I have to admit, United Airlines is on a roll lately when it comes to meals in domestic first class. I think the carrier has finally realized that simpler is better and my chicken meatballs this week hit the spot.
United Airlines First Class Taste Test – Chicken Meatballs
Among my pre-order options this week for my flight from Milwaukee (MKE) to Denver (DEN) I noticed a new choice, chicken meatballs.
Chicken meatballs with roasted peppers, polenta, and Calabrian chili sauce.
United has offered both “beyond meat” and beef meatballs in the past, but this was the first time I had ever seen chicken meatballs on the menu.
By the way, Calabrian refers to a region in Southern Italy.
It is a peninsula bordered by Basilicata to the north, the Ionian Sea to the east, the Strait of Messina to the southwest, which separates it from Sicily, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west.
I was hoping for a simple dish with a decent sauce and that is exactly what was served. The sauce was actually quite sweet and was a nice accompaniment to the polenta (boiled cornmeal). The meatballs were tender and lightly spiced (without tasting like manufactured mystery meat).
Lunch was served with salad and cake. Bread was offered later, but I declined it.
The chicken meatballs are not a bad dish. In fact, they are quite good and I will order them again. Believe it or not, I prefer it to the cheeseburger and fries!
My Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.