Readers of Food Box Mate will already be familiar with the fact that I love My Muscle Chef and rate them the best prepared meal delivery service in Australia.
That doesn’t mean they don’t have the odd ‘rubbish’ meal that’s worth avoiding.
That’s what I’m here for.
I’m working my way through every single My Muscle Chef dinner so you can pick out the best.
|Meal||Rating (out of 10)|
|Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl||10|
|Crumbed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes||6|
|Smokey BBQ Briskey||9|
|Breakfast Burrito Bowl||7|
|Kidney Bean Mix||4|
|Chia Crusted Salmon||7|
|Chicken & Cauliflower Bake||7|
|Mexican Superfood Bowl||5|
This article is a work in progress. I’ll be adding to this list every time I try a new meal! It’s taking a while since I keep buying the Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl.
Cooking all these meals has been the easiest thing I’ve ever done. All of them need just 90 – 120 seconds in the microwave before they’re ready to eat.
There’s a plastic film on top of the food to keep it vacuum-sealed. This is always easy to peel off and comes way in one single piece. Much better than those annoying films that always rip/break and you have to pull them off in multiple parts.
The trays that My Muscle Chef use are easily shallow enough to eat out of with a fork/spoon. I find this to be simpler than pouring/scraping the food out onto a plate. Personal preference there!
Want to learn more about the My Muscle Chef experience? Check out my thorough My Muscle Chef review where I explain why I rate them so highly.
Check out my individual review of each meal below, along with some of the finest food photography you’ll ever see (haha!).
- 1 Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl – 10/10
- 2 Beef Stroganoff – 8/10
- 3 Crumbed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes – 6/10
- 4 Salmon Risotto – 10/10
- 5 Smokey BBQ Brisket – 9/10
- 6 Breakfast Burrito Bowl – 7/10
- 7 Kidney Bean Mix – 4/10
- 8 Chia Crusted Salmon – 7/10
- 9 Lamb Shanks – 9/10
- 10 Vegetable Lasagna- 8/10
- 11 Beef Massaman – 6/10
- 12 Chicken & Cauliflower Bake – 7/10
- 13 Mexican Superfood Bowl – 5/10
- 14 The Best My Muscle Chef Meal
Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl – 10/10
This would be the dinner I’d eat for the rest of my life if I had to pick only one.
Not only is it packed full of protein (65g) and perfect for fitness recovery, but it tastes absolutely incredible. The sweet hit of chipotle mayo mixed in with the tangy capsicum and cabbage builds a delicious flavour to enjoy the base of rice and black beans. It’s the rice and black beans that bring a great texture, ensuring the whole mix isn’t too soggy.
This meal is best eaten fully mixed together, combining all the ingredients into every single mouthful.
Beef Stroganoff – 8/10
This meal promises a green ‘Spinach Pasta’ which, if I’m being honest, seems like a bit of a gimmick. When you’re eating, you don’t notice any difference in flavour or texture thanks to the Spinach so I do wonder why it’s even there.
However, if we ignore that mild annoyance, you’re left with a very delicious stroganoff dish. The sauce packs a flavourful punch along with nicely al dente pasta and beef that is not too chewy. Again, My Muscle Chef seem to find a way to avoid falling into the normal microwave meal traps.
My only real complaint would be the portion size, with this dish always leaving me wanting just a little bit more.
Crumbed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes – 6/10
Whoever came up with this recipe must be slightly insane. Let’s just ignore any ‘fresh’ ingredients and produce a stodgy mix of potato, chicken and chipotle mayo.
This is most definitely not a ‘balanced’ meal and the copious amounts of mayo make it very rich. Yet somehow this is the meal that I get the most cravings for, like it’s a cheat meal. You definitely don’t feel healthy at the end of it.
The major disappointment here comes from the ‘Roasted’ Potatoes that end up being fairly soggy thanks to the sauce. I wonder if they’ll ever be able to find a way to keep the crispiness of roasted potato. I hope so.
Salmon Risotto – 10/10
The first My Muscle Chef meal I ever had, which really kicked off my love affair with their dinners.
It’s very easy to lose texture when microwaving a meal, but this Salmon Risotto is a winner because it retains a bite to the rice and veggies. You’re definitely not eating mushy mess of a meal.
The salmon itself shines through as the star of this dish, packing a strong flavour and complementing the rich buttery nature of the risotto. You can see in the picture that this is seasoned with herbs that combine to bring a great depth of flavour.
Smokey BBQ Brisket – 9/10
Sweet, tangy barbecue brisket. It’s all going fantastically well… and then they go and elevate it all by adding feta. Yum!
I find the sweet potato and kale mash to be a little watery sometimes, which is solved by mixing it in fully with the brisket. There’s plenty of barbecue sauce involved, which can become the overpowering flavour and prevents this dish quite being a 10/10.
Importantly, the beef itself is tender and almost melts in your mouth like a proper brisket should.
Breakfast Burrito Bowl – 7/10
Warning: This dish does not look appetising. Fortunately, it manages to taste significantly better than it looks.
The stars of the show, mini sausages, are clearly high quality and bring a great herby flavour to the dish. Mixed in with the sweet potato, beans and corn this really packs a lot of flavour into every single mouthful.
I’m not entirely sure what the avocado adds, since it didn’t bring a lot of flavour. That’s probably evident from the way it looks in the picture above! Fortunately, that doesn’t prevent this dish from being a fantastic and easy breakfast option.
Kidney Bean Mix – 4/10
This may well come down to personal preference but I found these Kidney Beans to be so overpoweringly acidic (like vinegar) that it was quite unpleasant. I’m not even sure where the flavour comes from in the ingredient list.
This is part of their PLUS protein range, so you would normally add it to another meal. However, I wouldn’t personally run the risk of making another meal so acidic.
Had to steal the promotional picture for these as I forgot to take pictures when I tried them, and I’m certainly not buying them again!
Chia Crusted Salmon – 7/10
I have no idea how they’ve made the salmon quite so flavourful. It also flakes wonderfully, managing to avoid being too dry. Whilst I felt it was quite a small portion, I was really impressed by how the salmon had been cooked.
Then you have the rice and broccolini. These were a little watery, although the broccolini retained a nice crisp texture. There was probably too little sauce for my personal liking, with the “soy glaze” being just a light glaze on the salmon. It would be nice to have more of the sauce to mix in with the rice.
Lamb Shanks – 9/10
The picture does not do this dish any real justice, especially with the interesting angle I chose. Ignoring that, this was an incredibly delicious meal.
The lamb is cooked in a delicious gravy that is thick enough to provide a tasty coating with every mouthful. This only brings out the best of the star of the dish which is the lamb itself. You receive huge chunks of slow-cooked lamb that just melts in your mouth, which is exactly what you want.
The only minor complaint I had was that the sweet potato mash was a little bit mushy from overcooking. I can live with that.
Vegetable Lasagna- 8/10
There’s a puddle of liquid sitting next to this Lasagne, which does not look appetising at all. I hope that My Muscle Chef can sort this out since it was detrimental to the overall enjoyment of what is a fantastic Vegan dish.
They’ve managed to pack in a bucket-load of flavour, with layers of pasta, vegan bolognese and cashew sauce. Considering all the dairy/meat substitutions, they’ve done a fantastic job making it taste so delicious. It’s a meal I’d be happy eating again and again.
You’ll find that the pasta and vegetables actually retain really great texture and avoid being too mushy. It’s exceptionally tasty, just get rid of that watery mess!
Beef Massaman – 6/10
I’m not sure I would personally class this as a traditional Massaman curry, the flavour is a little more generic and without any real spice. Despite that, it’s still an enjoyable meal. You get huge chunks of beef, as you should with any Massaman.
However, I did find this meal to be a bit dry and ‘clumpy’ rather than having a genuine sauce. This left the rice to be quite boring and means it doesn’t go down as a favourite meal.
Despite all of that, I wouldn’t put anyone off buying it.
Chicken & Cauliflower Bake – 7/10
Yet another meal where it suffered from being quite watery. There wasn’t really a sauce to talk about as it seemed to be held together primarily by cheese, which is great if you love cheese!
I was totally not expecting the amount of heat this meal brought, with flecks of chilli throughout bringing a nice amount of spice. I wouldn’t usually associate a Chicken & Cauliflower Bake with being spicy, but it actually works exceptionally well.
All the veggies retained a nice bite/crunch rather than turning mushy as you can get with some other services. Overall a nice meal, they just need to do something about it being watery.
Mexican Superfood Bowl – 5/10
Just like the Kidney Bean Mix, this meal was quite acidic/sharp. I’m not sure what they put into these meals for that taste, but it’s not something I’m a massive fan of. This superfood bowl mushes all together into one big messy eating experience. You don’t really get to enjoy the textures from each element, which is a little disappointing.
You can’t win them all.
The Best My Muscle Chef Meal
This is always going to be subjective based on your personal preferences. However, I’m very clear on my personal favourite. That’s the Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl that brings together great flavour, texture and a huge portion size with 65g of protein. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with this one.
My Muscle Chef is my favourite prepared meal service in Australia, with dishes averaging a 7.5/10. When you only need to spend 2 minutes waiting for them to head in the microwave, this is a quite impressive average rating.