Dealer Joe’s Butter Hen with Basmati Rice

Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice

Yay! Extra Indian meals. To date, TJ’s monitor document with Indian has been fairly nicely above par…er, beneath par…wait: In golf, beneath par is sweet. However we all know “sub-par” is unhealthy. So I assume in issues aside from golf, one needs to be above par. However “par for the course” all the time means simply common, or “what’s to be anticipated.”

Um, however yeah, TJ’s makes fairly good Indian stuff.

I had by no means heard of Butter Hen earlier than. It actually would not sound like an Indian dish to me. And the brownish, gravy-like substance within the image on the field would not seem like butter, both. It appears extra like an Indian masala-type substance. Enigmatic, certainly.

We’ll simply get to the purpose right here: the hen was good, tender, and moist, nevertheless it did not style like an Indian dish to us. There’s little or no of the acquainted Indian spiciness, and it actually wasn’t nearly as good as the opposite TJ’s Indian meals we have had. That brown sauce is seemingly not masala sauce, and it introduced little or no to the desk within the taste division. And once more, it wasn’t unhealthy. It simply wasn’t what we had been anticipating.

Luckily, we determined to eat the hen with Dealer Joe’s Masala Tandoori Naan bread. It is simply naan with yummy Indian spices baked in. It is bought somewhat extra kick than the typical naan, which is sweet, as a result of it made up for the shortage of spiciness within the hen. Additionally, the spices make the bread a cheerful yellow shade.

So, ultimately, it tasted similar to a hen masala dish served with common naan. Besides on this occasion, the masala got here from the bread and never the hen. This bread is certainly tasty, however its further taste cannot fairly make up for the shortage of kick within the Butter Hen.

So, for Dealer Joe’s Butter Hen, it isn’t unhealthy for those who simply need some run-of-the-mill hen with sauce or for those who’re a spice-o-phobe that desires to strive one thing Indian-ish. The Basmati Rice is sweet, as regular. Sonia and I each give it 3.5’s. Backside line: 7 out of 10.

As for Dealer Joe’s Masala Tandoori Naan, it is identical to TJ’s different naan, however with somewhat one thing further. Double 4.5’s. Backside line: 9 out of 10.