Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata: A Homemade Delight

When it comes to quick and delicious dinners, Trader Joe’s never disappoints. If you’re craving an Italian-American classic without the hassle of cooking from scratch, their Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a game-changer. In this review, we’ll dive into the details of this mouthwatering dish and why it deserves a spot in your freezer.

Trader Joe's Chicken Piccata

A Savory Family Recipe

Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata is crafted using a special family recipe. Tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts are seasoned and breaded, then baked in the oven until crispy. The pièce de résistance is the buttery lemon and caper sauce that perfectly complements the chicken. This dish truly tastes like it was made from scratch.

A Heat & Eat Wonder

On those hot summer days when you want a flavorsome meal without the heat of cooking, Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a lifesaver. Simply heat it up and enjoy. It’s that easy.

But don’t just take our word for it. When our neighbor wanted to test the dish, she invited us over for a tasting. To our surprise, we found the flavor to be remarkably close to homemade. We did add a little extra lemon and capers to enhance the taste, which we highly recommend. Just a squeeze of a quarter of a lemon can make it taste even more like it was made in your own kitchen.

Cooking Tips for Optimal Flavor

Trader Joe’s recommends baking the Chicken Piccata in the oven, and we can vouch for its success. Baking allows the chicken to crisp up, and when you add the sauce at the end, it becomes delightfully brown and bubbly. The result? A taste superior to microwaving.

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Trader Joe's Chicken Piccata

The chicken in this dish is tender and juicy, but it’s the sauce that truly takes it to another level. However, we couldn’t resist enhancing it a bit more by adding a squeeze of lemon and a few extra chopped capers. These simple additions make it taste like a chef-prepared meal. For an extra touch of indulgence, consider adding a tablespoon of butter. And when serving, a few slices of lemon on top can make it look like it’s straight out of a cookbook.

Portions and Pairings

Trader Joe’s package claims to serve three, but let’s be realistic here. Unless you’re feeding three children, it’s safe to say that this package realistically serves two. In our package, we received two large pieces and two small pieces of thinly sliced chicken breast. To make it a more substantial meal, we recommend preparing some sides such as pasta, rice, potatoes, a salad, or vegetables. And don’t forget some crusty bread to mop up that delicious lemon caper sauce.

Where to Find and Pricing

You can find Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata in the refrigerated section with other prepared dishes. It comes in a 16 oz package and is priced at $8.99. Considering the taste and convenience it offers, we would definitely purchase this dish again.

FAQs

Q: How should I heat up Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata?
A: Trader Joe’s recommends baking the dish in the oven for the best results. This method allows the chicken to become crispy and the sauce to reduce and become brown and bubbly, enhancing the overall flavor.

Q: Can I customize Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata?
A: Absolutely! If you want to add a personal touch, we recommend squeezing some fresh lemon juice and adding a few extra capers. These simple additions elevate the taste and make it feel like a homemade meal.

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Q: How many portions does Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata serve?
A: While the package claims to serve three, it realistically serves two adults. If you want to stretch it to three portions, plan on preparing some sides to accompany the dish.

Conclusion

Trader Joe’s Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce is a winner in both taste and convenience. With its flavors reminiscent of a homemade dish, it’s perfect for those times when you want a delicious meal without the effort of cooking from scratch. Whether you’re serving it for a cozy dinner for two or a small gathering, this Chicken Piccata is sure to impress. Give it a try and savor the delightful flavors that Trader Joe’s has to offer.

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