When I took part in the Tim Hortons Grilled Panini focus group we were shown a couple different menu board presentations that had pasta dishes available in addition to soups and chilli but the options we saw were tomato based sauces. Fast forward 8 months Tim Hortons have added Creamy Chicken Rotini to the menu. It’s described on the website and on the TV commercial as ” Our Creamy Chicken Rotini is made with a hint of Parmesan cheese, seasoned all-white meat, green peas and mushrooms in a delicious creamy sauce. Served with Garlic Toast.”. Sounds good on paper but whats it like in reality?
The one thing that I noticed right away was how hot temperature wise it was. Price wise it comes in at just under $5 for a regular size and $7 and change for a large, I ordered a large but should have gotten a small. The sauce was thick but not starchy and it made up the bulk of the dish. The pasta was completely over cooked as you would expect and I could have used more chicken and veggies in it. Flavor wise I was also expecting it to be on the salty side but it was actually pretty mild and the flavor of the Creamy Chicken Rotini reminded me of Chicken Al a King. The one thing that was missing was the Parmesan cheese flavor, I totally couldn’t taste it or pick it up after finishing the whole dish.
Overall I liked the new Creamy Chicken Rotini but it could have used some zip in the flavor department but I will give Tim Hortons credit for creating something with a comfort food feel.