The pros: Trader Joe's Chicken Parmigiana looks like chicken parmigiana that you would expect from your local pizzeria.
The cons: If you are planning on using the oven, you'll need to use a separate dish. Texture was not very good.
The verdict: Just to clarify one point before I get started. I've tried a number of refrigerated items from Trader Joe's. In my opinion, Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata was by an Ugly Betty. It wasn't pretty to look at or taste. I did prepare it in the microwave and based on both taste and appearance was unwilling to repurchase to find out if it was decent in the oven. One person did comment and blame the bad results on using the microwave. So I'm trying this in the oven to give this the best shot possible. Chicken and the microwave do not always get alone. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it's a calamity.
So for $6.49, this was yet another waste of money. I made this in the oven. It looks pretty good from the pictures. Biting into it is another story. The mozzarella and marinara weren't the problem. The problem was with the chicken itself. A good chicken parm has chicken that is tender. This wasn't tender. This was chewy. Out of the oven. The texture of almost the whole cutlet tasted like the sinewy parts of meat. It had that terrible chewy mouthfeel. I had the other cutlet, it didn't suffer the same chewiness, but it wasn't great. I wouldn't repurchase this. If you live in an area with good pizzerias, don't bother with this.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this item:
The box in the refrigerated aisle:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No. Trader Joe's Chicken Parmigiana with Marinara had the same unappealing texture as Trader Joe's Chicken Piccata. I don't know what pieces of meat they are choosing, but it tastes like the butcher is getting way too close to the bones or it's been heated/reheated too many times before reaching the customer.
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