Trader Joe's Taste Test: Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice

For those of us who live off Trader Joe's freezer section for microwave office lunches --and here this blogger will raise her hand-- it's a treat when the store offers up something new. TJ's burritos and tamales are lovely, but have them four days in a row and your palette will be bored and your stomach less than thrilled.

On our last grocery run, we picked up this fairly new item - Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice - lured by the "Authentic Indian Recipe" stamp on the packaging and the siren sound of $2.99. We're inclined to believe that bit about authenticity, as after four microwave minutes, the Weekly's lunch room smelled like an Indian restaurant. The sauce was spicy but not overly so, and the chicken juicy but the portion on the small side (fair enough for $2.99). At 270 calories a serving we are moved to put it in rotation.

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