>Not usually an Applebee’s fan (in fact, it’s one of my least favorite chains) but at loose ends last night, I decided to try one of the items off of their “less than 550 calories” menu. I chose the Chicken Portobello.
I almost hate to admit it, but I was very impressed. It was quite good. The meal came with a grilled breast of chicken smothered in grilled red peppers and portabellas a touch of dijon and topped with a fairly generous amount of white cheddar. On the side were grilled vegetables (broccoli, baby carrots, zucchini) and an herbed new potato cut into quarters.
Everything was very well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The cheese was hot and bubbly, the chicken was very moist. Just the right amount of salt on the veggies, which were tender while retaining their bright color and full taste. And there was more than enough to eat. At no time did I feel I was eating a diet meal.
There are several options on the under 550 menu, including (hard to believe) a steak as well as several shrimp dishes. I’ll definitely go back.