When it comes to spotting NEW tags on product packaging my eyes are like that of an eagle soaring across the lands, hunting for prey. No, I’ve not been drinking. Yes, I am that serious about finding each and every new product hitting shelves.
The latest I found, from one of my favorite guilty pleasures brands – Jimmy Dean. I say guilty pleasure, because item’s from this brand always come with a decent hit of fat and salt. You’ll find these in the freezer aisle, inside the cardboard box, four sandwiches come in handily separated plastic packaging, tear one off without opening the others.
Cooking: You can microwave or air fry these – though the packaging is a little vague on the latter. Surprisingly there are no oven baking instructions though I bet they’d cook fine, though would take longer than most people care to invest. The microwave is surely the main option most folks will work with – and how I tested these.
It should be noted the interior chicken patties are of a variable size and I found that does significantly impact cooking times. One sandwich cooked perfectly, the chicken on the second (a larger piece) was still frozen solid after 75 seconds. If you find this happens to you, finish the chicken separately to the biscuits. The biscuits overcooked *will* turn to inedible concrete disks as I discovered.
Taste and texture: Remarkably good. While the biscuit is bone-dry, it doesn’t possess any saccharin sweetness or overtly strong fake-industrial-butter flavor. It’s dense and it’s there just to support the chicken patty inside. It doesn’t get too mushy from the microwave but will easily overcook into a hockey puck if you’re not careful.
The chicken is the star of the show. This is real identifiable chicken with actual chicken flavor. The meat is modestly juicy and there’s plenty of Southern-style flavor/seasoning. It’s not spicy at all, in case you wondered. You might want to bring a little sauce to proceedings, just to offset the biscuits generally dryness.
Overall: Rather quite enjoyable, which surprised me frankly. Many competing products in this class are a let down for one reason or another, but not this. Taken in the context of a quick grab and go snack, or breakfast food – it’s hard not to like this one; the competition here is surely the fast food drive-thru and this equals if not beats most. Keep an eye on the nutrition of course, a single chicken biscuit packs in a third of a days sodium.
I paid $6.28 for a four pack, at around $1.60 a sandwich – a great value I’d say.
Jimmy Dean Southern Style Chicken Biscuit cooking
Jimmy Dean Southern Style Chicken Biscuit nutrition
Are Jimmy Dean Southern Style Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches any good?
Absolutely. At a little over two bucks a sandwich these are a really convenient snack or breakfast item. They feature real chicken, lots of flavor, just keep an eye on the nutrition.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC – Utah’s biggest and oldest online food magazine; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
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