If there is one meal my husband loves most, I would wager to say it’s chicken pot pie. He loves it in all forms- especially when I make it homemade, but we usually resort to making frozen pot pies to save on time. My homemade chicken pot pie takes all day to make, but it is sooo worth it when I can do it! I make it from scratch (except for the pie dough, because I suck at making pie dough. It’s been proven.), boiling my chicken for hours, using the homemade stock to make the creamy sauce, fresh veggies…you get it…the whole shebang.

But let’s be honest. Taking all day to make your meals is something we parents can only do on special occasions or just every once in a while. I’m 8.5 months pregnant, and really the idea of cooking anything at all, let alone taking all day to do it is the last thing on my mind. I am constantly telling my husband that I just want dinner ready to eat, but I don’t want to eat crappy food every night so I suck it up and make dinner. Most nights.

When Fresh & Easy challenged me to a cook-off of sorts to test out one of their Kitchen To Go Meals that (as their name implies) are ready to take home and heat up for a hot, homemade-like meal!

I had never been to a Fresh & Easy Market, and now I have no idea why I am not in there all the time! When I went to my local Fresh & Easy to pick my take home meal, I was impressed by the Kitchen To Go selection available! It was a pregnant gal’s dream. Refrigerators full of meals at the ready? Yes Please!! They had meals to fit any craving, including selections in Italian, Asian, American, Mexican and even Eat Well choices that have less calories, fat and sodium! AND, just like a meal you make at home, they don’t use any artificial colors or flavors like high fructose corn syrup or added transfats.

When I saw the Chicken Pot Pie, I knew it would be the perfect choice for me to try and compete with my homemade version.

Their entree size pot pie SAYS it feeds two people, but I would say it easily feeds 3-4 people. It is your basic pie size, and there’s no way it would be devoured by two.

Fresh & Easy’s Chicken Pot Pie

I took my Kitchen To Go Chicken Pot Pie home and left it in the fridge until we were ready to heat it up. When it came time to eat, we simply preheated the oven and cooked it for 30 minutes. Done.

Price/Time Breakdown

Cost: $6.49
Price Per Serving: $1.62
Prep Time: 0 mins
Cook Time: 30 Mins

Simply Real Moms’s Chicken Pot Pie

For MY Chicken Pot Pie, I did as I always do to make it. I bought my ingredients at another grocery store, I chopped the fresh veggies, simmered the chicken for hours, shredded the chicken, made my own sauce using the stock from the chicken and baked it in a pre-made pie crust (because like I said, I can’t make pie crusts…).

Price/Time Breakdown

Pie Crust: $4.29
Chicken: $8.84
Celery: $1.99
Onion: $0.98
Carrots: $0.84

Cost: $16.94
Price Per Serving: $4.24
Prep Time: 5 hours
Cook Time: 45 Mins

So obviously, time wise you will win with Fresh & Easy’s Kitchen To Go Meals but I was shocked to find out that the price was way better than homemade! I figured the price per serving with each pie serving four people, and theirs cost only $1.62 per serving!

It’s faster and cheaper, but how did it do with our taste test?

My husband and I both preferred my homemade pot pie to the Kitchen To Go pot pie, but both agreed that it wasn’t because Fresh & Easy’s version wasn’t good. The Kitchen To Go Pot Pie was actually creamier than my homemade version because my sauce soaked into the pie crust as it baked, and the crust on the KTG pot pie was evenly cooked throughout, while mine was a little undercooked on the bottom. We actually really liked the KTG pot pie, it just doesn’t hold a candle to mine taste wise. But since I am just not willing to make a Chicken Pot Pie on demand and cook all day, the Kitchen To Go version is the next best thing, and a really tasty alternative! If you’d like to try some of their tasty Kitchen To Go meals, make sure and take this coupon with you!

Sometimes you want ingredients. Sometimes you just want to eat. At Fresh & Easy, find freshly prepared meals that are ready to eat in minutes, delicious options that are ready to cook and even the raw ingredients you need to create your own recipes. Fresh & Easy makes grocery shopping easy with great food you can trust at prices you can afford and a small store to make it easy to get in, get out and get on with it.

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