It's been a while since I reviewed anything in the refrigerated case that pertains to meat. And in fact, two new kabobs caught my eye: one chicken and one beef.
I turned my oven on to give both a whirl. So unlike some kabobs, there are no veggies to break up all the meat. So plan accordingly. Each package is pretty close to one pound. My package of chicken set me back $5.93 or $5.49 per pound.
How good can kabobs me from the oven? Well if you don't mind forgoing the char that a grill can give then yes, these are pretty darn good. And they are pretty darn full of meat.
I was tempted to turn on my broiler to prepare this but wanted to see how the actual directions worked. And yes, the actual directions for the oven are spot on.
What came out of the oven wasn't the prettiest kabob but the chicken was moist and flavorful. Most importantly it was cooked all the way through. It's one thing for beef not to be cooked all the way through, but chicken is a must.
And there is a fine line between cooked and annihilated when it comes to chicken. Fortunately, mine wasn't dry in the least.
But aside from the chicken being moist the highlight here is really the marinade. This isn't one of those items where there is anything similar already on store shelves. Nope, this one is unique.
The marinade here is acidic in nature which could be good or could be gross. Here it seemed to work. There is a pinch of heat with it as well. It's mild at best.
The flavor of the marinade is pleasantly full of coconut, garlic, and ginger flavors. There is enough acidity here to keep the flavors bright. The smidge of heat rounds out the flavor profile here.
Best of all it is just as good served hot as it is cold. I had these straight out of the oven and they were solid. I got into the second one the next day straight from the refrigerator. I thought the meat would be great with a salad. And cold the taste didn't disappoint either.
Pretty standard packaging for meat. This is in a plastic container. This isn't shrink-wrapped like other pre-marinated meats like Chicken Shawarma. The packaging wouldn't work with the wooden skewer found here.
Despite the amount of space for air in the package, this seemed to have a pretty lengthy expiration all things considered.
This actually was really impressive in terms of flavor. I've had a few underwhelming options before but this actually wasn't one of them.
So unless you are a real carnivore one skewer is a meal. You could easily get four meals out of this by adding this meat to a salad. It was delicious both hot and cold.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Thai Style Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs are a yes from me.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Thai Style Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs
Product Name: Trader Joe's Thai Style Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs
Product Description: Trader Joe's Thai Style Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs are a new refrigerated marinated meat option.
Price: $5.49 per pound
Trader Joe's Thai Style Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs just need to be cooked
- Well seasoned and easy to prepare
- No prep work involved
- No veggies to break up all the meat on this stick.