Trader Joe’s Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo Review

Trader Joe's Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo

The Trader Joe’s Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo recently caught our eye — it’s an interesting take on southwestern-style food — so we’re excited to see what it’s all about. We know the previous sentence wasn’t a great opening for this particular review, but the food looks so good that we just don’t want to spend time coming up with a better one.

First, though, we have to prepare this thing, and that’s a little bit of a project. As you can see in the image below, this meal has a bunch of separate components, all of which must be treated a little bit differently.

Trader Joe's Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo

Besides the chicken and veggies, which are also in the package but are not pictured above, you’ve got a packet of sauce, a packet of tortilla chips, and a packet of cheese. The sauce will need to be thawed out separately, and added to the chicken and veggies after they’ve cooked for about five minutes, along with a half cup of water. The tortilla chips will be added next, and the cheese will be the final touch at the very end of the process. If you want more details, you can read the full instructions at the bottom of this article.

Now, the chips really dominate the flavor here. While the sauce and cotija cheese add some lovely decoration, flavor-wise, the corn tortilla chips are the thing you will taste in every single bite. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, it’s just not exactly what we expected. It is really salty, though, so be prepared for that.

Trader Joe's Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo

The sauce here is a delicious tomato-based chilaquiles sauce, and it really works here to soften up the chips and add a lovely flavor to the whole ordeal.

This is great, since the white meat chicken doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own. In fact, the chicken here is actually a strange choice, as it comes in big hunks of breast meat. We think that a finely shredded dark meat would have actually been much better here.

The Trader Joe’s website recommends adding a fried egg to the top of this, which makes this into sort of a huevos rancheros-style breakfast. We really liked that idea, so we tried it out for ourselves.

Trader Joe's Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo

If the overwhelming flavor of the tortilla chips bothers you, the egg actually works to even that out a bit. It’s a really good addition to this meal. The package also recommends sour cream and avocado, which we didn’t try ourselves. We can only imagine that it would also work to reduce the overwhelming corn-chip flavor of the whole thing.

The package claims there are 2.5 servings inside, though we think that if you add some additional toppings, you can get two servings from this package. If you eat it on its own, it’s closer to a single meal. One serving contains about 250 calories, while the whole bag contains about 650. Plus, you’ll have to add in the calories from whatever you decide to top this with. Keep that in mind when going for seconds.

The Trader Joe’s Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo is quite tasty, though the corn chip flavor will definitely seem a little overpowering to some. You can mitigate that with some of the recommended add-ins, but on its own this has a very strong and salty corn chip flavor.

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

Trader Joe's Chicken Chilaquiles Rojo