It seems like convenience options for Celiacs are growing every day! The latest company to offer a gluten-free line of products is M & M Meats. Items include:
- Boneless pork chunks
- Homestyle chicken burgers (not breaded)
- Country style chicken breasts (breaded)
- Breaded chicken fillets
- Homestyle beef burgers
You can see the list of products here. These products are labeled gluten-free but not certified, which means that they have tested the product to ensure that there is less than 20 parts per million of gluten, but their processes and testing have not been audited by an outside agency. Their prices for gluten-free items are the same as their regular items and comparable to grocery store prices. For example, both the regular and gluten-free country style chicken breasts are $15.99 for a two-pound box.
As well, you can search for products that do not have gluten in the ingredients or “May Contain” lists here. These products are not labeled or certified gluten-free, however, so it’s particularly important to double-check the ingredient list before purchasing.
We decided to try out their homestyle chicken breasts. We baked them in the oven according to package directions and put them on an Udi’s gluten-free bun with homemade garlic aioli, cheese, and lettuce. Here was the result with a side of oven-baked French fries:
I was really impressed by the burger. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The breading had a nice seasoned flavour without being too salty or overpowering. I don’t think that you would be able to differentiate it from a regular, gluten-containing chicken burger!
Nutritionally, these products are about the same as other convenience items. One breaded chicken breast contains about 210 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 30% of your daily sodium intake. Although we probably won’t be buying these products too frequently, having a breaded chicken burger was a really nice treat!