Most Chinese takeout places don't deliver to remote wilderness locations. Fortunately for you, there's the Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Rice with Chicken to satisfy your cravings far from home.

  • Potential allergens include peanuts, soy, gluten, and wheat
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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

like many other reviews i saw i thought that this meal had a strange texture to it, maybe if we had added extra water it would have done something different but for now thats what i thought.


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Tried this once. Tasted all right, kind of weird texture, and did the job. Not really something I'm inclined to come back for.

Easy & Delicious

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After a long day of backpacking, this meal does not disappoint. It was filling and the flavor was great. It did take longer than most to cook, especially because I was at high elevation.. but when you are only boiling water and waiting, its not that big of a deal!

Too Easy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are so damn convenient, and this is possibly my favorite dinner one. The flavor, and texture you get, from just putting boiling water into a bag, is pretty remarkable. Plus, this one comes with peanuts, and crushed red pepper, to top it off. Yum.

Easy backpacking food

    Disclaimer: all my food reviews will be after I've been out in the middle of nowhere for a few days, mostly eating bars, so anything hot is going to be the best meal of my life.
    I'd recommend letting it sit with hot water for an extra 5 minutes at least to make sure everything gets cooked.

    POw pow Pow

      This is an oldie but a goodie. A favorite of mine from Backpacker's Pantry. The flavor is good and most importantly, the texture isn't gross. I'm a big fan and always enjoy the jealous looks of campmates when I bust out this flavorful feast. Sorry. Not sorry, but I'm not sharing.

      Sooo good on the trail!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I enjoyed these meals so much, that I would like to eat them everyday. But, I wont. They are designed to give your body what it needs for strenuous exercise and that they do. Good carb/protein mix with salt to keep your electrolytes up. Light weight enough to carry five days worth, but they do take up space in your pack. I use a 70 L back pack. For longer trail time I need to condense weight and volume so couscous is my go to grub.

      Pretty cool

        Its much better when you use the added spices and peanuts. I enjoyed it once but probably couldn't eat it more than once on a multi day trip.

        Not too spicy

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is actually a pretty good choice for climbing. Chicken and rice is pretty easy to eat and the kung pao adds only a tiny bit of spice and flavor to the whole thing. I tend to get sick easily when climbing, and this is a really easy meal for me to eat.

        Kung wow

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        One of my favorites. As with most of these meals, after a day of activity, one bag can easily be finished by one person.

        Good Meal

          This was another really good meal and these freeze dried meals are a must have when backpacking. So light.


          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Great lightweight food for my long hiking trips. I'm sold on freeze dried food on long hikes or food storage. Very tasty, lightweight, and filling.

          Pro Tip: Don't turn your zip-locked bag upside down to help mix the water and food. The zip-lock feature is not very strong and you will most likely dump your food all over the ground and scald your hands as well. I have seen this happen many times.