Monday, November 14, 2011

Kenny Rogers Introduces its Honey Roast Chicken + 4 New Side Dishes

By November 15, 2011, Kenny Rogers Roasters patrons will be treated to a whole new offering to add to their choices for the Christmas holidays. I was part of a blogger group that got first dibs at trying out these dishes so I am excited to tell you about my gastronomic experience.

First up is a new flavor for Kenny's chicken offerings - the Honey Roast Chicken.

I usually order the Fiesta chicken flavor when in Kenny Rogers but after trying the Honey Roast Chicken, I am changing my preference! 

Kenny Rogers perfected the preparation of this chicken by marinating the chicken in a mixture of honey and maple. The serving I had was very tasty and juicy. For me, eating it plain with rice was enough. 

You can order the Honey Roast Chicken WHOLE for only PhP 399 when you bring your family or group of friends. Or choose to have it with Kenny's Solo Plates, Healthy Plates, Combo Meals and Group Meals.

The servings do come with Kenny's own honey-garlic sauce for those who prefer to enhance the taste of the chicken. The sauce can be overpowering for some since the garlic-ky taste covers most of the initial honey-maple marinade of the chicken so when you order this, you may want to try the chicken as is first. Then dip slices of the chicken into the sauce next to see whether you want to slobber the sauce all over the chicken or eat the entire thing as it is.

Next are the new side dishes - all 4 of them!

Clockwise: Sour Cream and Chives Potatoes, Turnip Salad,
Aglio Olio and Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Two of these are hot side dishes while the other two are cold side dishes.

Let's start with the hot side dishes.

The Sour Cream and Chives Potatoes are baked marble potatoes coated in sour cream and chives butter mix. This is a winner if you love sour cream and chives because its tangy flavor really comes out. One tip: Don't even bother biting into the potatoes. They're small enough for you to pop into your mouth. That way you really get the flavors of the entire potato.

Aglio Olio is their healthy pasta side dish. I did note that this is prepared with olive oil sauce and sprinkled generously with garlic bits and chopped olives.

Now on to the cold side dishes.

The Garlic Parmesan Green Beans was a delightful surprise. I must confess, when I first saw it on the press release, I was thinking to myself - why, of all side dishes, string beans? After all, not many would really choose string beans as their side dish of choice when there are others to choose from. But before you think that way, you have to try this one because it is prepared with generous diced garlic bits and loaded with parmesan cheese. When I bit into my first bean, the crunchiness combined with the strong garlic and parmesan cheese combo really blended well.

Last but definitely not the least is the Turnip Salad. This is a fairly light salad made with crunchy turnip strips, carrots, cucumber and red cabbage tossed in a sweet and tart mango dressing. 

Want to know my favorite side dish? Actually, it's a toss-up between the Sour Cream and Chives Potatoes and the Garlic Parmesan Green Beans.

Visit any branch of Kenny Rogers Roasters beginning November 15 and try the Honey Roast Chicken as well as the new side dishes. 

Then let me know which side dish/es were your favorites.

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