The pros: Trader Joe’s Grilled Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers are tender, well done, and flavorful.
The cons: Might be on the spicy side for some. This product is seasonal.
The verdict: Recently, I went out with a few of my coworkers to a local restaurant called Ripe in Mount Vernon, NY. We picked the place because they have fabulous Caribbean food and the chef was on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (and yes, he actually beat Bobby). It’s a restaurant they you could easily miss when driving by. Ever since then I’ve been craving Caribbean food, but haven’t been willing to go for the drive.
It’s just about summer time and mango tends to be the go to flavor for Summer at Trader Joe’s. This year is no exception. I picked up their Grilled Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers. For $5.49, these weren’t as good as the restaurant, but they were darn good for a freezer entree.
In the package there should be 6 skewers. I cooked all of these at once and figured whatever was left over I could put on a salad the next day. I cooked them in the toaster oven and avoided the microwave. Chicken and the microwave rarely get along. While the box says a grill pan is the recommended way, there was absolutely nothing wrong with putting them in the toaster. And if you are wondering, I ate 5 out of the 6 in one sitting because they were so good.
The chicken was so very tender and could be eaten in bit sized chunks. The mango chutney added a nice thick fruity flavor on top. These are excellent to reach for, but I must caution most people out there on one thing.
These are medium to medium hot in terms of spice. Anything with a jerk seasoning is usually spicy, however, Trader Joe’s website doesn’t mention it with complete accuracy. While they are saying it’s not too spicy, I’ll tell you there is a good amount of heat here. It won’t hit you right away, but by the end of the skewer it will slow you down.
This does justice to a Caribbean dish. It manages to be flavorful, tender, and brings the heat. It’s a balancing act. It’s an act that is done well and I’d buy it again.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you purchase this item.
The box of Trader Joe’s Grilled Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After Trader Joe’s Grilled Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers was cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? This is a yes from me. I really like Caribbean food and if you can handle the spice then this is a good choice to reach for.
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