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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings Sections

There's a few different ways to prepare wings. Grilling, smoking, deep frying...those are all valid methods. Baking though? And from frozen? Listen, if you're willing to sacrifice some quality on the altar of convenience...well, sure, I guess. After all, it is still a chicken wing, but you can expect a little soft mush instead of firm bite with crispy skin.

Such is the shortfall of Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings Sections. Convenient? Heck yes. Just need a few minutes in the oven to warm up these fully-cooked frozen fowl fragments. But, if you desire the usual feel of a good wing, or need more spice than the usually toned down variety made for mass consumption, these won't quite hit the spot. Spend the little extra time to get some fresh wings, make your own hot sauce concoction, and go for it.

All that being said, for what they, these aren't a bad bunch of wings. There was about an even ration of wings to drumsticks, and all were meaty enough, with just enough heat to keep me interested but still well below my admittedly high threshhold. There were about 15 in there, and cost maybe $5 or $6, so a good value. Still, if you're hankering for some truly great wings, you're better off somewhere else.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Chicken Wing Sections: 6.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. I thought they had a really skeezy sub-flavor. I was not a fan.

    1. LOL...didn't notice. But I like the words "skeezy sub-flavor" - will have to "borrow" that phrase for a later review. :)

  2. I liked the meat and taste just fine. I wished the skins were crispy, though.

  3. By far they taste better than Tyson and foster farm.

    Tyson and foster farm wings dont have much meat, majority of the wing is filled or something other than meat. Every time I take a bite, 90% of the wings are fat or white disgusting fatty stuff (most likely some form of filler)

    Trader joes wings are 1 million% better
    They are all meat, no fillers and delicious for a frozen wing

  4. They work well in air fryer. You'll get some crisp there.

  5. I got 9 in my bag and most were drummettes which I do not like. I like the flat piece. $6.00 for 9 wing pcs...hmmm