The Only Frozen Meals You Should Be Buying at Trader Joe's, According to Shoppers

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TJ's for the Win

Praised for its wide range of food options, quirky ambiance, and consistently solid products, Trader Joe's keeps knocking it out of the park. From its unique products, use of high-quality ingredients, and affordable prices, there's a reason why shoppers keep coming back. The store's premade and frozen meals, in particular, have garnered a loyal fan base. Whether it's a busy weeknight or a quick lunch break, Trader Joe's provides delicious and satisfying meal options that help take the hassle out of cooking. 

But with so many options to choose from, which ones reign supreme? Here are 10 premade/frozen meals that Trader Joe's superfans say they can't get enough of. 

Trader Joe's Channa Masala
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1. Channa Masala


Trader Joe's Channa Masala stands out for its authentic, robust Indian flavors and attractive price point. It's also a great option for those who want to enjoy a restaurant-quality dish that's ready in minutes. The blend of chickpeas in a spiced tomato sauce provides a satisfying, protein-rich meal that is both vegan and gluten-free.

"I love Trader Joe’s Channa Masala," writes one user, adding, "I add an extra can of chickpeas, and voilá, a delicious, quick and healthy side dish that lasts for 4 days."

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Trader Joe's Vegetable Biryani
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2. Vegetable Biryani With Vegetable Dumplings


TJ's Vegetable Biryani with Vegetable Dumplings is another beloved choice for fans of rich, traditional South Asian flavors. Based on a centuries-old Indian recipe, according to the company, this dish features basmati rice layered with vegetables and vegetable dumplings, all infused with an intricate blend of aromatic, dry spices. 

"I am an Indian, and a meat eater, but I love their vegetable biryani," writes one user, "That is one item that I buy multiples of every single time I drive to the local TJ's."

Related: The Most Popular Items at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's Vegan Thai Green Curry

3. Vegan Thai Green Curry


Praised for its authentic, bold flavors that capture the essence of Thai cuisine, this frozen meal is packed with vegetables and tofu in a creamy, spicy green curry sauce. It offers a satisfying and hearty meal for vegans and non-vegans alike. Customers also appreciate the balanced heat and fragrant aroma that isn't overly salty or spicy. 

"Oh my god, I just had one of these [and I'm] seriously contemplating calling my store to see how many come in a case and what it’s going to cost me," writes one Redditor, while another adds, "This is the best flavor ever and fluffiest rice of all the Trader Joe’s Indian meals. The tofu sheets are so good too." 

Related: The Best Snacks at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl

4. Chicken Burrito Bowl


This Chicken Burrito Bowl is another fan favorite for its hearty portions and zesty Mexican-inspired flavors. This meal features seasoned chicken, brown rice, quinoa, bell peppers, beans, and corn, all topped with a flavorful tomatillo sauce and cheese. Customers enjoy the balance of flavors and textures, as well as the convenience of having a satisfying meal that doesn't compromise on quality and taste. 

"It's just so reliably good and filling and easy to make," writes one user. "As a college student nothing gets better than that." 

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Trader Joe's Butter Chicken
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5. Butter Chicken With Basmati Rice


Another favorite for those who enjoy Indian cuisine, this one features tender chicken cubes in a rich, creamy tomato-based sauce paired with basmati rice. Fans appreciate the authentic flavors and the ease of preparation, making it a great option for a quick, satisfying meal that's ready in minutes. Pair it with some naan for a complete meal. 

"My favorite frozen food ever," writes one user. "I don't think I've ever had a bad Trader Joe's frozen meal, insane." says another Redditor. "Now I'll have to stop and get one tomorrow." 

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Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken
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6. Mandarin Orange Chicken


TJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken is loved for its crispy chicken pieces coated in a tangy and sweet orange sauce. Fans rave about the restaurant-quality taste and the convenience of preparing it at home. The balance of sweetness and savory flavors makes it a crowd-pleaser, perfect for a quick dinner or as part of a larger meal.

"It's so good," writes one Redditor. "I serve it with the frozen organic jasmine rice that's in the box." Several users also suggested air frying the chicken for a crispier bite. 

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Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken
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7. Kung Pao Chicken


This dish is a fan favorite for its bold, savory flavors and satisfying texture that captures the essence of traditional Kung Pao. It features dark chicken meat, crispy vegetables, dried chili powder, and peanuts tossed in a spicy, flavorful sauce. Customers also praised its balance of heat and sweetness that doesn't overwhelm. 

"I am obsessed with this and add extra peanuts for the crunch factor," writes one user, while another adds, "This is my go-to product when I want a quick, semi-healthy dinner. I pick up like three of these every TJs trip." 

Trader Joe's Joe's Diner Mac n Cheese

8. Joe's Diner Mac and Cheese


TJ's mac and cheese is a comfort food staple that's known for its creamy, cheesy goodness that doesn't skimp on flavor. Fans appreciate the rich and indulgent flavor that comes from the blend of cheeses used in the sauce. It's a quick and satisfying meal option that's perfect for any time of day. 

"Glad I’m not the only person who likes this! It is insanely good!" says one user, adding, "I always buy [it] when I’m there. Now I’m hungry!!" Another writes, "The chef at my work says he stocks at least 6 of these in his freezer at all times." High praise!

Trader Joe's chicken tikka masala
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9. Chicken Tikka Masala


This classic Indian-inspired dish features chunks of chicken roasted in an oven or tandoor and served in a creamy, tomato-based curry sauce. Infused with aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and garam masala, it makes for the perfect quick and satisfying meal that's packed with flavor. 

"The chicken is super flavorful and has an authentic chicken tikka flavor," writes one user, adding, "I'm mad impressed by every Indian Trader Joe's dish I have tried."

Trader Joe's Mini Vegetable Samosas
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10. Mini Vegetables Samosas


These Mini Vegetable Samosas are a hit among fans thanks to their crave-worthy blend of crispiness and flavorful filling that make them the perfect snack or side dish. They feature a multilayered, flaky exterior made from a special Phyllo-type dough, encasing a mixture of peas, carrots, potatoes, lentils, onions, and Indian spices. 

"One of my favorite items from Trader Joe's!" writes one user, while another adds, "I haven’t met someone who didn’t like them." Why, don't mind if we do!