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Chicken Balti Pies

I think I have found my newest guilty pleasure (for now).

I found it at my local Trader Joe's (TJ's). While shopping in their freezer section, I came across the Chicken Balti Pies, and I found them reasonably priced. I do not remember exactly, but I think they were $4.99 or $5.99 for a box with two individual servings.

I have to admit the description on the box was what sold me, as I do not regularly purchase already prepared foods:

"Inspired by the savory pies of the United Kingdom, we created a version of our own. Our Chicken Balti Pie is filled with tender chicken chunks, a flavorful Balti curry, carrots and gold potatoes all baked inside a buttery pastry crust."

I could not resist, though each pie has 740 calories, 380 which are fat calories at 42g. The sodium level was 800mg, cholesterol at 160mg, and total carbohydrates at 65g. The upside to the nutrition facts were that they supply 23g of protein, daily allowances of 80% of Vitamin A, 20% of Vitamin C, and 35% of Iron.

It was easily prepared either in a conventional over or a microwave. As I had two, I cooked one each way for the meals, once a week. Of course, the oven-baked was much crispier, but the microwave-prepared was actually quite good and did not get soggy, as I had expected.

This is definitely not a food one should eat on a regular basis, but oh, was it delicious!

For those who have a TJ's in your area , you are fortunate, indeed. For those who have not had the pleasure of experiencing a TJ's, I hope you have the opportunity someday. (Note: The website shows plans of opening 10 new stores soon in Alabama, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Washington, and Michigan.)

This image was taken by the author in the kitchen.

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markgraham wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:09 PM

These do look very delicious.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:53 PM

Those do look good. Similar to a chicken pot pie but with more personality.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:59 PM

Yes, that's a great way to describe it!

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:59 PM

Delicious, but most definitely NOT diet food! LOL

Paulie wrote on September 17, 2015, 12:01 AM

Considering the amount of sodium in these chicken balti pies, they certainly wouldn't do anything to help my hypertension or one good kidney. If I was 40 years younger, I would buy them.

Rufuszen wrote on September 17, 2015, 4:53 AM

I have eaten many a balti, but never a balti pie!

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:10 AM

It would not be something I would eat more than once a month. On occasion, I will do something like this. Because my health issues prevent me from eating things that are too high in fat and sodium too often, I usually forego things like this. I'm glad I splurged.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:11 AM

Rufuszen I'm not sure what your version of a "balti" is, but this was delicious!

lexiconlover wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:55 AM

Ugh, you're making me miss TJ's. We don't have any here, and I miss there food. Especially cookie butter! But these do look really good.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:52 AM

Did you NOTICE the note? And if you go to the website, you may be close to one of the new stores. emoticon :smile:

lexiconlover wrote on September 17, 2015, 11:22 AM

There's one 179 miles away, that's the closest one as of now. They will probably eventually put one in Mobile, and that drive I can stomach a little better .

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 12:11 PM

They are opening two more (already several stores in FL) next month--one in Davie, one in Ft. Lauderdale. There are also stores in Mobile, and Tallahassee, which are closer to Pensacola, right? Might be worth the occasional road trip. emoticon :winking: