Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Nuggets Review

Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick'n Nuggets

When we think of the term “ultimate veggie nugget,” our minds immediately go to the wonderful Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Chik’n Nuggets. Those have long been our favorite offering in the faux-chicken nugget category. So when Gardien used the word “Ultimate” in the newest addition to their nugget family, we saw that as a challenge.

Today, we’re heeding that call by checking out the Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Nuggets. We’re quite interested to see how they compare against our beloved Morningstar Farm nuggets.

First thing’s first: We need to cook these. Thankfully, that’s super simple. Just preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, then place the nuggets on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for about 15 minutes. The instructions say to use cooking spray, and they really aren’t kidding. These nuggets will aggressively stick to whatever you cook them on. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the bag, check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick'n Nuggets

After gobbling down a plate full of nuggets, we’re not sure that we’d agree with the “ultimate” descriptor. These definitely aren’t bad nuggets — they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside — but they’re just not the best meatless chicken that the frozen food aisle has to offer. In fact, we’d say that even Gardein has better faux chicken products.

One of our staffers thought that the nuggets had a bit of a rubbery texture. Not everyone shared those complaints, but the fact remains that these nuggs aren’t a true crowd-pleaser. They’re perfectly fine, especially when they’re slathered in your preferred dipping sauce, but they’re not a favorite of ours.

If you quickly glance at the back of the package, you might notice that a serving has just 190 calories. “Neato!” you might say to yourself. “These sure are a low-calorie treat!” However, that number is a bit deceiving, as a serving size is only six nuggets. We think you’ll probably eat at least twice that amount (our reviewer found about 3/4 of the bag to be a pretty good serving size, which let her share the remaining 1/4 with the rest of the staff.)

The Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Nuggets are pretty solid, but they’re just not the “ultimate” offering when it comes to meatless nuggs. If you pick up a bag of these nuggets, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy them. That said, they’re not something that we’d go out of our way to pick up — there are just too many better offerings on the market.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these vegetarian nuggets, check out our package scans below.

Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick'n Nuggets
Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick'n Nuggets
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2 years ago

I love the Morningstar Farms nuggets the best also but haven’t tried any other brands.

Last edited 2 years ago by Rhonda
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