| VEGAN TASTE TEST: | Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n
Your fellow Puerto Rican chick, who happens to be a [HUGE] former meat eater, tries Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n. To be honest, I have been eyeing this beautiful thing for a long time, but I have had my doubts. But today I had insane cravings for something sweet, savory, and tasty. And while looking through the vegetarian freezer section, I saw this. I grabbed it and pushed my shopping cart with a growling tummy, anticipating the way back home.
I got the oil crackin’ and hot, poured a glass of wine. I watched my vegan treats turn golden after a few minutes. Did I mention that these things cook much faster than actual chicken? They cooked for about 6 minutes or so – that’s not something you get with actual chicken (unless you want to get sick).
Once my Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chik’n was finally ribboned in gold and a slight crunch, I dish them out and added the sauce it came it came with. Alright, so here come my totally honest review:
Texture: The texture was pretty amazing, actually. I’d say they pretty much nailed it. It wasn’t juicy like real chicken, but the outer crunch and soft middle made up for it. It wasn’t terrible, but I also don’t care for the “juice”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Shape: These were shaped more like chicken nuggets. I actually expected these to be shaped more like strips. They fell a little short in this area, but no big deal.
Taste: These are pretty damn good! I made sure to leave one nugget out to try without the sauce. They taste amazing and I’d totally eat them without the sauce or even a side of ketchup. With the sauce – Gardein KILLED IT! I ate the ENTIRE BAG and I have ZERO REGRETS. Also, it’s only 500 calories for the entire bag, so eat up, unbutton those pants, and shamelessly lick those fingers.
Overall: I really love these things and I can see how anyone can love them – vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’s definitely a great alternative for chicken, and it hit that sweet spot. The only thing I would change is the shape, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a really big deal.
Have you ever tried these? What were your thoughts?