“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
I usually cook a roast on a Sunday for the family and the preferred meat of everyone here is chicken. Normally I buy a plain whole bird, but a couple of weeks ago I was in Asda and saw these whole garlic chickens on special offer. They cost £4.48 each or you could buy two for £7. Each bird weighed about 1.75g, so enough to feed a family. I thought that sounded a really good deal, so I got two. One I froze and the other I roasted that Sunday for dinner.
The chickens are quite plump, with good breast meat and are trussed and ready to cook and are sold in a plastic tray and covered in plastic wrapping. The birds are coated in a herb and garlic mix that flavours the meat as you roast it, filling your kitchen with a lovely aroma. They don't have a stuffing with them, and I personally like to make one whenever I roast a whole bird, so to add to the flavour I made a parsley, lemon and thyme stuffing and used that to stuff the breast end of the bird, and placed a halved lemon in the main cavity of the bird to stop it drying out during cooking.
I placed the chicken in a roasting tin, covered it with foil and gave it about 2 hours at 200c, removing the foil for the last half-hour of cooking. Then it was rested for about 15 minutes before carving. I then served it with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes.
I found the meat to be really tender and not at all dry. It carved easily and I got enough for our family of 4 for Sunday roast, plus meat left over for sandwiches for tea, and some to make a pasta dish with the following day, and I also made stock from the bones, so a really good buy!
The meat had a mild flavour of garlic but it was not too overpowering at all. We really enjoyed it! I think if you didn't like garlic then you may not like this chicken, but since we all like it, we found this to be a lovely change from ordinary roast chicken. I would certainly buy them again, especially at that price! Much cheaper than the chickens Tesco sold that week too!
Whole Chicken (91%), Baste [Water, Baste Seasoning [Salt, Cornflour, Potato Starch, Sugar, Sunflower Oil], Garlic Flavouring [Water, Dextrose, Spirit Vinegar, Cornflour, Natural Flavourings]] , Dried Parsley .
Keep refrigerated -2°C to +4°C. Store uncooked meat covered and lower in the fridge than cooked meats. Suitable for freezing. Freeze on day of purchase and consume within one month. Once defrosted, do not re-freeze and consume within 12 hours.
The cooking guidlines printed on the packaging (which Asda say are a guide only) are as follows:
Oven cook - From Chilled/Ambient: Remove all packaging. Weigh the chicken to establish exact cooking time required. Place in a roasting dish and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for 20-25 minutes per 0.5kg plus 20 minutes per chicken. Baste occasionally whilst cooking and remove foil 20 minutes before end. Check product is piping hot before serving. To ensure the chicken is fully cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the meat. If the juices run clear, not pink, it is fully cooked through. To cook in a fan assisted or combination oven, adjust the cooking times accordingly. Do not re-heat.
If you like lovely garlic chicken then I would recommend these as good roast dinner. If you don't like garlic, then I'd avoid.