Trader Joe’s Roasted Rosemary Boneless Chicken Breast with Wild Rice Pilaf

I spotted this Trader Joe’s Roasted Rosemary Boneless Chicken Breast with Wild Rice Pilaf in the prepared foods section of my local Trader Joe’s and was intrigued. It looked good, it sounded good, so I decided to give it a shot.  I had it in the fridge for a few days, and then decided on having it for lunch with a small side salad.
I pierced the film and put it into the microwave, took it out when it was done and measured out my serving.  I initially raised an eyebrow at the chicken and realized the skin was still on it. Now, I don’t eat skin on any meat so it grossed me out just a bit –but I ended up pulling the skin off and chucking it in the garbage. Granted the removal of the skin would lower the points and calories, but since I wasn’t able to recalculate I left it as is.  The meal was quite filling with a small side salad.  The chicken was moist and the pilaf was delicious and packed with flavor and vegetables. It was one of the better heat and eat rice pilafs I have had.
Price wise these come in at right below $6, which truly isn’t bad for a convenience meal for two people.  A serving is half the container (255 grams), which is 310 calories or 8 points plus values.
What is one of your favorite prepared meal at a grocery chain?

Trader Joe’s Greek Style Chicken with Orzo, Spinach and Feta Cheese

I’ve begun dabbling more and more into the selection of “heat and eat” meals at Trader Joe’s.  I’ve found a number that are repeat purchases for me, while with others I’m first trying them out.  The Trader Joe’s Greek Style Chicken with Orzo, Spinach and Feta Cheese is one of those meals I’ve seen couintless times but just had not purchased.  That is until my last Trader Joe’s trip where I picked it up to try something new.  Typically with these heat and eat meals, I share them with my boyfriend or end up sharing with my mother (depending on the meal).  This is one of those meals I ended up sharing with my mother (hence the feta cheese and olives – they’re not my boyfriends forte).
Typically I find with most of the heat and eat meals, they contain 2 servings but this particular meal contains 3 servings.  1/3 of the container is a serving size – weighed out a serving is 170 grams.  The serving should typically consist of 2 slices of chicken and then 1/3 of the orzo mixture.  The interesting thing with this particular meal is you can either eat it cold or hot.  I prefer hot because I don’t necessarily care for cold meats (aside from deli meat).
The meal itself is good. The chicken is on the plainer side, but it is moist.  The orzo mixture is delicious, although I will say when eating it with the olives it makes it VERY salty.  So salty, that I had to pick the olives out of my meal and discard them.  I’m also not a fan of sundried tomatoes so I had to pick those out of the meal as well.  Nonetheless, regardless of having to remove a few additions, I found the meal was good.  I would repurchase it again, but it’s not a meal that I’d repurchase every time I popped into Trader Joe’s.  I found the serving size to be more than adequate and filled me until dinner time.  It really turned me onto orzo, which I’ve never had in a meal before.
A serving size calculates out to 8 points plus values.
What “heat and eat” meals have you tried from Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s Pulled Chicken Breast

Over the course of the past year, I have been trying out different packaged pulled chicken meals. I like a slightly sweet yet smoky barbecue sauce with my pulled chicken.  I had high hopes for this Trader Joe’s Pulled Chicken Breast with Rib Meat in Smoky BBQ Sauce.
A serving size is 1/3 of the package – 151grams.  Its 140 calories for the serving and only 3 points plus values which I felt was impressive.  What really sold me was the “smoky BBQ sauce” so I decided to take a gamble and pick up a package.  I heated it through for lunch one afternoon, piled my serving onto a Trader Joe’s multigrain slim and paired it with a cut up microwave cooked potato for “fries.”
At first it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t delicious.  It was smoky but also somewhat sweet. It was a simple meal – rather mediocre and not rave worthy.  I finished my serving, put the rest away and the next day I heated the remainder through to make a sandwich for my boyfriend and I.  Well, I bit into a piece of what I call grizzle.  You know that hard, “plastic” type cartilage that you can sometimes find in chicken?  Well … let me just say, I have texture issues and the moment I bit into that, I was done. I was no longer hungry, I was repulsed and my sandwich went into the garbage.
I’m starting to believe my quest to find A++ style pulled chicken, that’s not bad points plus wise, is not going to happen unless I just make it myself.
Have you tried the Trader Joe’s pulled chicken?

Trader Joe’s Chicken Parmigiana with Marinara Sauce

I’ve seen this Chicken Parmigiana with Marinara Sauce at Trader Joe’s countless times but just hadn’t picked it up until recently.  I was really in the mood for chicken parm, but since my boyfriend isn’t a fan of cheese, it just made a little more sense to pick this up to have and share with any willing parties (which happened to be my mother).
I’ve tried the eggplant towers from Trader Joe’s and was a huge fan, so I went into the chicken parm with high hopes and I can firmly state I was not let down.  The whole dish was just superb and a great treat.  The chicken is moist and easy to cut (I didn’t need to use a knife even after microwaving the dish).  It’s covered in a delicious thick sauce, which in my opinion is phenomenal and packed with flavor. It’s then topped with a thin layer of cheese.  Quite yummy!
There are 2 servings in the container, with 8 ounces being a serving size.  I found each of the chicken cutlets were roughly the same size, the sauce being evenly distributed amongst both pieces brought each serving close to the 8 ounces.  A serving is 9 points plus, which may seem high but when factoring a 6 ounce piece of chicken, breaded cutlet, sauce and cheese – it’s well worth it.  I did enjoy mine alongside a tossed salad which made it a complete meal without needing to have pasta.  It got two big thumbs up from both my mother and I.
Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Chicken Parmigiana?