Trader Joe’s Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni Review

Trader Joe's Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni

Pelmeni are a type of dumpling that originated somewhere in Russia (though there seems to be some debate about exactly where). The staffers here at Freezer Meal Frenzy were itching for something a bit exotic lately, so we figured it would be a great time to check out Trader Joe’s Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni.

These are simple enough to cook up. Simply boil a pot of water, toss in some pelmeni, and let them boil for about four minutes. (To see the more detailed cooking instructions, check out our package scans at the bottom of this article.)

One serving size is about 11 pelmeni, and there are supposedly about five servings in a bag. Yes, that’s 55 pelmeni per bag. We didn’t count ours, but our bag definitely had more than we expected, quantity-wise.

Trader Joe's Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni

Then again, these are also smaller than we expected. Each one is about the size of the head of a teaspoon.

Now, these things are loaded with chicken. Each piece has a meatball in the middle, and these little meatballs also include mushrooms and onions. We found that the onion flavor far overpowers the mushroom flavor. In fact, we couldn’t taste the mushrooms at all, which is a bit of a bummer since we love mushrooms here at Freezer Meal Frenzy.

Trader Joe's Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni

The package recommends pairing these with some melted butter or sour cream, and we thought the latter option was sort of intriguing. We gave our pelmeni a dab of sour cream to see how it tasted. We have to admit, we actually prefer these plain. The flavor here is subtle enough that the sour cream overtakes it. Each piece has a chicken-broth flavor to it, but this is hard to detect amidst the sour cream.

One bag contains more pelmeni than any one person should reasonably eat in a sitting. It’s possible, certainly, but you’ll regret it. Trader Joe’s suggests 1/5 of a bag as a serving size, though we think it’s probably reasonable to eat half a bag. Since each serving has 160 calories and 250 mg of sodium, that means that our half-bag recommendation contains 400 calories and 635 mg of sodium. That’s not all that bad, but keep in mind that you’ll have to also consider whatever topping you decide to use — if you choose to use a topping at all.

The Trader Joe’s Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni are a pretty decent treat, though we wish they were a bit heavier on the mushroom content. Flavor-wise, we’d say these are comparable to the Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings, though we think the broth-filled portions really give the dumplings the edge over the pelmeni in a flavor contest. The dumplings are also more satisfying to bite into than the ear-shaped pelmeni.

To learn more about the nutrition content, cooking instructions, or ingredients for this Trader Joe’s pelmeni, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni
Trader Joe's Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni