Takeout Kit Meal Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2018
Takeout Kit is a meal subscription box aimed at helping you explore international food at home. They provide all of the hard-to-find global ingredients you need to complete the recipe right at home.
Each month, Takeout Kit will send the ingredients to a globally inspired dish that ups the ante on your favorite takeout cuisine. According to Takeout Kit, all of their ingredients have a two-month shelf life, so you can cook your meal right away or wait until you have a free night to indulge.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Takeout Kit
The Subscription Box: Takeout Kit
The Cost: $32.99 for 1 kit per month, $65.99 for 2 kits per month, or $92.99 for 3 kits per month. Shipping is free!
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION10 to save 10% off your first purchase on all non-subscription items!
The Products: The ingredients you need to make takeout-inspired meals from around the globe.
Ships to: U.S.
Takeout Kit’s Peruvian Creamy Yellow Pepper Chicken Meal Kit Review
Takeout Kit‘s menu assortment is quite extensive. Currently, you can choose from 16 offerings.
This month, I received the Peruvian Cream Yellow Pepper Chicken Meal Kit. You can read a bit of history on each takeout meal along with the region in which it originated on the info card provided.
On the flip side of your info card, you’ll find your recipe along with a visual guide to what supplies you’ll need (pots, pans, etc.).
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Best by: November 30, 2018
Here are the ingredients:
Valley Fresh 100% Natural White Chicken Cuts Pouch, 7oz – Buy 12 pouches here for $40.37 (on sale here for $38.35)
I’m not the type to look on grocery store shelves for a shelf stable meat, but I thought since Takeout Kit provided it, I would give this chicken a try. If I were to buy again, I would definitely get the kit without, since I always have chicken in the freezer (which I prefer to brown before including in dishes to add flavor). They also recommend to use rotisserie chicken for this kit; that would definitely add great depth to the flavor, too!
Goya Premium Yellow Hot Pepper Paste, 7.5oz – Retail Value $6.99
I’ve never cooked with hot pepper paste, and I really loved the flavor it brought to this dish: a bold pepper taste with mild heat. The color of it is also giving me major fall vibes! The directions say to use 3-5 tablespoons, but since I am the rebel that I am, I used about 6 or 7 tablespoons.
Magnolia Evaporated Milk, 12fl oz – Retail Value $3.42
I love that Takeout Kit finally brought on the sauce! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed in a meal kit because there wasn’t enough sauce to spare.
Mario Pitted Snack Olives, 1.05oz – Buy 12 pouches here for $14.07 (on sale for $13.37)
I can’t really speak for these olives since I am not a big fan, but my boyfriend had no problem eating them.
Bellucci Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 25ml – Retail Value $13.59 (on sale for $9.66)
Just your average olive oil.
Long-Grain Rice, Onion & Garlic, Freeze Dried Parmesan, Walnuts
Here are the unbranded items found in the box. The onion & garlic smelled so good when I opened them. I never used freeze dried parm before, but spoiler alert: it was the missing puzzle piece to this particularly delicious sauce!
Saltines, Chicken Broth Packets, Garlic
These unbranded ingredients were found in this adorably appropriate takeout box. I’ve used these broth packets in several meal kits, and they never disappoint.
Preparing the ingredients:
I took this picture just to give you an idea what is all involved in the first prep step for this meal… almost everything, lol. I like the way that Takeout Kit has all of the ingredient preparation in step one so you can focus on cooking instead of opening cans or rinsing the rice right before you need to put it on the stove.
Here I have the onion & garlic (used with the chicken) and the garlic (used in the rice) soaking in water to plump them back to life.
Let’s Get Cooking!
We are starting off with the rice since it takes the most time to cook, and here are the ingredients/tools used for this step.
After heating one packet of olive oil in a large saucepan (I actually just used my dutch oven), I added in the rehydrated garlic, stirring that around for about a minute before adding in the rinsed rice.
After incorporating the garlic and rice, I added the chicken broth and 2 cups of water. After mixing well, I lidded my dutch oven and set it on a back burner on low heat, and I set a timer for 15 minutes.
Here are all of the ingredients/tools used for step 3, the making of the sauce! Honestly, I am usually not thrilled when subscription boxes require you to use different appliances that some people may not have, but I couldn’t wait to bust out my new Ninja food processor!
I added in the evaporated milk, yellow pepper paste, most of the walnuts and the saltine crackers, a seemingly random mixture..
I puréed this combo, and it smelled overwhelmingly like a saltine cracker. I added more of the yellow pepper paste for more zest (and color, if I’m being honest), and it delivered. The texture was a little frothy from over-blending, but I don’t think that changed the overall sauce texture in the end.
We are on step 4 already! Here are all the ingredients/tools used for this step.
Heating the olive oil in the pot, I checked on my rice which was about 10 minutes into cooking–still a little bit of water left — perfect. I added the rehydrated onion & garlic to the oil, and after a few minutes of very fragrant frying, I added the chicken. The chicken was about what I expected: very pale and not very exciting.
Now to incorporate this spicy, peppery sauce! I was hoping that the parmesan cheese would thicken this sauce up, and it did just that. I kept this mix on the burner for about 6 minutes to heat through until it started to bubble a little bit.
This picture was an afterthought since I totally forgot to use the olives as a garnish (no love lost, I am not an olive enthusiast), but I did not forget those walnuts.
This dish was fire! It was my favorite of the three Takeout Kits I’ve tried. I love the spice of the yellow pepper paste, mellowed out with the evaporated milk, rice, and crackers. I topped it off with the remaining walnuts and some green onions I had left over from last month’s Tofu Pad Thai Meal Kit (check out that review here), to add a little more color to an already colorful dish.
Also, I was fresh out of pisco sours and Inca cola, which were the recommended drink pairings, so I just went for this very light, summery beverage.
Verdict: My boyfriend and I loved the Peruvian Cream Yellow Pepper Chicken Meal Kit. It was perfectly spicy and such a comfort food on an overcast day. This kit only took me 40 minutes from start to finish, even though I had to bust out a seriously new to me appliance; normally, I would do so begrudgingly since I love simple recipes, but I was happy to have an excuse to use my new toy. I am happy to report this month had enough sauce to go around. I know I keep repeating myself, but it’s so important, especially since we always have leftovers to reheat from this meal subscription.
As far as this subscription goes, I can really appreciate what Takeout Kit is doing. I found this box to be very thoughtful and well put together, and I love that you can keep this around for its two-month shelf life to prepare it when the timing is perfect. I also feel that Takeout Kit would make an excellent gift for that special foodie in your life who is otherwise impossible to buy for.
To Wrap Up:
Coupon – Use code ADDICTION to save 15% off your first subscription box!
Value Breakdown: This monthly box costs $32.99 a month, including free shipping. This Takeout Kit serves up to four people, which comes to about $8.25 per plate. The ingredients do not add up to the cost of this particular box, and a lot of them were unbranded, common ingredients I usually have stocked in my pantry. Usually Takeout Kit features a few imported, elusive ingredients that would be a pain to collect to mimic this recipe, but this time around everything was very readily available either on Amazon or in your local grocery. I think I could have recreated this meal for about $20, but I do appreciate having all of the ingredients and the recipe at my fingertips to have as a backup in a pinch. That being said, I would repurchase since this was my favorite meal I’ve sampled from them.
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