April 25, 2023

Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs Review

Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs package
Have you seen these Chicken Meatballs at Trader Joe's? They're NOT frozen but are refrigerated. I found them near the refrigerated pizza dough. 


The meatballs are seasoned, fully cooked, and gluten-free. They come 16 to a package and cost $3.99. 


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Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs ingredients list

Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs nutrition info

The suggested serving size is 4 meatballs. TJ's keeps the ingredient list simple with the seasonings including granulated garlic and onion, oregano, basil, rosemary, and parsley. One surprise in the ingredients: vinegar powder. 


Recipes where Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs might be a good shortcut:


Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs cooking instructions

On the package, there are cooking instructions for the air fryer, stovetop, microwave, and oven. We chose the oven method, but I changed the temp and time just a bit. 



I wanted to serve these with simple sheet pan-roasted gnocchi and tomatoes. Those roast at 425 for 20-25 minutes. I added the meatballs to the pan AFTER I seasoned the gnocchi and tomatoes not to alter the taste of the meatballs. 


Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs, pre and post-bake:

Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs pre and post bake

As they baked, we lost natural light for photographing them, so please excuse the less-than-stellar photos. That said, how pretty can a chicken meatball be? 


UPDATE: See our Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs and Gnocchi Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe! 


Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs Review


He says (Mark): If my better half hadn't reminded me that these were chicken meatballs, I wouldn't have known. I had these for dinner twice - once with some gnocchi and tomatoes (not swimming in sauce) and then again the next day, reheated. They were tasty. Adding some light seasoning made these better. I could see them being featured in an entree as well as part of a "small bites" meal. If served alone, a dipping sauce is recommended. These were just the right size and had an excellent texture.

Overall rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


She says (Bridget): Moist, juicy, and well-seasoned, these meatballs were a pleasant surprise! I love that they're an easy way to add protein to a meal. The seasoning definitely leans toward Italian flavors, and I guess that's to be expected. Just something to keep in mind if you're using them as a shortcut in another recipe. 

Overall rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Will we buy them again? Mark says no, but I say yes. And I do 99.99% of the shopping and cooking, so...


Trader Joe's Chicken Meatballs: A tasty and quick protein and recipe shortcut


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4 comments

Kate said...

Chicken Meatballs. You'll like them if you like the taste of oregano. They have no other taste than oregano. I won't be buying this item again.

Modern Cooking said...

That's really nice n awesome!

Anonymous said...

Gave me a bad stomach ache. Never again!

Anonymous said...

I'm commenting on T.J.'s turkey meatballs. I've been a long time fan of Trader Joe's, but these were awful. No flavor & tasted like they were all breadcrumbs. We tried them with pasta & also as a meatball sandwich. A big waste of money.

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