Another Trader Joe’s Win

So I really like the mandarin orange chicken that comes in the frozen packages at Trader Joe’s. I tried the teriyaki chicken once, and it was gross. But I thought I’d give the Tempura Chicken with Sweet and Sour sauce a go. I’m not sure why they call it that, because it’s basically sweet and sour chicken, the kind you would get at your local chinese take-out. But for whatever reason, tj’s decided to slap a japanese name on it. It even says “Trader Joe San” at the top, which is clearly japanese. Do they think chinese and japanese are the same? Well, it’s slightly offensive, but I’m quick to forgive because it tastes freakin good. It really does taste just like sweet and sour chicken.
It’s pretty easy to make. You either heat up the chicken pieces in the oven or pan fry it. Then you heat up the sauce in the microwave and drizzle it over the chicken pieces. It doesn’t get much easier than that, aside from ordering in. And even though I could order this from my neighborhood chinese joint, there’s something about “making” it myself that makes me feel better. As if I’d made it myself, even though clearly, I haven’t. But I’ll take whatever credit I can pretend to give myself. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m much better at eating than cooking.

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