This week I am going to give Trader Joe's a break from trying to impress me with its fake meat offerings, and try out another Quorn product. So far, I've rejected their turkey, and enjoyed their nuggets. Now it's time to see how Quorn's Naked Chik'n Cutlets hold up to my expectations.
These little guys were already at a major disadvantage, since I'd spent all week on my feet at school, cooking up a storm, so my enthusiasm for cooking was diminished. I decided to give them the naked experience, and just bake them in the oven with my typical chicken breast spicing. (that's salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme) I thought about making some kind of sauce for them but, honestly, the motivation just wasn't there. There were four cutlets in the box, so I used two for this first attempt, reserving two for when I could be more creative. I lightly coated each of them in olive oil, as directed, and then sprinkled my awesome seasoning blend on top, then baked them.
Less than the suggested time later, they were done! They certainly smelled good, and looked like something I wouldn't mind eating. I sort of knew how this was going to turn out, but went for it anyway. I cut off a piece and ate it. Yep - just as I had suspected. Nice flavor, good meaty texture, but so, so dry. It was in desperate need of a sauce of some sort. I would compare eating a Naked Chik'n Cutlet to eating an overcooked boneless, skinless chicken breast. I ate it anyway, because it wasn't a horrible experience, and I was too lazy to get up and make a sauce. I have some ideas for what to do with the remaining two cutlets - I'm planning on cooking those up this weekend and writing about the dressed naked cutlet experience next Friday.
Texture - very similar to overcooked chicken breasts
Flavor - pretty good - again, very close to dry chicken
Now the important decision… what sauce should I use? I'm leaning toward a chicken parmesan meal. Any ideas from my readers would be appreciated.
Final grade for this attempt: C