Product Type: Birds Eye Food
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Birds Eye Chicken Pies
Member Name: Kelly1981
Birds Eye Chicken Pies
Advantages: Pastry crust. garden peas
Disadvantages: Chicken, soggy bottom, carrots
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.
Summary: Very dissapointing
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