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Food Review: Morningstar Farms Chicken Patties

Although I'm not a full-fledged vegetarian, I do like to eat black-bean burgers, soy milk, and tempeh every once in a while because I like that they are cholesterol free. I never really go for meat alternatives that strive to look, taste, and feel like meat though, but since a good friend recommended Morningstar Farms Chik Patties, I reluctantly agreed to give them a try.

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Serving Size 1 patty
Calories 170
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat .5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 480mg
Carbs 22g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 1g
Protein 10g

I've got to be honest. I wasn't expecting to like these one bit, but these vegetarian chik patties (made of a mix of soy and wheat gluten), were surprisingly good. I loved that the breaded outer layer was really crunchy and the inside was chewy and kind of shredded to make it look like real chicken (nice touch). The Italian herb seasonings were very flavorful and the overall texture was very much like a real chicken patty. As I was eating this as a sandwich, I was thinking about how good it would be in a chicken parm recipe.

Truthfully speaking, although I liked the way these tasted and the fact that each small patty contains 10g of protein, I probably wouldn't buy these again. Why? On the list of ingredients, it says "natural and artificial flavors from nonmeat sources." Um, gross. It also contains corn syrup and caramel color, which really surprised me. I guess it's a good reminder that you can't judge a food by its box — just because it's vegetarian doesn't mean it's healthy.

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djspaceace djspaceace 8 years
If you like these, you need to google "how to make meatless chicken patties" , there is a recipe out there to make these minus all the sodium and weird stuff.
djspaceace djspaceace 8 years
If you like these, you need to google "how to make meatless chicken patties" , there is a recipe out there to make these minus all the sodium and weird stuff.
missmarina20 missmarina20 8 years
yum i still love them..the burgers are great also..
supermommie supermommie 8 years
Wow. I never thought to look at the "actual" ingredients (as crazy as that sounds for a veggie girl). I will take a look. I certainly don't want caramel coloring in my food! I can't take out every thing that's bad but I can make better choices. Thanks for letting us know.
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
I agree that these are good on salads. I also like spicy black bean burgers on salads!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i used to love these, and then discovered that the soy was causing my hormones to fluctuate. hello, cystic adult acne!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
never seen the italian herb..... but the Parmesan Ranch ones are delicious..... I'm not even a vegetarian..... I just think they taste really good.....
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
P.S. People are healthy, food is healthful.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I love the Parmesan Ranch flavor, but they are getting increasingly harder to find here. I used to put them in a whole grain wrap with baby spinach, hummus, black olives, pepperoncinnis, and feta cheese. Delicious!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
^ I meant "Chik" patties not chick.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I love the regular Chick Patties. I used to eat Bocca Chick'n patties however they changed the formula and now it's very oily tasting. Bocca had better ingredients however I had to go to Morningstar and I eat them like 5x's a week; ingredients aren't the best however I still like it.
spicy-basil spicy-basil 8 years
love these!
spicy-basil spicy-basil 8 years
love these!
lolababy575 lolababy575 8 years
I tried these on the recommendation of a friend and I was pleasantly surprised! I had decided to start eating vegetarian but every now and then I would really want some chicken - like a chicken caesar salad, or chicken stir fry or something! These are amazing if you really want to do the vegetarian thing but just are not sure if you could handle giving up chicken to do so. I've come to love Morning Star in general - all of their products are now my guilty pleasures instead of ice cream, chips, or a hamburger!
rpenner rpenner 8 years
I've never tried these and probably won't. :) I'm a little surprised you didn't mention the amount of sodium! Wow!
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 8 years
That's a bummer is has corn syrup and caramel color. But you're right, just because something is veg doesn't mean it's all healthy.
emalove emalove 8 years
Never had them. I like their veggie burgers though.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually buy many processed foods, so I've never tried these, but it seems like a bit of overreacting to not buy them because of "natural flavors from nonmeat sources". They're only saying that because legally they have to disclose if they use ANY meat products at all, because then they wouldn't be vegetarian.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never had these...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never had these...
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
i'm a vegetarian, and i love the morningstar breaded spinach and artichoke, but i don't have it very often. i love these too, though. and 150 calories is nothing compared to the calories other fried chickens would have. overall, if you don't eat them every night, and just every once in a while, it can kick those occasional meat cravings.
toodledoo toodledoo 8 years
My old roommate got me hooked on the MorningStar stuff when she went veg. Like others have said, the ranch parmesan ones are yum!
maggieleigh maggieleigh 8 years
The Ranch Parmesan ones are great!
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