To make the trial a bit more interesting, I boiled the water in an Olicamp Space Saver cup on an Esbit stove (both from my possibles bag). Based on past experience with the Esbit, I used two fuel tablets and also covered the cup with a piece of aluminum foil.
It took about 6 minutes for the water to boil. The Esbit tabs were still burning, lasting for about 10 minutes total.
I followed the directions by pouring in the boiling water, sealing the pouch, and waiting about 8 or 9 minutes. Then open, stir, and eat.
It was quite tasty. There wasn't a lot of chicken, rather, it was mostly rice. However, I found it to be pretty filling (the Newcastle I drank with it helped, I'm sure).
Freeze dried meals like this one have a few advantages: they are light, can be prepared in their containers by adding boiling water, and they have a long shelf life (at least 7 years).
On the downside, you need to be able to provide boiling water, which of course requires not only the water but a way to boil it. They are also high in sodium, which can be bad for those on restricted diets.
For me the good points outweigh the bad, so I'll probably pick up some more.