I was scoping out their store in Woodbury last week because we're getting a Trader Joe's just down the street from my house and I need to know what to expect. And, of course, I ended up spending about $35 on fun treats while exploring. I couldn't resist trying the Trader Joe's private label "Chicken-Less Pulled Chicken in Barbecue Sauce".
How could I resist? It's vegan and it has barbecue sauce- SOLD! It's too bad it's not organic, but I bent my usual rules for the sake of the promise of "...homestyle barbecue, a little smoky, a little sweet..."
So I heated up this soy protein and wheat gluen based dish, sandwiched it between whole wheat bread, Veganaise, and sweet pickle relish, and served it with coleslaw.
The verdict: WEAK!!! I like an intense barbecue flavor and this just did not deliver. The box said that it would leave me wanting more. And I did want more... flavor. But once I added a bit of Pickapepper Sauce, I happily gobbled down the meal. I'm a bit (ha!) picky about my barbecue sauce, so others might like it. If you're not a big fan of spicy barbecue, then it might be perfect.
The texture was a bit softer than I'd like, but it did end up being a pretty tasty meal. And the "chicken" has 17 grams of protein and 45% of your iron, so that's pretty nice.
I doubt I'd get it again, but it was fun to try!