Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Review

A sweet & spicy, easy and convenient meal from Costco perfect for kung pao chicken lovers!

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken

When Costco introduces a new convenient pre-made meal like this EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken I always want to try it and review it. I love these kind of meals for busy nights or Friday’s when I’m feeling tired after a long work week.

Some other pre-made, convenient meals that I’ve reviewed from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Shepherd’s Pie, Rana Tagliatelle Seasoned White Chicken & Mushroom Sauce, Caesar’s Kitchen Chicken Florentine with Riced Cauliflower, Caesar’s Kitchen Lemon Chicken Piccata, Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie, the 44th street Beef Pot Roast and the Kirkland Signature Meat Lasagna.

This can be found in the refrigerated deli section (where the sausages and cheese are), I found it randomly beside the Crepini Wraps. The item number is 5051511.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken

Taste

Both my husband and I tried this and enjoyed it. The meal comes with boneless skinless chicken breast meat, sauce, vegetables and a crunchy garlic/red chili flake topping. There’s no rice or anything carby like that so I made the Lotus Foods Organic Millet & Brown Rice Ramen to go with the kung pao chicken.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken

The chicken is moist and tender, neither one of us had a bad bite of chicken and both commented on how good the chicken was. The sauce is quite sweet with a decent amount of heat. I don’t like a lot of spicy food and found this just bordering on too hot to handle.

We both think the sauce is a little too sweet and would have preferred if it were just a tad less sugary. The vegetables which are carrots, onions, green bell peppers and red bell peppers are nice and add a bit of crunchyness and additional flavor.

We both thought this was pretty good and finished it without complaint. Served over a bed of rice or noodles this makes a super easy, quick and convenient dinner or lunch.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken

Cost

I paid $17.99 Canadian for the meal which is a bit pricey considering we could get takeout for a similar cost and the serving size isn’t really that much.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Instructions

Convenience

You can choose to heat this in the microwave or on the stove top. I decided on the microwave method since that seemed more convenient to me. Dinner was done and on the table in just a few minutes.

In the box of the Costco Kung Pao Chicken you get a large black plastic try, a plastic bag of vegetables, a bag of sauce, a bag of chicken and a bag of garlic topping. There’s a ton of plastic packaging which isn’t exactly great.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Instructions
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Instructions

The best before date is about two months from the date we purchased this which is kind of perplexing to me. It’s got cooked chicken and vegetables yet it’s good in the fridge for two months? How does that work? Possibly chemicals or the vacuum sealed packaging or both.

The kung pao chicken from Costco can be enjoyed alone or with some rice or noodles or even spiralized zucchini.

Nutrition

Unfortunately the EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken is not completely gluten-free as the sauce contains gluten. The ingredients list is long due to the many components in the dish but the ingredients are ones I’d expect to see in a kung pao chicken.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Ingredients
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Ingredients

One cup is 150 calories, three and a half grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, six grams of sugar, two grams of fibre, 430 mg of sodium and 15 grams of protein. That’s not tha many carbs, calorie or fats but you have to consider that you’re probably going to eat a bit more than a cup.

Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Nutrition Information
Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Nutrition Information

This isn’t as tasty as takeout but it’s pretty close! The thing I appreciated most about this meal from Costco is the high quality, tender, white chicken, I just wish there was a bit more of it!

Scoring

Taste: 8/10

Cost: 5/10

Convenience: 9.5/10

Nutrition: 6/10

Overall

Give it a try!

This an easy and convenient, tasty meal that I enjoyed trying. It also goes well with the Bibigo Steamed Dumplings as a side!

Would you try this? Do you have a favorite pre-made meal from Costco?


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1 thought on “Costco EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken Review”

  1. You say that “Unfortunately the EastWest Cuisine Kung Pao Chicken is not completely gluten-free as the sauce contains gluten. ” as if not being gluten free is a bad thing when actually it is a good thing. Gluten free is for people with celiac disease which is less then 1% of the population. Gluten also affects people supposedly with something called gluten sensitivity but there is no scientific test for that so there is no way to tell if somebody really is sensitive. Being gluten free means less nutrition as the process does not only remove gluten. If you do not have celiac you should stay away from gluten free, it is less nutritious and more expensive and the food companies have jumped on this as a way to charge more for products which actually give us less.

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