We don’t eat a ton of fake meat in this house.
For one thing, I was never a huge meat eater. In my teens, I would eat whatever meat was served, but left to my own devices, pretty much kept it to chicken and sliced turkey. Once in a while, if my dad made steak or hamburgers, I’d be way into that, too. Since I stopped eating meat about 15 years ago, the only craving I’ve really gotten is for chicken. Orange chicken, like my favorite from Panda Express. (I was about 19 when I stopped eating meat, okay? I didn’t have the best taste, and I worked at the Sam Goody in the mall.) Breaded chicken sandwiches with melted cheese.
So once in a while, I want some fake chicken. It’s not the best, but I don’t feel bad about it. Some people get McDonald’s every once in a while. I get fake chicken when it’s on sale.
This week is a hot and busy one, so stove top convenience food was right up my alley.
Last night, we cooked up the fake chicken and sauce, and served it with basmati rice, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and spinach.
EXTREME FAKE CHICKEN CLOSEUP!
Some fake chicken has a chicken-y texture with a grain running across it. This doesn’t. It’s a uniform texture that, for us, was a bit rubbery. Mea culpa: I didn’t follow the cooking directions exactly. I put it in the microwave for most of the recommended cooking time, and finished in the hot pan. My veggies needed a little extra time, okay? This is soy we’re talking about, people, and it’s gluten-and wheat-free. Think more seitan than chicken.
The sauce? By itself, not so great. “Nothing to write home about,” said my dear husband. I had to agree, but it went pretty well with the simple sauteed vegetables and garlic.
It did come with two sauce packets for the package, if you’re a person who’s only going to cook up 1-2 servings at a time. Convenient!
I don’t think I’ll try this brand again, but if you’re gluten or wheat-free, give it a try and let us know what you think.