Trader Joe’s Chicken Burrito Bowl Review

Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl

If you’re both a fan of frozen food and a resident of a city with a Trader Joe’s location, than you’ve undoubtedly strolled through Trader Joe’s frozen food selection. A lot of those items look great, don’t they? While not all that glitters is gold, Trader Joe’s does have some pretty tasty items in its lineup, like the Shrimp Soft Tacos and the Bibimbap Bowl.

We recently stopped into our local Trader Joe’s and picked out a meal we’ve been curious about for a while now, the Chicken Burrito Bowl.

While this seems like a pretty traditional frozen meal, it does have some surprises in it. The biggest surprise — and definitely the best surprise — is the addition of red quinoa to the otherwise traditional dish. This gives it an incredible texture that quinoa-less burrito bowls could never hope to replicate.

Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl

If you’re familiar with the current state of the frozen burrito scene, another surprise might be the chicken portion. We wouldn’t exactly call this generous, but it has more chicken than many of the other chicken burrito-related frozen foods out there.

The rest of the meal is pretty much what you’d expect: rice, black beans, some bell peppers, and so on. While none of this is particularly bad, there’s nothing — flavor-wise — that makes this stand out. All of its flavors seem a bit muted.

And that’s too bad, because with just a little bit of tampering, this could have been great. A flavorful sauce — or even a killer salsa — would have made a world of difference here. We also would have loved more cheese on the top.

As is, Trader Joe’s Chicken Burrito Bowl is nothing special. You’re likely to find several better burrito bowls in the frozen food aisle at your local grocery store (Devour’s Pulled Chicken Burrito Bowl is a great example). Plus, while we’re really pleased about the quinoa here, there are several better-tasting sources of quinoa out there. We enthusiastically recommend the Peruvian Burrito from Sweet Earth’s delicious lineup.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients found in this frozen food, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl