Review: Frontier Soups’ Colorado Campfire Chicken Stew

We first saw Frontier Soups‘ gluten-free soup mixes at our local Safeway. They looked hearty and delicious and something awesome to make quickly on a cold night. So, the boyfriend picked a few up. This review is for the Colorado Campire Chicken Stew.

Only we didn’t read the instructions until we got home, and we realized that this soup was the bare bones kit – we would need so much more stuff to make this really happen. We needed chicken, veggies,  butter, flour/cornstarch, and 6 cups of chicken broth. Good god, what did we get ourselves into? On another grocery store run we picked up all the ingredients and expected a very tasty scrumptious meal. The boyfriend slaved away at slicing up the chicken and prepping all the extras.  Here are the details on the bag:

Recipe Additions:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour or use cornstarch for gluten free
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken, cut up
  • Freshly ground pepper

Chicken Stew Recipe Directions:

  1. In a four quart pot melt butter and saute’ onion 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour or cornstarch, stir continuously for 30 seconds to form paste.
  3. Stir in broth, raise heat, and bring to a simmer. Stir until thickens.
  4. Add contents of Colorado Campfire Chicken Stew mix and chicken.
  5. Bring to a simmer again, cover and cook 30 minutes.
  6. Serve this thick-as-pot pie soup with biscuits on the side!
So, we put some awesome Schar ciabattas on the side of the stew after warming them up and toasting them in the oven. We love Schar, and these were the closet things to biscuits we had on hand for the “biscuits on the side” part of the recipe. The browned so well and are such great pieces of bread to eat on their own or as a sandwich roll. Unfortunately, the Schar ciabatta rolls are basically the only thing I recommend on this recipe.

We used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oat flour for the flour in the recipe and followed everything as well as we could (we’re not great recipe followers, but we really try). I was kind of excited to eat it, even if it looked like a Boston Market pot pie threw up in a bowl. However, it was pretty tasteless. In fact, it had a weird taste to it. It can’t just be the oat flour…or could it be? It just tasted like paste. There was no flavor to it! We added minced garlic, onion flakes, pepper and salt – and really….just tasteless. We spent about $7.00 on the mix, a few dollars more for chicken and veggies, and hours in the kitchen making it all come together. I ate maybe a cup of it and then wanted to throw it out. No thanks!

I can’t recommend buying this, and honestly it makes me not want to try the other Frontier Soups that I purchased. I’d rather eat some Progesso soup that’s gluten-free, or just make chicken and veggies, served with the Schar rolls. If you are making this, I would suggest something other than oat flour, and to really taste as you go and to over season the mix – as the mix provided is really not enough to tempt the tastebuds.

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Schar ciabattas, however, get a 4 for me. Thank you for saving the dinner, guys.

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