Sunday, May 18, 2014

Product review: Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n

I love it when I find new vegan products at the store!

It's not easy being vegan in The Bahamas. Most restaurants don't have a veggie option unless it's a standard, wilted lettuce and tomato salad or some pasta dish drenched with cheese or cream sauce. Product offerings in our supermarkets have gotten quite varied in the last two years so luckily I can find nearly every vegan brand I want so I cook most of my own meals.

I've only tried a few of the Gardein products; their beefless tips and buffalo chick'n strips which were both quite good. I even got the omni bf to eat some of the "beef" strips in a taco and he wolfed them down.

So I was over the moon when I saw a slew of new Gardein products in the freezer section when I went shopping the other day. I've been shying away from faux meat products over the past few months and making more foods from scratch but I had to give these a try.

I pan fried them in a non-stick skillet greased with some Earth Balance soy butter. A frozen sauce comes in the package and defrosts in about five minutes under running water. I added that to the pan and a few minutes later the bad boys were done.

The verdict: the chick'n has a chewy and meaty texture so for those who don't want to be reminded of meat stay away from this one. The sauce was yummy, reminded me of takeout and the final product didn't taste like frozen food. They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and cooked well even though I was distracted while cooking. I will definitely buy these again but not too frequently as I try to stay away from frozen foods.


Here's how the finished product came out: (I served it with green salad and a cold pasta salad.)



I had some leftover which I took to work for lunch the next day. The product tasted great reheated. 

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