The pros: Trader Joe's Chickenless Crispy Tenders are a meatless vegan option in the freezer aisle.
The cons: This breading turned out to be a complete disappointment on this. The finished product did not look much like the picture on the box.
A while back I had picked up Trader Joe's Chickenless Mandarin Orange Chicken Morsels. I've been longing for them ever since they disappeared from shelves. While I had no explanation as to why a perfectly good product would disappear, I wanted to write a review about something that was just as good. Sadly, these don't live up to those.
The bag would have you believe that you are getting some deeply breaded crispy vegan chicken tenders. By the time I got to the finished product, I had decent vegan chicken, but the breading was this items downfall. While there are two sets of directions, I opted to make mine in the oven. I'm not always crazy about refrying a fried item.
My breading struggled to stay on the chicken. I had more of a greasy mess, than crispy chicken tenders. My breading was sliding off of these. There was even quite a bit of oil left behind on the baking sheet too. The vegan chicken itself tasted like, well, chicken. Good, but much harder to enjoy when only half of the product is really enjoyable.
For $3.29, I'll stick with the very awesome Soy Chorizo if I want to go completely meatless. With enough flavoring, even the Beefless Ground Beef was a better option. I won't buy this again, but I keep wishing for those vegan mandarin morsels back.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Chickenless Crispy Tenders:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe's Chickenless Crispy Tenders again.
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