We recently received a delivery of Hillshire Farm Grilled Essentials to try out.  These are a new product and I actually had the chance to try them at the BlogHer conference.

I’m a Hillshire Farm Grilled Essentials Ambassador.  I do purchase pre-grilled chicken often, I usually keep some in the refrigerator for homemade pizzas, or when I want to whip up a quick salad for myself for lunch. 

These come in individual packages and can be heated in 60 seconds.  I thought about opening every package and giving each a try, all by myself, but there’s no fun in that, and I’m trying to encourage the twins to try new things so I thought I’d make a fun game out of this and set up a Grilled Chicken Taste Testing for them. 

Hillshire Farm Grilled Essentials

I heated the chicken, sliced it and dished each flavor up on a plate with small skewers for the kids to use for tasting.  I gave them each a glass of water to drink in-between each sampling and we made voting sticks for them to hold up after each trying each plate.


Italian Style Chicken Breast

Italian Style Grilled Chicken


As you can see Marisol really enjoyed this one, Flynn however, was not so happy, his reason behind not liking it: “because it was a different taste”.

Garlic and Herb Chicken Breast

Garlic and Herb Grilled Chicken


As you can see this one was a fast favorite.  They both absolutely loved this flavor.

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken Breast


The plain grilled chicken was by far their favorite.  After the tasting was over they finished off 2 plates with a bowl of peaches for lunch.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast

Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken


The little man is generally a pickier eater than his sister.  She loved all of the flavors.  He on the other hand preferred the the Garlic & Herb and Plain Grilled.  The other flavors seemed to be a little too strong for him.

I on the other hand love them all too. 

I ended up whipping up a quick salad for myself for lunch using the Plain Grilled Chicken.

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken, Couscous and Peach Salad

Chicken, Couscous and Peach salad


  • 1 Hillshire Farm Grilled Chicken Breast
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous
  • 1 cup Peaches
  • 2 cups Edamame
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions

Make the Couscous and boil the Edamame simultaneously according to the package directions.

While those are cooking, heat up the chicken breast for 60 seconds in the microwave, dice the peaches, remove the stalks off the spinach and dice the spring onions.

Run the edamame under cool water and then shell them.

Toss all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve.


Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #grilledessentials #cbias

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mom taxi julie August 16, 2011 - 11:07 am

That is so cute! What a great idea. Your salad looks yummy too!

Sharlene August 16, 2011 - 7:53 pm

This post was just too cute. Marisol totally knows how to work the camera!

Kathy August 19, 2011 - 9:11 am

Great post. Those actually good – great to have on hand when your running short on time.

Tonya Staab August 20, 2011 - 7:35 am

She's so used to have it thrust in front of her face she now asks to be photographed.  What have I done :).

Laura August 29, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Really cute post! Love the review signs for your kids. These would save me so much time when we do salads or sandwiches.

julia September 14, 2011 - 5:37 am

I have to say that this is a brilliant way of getting an idea as to whether or not the food tastes good, kids are great critics, they tell the truth, even when you don’t want them to.


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