The Pros: Trader Joe's Tempura Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce has crispy fried chicken ready in about 15 minutes.
The Cons: The sauce of Trader Joe's Tempura Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce. A good sweet and sour makes or breaks this dish. This was way under flavored. It needed something, but it was lacking in flavor.
The Verdict: For $5.99 stick with a pint of Sweet & Sour chicken from your local Asian establishment. Sweet and sour chicken should always be better with the sauce. Sadly, this wasn't. I won't be repurchasing this one.
You have a lot of really great options in the freezer aisle of Trader Joe's. Among the standouts are the Beef and Broccoli and if you want that sorta sweet and sour taste then reach for the Orange Chicken which is a consumer favorite year after year.
Here is the visual rundown before I give my final assessment of this product (which continues below the pictures):
The bag of Trader Joe's Tempura Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
What comes out of the bag? Enough chicken to fill a toaster oven tray and a packet of frozen sauce:
When it was done, mixed and ready to serve:
After trying it, it was tolerable, not gross, and the garbage can didn't get any of it. This doesn't compete just because of the sauce. It just not flavorful enough. It's not really sweet or sour. It's just there. If you want a better Asian entrée, pick up Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken or the vegan equivalent Trader Joe’s Vegan Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels. They are full of flavor in ways this is not. I'll pass on this one.
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