“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
These taste rather bland, even for value chicken fillets. They aren't a uniform size, we had one medium size one in our bag which was very fatty and the rest were small. They shrunk far more than you'd expect when cooked. One was barely more than two mouthfuls when it came out of the oven.
I wasn't expecting the finest breast fillets, but even compared to the Sainsbury's value and cheap Farm Foods fillets, these are rather poor.
Personally, I would not recommend these unless you're adding your own flavour. We had ours with veggies and gravy and we weren't very impressed - I don't even know if they'd taste that good stuffed as they were rather tough too. However, if you have them with a stir fry or something similar they may be a different matter entirely.
Okay, so they're nice and cheap, good if you're on a budget. They're bad if you care about chicken welfare, flavour and value for money.
I defrosted an Asda Smart price Chicken breast today and whilst one came out perfectly defrosted, the other one fell apart and looked like a pile of slodge and if touched just disintegrated.... Very upset about this I called Customer services and spoke to a lovely chap who gave me a reference number for a full refund or exchange the next time I am in the store.... Sometimes you do get what you pay for but with food I did really expect a "chicken breast" not a mashed together piece of meat..... Will I buy this product again? No probably not, I'll spend a little more and hopefully get better quality. I can not however, fault their customer care service at all.
I find that I as a working mum with 3 kids that I cook a lot of chicken, I often batch cook 2-4 bags of these in a big saucepan on a sunday in order to create frozen but home cooked dinners for the whole week. Once cooked I add various other ingredients to allow a bit more variety to my meals. I create chicken stews, chicken pies (with frozen pastry) chicken / veggies with a potatoe top and a chicken, onion & mushroom sauce. All these dishes in various sandwich boxes, casserole dishes or pie pans, defrosted the night before so can be quickly heated by the first person home. I do tend to add a lot of veggies to not only bulk out my dishes but also hopefully to be a healthier meal. Even if doing 1 meal I tend to duble everything and freeze in order to save cooking costs as well as time.
Whilst I find that the asda cheaper mince version of mince very fatty, the chicken is absolutely fine and although I suspect it shrinks more than premium brands, in my opinion this tastes like.... chicken. Another difference to the premium brands is often the breast fillets can be in smaller or not shaped as breast like however I tend to cube anyway so for me this isnt a problem.
I do feel that these bags are very good value for money at £3.99 for 1kg.
116kcals for 100g
Typical Smart price branding on plain white with green writing. The bag is plastic due to the product being frozen
Its a 5 DY stars from me.
When it comes to these frozen chicken breast fillets these are the ones that I buy almost weekly as I really do like them and for a 1kg bag costing only £4.49 a time I think they are not only great tasting, versatile but economical too.
The fillets come in a white and bright green plastic bag with a photograph of the chicken on the front and on the front of it we are told that they are Asda 'Smart Price' Chicken Breast Fillets and the weight is stated and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients being given, nutritional information is listed and contact details for Asda are given. Cheap looking but informative packaging this is the only issue I have with this bag is that it isn't resealable which would be helpful!
The Chicken Breasts:
Well the amount of chicken breasts you get in a bag really does depend as you buy these on the weight and not the amount of them. I have had 4 large breasts and up to 6 small ones in my bags, they are always skinless and lean and a nice pinkish colour and its up to you how you cook them of course!
These are suitable for the oven and for grilling and although I have done them both of these ways over the years I more often than not fry mine in chunks and pop them into curries and the likes which is absolutely my favourite way of eating these.
Fleshy and plump and lean these are simply chicken with a little salt and you can always cook these straight from frozen if you want to!
These are brilliant its as simple as that and I will continue to buy these for as long as they stay as cheap as they are!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: Nil
of which saturates: 0.1g
Equivalent as Salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores or from Asda.com
As a keen follower of many a diet, I have found that most of the recipies require chicken breasts. With a recession on at the moment, you will appreciate that supermarket chicken breasts can be a tad on the expensive side, anything from £3 for two to £6 for four fresh ones. Even the smartprice fresh are around a fiver for three.
On one shopping tripo I noticed a 1kg bag of smart price frozen chicken breasts for £2.99, (they are up around the £3.99 mark now). I decided to give them a whirl as they were not going to break the bank.
When I knew I was going to need them I took a couple out of the bag to defrost. Now, what I will say is they are not the biggest and they are not the most attractive, I suppose thats why they are the smart price ones though. There are approx 6-8 in a bag and I usually double up on what I need so they do work out cheaper than the fresh ones. For the main, the recepies I follow require the breasts to be cut in some way, shape or form so their appearence doesn't really matter. When I have left them whole its only to cook for family and they dare not comment!! Whats also positive is there is not much waste. I was expecting to be cutting away stringy bits but this is minimal and all can be used.
I suppose the most important thing though is the taste. I have to admit, cooking meat and following a recepie have never been strong points of mine, so either my cooking is improving or these chicken breasts are good!! Whether it be to fry or oven cook, they are always juicy and tender. As said I usually use in a curry or stirfry so brown first and then leave to simmer. However, I have used them to marinade and cook in the oven as whole breasts and the result has been just as successful.
As with everything they have increased in price and are now around the £4 mark, but still, cheaper than Asda own frozen or fresh. If your not fussy about shape or just want them for a curry, casserole or stirfry I would definaetly give them a go!!
Smart Price Chicken.
Like everyone in the credit crunch I am trying to save as much as ossible on food shopping and bought these a while back to start with.
We rarely ate chicken because it was so expensive to use the free range happy chickens who had had a wonderful life running round a farm. If you have the mone go ahead but I do not hence why these are a regular in my household.
The packaging is basic as is all smart price items. They come in 400g and 1Kg bags and cost £1.20 for the smaller and £3 odd for the larger bag.
Contained are 6+ large fillets which are 82% chicken and added water and stabalisers. I continue to purc hase these as there are no efforts made to hide this fact.
These can be cooked from frozen or defrosted and then cooked by frying/grilling/boiling or any other method you would prefer. On cooking they do shrink a little but not so much that you would need more than one breast per person and if adding to a curry or casserole a lot can be made from a little chicken.
The texture stays pretty much the same as any brand of chicken would. The flavour is a little milder but can still be identified.
I have used them in a variety of things from chcken mayo sandwich filler, wraps, casseroles, curries, roasts, stuffed roasted breasts and plenty others.
At this time beggars can't be choosers. A perfectly acceptable product that's a little easier on the purse!
Batch Cooking features heavily in the Rooster household especially at this time of the year and we have regular days where we are stood in the kitchen preparing curries, bologneses and other creations ready to freeze.
Upto recently I would always buy the packaged fresh chicken breasts to go into my curry and spent in the region of £5 to £8 for a pack of 4-6 chicken breasts but noticed these frozen breasts in Asda recently priced at just over £3.00 for a pack containing 5-6 pieces.
Found in the packaging pictured above and figuring there was little to lose by trying the frozen alternative I bought a bag and added them to my next curry. Although undoubtably smaller and skinnier that the fresh variety I have to say there was absolutely no difference in taste, texture or consistency.
Obviously by using them in a curry there are plenty of other ingredients that draw your attention away from how the chicken actually looks, and when its cooked and chopped up you wouldnt know anything different anyway. Overall, value for money wise I found them to be a far better alternative to buying fresh and would definitely continue to use them in my batch cooking.
I dont think I would use them if I was wanting to make a stuffed chicken-breast dinner as they are like I say they are very skinny and on the small side and dont look that appealing in their unfrozen state. But for everything else they are perfect.
The back of the bag reveals that a chicken breast is made up of 82% chicken breast with water, salt dextrose and stabilisers making up the remainder, presumably the added extras are to assist in keeping them fresh whilst frozen.
Nutrition wise, chicken is always a healthy meat containing no fat or saturates so I do tend to eat quite a bit over the week either in curry form or preparing a whole one to roast for Sunday dinner.
All in all I do recommened these for the reasons stated above, they are by far a much cheaper alternative to fresh and taste exactly the same when cooked and coated in a sauce. 4/5 Dooyoo stars from me, losing a point because they are a lot smaller than their fresh counterparts.
My mum sometimes does an online shop from Asda and because she likes some of their Smart Price stuff she tried different things each time because they are quite often as good as the brand names and loads cheaper.
These chicken breast fillets were a waste of money and she said herself that she'd have been better off spending the £6.00 our butchers wants for the same weight than buying these for £3.00 and I agree with her.
You get quite a lot of chicken for your money and all the chicken breasts are big but they are full of water and even when they were defrosting we could see them shrinking as all the water melted out of them and that was before we'd cooked them. They aren't very good shapes either so I reckon they'd look proper naff on a dinner a bit like them funny shaped flat turkey scallops you can buy.
My mum had defrosted the whole bag so we had chicken twice on the same day. She roasted 2 breasts for our sandwiches at dinnertime and cut the rest up for a stir fry for tea. The stir fry was ok because she used a strong sauce and loads of vegetables but the roast chicken was bad because it didn't have any flavour and had gone a bit rubbery in the oven even though my mum is wicked at cooking meat.
I was glad she'd made some stuffing to go on the sandwich because the chicken was so tasteless that I couldn't have eaten it without the added flavour of the stuffing.
I know she won't ever buy these again because they were very bad quality and even though we don't buy free range chicken regular you could taste that this was the worst of the worst and it's horrible to think of the conditions Asda chickens are kept in because I bet it's even worse than most caged hens.
I'm not on the "free range" bandwagon and am happy to try the value meat cuts. Some I'll buy again, some I won't, but that's the same across the board, be it a top of the range or mid price item. If I like it then I'll buy it.
Asda smart price chicken breast fillets are found in the freezer aisle. Each bag contains 1kilo of breast which have added water, salt, dextrose and stabilisers. Generally a bag costs between £3 - £4.50 depending on what offers are available.
I find they normally contain around 6 fillets, a mixture of sizes and shapes but even the smallest is a good size. I defrost over night in the fridge in a sealed container to prevent cross contamination. The pack size is ideal for my family of four, we use 3 fillets per meal so always get 2 meals worth from a pack making them good value.
The meat does let off some water when cooking, this is to be expected and doesn't impair the flavour of the meat. The breasts generally have no skin or fatty bits left on and are easily chopped, sliced or bashed out. I've always been happy with the flavour of the meat, be it in a curry or pie or just as a grilled breast for a salad or wrap.
An ideal freezer staple that's versatile and cost effective.
Chicken for the credit crunch is probably the best way I can describe this product. 4 chicken breast pieces for £1.20 sounds like an ultimate bargain....and it is for the price and what you get for the price.
Being a full time worker I dont always have time to go home via the supermarket for fresh, free range, organic, killed with a smile on its face food, and often, sad to say, I cant afford to pay the premium price attached to these kinds of fresh produce.
Having chicken in the freezer and taking it out the night before/morning before work and placing it in the fridge, means that on returning from work I have chicken there ready to cook. I like cooking and chicken is one of my favourite meats.
The chicken breast pieces are of reasonable size. They are quite oddly shaped, and each bag can contain various different looking pieces of chicken but ultimately there is enough there. The price is also a good point, nowhere else will you find a chicken breast for equivilent of 30p each. It can also store for up to six months in your freezer so you can bulk buy.
Unfortunately they do tend to be drenched in excess water by the time they have defrosted and at the end of cooking they have shrunk a little bit. The chicken has a reasonable taste but tends to be much tougher to chew than a fresh piece would be.
When I first bought this product I tended to pan fry with little success and consequently stopped buying the product but I had dinner at someones house where they slow cooked it in a casserole and it made the meat quite tender so I have since rebought the product and messed around with different styles of cooking. I would therefore recommend this product for anyone who likes their casseroles, cooking in stock as it tenderises the meat so much so that you forget its smart price and 30p
I would recommend this purchase, even if a one off. At £1.20 if you decide its definately not for you then you haven't lost out financially. Doesnt take up much freezer space and if cooked properly and well, can make people forget about the brand of product.
I have written this review only on dooyoo
I wasn't expecting miracles when I picked these up, so I did bear this in mind when I came to actually making something with these.
Right what are you going to expect.
Well for a start the likelihood is that these are from chickens that have not been kept in ideal condition. You will need to weigh that up before you even think about buying these.
Then again you are probably not on the same wage, or to use a more appropriate term, 'income', as Jamie Oliver or Hugh Fearnly-Loads-of-Names-Chicken-Man-Whittingstall (did I spell that right?). So maybe you don't think too much about buying these.
These are about £1.30 IIRC for four. You buy them shove them in the freezer and when it is looking like you are running out of food and money you get them out the freezer the night before. Next day you chop them up, gently fry them for as long as it takes, boil up some of that emergency rice, you kept, and crack open thet value jar of Chicken Tikka Masala sauce that has been hiding at the back of the cupboard.
I make that in total just under three quid for a really hearty meal for four.
But what does that say about the chicken. Well, it is a little tough, but it is cheap. As for the taste. Well you have a nice strong Tikka Masala sauce, why worry about the taste of the chicken too much.
Great meal. Sorted!
Asda sells lots of different chicken breasts and you can buy Smartprice chicken breast fillets that come fresh or frozen, I usually buy the frozen ones as then they can just be placed in the freezer and providing I give them a good 12 hours to defrost then they are fine for cooking, this usually means I get them out the evening before I want to cook with them, place them on a plate and just defrost them in the freezer (I wrap mine in cling film to prevent any contamination or juices dripping in to the fridge).
The packet is a basic polythene bag which is green & white in appearance and contains a picture of some cooked chicken breasts. These are easy to cook and can be used in any recipe that requires chicken breasts, they can be stir fried, baked, grilled etc. and there is a million different ways to use chicken breasts.
I think that these breasts are fairly good quality and while they need a little bit of trimming to remove the excess fat/rubbish from the outside or the underneath of the chicken breasts and for £3.20 per 1kg of chicken I think that these breasts are a bargain. There is nothing much to worry about with these chicken breasts and just ensure that they are cooked thoroughly throughout by poking them or making a small incision and making sure there is no pink meat left inside the breast.
There are 82 calories and 0.4g of fat per 100g of chicken breast so if you grill this and throw it in to a salad then it's quite a healthy, filling option that gives you lots of protein.
I did not find any difference between these chicken breasts and buying fresh ones, they taste just the same to me when I have thrown them in to a salad, a pasta bake or just added sauce to the chicken and topped with cheese. The list of things you can do with a chicken breast is pretty much endless and this is the main reason that I continue to buy these chicken breasts.
I am rating these 3/5 as I think that they are a very reasonable price but I have knocked off two stars because these are actually only 82% chicken breast and the rest is water, salt & dextrose.
I have to admit to getting quite annoyed, when I hear the likes of Jamie Oliver, and Hugh Fearnley-whittingsname getting all uppety about chicken welfare, and how economy chicken is packed with water. An how we should all be striving to eat Organic and/or Free Range Chickens, and should feel guilty for eating cheap chicken.
Which is fine, if you can afford to pay the premium. An no doubt celebrity chefs can afford the finest produce.
However, back in the real world if you are a family on a budget, Chicken welfare with every respect, is going to be (or at least should be) pretty low down on your list of priorites. An I am not being mercenary, but Human welfare and happiness is far more important.
This is where the Economy chicken comes into its own. Saving money! These economy Asda Smart Price Chicken Breast Fillets are perfect for keeping to a budget, and you get a semi-decent prodcut to boot.
The cost is just over a pound, and is less than a quarter of the price of the equivalent "Free Range" product.
I mean so what that 10% or so may be water. It is clearly labelled as such. The water which is injected into the product, is to help maintain the chicken in condition while it is frozen, or transported, and if you read carefully there is a net weight given too. So there is no "big trick" its just to help with preserving the item while frozen, or as a chilled package. An to give them a plump look. Appearance is important, and just because we are on a budget why should they be left to look naff.
Smoked haddock gets painted yellow to look pretty, chicken gets plumped with water. So what.
The same happens across the board, for many products. Bacon comes to mind. For those who say it tastes watery, or becomes dry quickly, or is unhealthy I strongly disagree.
Taste for example, strongly depends what you are going to be doing with it. If you are making a chicken curry, chicken fajitas, a chicken stir-fry and are going to be introducing strong flavours, premium chicken is indistinguishable from these Asda SmartPrice fillets!!
The ones I cooked tasted great. Maintained a good texture, and were succulent. Which ticks all the boxes for what im looking for in a breast fillet.
I also slept soundly knowing I had saved a few pennies, rather than knowing a chicken has 1.2 sqaured metres to run around in, before slaughter, rather than 0.25 square metres. I say to those who argue against, If Chicken welfare bothers you, DO NOT eat chicken at all. Leave them be, and let them run around in a lovingly prepared farmyards clucking away merrily.
So to my mind, these Asda Smart Price Chicken Fillets are a bargain for people who want to eat affordable chicken. Why be inconvnienced by eating chicken less often, when you can enjoy chicken at an affordable price.
Well done Asda! People on a budget Thank you!!
If you have read my other reviews, you would know that I love supermarkets cheap ranges, same is with asda price, I like most of their stuff, this however is a disappointment. I bought it cause it was a little above 1 20 and with 4 chicken breasts that was a perfect deal, To good to be tru..well yes!!As I cooked em in the oven wit nice marinade and stuff, its started shrinking, a lot, I did not expect that to happen, but a well they r still cheap, who care if they shrink a bit, right? Well no not really.
The taste was not to bad, but that was because of tons of herbs and spices i had put on there, It just didn't feel like chicken, texture was strange and if you ignore the marinade it was quite bland,
And also this ios not 100 percent chicken, Just some chicken like 8o something percent, i don't know what other stuff they put in there
I'm normally a big fan of supermarket value ranges, particular those in the smart price range at Asda, I would avoid buying cheap meat products however as I discovered one weekend to my cost.
Asda sell packs of Smart Price chicken breasts, they contain 4 "chicken" breasts for £1,20 which may seem like a total bargain but dont be fooled, these breast fillets are not what they seem.
I decided to bake them in the oven with a little olive oil and serve them up with some roasted veg and gravy. I cooked them for 15 minutes in a hot oven until cooked through and then served them up for tea that evening, it was a good job I had cooked all 4 breasts as they shrunk quite a bit which I didnt think was normal, they also looked a bit anaemic and not very appetising.
The taste of these is hard to describe, it's certainly not very chicken like though, they were bland and tough and quite chewy, in all rather unpleasant. I had to pour tonnes of gravy over them to disguise the taste.
When buying chicken you'd normally expect to be buying, well, chicken and nothing else but these are full of rubbish, containing only 87% chicken, the rest being water and other crap to keep them from going bad to quick I guess and to make them cheaper.
I wont be going near these again and will happily spend 5x the price for good quality in the future.