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.
There are a few new menu items this month on United Airlines in first class that I will be reviewing in the days ahead. Maybe I ordered it on a bad night, but I was deeply disappointed by the Japanese-style curry chicken on a recent flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.
United Airlines Offers Japanese-Style Curry Chicken In First Class
Officially called the Japanese-style curry chicken bowl, the meal is actually served in a casserole dish rather than a bowl. It includes noodles, sliced chicken strips, carrots, and green onions, with a brown curry sauce sprinkled over it.
I found this to be a very disappointing entree, primarily because the chicken was extremely dry. I also found the curry sauce to have an odd flavor that was sort of halfway between curry and just a simple chicken broth.
The noodles needed a lot more sauce, the carrots were bland, and the onions few and far between.
The flight attendants also did not bother to heat up the bread or cookie, which was probably a good thing because it made it easier for me not to eat them.
United is mixing up its first class menu this month with a number of new entrees and for the first time since the pandemic, different options based on the direction of travel. The ability to pre-order meals is also available, though still limited to narrowbody aircraft.
My advice: avoid the chicken curry bowl. If I order it again and it turns out better, I’ll post an update, but it was certainly a disappointment out of Chicago.
Have you tried the Japanese-Style Curry Chicken bowl on United Airlines?