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?