If I ask my family what they’d like for dinner on a busy school night, I’m likely to get several answers. Pizza. Burgers. Pasta. Or Chinese-American takeout. Aldi is a great grocery store to buy all of these meals from. When it comes to Asian-inspired food, we’re fans of several products Aldi regularly stocks, including General Tso’s chicken, orange chicken, chicken lo mein, and egg rolls. Aldi also rotates a good number of limited-time specials onto its shelves, including crab rangoon, beef lo mein, potstickers, and more.
During a recent Aldi run, I spotted some skillet meals in the Aldi Find freezer section and decided to try some, including this sesame ginger chicken skillet.
The Fusia Asian Inspirations Sweet Sesame Ginger Chicken Skillet cost $5.99 for a 21-ounce package at the time of publication. The package describes this as “tempura chicken breast meat and crispy vegetables in a honey sesame sauce.” It was sold alongside a sweet teriyaki chicken skillet.
This is an Aldi Find, so it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store gets only one shipment, and after that sells out, it’s gone unless Aldi decides to bring it back at some point. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that aren’t in stock at your local store.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this contains egg, milk, soy, wheat, and sesame.
One package contains two servings, and one serving has 410 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), 670 mg of sodium (29% DV), 69 grams of total carbohydrates (25% DV), 44 grams of total sugars, and 39 grams of added sugars (78% DV).
This can be heated in a skillet on the stovetop (recommended) or in the microwave.
To heat in a skillet, thaw the unopened sauce packets in warm running water and set aside. Preheat a skillet or wok on medium-high heat adding 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Add the chicken and vegetables to the skillet and cook for 10-12 minutes or until heated through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, stirring frequently. Stir in the sauce and serve.
To heat in the microwave, thaw the unopened sauce packets under warm running water and set aside. Place the remaining contents of the package in a microwave-safe dish and add 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes. Stir and heat an additional 4-6 minutes or until heated through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Drain and let stand for 1 minute. Stir in sauce and serve.
I prepared this in my Crofton Awesome Pan on the stovetop. It was easy to heat and was ready in the time advertised. Be aware that the package contains two sauce packets, so make sure you fish both out before pouring the chicken and veggies into the skillet. You’ll also need to stir it frequently while heating to keep it from sticking.
My first impression of this meal was that it was very sweet. Glancing at the nutrition panel, it contains more sugar than many desserts, with 78% of your daily allotment in one serving. Chinese-American food often has more sugar than you might think, but the sugar in this one seems especially high. I also was surprised that this doesn’t really have any ginger flavor, considering that it’s advertised as a sesame ginger chicken skillet. Ginger has a distinct and usually fairly strong flavor in other dishes, but it’s not noticeable here. Instead, the sauce is simply extremely sweet.
Because this tempura chicken is not baked or air fried, it comes out a bit on the soggy side. I did appreciate that this had a decent amount of chicken and wasn’t overly loaded with filler veggies like carrot sticks. My family ate all of the chicken pieces, but I ended up throwing out some leftover veggies and sauce at the end of dinner time. This entrée was fine, but it’s not among our favorites from Aldi.
The Fusia Asian Inspirations Sweet Sesame Ginger Chicken Skillet is high on sweet flavor and low on ginger flavor. It has a decent chicken to veggies ratio, although the tempura chicken doesn’t turn out crisp because this meal is prepared in a skillet. Overall, this dish is all right, but Aldi sells better options if you’re wanting takeout-style food.