The pros: Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Autentico is a long standing favorite in the refrigerated aisle.
The cons: It is best on the day you prepare it. The leftovers just aren't as outstanding the next day.
If I had to pick on chicken item that I buy time and time again at Trader Joe's it would hands down be the Chicken Shawarma. Now, my husband did not love the spice blend on that. Nor does he really like chicken, especially dark meat. That's ok by me too.
More for me.
If I had to pick a white meat chicken favorite item, it would be this. And yes, I've tried quite a few of Trader Joe's pre-marinaded chicken items over the years.
This pollo asado is good.
This little package had two cutlets of well marinated chicken breast. The marinade is acidic and has a very mild heat to it.
The most important issue with chicken breast is whether or not it is dry. Without having much fat there is a danger of the dreaded dry chicken. That was not the case here.
The cutlets were about evenly sized and almost evenly shaped. If you are truly in a hurry, then pre-slice the chicken before throwing it into the pan. You'll cut down on the cooking time and ensure that it is cooked evenly.
What's great about this is the ways you can serve it. This would make a great taco/fajita night dinner. I enjoyed mine over a salad with all the taco fixings thrown into it.
For $6.04 for my package containing 2 cutlets it wasn't a bad deal. There is a slight premium for things ready made, but if you need a break from regular old chopped meat, then consider this item.
If you do end up with leftovers, its not quite the same the next day. This is best fresh out of the pan, so plan accordingly.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Autentico:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
For the sake of photography, I left one cutlet whole on a salad plate. The other I sliced into a salad with Butter Lettuce, Reduced Guilt Guacamole, Mini Heirloom Tomatoes, and a side of 3 Cheese Blend and the no longer on shelves organic spicy taco sauce.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Autentico again. It was really well done.
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