors) with the chicken before adding it to the rice. I don’t like too many raw scallions, so I added half of those in with the chicken and jalapeños.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take note of any other seasonings and spices I added. I’m learning to keep track!

 

So, how did it taste?
Fresh, and perfectly spicy! Troy loves spicy food and thanks to the fact that I’ve been cooking more, I’m becoming more tolerant. I used to be SUPER sensitive to spicy flavors, but now I’m integrating more heat into my dishes. Mint is one of my all-time favorite additions to savory dishes, especially in the summer. Who doesn’t love a summer dish that is fresh and citrusy every bite?

The instruction sheet shows a large yellow summer squash, but the one that came in my box was completely off compared to the pictures on the instruction sheet. Instead, I had a small green thing that looked more like a cucumber; I think I was given a zucchini. I guess they can be used interchangeably though, so I’ll get over it.

If you have been wanting to try a grocery delivery service, definitely give Blue Apron a shot! I think I may even like them better than HelloFresh…more to come.


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