“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Pie „
I had one of these Chicken And Mushroom Pies from Sainsburys for my dinner last night and it was proper tasty, a lot of chicken pies from the supermarket are naff and haven't hardly got and flavour but I thought this one was yummy. It cost about 40p and you have to cook it in the oven for about 20 mins before you eat it. I was suprised by how nice this pie was. You don't get shedloads of chicken in it but the chunks in there are cooked proper nice and have got a wicked fresh flavour. The chicken is mixed with mushrooms and it's all in a nice sauce, I love it that the flavour of the sauce doesn't spoil the taste of the chicken or mushrooms because it's got quite a faint taste but it's still yummy because the sauce is dead creamy and has got a delish herby flavour. The pastry doesn't brown all that good on the top and it still looked a bit raw after it had been cooked, I couldn't leave it in any longer either to brown the top better because if I had the edges would have ended up going rock hard. The pastry tastes nice though and goes wicked with the chicken inside the pie, the filling of the pie tastes a bit like a Pukka Pie only the pastry isn't as good. It's mega filling, I had mine with chips and beans and I thought it was a delish meal that was just as good as going to the chippy..... and LOADS cheaper! lol I love how tender the chicken is because it tastes like FRESH chicken instead of that soft stuff you get in a lot of pies, I'm not usually a Chicken And Mushroom kind of person but this is a delish pie and that's mad for how cheap it is. The mushrooms are nice as well and they add flavour to the pie but without being madly overcooked and going all slimey like usually happens in this flavour pie. Recommended.... for a snack on it's own or part of a meal because these pies are delish!!!
Now I know they're bad for you but when I got home this lunch time and found Sainsbury's Chicken and Mushroom Pies in the fridge I couldn't help but have one. Price: I asked my Dad how much he's paid for these and he said they're 59p or 2 for £1 at the moment which is really good. Also in this offer are Minced Beef and Onion Pie, Steak Pie, Chicken Curry Pie and Steak and Kidney Pie, they're freezable too so well worth stocking up on especially whilst they're on offer. Packaging: Like many pies it comes in a foil case and this is then in plastic packaging. It's not the sturdiest packaging so you'd have to be careful you didn't put anything too heavy on top of your pie. The packaging is quite simple but then it's fairly cheap but not in the basics range. Cooking Instructions: This pie has to be oven cooked in a pre- heated oven of 180 Degrees or Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes from chilled. If you're cooking from frozen the same temperatures apply but for 35 minutes. It's to be cooked in the foil tray and on the middle shelp of the oven, I found the tray got very hot after being in the oven so just be careful, it can be hard to get the pie out. The Pie: When I got this out of the oven it certainly smelt very much of chicken and mushrooms and the top of the puff pastry lid had crisped up nicely. I will say that for 59p the pie is a good decent oval size, I was looking forward to a nice, filling pie. When I cut into the pie it smelt even better but the first thing I thought was that the filling was mainly sauce, I lifted off the lid and there was 6 or 7 pieces of chicken and a few slices of mushroom. The beige/ cream sauce was quite nice and thick, very creamy but slightly bland it was fine after I added pepper though, the chicken was nice and tender but I was disappointed by how little there was, but it was only cheap so not too bad. I found the pastry lid a little dry, but it was fine once I ate it with some of the excessive sauce. In contrast, the base was soggy, again from all that sauce, it's still edible though and the pie as a whole works well together. Nutritional Information: Per Pie: Calories: 452 (22.6%) Fat: 26.3g (37.6%) Sat Fat: 14g (70%) Salt: 1.13g (18.8%) As you can see it's VERY bad for you and I'd say if you're going to splash out and be naughty and you fancy a pie there are a lot nicer pies than this one. Allergy Advice: Contains milk, egg and wheat gluten. Overall: I would probably have this pie again because it's so cheap, if you can afford to buy a more expensive, better quality pie though I would advise it. The taste was abit bland and needed seasoning at the pastry was either dry or soggy so that was disappointing too, it worked well together though. The nutrition is very bad and I'm sure you can have a much nicer pie for the values.
I absolutely love nothing more than pies! Well anything covered in pastry really gets me going! Actually anything remotely bad for me does if I'm totally honest! I do love a good chicken and mushroom pie though so when I saw these on offer in my local Sainsbury's store for any two of their own varieties of pies including this of course for a pound I was like a lamb to the slaughter! (Usual price is 59p per pie). The Packaging: Well it's slightly different to what is shown on this photo but not much and it appears to have been slightly updated. The pie comes in a see-through plastic wrapper and on that there is an orange block of colour and then in white writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's Chicken & Mushroom Puff Pastry Pie. I'm also on the front told that it is freezable, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly stamped on. Other information on the back of the packet includes cooking instructions if you want it hot (20 minutes from chilled or 35 minutes from frozen in the oven), a full nutritional breakdown is given as are ingredients and allergy advice, size is stated which is 150g and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. The pie is visible through the wrapper of course and is in a foil tray. Nothing special about the packaging though it is informative enough and it is nice to be able to see what your about to eat. The Pie: Well I like my pie hot for a meal and cold for a snack and it may sound a bit philistine but I like chicken and mushrooms pies full stop cold! lol. So I peeled off the wrapper to be met with an oval pie and for a single serving was very impressed with the size of it. Light golden in colour with a slightly rough 'lid' that was welded on I was quite looking forward to munching my way through this! However: The pastry base is soggy, the rest of the pastry tasted quite dry and not at all like puff pastry I'm used to. It possessed no real flavour and didn't taste seasoned at all. I wasn't one bit impressed by the dryness of most of it and appreciated it's soggy bottom by the time I got to it. The filling is a cream colour with tiny chunks of chicken in it of which I did play hunt the chicken and there was about 6 small lumps (and I mean small) and I could see soggy slithers of dark grey mushroom but in the main all I could see was a hefty filing of white sauce that was quite thick and gloopy looking. I was hopeful after consuming the wall of dried up pastry that this would be woth the effort for the filling alone but sadly it wasn't to be. The creamy looking sauce was bland, the chicken was ok and well cooked and tasted like breast (what there was of it) and the mushrooms weren't as rubbery as they looked and they did add a little flavour but along with the chicken there was just not enough of them. As I ate this I did wonder if it would be best served warm/hot and whether that would help the pastry any but bear in mind this can be served either hot or cold! Verdict: Bland, dried up and not worth the calories. It isn't awful to be fair to it because it doesn't contain enough flavour to be bothered about. Not very good in my opinion but it is like eating a brick so therefore it is filling lol. Allergy Advice: Contains: Milk, Egg & Wheat Gluten Nutritional Information Per Pie: Calories: 452 Fat: 26.3g Saturated Fat: 14.0g Salt: 1.12g Total Sugars: 1.7g Only available in the refrigerated chiller cabinets in Sainsburys.