Trader Joe’s – Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice – Food Review

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Butter Chicken
Trader Joe’s

Don’t let the name lead you in the wrong direction.  This is anything but sweet and buttery.  This is the Indian version of buttery.   It’s one frozen entrée where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

April 13, 2016

Let’s start with the rice which was not sticky, but a little watery at the bottom of the tray.  I’ll blame this small problem on not punching enough vent holes in the plastic film.  The rice was more like regular long grain rice than basmati rice.  The sort of nutty flavor of basmati was generally missing.

The sauce had a heart burn inducing heat.  Fortunately the heat was not long-lasting.  While the red pepper based heat showed up like a hot summer day, there were few other flavors evident.  Hmm, I sort of missed those other flavors.

At first glance the rather tough chicken pieces seemed sparse.  However the tray was fairly deep, and an adequate amount of chicken was hidden under the sauce.  As the previous sentence implies, there was also an adequate amount of sauce.  Mixing the rice with the sauce seemed the way to go, giving the rice more flavor and the sauce less heat.

While the individual parts were found lacking in some respects, overall I liked this.  For those liking some heat in their food, this satisfies that need.  Surprisingly and unexpectedly considering the mere 270 calories indicated on the box, I was also left with a nice feeling of fullness.

In parting,  just a note about those 270 calories.  The nutrition label indicates: 270 calories per 1 cup (250g) serving – servings per container 1.  However the front of the box lists, 12.5 ounces (354g).  In my math that would be about 1.4 servings in the box.

  Price $3.69       –    Calories 270 per cup (250g)

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Butter Chicken – Trader Joe’s





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5 Responses to “Trader Joe’s – Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice – Food Review”

  1. Darlene Garvais Says:

    There’s no way that a 12.5 ounce entree of Butter Chicken & rice is 270 calories with 21g protein when an 8.5 ounce entree of Tikka Masala Chicken & rice with the same protein is 360 calories. I think they forgot to account for the rice calories, or the larger portion.

    Liked by 1 person

    • steveo Says:

      Part of the difference is the calories from fat 6g vs 14 g in the Tikka. Fat has roughly twice the calories as carbs or protein.


  2. ALDI – Butter Chicken w/ Basmati Rice – Journey To India – Food Review | Ain't Found A Good Title Blog Says:

    […] this review with a previous review of a Trader Joe’s version of Butter Chicken, both are good but both also have a couple of deficiencies.  This one may be slightly better.  […]


  3. dunelight Says:

    Heat, no flavor? I have no Trader Joe’s near me but when the schedule is full I do eat TV dinners. Thanks for the review!

    Liked by 1 person

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