Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice

Here is one of those Indian food products that Trader Joe’s seems to keep around for quite a while and it must be pretty popular if that’s the case. Trader Joe’s has been on a serious Indian food kick for some time as witnessed by the huge amount of Indian food items. I applaud that because I like food from all over the world.

This looks like the perfect, take it to work, stick it in the microwave type of lunch thing. Not sure it would fill me up for lunch, maybe I’ll bring some Naan bread to soak up the sauce and fill me up!ian food Jones for quite some time and I applaud that! I am a huge fan of authentic Indian food and eat it whenever I can…

You can clearly see this is a Product of Canada. Not sure why, except that it’s frozen and shipping frozen food half way around the world from India would probably be cost prohibitive. Most of the food they get from India is either canned, or put in a jar or comes in those pouches that you boil in water which is essentially the same as sticking it in a can or jar. I love the curry sauces they have too.
I reviewed another Butter Chicken product a while back and that one comes from the fridge section and is probably made somewhere in California. I liked it well enough and gave it 8 bells. This is quite a bit different from that one without any squash or spinach, which I found to be quite nice. This one is just sauce, chicken and rice.
It’s frozen so you have to take it out of the box and ever so delicately, cut a whole in the plastic cover to vent the steam. First you defrost for a few minutes, then you cook on high power for a few minutes. The kitchen instantly started to smell like an Indian restaurant and it smelled goooood!
I pulled it out of the microwave and let it rest for the prescribed minute or two then pulled the plastic back. I had two choices, either I ate it separately, or I scoop all the chicken and sauce onto the rice, which is what I did eagerly!
I quite enjoyed the flavors! They were deep and satisfying without too much heat. I know some of you are heat addicts and can’t get enough, and I like my fair share but not too hot is fine with me. Like I said, it wasn’t quite enough to fill me up but the price is right. The only issue I had with the dish was that when I got down to the bottom of the rice, it was quite runny. I don’t know if the sauce had separated or there was leftover water from the rice but it was a little bit of a turn off so I am marking it down a point for that.
All in all quite enjoyable! Not quite as good as the other Butter Chicken from the fridge section but if you want something quick and Indian to eat for lunch or dinner, this is something you might want to check out.I’m going to rate this Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice 7 Bells!
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3 Replies to “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice”

  1. Good value, I find it better tasting, and a heartier meal then the Tikki Masala at Whole Foods for $5.99. Now if Trader Joes only had Microwaves for customers like Whole Foods does so I can eat my meal at an outside table.

  2. Butter chicken is NOT supposed to be spicy at all! I’ve eaten it many times at many different places, and it’s never been spicy. I tried 2 bites 30 minutes & 8 oz of water ago, and my mouth is still burning!

    1. I don’t know why Trader Joe’s does this sometimes… Some of their Indian and Asian food is so spicy I think they are trying to compensate for something and this is from a guy who spent 2 years living in Thailand!

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