Monday, February 13, 2017

Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl

New item; $3.49, serves one.

Based on long experience with Trader Joe's frozen-to-oven foods, I set the timer for 36 minutes, instead of the 25-30 recommended on the side of the box, and it proved to be exactly right. Hot throughout, just a bit crispy at the edges.

I liked the overall result a lot. It felt like just the amount I wanted to eat for my lunch. The level of spiciness hit the sweet spot between blandness and excess. The ratio of chicken nuggets, veggies, and rice/quinoa was pleasing. I really can't think of anything to complain about.

Will I buy it again? 

Yes, though with a caveat common to these posts--specifically, that I would buy it a lot more often if they made it (or made an alternative version) with TJ's own excellent vegan fake chicken. As it stands, my desire to minimize my intake of meats--even those that aren't as objectionable as beef and pork--will be the limiting factor in how often these bowls see the inside of my freezer.

Also: Canada, for Mexican food??? What, is Trump's wall already keeping things out from the south?


  1. don't know if I'm ready for fake chicken. Have not ever tried quinoa.
    I do love Mexican food.

  2. I won't try this myself since I'm vegetarian but i certainly would try a veg version which is easy to do with mexican.
    The new vegetable patties are pretty good but certainly no substitute for a proper veggie burger- the cauliflower one is what i tried and the texture inside is a bit soft but they're very low calorie/low fat/low protein so they don't really work as the center of a meal.

  3. I just reviewed this one today! I thought the same thing - WHY IS THIS FROM CANADA?? Strange... It wasn't spicy enough for me, but it isn't awful. :) Here's what I thought of it:

  4. I've tried this twice. Both times, I had to cook for over an hour. I even turned up the temp to 400 (conventional oven). Plastic container and clear plastic wrap...they remain on, right? "Remove outer packaging"....isn't the "outer packaging" the box? What's the "inner packaging"?