“ Manufacturer: Birds Eye / Type: Pie „
i bought a birds eye chicking pie and it was the foulest pie i had ever tasted, it literly tastled of shit in the aftertaste, i wanted a nice chicking pie, i felt ill that day, i was looking foward to eating that chicking pie, i cooked it, and got all comfy like with a film and everyfin, then when i took a chomp it was horrid like. i wanted a nice chicking pie where there was more than 5 square masted up lumps of f**K knows what, it turd gravy, finished in baked playdoh.
Birds Eye Chicken Pies are frozen in their own little foil tray and come in either packs of 2 or packs of 4. The pack of 2 costs £1.50 and the pack of 4 costs £2 so you are better off buying the one with the more pies! Better value in my personal opinion.
They are made (so they say) from 100% chicken meat and have just over 450 calories in each pie. They are very tasty and so easy to cook I always find.
Just pop them into the oven for about 20 minutes and the pastry is light and very fluffy. The meat inside is tender and the gravy is thick and juicy and really very tasty. These are also nice to eat cold if you make one too many the day before and I often take a cold one into work with me instead of making or buying a sandwich.
They are possibly a tiny bit salty but not overly so. They go well with chips or mashed potates and some veggies. They are a good brand and one I have used now for a long time and I would recommend them.
When it comes to pies they are very much a favourite food of mine even though I do try to avoid them at all costs as they arnt the most healthy of thing to eat!
However I do indulge myself from time to time and these pies, for four of them in my local Asda store at an offer price of £1.00 a box instead of the usual price of about £2.00 a box had me excited to try them out considering they are from the Birds Eye family!
Well each pie comes in its own silver round foil container and within a yellow box and on the front of that box we are told that they are Birds Eye 4 Chicken Pies and that they are made with 100% chicken breast and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that we are meant to just bake them and there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed too. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, cooking instructions are listed (30-35 minutes in the oven), there is a nutritional chart displayed and contact details for Birds Eye are also given. Nice enough quality packaging this is as well as being informative enough.
Well as I have told you already all you have to do with these is pop them in the oven without gazing them and in there foil containers for about 30-35 minutes straight from frozen.
When I first popped them in the oven when they were frozen they looked rather flat and to be fair when they came out of the oven they didn't look bigger or that the pastry had risen or anything like that although the tops of the pies had gone a little golden but not all that much really.
Taste wise, well the pastry was crispy and rater bland and fell apart with ease. To me it lacked flavour or a butteryness to it. The filing was ok with large pieces of chicken breast that was moist and not one bit rubbery in a gravy stock along with about 1 pea per pie and a slither of carrot. There was little filling in the way of the gravy and of vegetables although what there was, was tasty enough and well seasoned but really the ingredients apart from the chicken were rather sparce.
These were rather bland pies in my opinion and felt economy in ever way however they tasted ok enough and the chicken was nice!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
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Now, I aren't usually a huge fan of buying stuff from frozen as I do enjoy cooking but obviously there's not always time to make from scratch but I often find it hard to get good quality homely food without the fuss of making it myself. Now money is a little tight recently, especially as my girlfriend has decided to move down to Stoke from Liverpool so we're trying to save money whenever possible. Before going food shopping we looked online at Sainsbury's to make sure we didn't miss out on any good offers and saw Birds Eye Pies on a Buy Two Get Second Half Price, working out at £4 for 8 frozen pies we decided to give them a try. We bought the Chicken Pies I'm reviewing and Steak and Kidney Pies which we have yet to try, Minced Beef and Onion Pies are also available on this offer.
The packaging is a simple box and inside are the four frozen pies in a small foil case which you cook the pies in, we did brush ours with egg wash as it just makes it look a lot nicer, milk could also be used but of course this isn't needed if you don't want to. You cook these pies in the oven from frozen for about half an hour, with no need to defrost these pies are even more convenient. When cooked the smell is delicious, you can really smell the pastry and it certainly smells very homely.
On cutting open the pie I was pleased to see it was generously filled and the smell really poured out of the pie. There were plenty of pieces of chicken, which it's good too know are 100% chicken breast, so the pie tastes really good quality, it certainly tastes very meaty and comforting. There are also pieces of carrot, onion and also a few peas which added a nice texture along with a delicious gravy. The pastry on this pie really is the best bit, it's shortcrust and holds the filling really well without going soggy. It's nice and crisp on the top but the sides are really soft and it has a lovely buttery taste just like home made. It's not at all dry especially as the gravy soaks in a little bit which gives it an even nicer flavour. Obviously these are great served with chips or potatoes and veg but also great on its own as a lunch or snack.
Nutritionally... well it's a pie, but here are the values for one pie:
Overall, I was really pleased with the quality and taste of this pie and it didn't taste like it had been cooked straight from frozen at all. The pie was crisp and homely with a decent amount of filling, great for anyone looking for good food without taking too long to make it, especially as on offer they work out at about 50p a pie.
Why this product?
I'm not generally a fan of frozen food, but because it was such a lovely day on Saturday my family and I went out for the day. On the way back just after 5pm I realised I had nothing for tea so popped into my local Asda looking for something quick and easy to throw in the oven when we got home. On wandering through the freezer isle I spotted these packs of Birds Eye chicken pies. They were on offer for £1.00 but better than that all of the £1 frozen food was four items for £3. I got a couple of boxes of these along with some fish fingers and chips.
The front of the box has the Birds Eye logo and describes the product as '2 chicken pies made with 100% chicken breast'. The nutritional information per pie along with their respective GDA is given and there is a beautiful picture of an opened pie, oozing with succulent chicken and vegetables. The back has the ingredients', nutritional information and how to prepare.
This product is to be oven cooked from frozen on 200⁰C or 180⁰c for fan assisted oven, gas mark 6 for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Each pie comes in a foil tray and is around 3" in diameter. It looks okay out of the packet; the edges have a nice pattern around and three holes in the top that look like a little smiley.
My knife sliced into the pie fairly easily and as I pulled the first piece away a couple of peas popped out but I couldn't see much chicken. The first two mouthfuls were just pastry and no filling could be tasted until bite number three. The overwhelming taste was the lovely garden peas that were particularly nice but as I continued on with the pie I couldn't really taste the chicken. There were bits present about one cube per bite but they just didn't have any flavour. Towards the end I found a couple of pieces of slimy carrot that weren't particularly pleasant either. The outer crust and top of the pastry was very nice with just the right amount of crumbliness however the base got very soggy to the point where it just became thick and stodgy and not at all pleasant.
Overall I was pretty disappointed with this product; I expected some lovely juicy chicken pieces and although it was all white meat they were like preformed cubes and not at all like the picture. The peas were lovely but the carrots reminded me of those thin slivers you find in a pot noodle - small and soggy. The top and edges of the pastry were delicious nut the bottom was very stodgy and wet. I will probably eat the other pie but I certainly won't be buying these again.
The necessary information
Ingredients - Chicken and vegetable filling, short crust pastry and pastry glaze.
Advice - Contains wheat, barley, egg & celery.
Note - Although great care has been taken to remove all bones some may remain - not one for the kids then.
Nutritional information per pie baked - 1860kj / 455kcal, 12.0g protein, 41.0g carbohydrates of which 2.9g sugars, 26.0g fat of which 10.0g saturates 1.7g fibre and 01.5g sodium.
As a family of two adults and three kids four kids on weekends we are always looking for a standby meal in the freezer that we all enjoy when not everyone is home or we just need a quick meal without cooking from scratch and this is a definitive favourite of all of ours...
As a child my mum used to serve us up frozen pies which were all soggy on the bottom and flaky and tough on the top hence never eating frozen pies since, but my wife had picked up a pack of these birds eye chicken pies from iceland and we decided to give them a go, they come in their own foil tray and are individually a really good size pie, all we do to them is give the lids a quick milk wash over the top and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes and to be honest i was totally amazed the first time we had these the pastry is beautifully soft and melts in your mouth and really tastes like home made butter shortcrust pastry, the chicken is 100 percent chicken breast so you know your not going to get all the scrag ends you find in cheaper pies and they come in a lovely thick gravy with some carrots and peas in fact the pies really are chocca block full to the top and are just enough to serve with some fresh peas and carrots and a little bis-to gravy for a perfect lunch or evening meal .
They are 445 kcals per pie if anyone is counting Cal's which is quite high but if your not having them daily or whacking them with a heap of greasy chips I think this is fine, I don't know what my mum used to do to the pies to get the pastry so awfully wrong but these pies are beautifully soft pastry and even the bottoms are crispy and golden once cooked.
I am converted these days and id say give these a go just once and see if you enjoy at £1.80 a box of 4 they aren't going to break the bank either..
I don't have chicken pies that much but the other week I brought a box of 4 Birds Eye Chicken Pies and they're yummy and just right for the mega cold weather at the minute!
The pies come in a foil case so they're ready to put in the oven, I put a bit of milk on the top of mine before I cooked it to make the crust go nice and shiney. They don't smell of anything when they're done but I can get a whiff of the gravy in the pie.
They taste of them is proper nice. The pastry is dead light and buttery tasting, it's cooked that nice so you can cut the pie into pieces just using the side of your fork. I love the flavour of this pastry because it is majorly good quality, it's got a yummy taste to it that's buttery and a bit salty at the same time. The bottom of the pastry case has had the gravy soak into it a bit so that's gone wickedly soft but the top crust has stayed nice and even though it's not actually crunchy you can tell it's got a different texture to the bottom and sides of the pie.
The filling doesn't go all the way to the top of the pie and I felt a bit robbed when I saw the gap between the crust and filling of the pie because of how full the box made the pies look! There's loads of chicken in the filling and it's all cut into nice bite sized pieces, it's chicken breast and is cooked lovely and tender and tastes proper fresh.
There are some vegetable mixed in with the chicken and they are chicken and peas, they're a bit disappointing because they don't taste or look that fresh but they're edible so that's loads better than in some of these meals! lol
The gravy is nice, it's not mega rich like in beef pies but is just right so you can taste the chicken and vegetables over it. I think all the different things go proper nice together and these pies are very filling, I had mine with some mash and gravy and it was delish. I made extra gravy up to go over the mash because there deffo wouldn't have been enough in the pie.
Recommended.... the best chicken pies, delish with loads of good quality chicken!!!
I try to buy the cheapest food products as I usually find that the cheaper ranges taste pretty much the same as the more expensive ones anyway. The only thing this isn't true for is chicken pies. I think the Birds Eye chicken pies are very expensive at about £2.50 for a pack of 4, so I've tried a few of the cheaper brands but nothing compares to Birds Eye and I haven't actually found another frozen chicken pie that I would buy again.
Birds Eye's chicken and vegetable pies are made from shortcrust pastry which is filled with 100% chicken breast pieces, carrots, peas and gravy. They take quite a while to cook - about 30 minutes in the oven. You can easily tell when it's ready when the pastry turns a golden brown colour and begins to get a little crispy on the outside and not so soft and stodgy in the middle.
There's always loads of chicken inside these which is the best part and I've found with other brands of chicken pies that there's hardly any chicken in them, which is why I like the Birds Eye ones so much. There are also a few peas and long thin carrots inside which are always very soft and tasty.
These chicken pies are so delicious mixed with some potatoes and loads of peas on the side which makes a healthy meal. These are the one thing that I don't mind spending the extra money on as they are so much nicer than other chicken pies so I will always stick with Birds Eye.
Last Birds Eye review for a bit - I promised. I'm just enjoying Dooyoo and writing about things I like, and food is certainly 1 of them!
You get these Pies in the Freezer section for about £1.80. You get 4 in the pack and they are large enough so to have 1 with a couple of sides, or 2 if you're like me and like a big tea.
These are in little foil tray which you cook them in in the Oven for approx 25 minutes. After this time the pastry is Golden brown, medium dark and pretty crisp and flaky.
There seems like there is a good amount of PAstry in these and the filling is Deep in the Pastry. There is a good amount of CHicken Breast Chunks which although are pretty, small they are a good size for just to eat them how they are and not have to chew them. There is a small scattering of Veg, and a good amount of quite thin, but thick enough Gravy which tastes rich, nice and Chicken stock like.
Not that good for you as 1 Pie has over 400 calories.
ONe of my favourite Pies out there, They taste like they are made with good ingredients, and I will continue to have some of these in the freezer.
I picked up a pack of four of these from the supermarket the other day, as they were on special offer at £1 a pack (normal price being a little over £2). I'm not a huge pie eater, but with the weather getting colder I've started buying stodgier foods to bulk up the freezer .
Iwon't go into detail about the packaging, as there is a lovely clear picture, opening up the box though, each pie is in it's own little foil dish - something I have quite convenient when cooking as I simply pop the dish onto the oven shelf rather than messing about finding baking trays . I also think the foil dish stops the pies sticking together in the box.
In all honesty, the pies really aren't much to look at uncooked- pale and pasty looking, but whacking it into the oven for 35 minutes resulted in a lovely rich smell filling the kitchen, a combination of chicken and onions, and the rich meaty smell of the gravy . The pies when cooked actually looked rather nice too - circular in shape with an attractively crimped edge, and the pastry rich golden brown colour.
Cutting into the pie reveals a decent number of generously sized chicken chunks, with some peas and carrots in a rich glossy dark gravy . Taking a bite, the pastry was lovely and crisp and flaky, with a lovely rich luxurious buttery texture to it . The chicken was moist, and the vegetables were quite well spread throughout the mixture,although a little too soft for my liking. The gravy was quite nicely flavoured, although I personaly would have liked something just a bit richer, with perhaps some mushrooms too .
Per pie there are 460 calories and 30g of fat. This is rather a lot, but I do find that a pie with a nice big pile of veg fills me up quite nicely.
Overall, I think these pies are decent . They are not a patch on some of the lovely luxury hand made pies you can find in the chiller cabinets nowadays, but for something convenient to shove in the freezer for when you want a bit of stodge, these are fine.
3 Stars - not the best pie around, but decent.
Birdseye chicken by are by far my favourite pie. I find them to be tasty and filling. You can buy a four pack for around about £2.49 and they are widely available in supermarkets across the country. They cook in the oven for 30mins and are golden brown on top when cooked. They are a gravy based chicken pie which include the following ingredients: Chicken, carrots and peas. They have a lovely chicken gravy inside. I personally find these pies excellent as both a main meal and as a snack as they are filling and tasty. The vegetables are part of the 5 a day. I personally believe that Birdseye are an excellent brand and offer value for money especially within there pies. They can cook in a normal cooker and the cooking timings can very. It is possibly to need to cook the pie for longer than the recommended time as on some occasions its been known that the pie has not cooked fully after the 30 minutes recommended time.
I'm not one given to buying pies, I prefer to make them myself so I know what's in them, but I was feeling hungry and had a craving that only a chicken pie could satisfy. And to make a whole pie for just me would be very wasteful and time consuming!
So, I picked up a Birds Eye Chicken Pie in the frozen isles of the local supermarket.
A single person sized pie. How sad...
The box had a lovely looking pie pictured on it and claims of "now with more chicken" "no hydrogenated fat" and "100% chicken breast". So far so good. And then I looked at the nutritional values. Ah. 455 calories, 28g of fat (11g of which saturates). Not so good then.
At this point, I will mention that I checked the nutritional values of this pie against others of the same type and size, and actually it came up pretty good. Pie's are generally high in fat and calories due to the pastry. Normally I wouldn't buy anything with more than 20g of fat in them (and that's at a push) so this pie was a big deal for me.
Ok. Turn the oven on. When it's hot, put the pie in the oven for 30-35minutes. Easy.
It comes in a little foil dish (like the ones in the chippy!!) so the bottom of the pastry is cooked well through the transfer of heat thanks to the foil (see, I did do physics at school!) although it didn't go crispy. Which for me is a good thing.
After it was cooked, I cut through the top to let the steam out - I've burnt my mouth too many times to have not learnt that one!
First impressions: good amount of chicken chunks, lots of gravy and a few veggies (ok, carrots and peas).
After letting it cool a while, I tucked in (took all my self control that did!). The gravy was tasty; the chicken looked like chicken, tasted like chicken and they say it is chicken, so lets run with that; and the veg was small. Mmm, mixed bag then.
For me, the perfect pie would be crammed full of meat and veg, with the gravy filling the gaps and keeping the meat moist. This pie just didn't have enough filling, and no where near enough veg. The few miserly bits of carrot and the few peas were a waste of time. Although the gravy was very nice, there just wasn't enough chicken in there to warrant the quantity of gravy.
Summary: it's a good pie considering it's mass produced and bought frozen. I know these guys put it the minimum of filling to make the maximum profit, so I didn't expect homemade quality. It's good to fill that gap in your weekly menu
Birds Eye are an amazing brand of food and I love most of their products. One I've recently tried are their Chicken Pies!
They can be found in all supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's etc. They can often also be found in little newsagents or shops that sell snack foods. They are frozen so are therefore found in the freezer section. In our Tesco they were alongside the other Birds Eye products however in Asda they were next to the other versions of good old Chicken pie. So its worth keeping an eye out as they tend to jump from place to place.
They are sold in boxes of 4 and each pie weighs roughly 144g. The box of 4 costs £2.22 from Asda. This works out at 56p per pie. This isn't overly expensive and I don't grudge paying this. Although if it was anymore I'd be a bit concerned especially in the current credit crisis.
They come in a cardboard box and it is quite attractive. I feel the box and design has quite a pub feel to it and reminds me of going out for a pub lunch! The box is mainly brown in colour and has the typical Birds Eye logo on the front. There is also nutritional information on both the back and the front as well as ingredients. There is a delicious looking picture on the front of the box, of the pie inside. It looks gorgeous and is very appealing with the filling spilling out gloriously!
Inside the pies are all in separate foil trays. This is great as it keeps them nice and separate. We baked ours in the oven for 35 minutes and by this time the delicious meaty smell had filled the air. It was gorgeous and the smell of the pastry was amazing too!
Taking out the oven was easy however they were boiling so be careful! We served the chicken pies up with chips and extra vegetables and this provided a lovely, very filling dinner.
The taste was gorgeous. The pastry was utterly delicious. It was very flaky but had just the right amount of chew to it. It was also very buttery in taste! The chicken was amazing and just as chewy as I like and the veg was great too. There wasn't very much veg though! The gravy was delicious and very thick too. Overall the taste was great.
They did taste amazing however one pie contains 460 calories and 30g of fat. This is shocking.
Chicken is probably 1 of my favourite meats, and enjoy the odd Chicken Pie teamed with a splodge of gravy on top of it, and a good helping of Chips - yummy! I've tried a few Chicken Pies, and although the cheaper ones are pretty good, in my vew Birds eye produce some nice Chicken items.
You buy these from the freezer section and they are sold in packs of 4. Normally they cost around £1.89 at my local Asda, but i've seen these on Rollback recently for £1.60. Not a huge saving, but a little help!
The packaging is alright. It is a cardboard box and the Pies are in individual foil trays. There s a picture on the front of a Pie and it looks nice and appetising as you see inside of the pie and it looks full of Meat, Veg and Gravy. The colourings on here are browns and yellows. The Birds Eye brand label is quite large on the box, so no mistaking the brand of these.
In each Pie there is 455 calories and 28g of fat, so not that great for you. Each Pie weight 155g.
So to cook these you put in a 200oc oven and they take 20 minutes to cook. It is best to brush the top of the Pie with milk in order to make the pastry crisp up and go a little more golden.
So to look at the Pies when they are cooked (since they are more appetising this way!) The top of it is flat and has slight crinkles around the side. The top is nice, flaky and crisp whereas the rest of the pastry is quite soft, but not too soggy. There is a good enough of filling in here, but I guess I wouldn't mind a little more. The strips of Chicken look like CHicken Breast and there is a light gravy mixed through the inside. There is a small scattering of Peas and Carrots in here, and that type of veg is just right to go with the Chicken.
These are lovely Pies and make a nice tea. Recommended by me!
I have tried these chicken pies in the past and been disappointed but I was told that the recipe has really improved now so when I saw them on offer for £2.00 in Tesco I decided to give them a go.
One pie takes around 30-35 minutes in the oven on 200-220 and I found that 35 minutes on 220 degrees was just enough to complete cook my pie and stop the bottom from being soggy (a problem that I have encountered before with these pies). The pie looks a lovely golden brown colour and the pastry is very flaky when I cut in to my pie. Inside the pie are about 7 or 8 large pieces of tasty looking chicken (cooked just right too!) and then there are some peas and carrots. As I am not really a huge vegetable eater at the best of times I just pick around these but I did sample a couple and they tasted perfectly acceptable to me. The pieces of chicken are lovely and succulent and it's in a delicious meaty gravy.
I was very pleased with the quality of the pie and the taste has vastly improved (from what I can remember) when based against the old recipe product. I would highly recommend these pies and I did find that one (served with a nice pile of mash and extra gravy) was perfectly filling and not to over the top. I am rating this product 4/5 and it would have been 5/5 but for the vegetables, I would definitely prefer larger pieces of carrot or just none at all.
One pie contains 455 calories & 28g of fat so this is quite a high fat product and should not be eaten all the time or in large quantities.
These are normally £2.45 in Tesco for 4 but are on offer until 5th May 2009. This seems to be quite a regular order so I would advise keeping your eyes peeled and perhaps stocking up.
In reply to Edinburghers comment I would say that there is around 40% pastry 40% meat/gravy and 20% vegetables. The perfect mix for me!