Should You Try Pre-seasoned Chicken Breasts?

It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to season and broil, sauté, or stir-fry a package of fresh boneless chicken breasts. But sometimes that’s 10 minutes too many.


Solution: let Bell & Evans, Perdue, Tyson, or another company do the seasoning…and (in some cases) the cooking.

The downside: salt. Only one product we reviewed—Trader Joe’s Grilled Balsamic Vinegar & Rosemary Chicken—met our recommended sodium limit (250 milligrams per serving). But that’s only if you end up with a 3 oz. portion. (The pieces don’t come in a uniform size.)

We did find a handful of products with no more than 350 mg of sodium. Among the tastiest: grilled chicken breasts or breast fillets by Bell & Evans, Nature’s Rancher, Nature Raised, and Tyson. Tyson Grilled & Ready Sweet Asian Chicken Thigh Fillets was also a crowd pleaser.

Fast Fixin’ Flame Roasted Chicken Breasts would have met our recommended sodium limits (and Foster Farms Rotisserie Breast Fillets would have been under 350 mg) if each breast weighed 3 oz. (instead of 5 oz.).

And Perdue’s (raw) Italian Style and Jamaican Style Jerk Perfect Portions both have 360 mg of sodium in a 5 oz. serving, and would probably lose some sodium during cooking. doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government funding. Any products recommended by have been vetted by our staff of nutritionists and are not advertisements by the manufacturers.

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