I have never had this particular dish at Chili's, so I don't have a basis for a comparison. I can say this, I really enjoyed this dish. It didn't have that stale frozen TV dinner taste. it was very flavorful, creamy and cheesy. The bacon was real bacon pieces and the pasta was not mushy at all. It probably would not be snow to fill up a grown man with a healthy appetite, but it totally satisfied me. This will be a mainstay in my freezer.