The pros: Trader Joe's Asian Style Ground Chicken is a new pre-marinated product that can make a meal a breeze.
The cons: Nothing really stands out.
The verdict: I love Asian cooking. I just don't want to keep a pantry full of products to make things for myself.
I took a Pad Thai class and was blown away by how many things I would need to keep on shelves to make this one item. So, since I don't make it or make it from scratch regularly, I also don't keep much beyond soy sauce on my pantry shelves.
Maybe the urge to make homemade dumplings or potstickers has hit you. Maybe you've grown tired of Trader Joe's Chile Lime Burgers and need something new to excite your palate.
Enter Trader Joe's Asian Style Ground Chicken.
It's all the flavor you would hope for in an Asian style marinade. It's complex. It's umami.
Yes, soy is the first flavor that hits your palate. But there is also a slight tangy flavor. It's a bit sesame, a bit ginger-y, a bit green onion-y and a whole lot of things that play a harmonious background profile.
This ground chicken looks so different from say other ground meats. It's thoroughly marinaded but in a pan if you aren't breaking it up, you'll have one big patty.
So it would work for no effort burgers or meatballs.
I used mine to pair with a fried rice. I was wishing for some wonton wrappers. These would make pretty awesome dumplings.
The only flavor that did not standout was the "natural rosemary flavor." It was the last ingredient, but it did not standout. There wasn't any real heat from this, but that can always be added in either during or after the cooking process.
For $4.49 this is priced in line with most ground meats. It makes for an exceptionally easy meal. While this is chicken, it is not bland in anyway. This was another really good pre-marinated chicken option.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Asian Style Ground Chicken:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients and cooking instructions:
After being cooked and meal prepped with some of Trader Joe's Japanese Fried Rice:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Asian Style Ground Chicken again. It have a feeling this one is going to become a staple in my household.
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