Buffalo chicken rangoons from Hannaford

buffalo chicken rangoons

Buffalo is known for its rangoons.

We know, we know, we know... it's just wrong. The idea of a buffalo chicken rangoon sounds like some kind of joke. It's fusion food taken to its trashiest -- though probably inevitable -- end. It's the appetizer of the geography of nowhere.

But if this wrong, we may have to give extended reconsideration to being right.

We can imagine the meeting where these things were conceived. A bunch of industry people are sitting around a room brainstorming ideas for new frozen foods.

Team Leader: Let's do something vaguely Asian.

Guy #1: How about Rangoons?

Team Leader: Great. Quick, lightning round: how many things can we think of to stuff into a fried wonton? Go!!!

Guy #2: Meatballs!

Team Leader: Nice!

Guy #3: Buffalo chicken!

Team Leader: Smokin'!

Guy #1: Blueberries!

Team Leader: Awesome!

Guy #3: Chocolate chips!

Team Leader: Sweet!

And, yet, the On The Go Bistro buffalo chicken rangoons at Hannaford are actually... good. OK, "good" may not be the best way to describe them. Perhaps "well satisfies an urge to stuff your face with somewhat-spicy fried food that goes well with beer while watching a sporting event on your couch" is a better description. And, of course, by "food" we mean a product developed to deliver calories and flavor to your mouth.

So there, we admit it: we've eaten the buffalo chicken rangoon -- with blue cheese sauce -- and it was good. Or something.

Comments

so did you have to deep fry them yourselves or just pop 'em in the oven? i have been hearing wonderful things about this on the go bistro line of foods. i am, and will probably remain afraid. nice photo representation!

You can just pop them in the oven. They take about 10 minutes a side at 350 degrees. The package says you can also drop them in a deep fryer. Sadly, the AOA test kitchen isn't equipped with such a device.

We've tried a few of the other On The Go Bistro items... they've been pretty good for what they are.

Uh, this is more a comment on the weekly roundup than this post, but Rangoon is not in Thailand. It's the former capital of Burma, although technically the country's now called Myanmar, the city Yangon, and the capital Naypyidaw.

Too much information on something that was just a riff, I know.

@Stickler: Good point. It's been fixed. Note to self: brush up on SE Asian geography.

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