The pros: Trader Joe's Gluten Free Chicken Breast Nuggets are perfect with those who cannot have gluten which won't have you feeling deprived of the experience of chicken nuggets.
The cons: These aren't quite a perfect clone of the regular chicken nugget, but they come close enough.
I'm pretty sure most kids enjoy only certain food groups. Pizza and chicken nuggets usually make the short list of child approved meals. They are finger foods and just generally taste good. Even as adults, I like to indulge from time to time in both of those food groups. Now, if you've been around kids lately there has been an explosion of the number of food allergies. While we don't know what is leading to this increase, all that parents can do is accommodate and try to avoid the triggering food item or items.
Gluten-free foods have improved greatly in quality and a number of food blog develop recipes just for the gluten free folks. I recently reviewed a gluten-free pizza that was pretty good and improvement over other varieties that had been placed on shelves. I figured it was time to expand my horizons an try a familiar but updated classic: chicken nuggets.
For $4.99 you are getting a one pound bag of chicken nuggets that need to be baked for about 20 minutes in the oven. The chicken cooked up tender as can be. The outside crip with no signs of sogginess. While there was a good crispness, there was a slightly different texture to breading but not huge. The texture still had a slightly almost gummy texture to it. To better describe it, it sort of reminded me of a beer batter style that was significantly more dense.
Visually, there only a handful of white breading patches, but otherwise there is no outward signs that you are getting something radically different here. If you are gluten free, then I recommend this. If you are having gluten free company over, then this is perfectly good to serve. As someone with no food allergies, I thought it was good, but wouldn't reach for this over the regular variety. But not everyone is as lucky and thankfully there is a good option for chicken nuggets and pizza out there for those people who can't have gluten. Feel free to serve this with a dipping sauce, I opted for good old fashioned ketchup. However, if you are gluten-free you already know to check to make sure everything dipped into these are gluten-free as well.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Gluten Free Chicken Breast Nuggets:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? I'm very fortunate to live in a household where there are no allergies are present, so buying Trader Joe's Gluten Free Chicken Breast Nuggets isn't a necessity. However, if I knew I had someone who could not have gluten (especially kids) I would absolutely not hesitate to pick this item up.
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Jennifer A Crom says
Betty, I mean Brenda...I ADORE your reviews! They are so thorough and consistent! True story, I'm actually an artist at Trader Joes... but also deal with food challenges. So as I was about to dig into my GF nuggets, I wanted to see if/how much soybean oil was involved...and loved that you had a review for me to check, which always included the ingredients list. You are amazing!
Hey Jennifer! Glad I could help. Thanks so much for your kind words.