Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad

Are you a fan of chicken salad? Are you a fan of curry? If you can answer "yes" to both of those questions, then you'll love this stuff. Before I tried this, I imagined what the perfect curried chicken salad would taste like. And the product matched what I imagined. And I mean exactly matched. This is the archetype. This is the genuine article. This isn't the shadow of curried chicken salad on the wall of the cave, this is the curried chicken salad itself

Somewhere, some culinarily-inclined East Indian person must have married a Mennonite or Amish person from Lancaster County, PA, or somewhere else where people make near-perfect chicken salad, and the two went about creating the most amazing "fusion" dish I've had in a long time. It's every bit as good as, though in no way similar to, Bulgogi Tacos.

There's just the right amount of spicy curry, just the right amount of chicken, and just the right amount of everything else. I should have taken a pic of the product out of the container, but I inhaled the whole thing too quickly and I forgot. Upon first glance, looking at the salad, there appeared to be an excess of raisins, but it definitely didn't taste that way. They balanced everything out juuust right. The chicken was moist, bite-sized, and had a great consistency.

I ate this with a fork, straight from the tub. I could have kicked myself for not picking up naan bread while I was there. I bet this would have been killer with actual Indian bread, but it also would have made a decent sandwich with just regular old Sunbeam.

This might not be the most common purchase for us or anyone else, but I simply can't imagine curried chicken salad tasting much better than this. Sonia gives this product 5 stars. Me too.

Bottom line: 10 out of 10.

22 comments:

  1. I never thought Plato would apply to chicken salad, but I guess I'll have to try it for myself and see!

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  2. I think this is the first time I've seen 10 out of 10. I am so addicted to TJ's Wine Country Chicken Salad, I can't imagine something better. I'll give this one a try based on your high marks.
    Have you reviewed the W.C. Chicken Salad?

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    1. Ooh. I've never heard of the Wine Country Chicken Salad until now! Sonia and I took part of our honeymoon in wine country (Napa). That makes us experts on all things wine country, right?

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  3. I love this stuff and buy it every time I go to TJ's. I like to eat it on their whole wheat sandwich thins for lunch. I am kind of amazed you ate the whole thing straight from the container in one go.

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    1. Haha, yeah. I'll admit I ate most of it, but Sonia did have some too.

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  4. Damn you Nathan! I bought this yesterday (on my regular 2-minute walk to TJs at the end of the block) and it is indeed as addictive as you say. Not too wet (although I do love mayo and 'wet' salads) and really well-balanced as you noted. The raisins add just a bit of sweetness to the curry and chicken and other flavors. Tasted it with a fork and barely resisted eating the whole container. Had some on a bagel with a bit of mayo and it was great. This stuff would be good on any bread/wrap/roll! (Gotta try it in a TJ pretzel roll soon!)

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    1. I wish I had a TJs at the end of my block!

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    2. I'll share mine! Seriously, walk out the door and be back home putting away TJ treats in 15 minutes or less, no car needed!

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  5. agree on this item. it's insanely good.

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  6. Bought a tub today, it's half gone already (and I refuse to share!) It's fantastic, not too sweet or too spicy - just perfect. I may pick up another tomorrow to get me through the week. :)

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    1. I agree! I think I could eat 2 tubs each week, too, Jessica.

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  7. Does it have hard boiled eggs in it?

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    1. No. I just read the ingredient list.

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  8. it most likely that good because of the amount of fat it contains, must be healthy :0

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  9. Every single time I go to TJ's I get this item. It is hands down one of the best suggestions you have ever given. Thanks!

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    1. Glad to be of service, Daniel. Thanks for reading our blog!

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  10. An update to my addiction to this stuff: I just tried making my own version of it at home, following the ingredient label. (Mostly TJ ingredients too.) It also came out insanely good, just approximating the amounts. About a cup of TJ mayo, 6 lightly-cooked and chopped/shredded TJ chicken breast tenderloins, a healthy does of curry powder (mix of hot and Jamaican), a hake or 2 of ground ginger powder, a good squirt of honey, a squirt of lime juice, a small handfull of shredded carrot, and a smaller handful of raisins. I used walnuts instead of cashews, tho.Just mix everything together and refrigerate. (I mixed all but the chicken together first.) Really yummy! I have both TJ's and my version in the fridge right now. Both are great on a toasted pretzel bagel!!

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    1. oh yeah, and some finely-chopped sweet onion b/c I didn't have scallions handy.

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    2. Wow, sounds tasty! I bet your version gives TJ's a run for its money!

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