Healthy Choice Lunch Express, Sweet & Sour Chicken 7.95-Ounce Bowls

Meeting government guidelines for health, the Healthy Choice brand is actually healthy. Just how healthy? Healthy Choice products are: low in fat and saturated fat, controlled in sodium and cholesterol, a contributor of important nutrients such as protein, vitamin A, iron, and zinc. The brand also offers: chef-inspired contemporary flavors, vegetarian options, such as: Pumpkin Squash Ravioli, Asian Potstickers, and Tomato Basil Penne, and MyPyramid label graphics identifying food-group contributions. ABOUT CONAGRA Chef Boyardee is a member of the ConAgra Foods family, one of the largest packaged foods companies in North America with major presence in retail outlets, foodservice and restaurants, and in ingredients. Our more than 70 brands–which include favorites such as Pam, Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Wesson, Swiss Miss, Rotel, Peter Pan, Marie Callender’s, Hebrew National, Wolf Brand Chili, Rosarita, Egg Beaters, Orville Redenbacher’s, and more–are in 96% of U.S. households, and more than 30% of ConAgra Foods brands are number one in their category.

Quick facts

  • Tender, marinated white-meat chicken and fluffy rice topped with a sweet and sour sauce gives you 10 grams of protein.
  • Everything you need for a delicious meal in one easily portable package!
  • The delicious varieties of Fresh Mixers are great for work because just like canned soups or pasta, they don’t need to be refrigerated. Just pop one in your bag and go.
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken will please those looking for a quick tasty pasta meal!

Top reviews

dancing in the dark

Nrver,NEVER buy a food product that keeps its ingredients, calories and nutritional components a secret
ElsieWinslow, NE

Too many steps.

The taste is very good, but I would think a microwave product would be more convenient. I didn’t heat the sauce, just poured it over the rice.
ElizabethDouglass, KS

artificial food

How can this be “healthy” when it’s made with modified corn starch and high fructose corn syrup? Ick. Any “food” that includes meat but needs no refrigeration is not actually food. If the word “Healthy” is in the title, it’s probably not. Just saying.
AliceNew Hope, PA

Try a different flavor

I’ve tried several of the Fresh Mixer varieties, and so far this one comes in only slightly better than the Teriyaki Chicken flavor. Although the convenience and nutrition and pluses, the flavor just leaves a lot to be desired. To be honest this one would be better if you ate it blindfolded, as the chicken chunks and sauce really make it look like you are eating cat food. Ignoring the visual appear, or lack thereof, the flavor still doesn’t compare to the Zesty Marinara Penne, Rotini Meat Sauce and Southwestern Chicken. I will not be reordering.
CarsonBrundidge, AL

bad experience with first try

Sorry! The sweet and sour chicken dinner should be called sweet and sour water chestnut dinner. I found almost no chicken, other than tiny pieces, and LOTS of water chestnuts, which I don’t like. Even if there was more chicken, the flavor leads a lot to be desired. This is one dinner that will not find itself on my grocery list.

I remain, totally disappointed, Shirley

ErinCampbell, NY

Easy to fix, easy to love

Aside from being *white* rice… This stuff is nice. I can eat if for breakfast, lunch or dinner – easy to prepare, easy to eat, easy to digest.
JunitaStoddard, WI

Good, Healthy, Easy

This is pretty good. It tastes good for microwave food, doesn’t take that long to make (7-8 min prep time), and is fairly healthy! Has American Heart Association approval. It’s difficult to find easy to make microwavable foods like this that don’t have tons of salt, and this one’s not too bad.

390 Calories
3g Total Fat (5% daily value)
1g Sat Fat (5% daily value)
0g Trans Fat

25mg Cholesterol (8% daily value)
400mg Sodium (17% daily value)
210mg Potassium (6% daily value)
78g Total Carb (26% daily value)
5g Dietary Fiber (20% daily value)
22g Sugar
12g Protein (21% daily value)

Vitamin A: 6%
Vitamein C: 2%
Calcium: 0%
Iron: 0%

TobyRed Oak, GA

Excellent Taste

Great portion control, nice that you dont have to keep it in the fridge or freezer.
I’m reordering some right now 🙂
BerryKennesaw, GA

Great for supper at work

I work nights and there often is not anything to eat. I keep one of these in my locker, you don’t need a bowl or plate…you don’t need a can opener. Easy open lid and a microwave cover so you don’t have to clean your microwave if it bubbles! This one is delicious. Just add water to the line and dinner is done.
RubinGroveland, MA

Absolutely delicious!

An unexpected surprise for a dried pasta meal. Would definitely recommend! Perfect for the college co-ed.
MaryettaCharleston, SC

Way better than frozen alternatives

I am lazy and often eat frozen lunches at work. These Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers are just as easy to make and taste way better than the frozen lunches.

I’ve enjoyed every flavor so far, including this one.

CharlesFort Belvoir, VA

better than Hornel

I like to have the boxed meals that don’t require refrigeration handy in my office for quick lunches. I have tried the Hornel and taco bell meals but they tend to be dry and very processed tasting. Healthy choice does take a little more preperation but it’s worth the time because they taste better. The rice and pasta taste and feel more like the natural kind.
MaryLouisiana, MO

“Fresh Mixers” to “Lunch Express” Not Good For Consumers

Very disappointed with the direction Healthy Choice has taken with all of its former “Fresh Mixers” line, especially the ones that contain chicken. I am changing my rating on all of these products from 5 stars to 3 stars. With the switch to “Lunch Express,” apparently they decided to lower their production costs and make more on each unit. First, they removed the handy green plastic strainer — consumers are now supposed to be able to judge the exact amount of water that can be absorbed by the pasta or rice, aided by a lower water line in the container. Second, in case you haven’t read the fine print on the sauce containers, they have replaced the nice large chunks of white chicken meat with smaller, diced pieces of dark chicken meat. I saved a few of the old green plastic strainers and they still fit the newer containers. The convenience, taste and portioning are still attractive, so I’m continuing my subscription for now — which is probably what Healthy Choice is counting on — but just wanted to state my disappointment over yet another company placing greed over customer satisfaction.
TaHolcomb, IL

Easy cooking, sub-par taste, interspersed plus and minuses

I purchased a bunch of easy and quick microwave meals that I could take with me to work for lunch without the need for a refrigerator. This appeared to fit the bill, so I bought a six-pack!

Pros:
1) Easy cooking – Very easy to cook, finished in under four minutes, and requires no additional materials (except about a cup of water).
2) healthy – is fairly healthy (all things considered).
3) Contains meat – this is a debatable pro, however I’ve found it difficult to actually find microwave meals (that require no refrigerator/freezer) that contain meat. This does, although not very much…
4) Acceptable serving size – given that the base of the dish is rice, the serving size is acceptable for a light lunch. I certainly feel full for most of the afternoon if I eat this meal with an extra snack during my lunch hour.

Cons:
1) low-average flavor/taste – I’ve definitely had better microwave meals (even microwave easy mac beats this). I usually love sweet and sour, but this flavor profile tastes more like an artificial pineapple flavor fused with minute-rice. I will not be re-purchasing this item solely based on it’s poor execution of flavor.
2) Uneven rice texture – The base of this dish is quick-cook rice, and the method that Healthy Choice chose was basically rehydration of cooked rice in a microwave. The result is unevenly cooked rice with either too firm or too soft texture.
3) Very sparse serving of veggies/meat – despite the fact that this meal contains veggies/meat, the size of the serving is very sparse. Whether it was to cut production cost or to cut caloric cost, the result is a very meager portion of flavored rice with bits of processed chicken/veggies.

All-in-all, this meal has some pros that I was really looking for in no-fridge/to-go meals, but the cons just outweigh them too much. I won’t be purchasing again.

RaneeNorth Branch, NY

Really Tasty!!

Fun to make and the whole thing just tastes great! It’s probably as good if not better than a lot of the Chinese restaurants nearby. The rice is light and provides a good base for the sauce and chicken. The sauce is not too sweet, nor too sour and has chicken and veggies already mixed in.

The only con would be the excessive amount of packaging, but I don’t know how else they could make a kit that allows for cooking two separate components.

GerdaZeeland, ND

Quick microwave meal

Not quite as good as Chinese takeout, but it has the convenience that you can keep it in a desk drawer if you have a microwave at work. It is a two step process to prepare, so it takes a few minutes. The rice comes out better than in some microwave meals because it is prepared separately. The flavor is OK. The small chunks of chicken look like dark meat (so many things taste like chicken, who knows). The Healthy Choice brand uses less salt than some other food brands. It has 400 mg of sodium which is OK. The protein and fiber are in good balance, and the calorie count is OK if you are on a diet – it is a reasonable size portion.
KalaPenrod, KY

Top 2 of the healthy choice options

I seriously eat healthy choice fresh mixers/soups 4 or 5 days a week for lunch. The sweet & sour chicken is in the top 2 of all of them. Good flavor, lower sodium and a decent amount of food for a lunch.
LionelMarsing, ID