I have said it before, I am a carnivore at heart, but I do enjoy vegetarian foods from time to time. Sometimes, I just get in the mood for something a little different and like to try different foods in order to share with you what I like or dislike about them.
For preparation convenience, you can heat these patties in a skillet, in your oven, or in your microwave. Each method was fine for me, and I could not tell much difference between the oven and microwave preparations.
As for what I thought of the patties:
I actually think they taste pretty good despite the fact it is quite obvious from the taste there is nothing remotely close to chicken actually involved. You would think that if Boca intends for these patties to actually resemble a chicken pattie, then they might have ensured a taste and texture that is at least somewhat of a facsimile of chicken. But no, these patties have a somewhat spicy vegetable taste to them. Before looking at the ingredient list, I actually thought there might be a bit of broccoli involved, but there is none listed. Again, I like the taste of the Spicy Chik’n Patties and will probably buy them again at some point.
No matter the cooking method I used, the texture of the patties were pretty much the same. They were soft to the bite, and provided little resistance such as you might get with actual chicken. There is nothing inherently wrong with the texture, but then they might almost seem to be a little bit on the pasty side for some. I’m not sure you can brown them enough to actually bring a firmness or crunch to them without burning them.
Overall, while I did enjoy these vegetarian patties, they were far from my favorite. They are nutritionally sound enough,but if you are sodium restricted, you might take note of the sodium content. I like that there is 12 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber to bring the net carbs down to only 10 grams per serving. I will buy this product again, but it will not be a weekly staple in my freezer.