Having spent another day blackberrying, the boyfriend and I wanted something quick and easy for dinner, to go with the homegrown new potatoes which he dug out of his garden. A quick trip round Asda and we picked up two packs of the Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae Flavour - having had them before we knew what to expect are located in the frozen food section with the other frozen chicken products (which include other ones in the Birds Eye range, such as the Chicken Chargrills Original and Mexican flavours), and currently a pack of two costs £1 in Asda (we bought two packs) which is a special offer, and while these offers frequently occur, it can't hurt to get a couple of packs for the freezer!
These 'Reggae Reggae' grills are part of the Levi Roots brand (apparently authentic Jamaican) - more about Levi Roots and the brand can be found here - www.reggae-reggae.co.uk/about-levi-roots/ - there is a picture of him on the packaging.
---What's in them---
The chicken chargrills contain chicken breast (76%), Marinade, Glaze and Vegetable Oil. Birds Eye point out that they contain 100% chicken breast meat (I think McDonalds claim the same though), the 76% just means that the other 26% of the ingredients make up the glaze etc.
A full list of ingredients used in the marinade and glaze can be found on the packet. For those with allergies, these do contain wheat, barley, milk and soya.
There's 170 calories in each piece of chicken, 9.4g fat (13% of rda), 2,7g saturates (14%) and 0.6g salt(13%) so obviously with 2 (which we had), that's twice as 'bad'. But, as part of a balanced diet, then it's ok.
I left the 'cooking' up to the boyfriend since I get confused with any oven other than my own! However, they take about 20 minutes in the centre of an oven at a medium heat (on a tray with the glaze side up) - conveniently they are best cooked from frozen.
---The Eating Experience---
We ate our chicken pieces with corn on the cob, peas, and new potatoes with lots of butter. We had two each since we were hungry. If we were going to be more healthy, then they would go nicely with a fresh salad - really, one chargrill would be sufficient (at least for a 'normal' appetite) if you have a lot of stuff with it. If we were going to be less healthy, then these would go equally nicely with chips and onion rings...oh, and maybe even some garlic bread! Some other recipe ideas can be found here - www.birdseye.co.uk/features/reggae-reggae/
The chicken is juicy and succulent and there's a nice amount of glaze. Although it is not a 'real' chicken breast, I think that for what it is, the quality is good, and there are no horrible scary bit of gristle. Care has been taken to remove the bones (shouldn't be much of a problem since there are no bones in breast meat!), but they warn that some might remain.
The box describes the product as "Reggae Reggae Chicken made with marinated chunks of chicken breast meat in a spicy jerk glaze. I don't think that the 'Reggae Reggae' flavour is particularly strong, or with a particular 'zing' or spiciness to it (you could perhaps add some more spices to it before cooking). I'm not sure it lives up to its claim of 'putting music' into my food. And it doesn't REALLY taste much of anything. However, it is perfectly pleasant. And tonight's meal definitely hit the spot!
Ok, so they're not 'real' chicken (although I'm confident that it was once chicken), and I'm sure that my boyfriend and I could make something much better from scratch. However, for the cost and the convenience, then I don't think there's much room for complaint! I have rarely been disappointed with Bird's Eye products and this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me!
I love birds eye food! I think it's a brand I find I can always trust to taste nice and to not be full of nasties. Birds eye have been making a wide range of frozen convenient food including fish, vegetables, chicken, red meat, rice, ready meals, pies, potatoes and desserts for over 60 years. They promise that they provide us with healthy, natural food. Birds eye take the best natural products and fast-freeze them at the peak of perfection to capture the freshness, taste and goodness. They don't use any artificial colours or flavours and they freeze to preserve their products naturally.
When scanning the aisles this week for my usual original chicken chargrills I came across these reggae reggae ones. I had recently seen the TV advert for Levi Roots reggae reggae sauce and thought it looked very nice so I indeed thought these were worth a try and would make a nice change from my usual original style chicken chargrills that I love so much. So today I had them for tea especially for you guys so I could share with you what I thought!
~ Product & Availability ~
Birds eye reggae reggae chicken chargrills are available to buy from all major supermarkets in store and online. You can buy them in boxes of two for around £1.52, I believe the original chargrills are also available in boxes of four and bags of six however I can't find the reggae reggae variety in these numbers which is a shame as the bigger bags are better value for money. I think £1.52 is a little bit expensive for two average sized pieces of chicken but it is good quality because It's birds eye and they are often on offer at a £1.00 a box so keep a lookout! The Birds eye chicken chargrills range also includes original, Mexican, peri peri and black pepper.
~ Packaging ~
Birds eye reggae reggae chicken chargrills come in a small rectangular cardboard box. The size of the packaging makes them ideal for squishing into your freezer as it takes up minimal room. The box I have at hand is different from the one Dooyoo are showing. The base of the box is still orange however there is no dashing picture of levi roots on the front, instead there is a picture of a beautifully chargrilled chicken breast on a plate with some rice. Looks very appetising, perhaps slightly more appetising than levi roots does. On the front of the box you will find the birds eye logo, nutritional information, the flavour of the product and I am told in a blue bubble at the bottom that this product is made with 100 % chicken breast, which is good to know as I expect nothing less from birds eye! The back of the box lists the ingredients, nutritional information in more detail, allergy information and cooking instructions. In the corner I am given a description of the product; reggae reggae chicken made with marinated chunks of chicken breast in a spicy jerk glaze.
~ Cooking & taste test ~
Removing the grills from the box I am greeted with some frozen orangey coloured chicken breasts, they don't look that appetising frozen but frozen food never does. Looking at them you can see that the orangey coloured coating is the reggae reggae sauce and underneath the chicken looks nice and white - just as it should. These grills take 20 minutes to cook at 220 degrees. Half way through cooking my kitchen was filled with the smell of gorgeous spices, very appealing to the nose and taste buds! The smell was quite fruity and tangy. Once the chicken was ready I took it out of the oven and couldn't wait to try the delicious, fresh looking bubbling chicken. The reggae reggae sauce on top had browned and was bubbling away happily. Cutting the chicken breast in half you can see it's very white and easy to cut into, just as it looks on the box. Now, I'm not a huge fan of spices as I like to taste my food rather than be on fire so I was pleased that these reggae reggae chicken breasts weren't too spicy. They were mild and the sauce complemented the chicken very well, for me there was just the right amount of sauce - I hate it when it's so covered in it that you can't taste anything else. I think spice lovers may be a little bit disappointed though as this definitely isn't hot, it's more of a tangy, fruity taste. Of course you get a hint of the chargrilled flavour which I love and again goes well with the sauce. These were cooked to perfection in twenty-minutes, moist, melt in the mouth chicken - definitely not chewy or dry like some frozen chicken breasts. I paired my reggae reggae chicken chargrill with some rice just like the serving suggestion on the box, I'm sure they would be equally nice with vegetables too, I've also had the original chicken chargrills chopped up in pasta and these might work the same with a slightly spicy twist.
~ other information ~
Each chargrill contains: 160 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 8.9g of fat and 0.6g of salt. So all in all a healthy choice to go with a meal.
Allergy advice: Contains wheat and soya and obviously isn't suitable for vegetarians as its chicken.
Birds eye reggae reggae chicken chargrills contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
~ Overall verdict ~
I really enjoyed these chargrills and they will definitely be a freezer staple in my house along with the original chicken chargrills. I think people looking for a hot dish may not be as pleased with this as I was but anybody who enjoys mild spices will love this! These chargrills are also quite healthy and low calorie so ideal as part of a healthy lifestyle. I think the sauce itself has quite a mature taste so I'm not sure whether children would enjoy this product. I would highly recommend this product as well as any of birds eye's other products as I find them such a trustworthy food brand.
I love Birds Eye chicken chargrills amd recently when I spotted these Reggae Reggae chicken chargrills in Asda and on offer for a pound a box I couldn't wait to try them out. I love 'Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae sauce and purchase that regulary and so when I saw chicken with this as its marinade all over it I couldn't wait to get stuck in!
The box the chicken chargrills come in is yellow and orange with a photograph of the cooked chicken on there and we are told that they are Birds Eye Chcicken Chargrills, Levi Roots '2 Reggae Reggae' and there is an at a glance nutrional chart displayed as well as being told that they are made from 100% chicken breast and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Other information given on the box includes being told the ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional rundown chart given as is we being told how to cook them and the weight being stated which is 184g a box of two and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Inside the box you get two browny coloured chicken breasts which are of decent size and smoothish looking.
These are simple enough to cook and you simply oven cook them in around 20 minutes. I found mine to cook very well in that time and the chicken to look moist and marinaded well enough and to set on the chicken like a gloss.
The chicken is that. inside the marinade you get a lump of light white meat which is juicy with no gristle or fat within it and it is succculent and tasty enough. However the marinade was not plentiful enough for my liking and in fact was rather skimped on. The marinade has a sweet taste with a hint of chilli, onion and garlic to it. It is meant to be a spicy jerk glaze accoriding to the information given on the box though to me, although I could detect a hint of chilli and garlic within the glaze it wasn't all that spicy considering the chillis within it were scotch bonnets! Nicely enough seasoned, look nice and smell nice when cooked however the glaze flavouring just wasn't all that for me and I found my tongue searching for more flavour. I wsnted a sticky sauce but was disappointed with these and think they are simply so so!
Nutritional Information Per Per Portion:
Available in all good supermarkets etc at about £1.50 a box if not on offer
PRICE: £1.69 per 184g pack containing two pieces, currently on buy 2 for £3 offer at my local Sainsbury's
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per portion):
(of which sugars): 1.3g
(of which saturates): 2.7g
(equivalent as salt): 0.6g
Water, wheat flour, wheat starch, cornflour, rice flour, salt, vegetable oil, Demerara sugar, aniseed, black pepper, cinnamon, chilli, tomato powder, fructose, dried onion, garlic powder, onion powder, plain caramel, salt, natural flavourings, soya lecithin, yeast extract, parsley, cayenne pepper extract, clove extract, ginger extract, pimento extract
ALLERGY ADVICE & OTHER WARNINGS:
Contains wheat, soya
Although great care has been taken to remove all bones, some may remain
It can often be difficult for me to find ready-prepared chicken dishes/recipes that appeal to the point where I will buy them over and over again. Having not tried it before, I bought a pack of Birds Eye Reggae Reggae Chargrilled Chicken, to see if my palate could be tempted into making them a regular feature on my dinner plate.
Birds Eye Reggae Reggae Chargrilled Chicken (hereafter referred to as "BERRC") is to be found in the frozen food section of major supermarkets, and comes in a mostly orange-coloured flat box with an image of a cut-open piece of the glazed chicken on the front. The rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients list, storage/cooking instructions, allergy advice, bones warning and various claims from Birds Eye that the product has been responsibly farmed.
Two fairly small sized chicken breast portions rest loose inside the box, and they aren't sealed inside a separate cellophane wrapper. Due to the thinness of the chicken pieces plus the uniformity of size, I guessed them to be made from chopped, reformed chicken rather than an un-tampered with straightforward chicken breast. The breadcrumb coating is a pale brownish/yellowish colour, and seems reasonably thin, which is what I like. On removing the chicken pieces from the pack, I could see no evidence of the "reggae reggae" glaze, so assumed it to be stuffed inside.
The chicken only needs 20 minutes in a fairly hot pre-heated oven, and during the cooking process I could detect little or no smell - maybe there was a faint aroma of cooking breadcrumbs, but it was hardly noticeable.
On removing from the oven, the chicken pieces had shrunk a little, and the dark brown coloured "reggae reggae" glaze had seeped from wherever it had previously been in or on the chicken and appeared to have hardened onto the baking tray - I needed to scrape it off with a knife, but found that it was still fairly soft and quite gluey in texture. I smeared this glaze equally onto each of the pieces of chicken, then served onto the plate with the vegetables I had as an accompaniment.
The breadcrumb coating had turned a slightly darker, more tan-coloured shade during the cooking process, but I can't say that the chicken pieces appeared particularly appetising. They rested on the plate, a little tired-looking, and I was hoping that appearances in this case would be deceptive.
My knife slid very easily through the first of the chicken pieces, and I noticed that my previous suspicions had been correct; this was definitely reformed chicken, and not what I call the "real thing". Moving a forkful towards my mouth, there was no perceptible aroma, but once I began to chew, the chicken did actually have a reasonably good flavour and it was quite tender. From the "reggae reggae" glaze, I was expecting some kind of spicy zing, but there was very little. Though it added quite a nice, piquant flavour to the chicken, the serving of the glaze was far too meagre for it to really enhance the overall experience. I was also expecting the glaze to taste far hotter than it did and pack more of a punch.
I didn't overall find BERRC very exciting, but it wasn't bad and I happily finished my meal.
In summary, I would say that I'd prefer it that the chicken pieces weren't of the reformed variety, and I'd like the serving of "reggae reggae" glaze to have been far more generous, plus instantly visible, and not to have leaked out during the cooking process. If the glaze were more abundant, I feel the power-pack element as regards taste could have been delicious. Each chicken piece was very small, and I assume Birds Eye intend that one serving should equal one piece of chicken, but I don't think that would be sufficient for most adult appetites. It has to be said though, that £1.69 isn't a too bad price, but it is reflected in the fact that the chicken is "re-mastered". It's an even better bargain at the moment, whilst Sainsbury's are running their "buy 2 for £3 offer".
Though I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at BERRC, I doubt if I shall be in a hurry to buy them again above certain other prepared chicken products that I feel are more instantly appealing. My verbal overall rating is that it's a so-so product that's OK to have in the freezer to use in an emergency, but nothing to get excited about.
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
This product has been going for years and I started eating them when they first came out. I used to practically live off these but then I stopped eating them and have only recently rediscovered them. The flavours they offer have changed and expanded since then and the Reggae Reggae flavour is one of the newest, and in my opinion better, additions. This product is basically a piece of chicken which has been shaped to look roughly like a chicken breast and covered in a reggae-reggae flavoured coating. The chicken used is all breast meat and the texture is similar to the inside of a mid-priced chicken nugget. It's not hugely high quality but is tasty and you can tell it's chicken. There's also no bones or gristly bits which is a big plus for me and a definite benefit if you're feeding them to children as you don't have to worry about any choking/moaning. They come in a pack of two and can be purchased from the frozen section of supermarkets and many smaller, local food shops. Each piece of chicken is 170 calories and they are big enough to have just one as a main part of your meal. They can be cooked from frozen and are quick and easy as you just need to bang them on a baking tray in the oven for about 20 minutes.
These are a really versatile food. Some of the strange ways I eat them are hot or cold on a bap with some salad and sauce, with chips and beans for a comfort meal or with salad and a pitta bread for my main meal if I'm watching my weight or just want a light meal. They're not the most aesthetically pleasing product once they're cooked but give it a chance and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. This product is usually priced about £1.50 to £1.70 but is often on offer for a lot less. I usually try to avoid ready meals and processed foods but these are a great easy and tasty addition to or basis for a healthy and quick low calorie meal. The Reggae Reggae flavour helps to make what would be a very basic product something a bit more special and really improves the taste. It's not overly spicy but just gives it that it of flavour.
I wouldn't usually go for these but my husband bought a pack so I thought I would give one a try last night.
These are very similar to Birds Eye's original chicken chargrills except these ones are coated in Reggae Reggae sauce which gives the chicken some extra flavour and spice.
The sauce is the actual Reggae Reggae sauce that you can buy in a pot by itself. It was created by Levi Roots who presented the sauce on Dragon's Den and Birds Eye have teamed up with him to make this product. The sauce was originally made in Jamaica by Levi's grandmother so it has the exotic flavour of a spicy jerk glaze.
As with all Birds Eye products, the chicken is of great quality and taste being very soft and white once cooked and delicious in taste. Each chargrill takes around 20 minutes to cook in the oven and they go perfectly with any other spicy ingredient.
The Reggae Reggae glaze on top is what gives the chargrill it's flavour and it's quite spicy and very flavoursome. To be honest though, I wasn't too keen on the flavour. I do like a bit of spice but the flavour of this was just a little strange for me. This was the first time that I have tasted the Reggae sauce as I haven't tried it by itself but it's not like any other sauce that I've tried before. There's a distinct exotic flavour to it but I can't say that I liked it much personally.
These cost £1 in most supermarkets although they normally retail at £1.69 which I think is way too expensive for a pack of only 2 chargrills. My husband likes these and he's not usually keen on spicy food but I really wasn't impressed with them. The actual chicken chargrill was perfectly good but I didn't like the sauce on top so I'll definitely be sticking to the original chargrills.
I was in a bit of a dilemma regarding what to have for lunch today. I am ususally full of ideas but today I needed inspiration in the form of an open freezer. Gazing into the ice cold wildreness, I saw a box of Reggae Reggae chicken chargrills. I had bought these a couple of weeks back from Asda when they were on offer for a £1 for a box of two chicken char grills.
The packaging of this box is very different to the other chargrills in the range that Birds eye produce. This box offers a more exciting and carribean feel. The warm colours used on the box I think give an indication that these grills are going to be a bit hot and fierey and a break from the mundane chicken in breadcrumbs.
Also on the front of the box is the ultimate cool Jamaican man, Levi Roots. I first saw Levi when he entered the Dragons den. (a tv show) and offered the dragons a chance to become shareholders in his Reggae reggae sauce. This sauce became an overnight sensation and is now sold in supermarkets throughout the uk. Birds eye have obviously blagged a deal with Levi for the use of his Reggae Reggae sauce on there chicken grills. Hence this product Reggae Reggae chicken.
On the reverse side of the box is great comprehensive information about the product. It promises that the chicken has been farm assured and reared with vegetarian feed. It also gives handy cooking instructions as well as a list of ingredients and nutritional values. There is also allergy information listed on the box.
I was pleased to find that each cooked chargrill contains 170kcal. I think that this is very good. I was a bit sceptical that due to the lowish calorie content the chicken chargrills might be on the smallish side. But I was happy to discover that this was not the case as inside the box are two generous sized portions of chicken.
I cooked my Reggae Reggae chicken grill on the George Foreman and after 10 minutes it was ready. I was pleased with the delicious aroma that filled my kitchen whilst this product was cooking. Almost a sweet Jamaican sauce smell. Which I found very appetising.
When ready the chicken looked very delicious. The Reggae Reggae coating was generous and had glazed the top of the chargrills beautifully. The chicken had not shrunk in size during the cooking process.
So now for the taste test.... Sadly I was not overly impressed with the taste of these chicken char grills. The sauce is a bit too sweet for my liking. I found that the Reggae Reggae sauce totally overwhelmed the taste of the chicken, which made the eating process quite sickly.
I have to remark on the quality of the chicken. From reading the back of the box my expectations were built up but I am sorry to report they came crashing down as soon as I started to eat this chicken. I found that the Chicken itself tasted quite synthetic. It was also quite chewy in parts and seemed overly plump. I am not questioning the authenticity of the claims on the box, but to me it just did not taste of a high standard.
I have eaten chargrilled chicken from birds eye on numerous occasions and have always been pleased with the offerings. However this time I was left feeling quite deflated and to me it tasted more like a wet weekend in Bognor than a Jamaican extravaganza!!
I would not buy this Reggae Reggae chicken again. It just did not satisfy me craving for a caribbean inspired flavour. I feel it fell very short of the mark.; However I am fully aware that this could be down to my taste buds and might be deemed as delicious by someone else.
So my advice would be to have a try but dont think you are going to get a tantalising taste bud tingle on your tongue. As I think if you do, then you may get disappointed!
*Price & Availability*
I recently purchased my pack of Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae flavour from Asda . They are normally priced at around £1.68 for a pack of two. They are currently priced at £1.00 per pack and also available on a 4 for £3.00 offer, which is fantastic value.
These are widely available in many supermarkets and frozen food stores in the frozen aisle.
*About The Product*
Two pieces of chicken are individually frozen and packaged in a cardboard box. This particular flavour is identifiable by an orange and yellow coloured background, with the usual Birds Eye logo.
The chicken pieces are made from farm assured chicken breast and marinated in Levi Roots Reggae Reggae glaze.
Each portion of chicken (one piece) provides 170 calories, 16.0g protein, 4.8g carbs, 9.4g fat, salt equivalent 0.6g.
Contains wheat and soya, therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers. Obviously, the chicken content makes these not suitable for vegetarians.
After cooking these in the oven for 20 minutes, as recommended, I slice the chicken pieces and toss into a pasta salad (nicking a bit here and there).
I was a little disappointed with the flavour of the Reggae Reggae glaze. I have tried and tasted it before from the jar and found it had a great flavour - but this chicken was sadly lacking, it was not as spicy as I had remembered.
The chicken pieces, although are made from chicken breast are not while breast, so do not be fooled and do not expect this. It is actually quite processed, albeit quality meat.
I was not overly impressed with the flavour of these particular chargrills, although I do enjoy the convenience and versatility.
As I said before, I had mine with pasta salad. I have also used Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills in a stirfry, wraps or sandwiches and served whole with veggies or chips or potato wedges.
A tasty dinner.
*About the Product*
Birds Eye have created Reggae Reggae Chicken which is made with marinated chunks of chicken breast with a spicy jerk glaze.
Birds Eye claims
- farm assured chicken breast
- barn reared with vegetarian feed
- selected group of trusted farms
- commited team of poultry experts
These chicken breasts come in a fully recyclable cardboard box. The front of the box shows a picture of the product aswell as the name and nutritional information. It is mainly orange in colour. The rear of the back has the company claims, company details, cooking instructions, ingredients, nutritional information and a description of the product. The actual chicken breasts contained are frozen and the top of the chicken is covered in a spicy jerk glaze.
*How to Prepare*
To cook the chicken breasts, tear open the side of the cardboard box and tip them onto a baking tray ensuring the glazed side is upwards. Put into a preheated oven at 190oC fan over 170oC or gas mark 5. Cook for 20mins approx and ensure they are piping hot. Once ready, remove from over and put onto your plate with your chosen accompaniment.
Each portion contains 170kcal 1.3g sugar 9.4g fat 2.7 saturates 0.6g salt
*Ingredients and Allergy Advice*
Chicken breast makes up 76%
Marinade - water, wheat flower, wheat starch, cornflour, rice flour and salt
Glaze - water, vegetable oil, demerara sugar, spices, tomato powder, fructose, dried onion, garlic powder, onion powder, natural colour, natural flavourings, salt, natural emulsifier, cornflour, yeast extract, parsley, spice extracts.
Contains wheat and soya.
*Availability and Price*
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Reggae Reggae are available in Asda and Tesco aswell as other supermarkets. Prices vary however the current price in Asda is £1 or 4 for £3 for a 184g pack which contains 2 chicken breasts. This offer is available until 16th March.
Having sampled these at my sisters a few months ago, I was delighted to see these in the offer section in freezers in Asda on Friday. I didn't plan on buying any freezer items as my freezer was full so opted for 1 box despite being on offer. I will be back for more this week though! So, i opened the box for tonights dinner for me and fussy hubby (he will not eat chicken unless it has some sort of sauce or covering over it). As soon as I opened the box, the reggae reggae smell hits you and it smells so delicious. I popped them in the middle of my oven and relaxed for 10mins before making a start of the accompaniments which were Barbeque Beef Supernoodles. Even though I was sitting in the living room, I could smell the spices like they were flying out my oven and it made me more hungry so as soon as they were ready, they were on the plate and i sat down to watch Friends!
The taste - soft but firm chicken, the spicy aroma filling my nostrils and oh so yummy to eat. They were spicy and hot without being burn the mouth of you hot. It didn't take long for me to finish it and they went down well with the hubby too which was a big hit! The reggae reggae glaze is very strong and lingers so has left me wanting more..wish i had bought the 4 packets and threw something else out from the freezer as I simply don't think one of these is enough even with Supernoodles. Go on give them a try!
I love chicken breast marinated and pan fried in the jar version of reggae
reggae sauce, and so I was hoping that these would be a cheaper and quicker alternative, and whilst they are ok.. they aren't great.
When you use the jar version of this sauce you really taste the
ingredients. It's a Caribbean jerk/barbeque sauce that has scotch bonnet
chillis and allspice combined with some Caribbean herbs and usually you can really taste the flavours and it has a bit of a kick, but the chargrill
version tastes like its been watered down somewhat - or maybe that's what freezing does to it.
The chicken isn't brilliant either - its quite chewy and quite synthetic
tasting. In fact - it doesn't really taste like chicken.
A plus side to this is that you get two chicken chargrills in a box, and
the box was on offer in Tesco for £1 - which means you hardly break the
bank trying them. I'd bought two boxes and after the first disappointment
of having them as a meal - I cooked them, sliced them and placed them on a baguette for our lunch - and served that way they are nice and make quite a cheap meal, and its because of this ive given it more stars than i planned to!
I don't know if I'd ever buy them again, but I would opt for the jar
version of reggae sauce over this version everytime.
Reggae Reggae Sauce came out a few years ago. It was a result of the tv show Dragon's Den and the person Levi Roots went on the show to ask for money to market his Sauce. It has become a hit, and I like the taste of it.
Just now this is on offer in Asda and Tesco for £1 per box, so we have stocked up on a few. They normally cost around £1.60. This is found in the freezer section.
You cook this in the Oven for about 20 minutes and this makes the Chicken tender inside and the outside slightly crisp.
You get 2 decent sized Chicken Breast in here. They are quite thick and quite long. Per Chicken Breast there is 220 calories, and I have the whole pack to myself as well as a good amount of Chips.
How does this taste then? It is nice and slightly different than other items in the Birds Eye range. The topping is a thin layer on top of the Chicken whereas the rest of the Chicken just tastes like the Birds Eye Chargrill range. The Sauce isn't runny, and just a spread of slightly spicy with a dash of Fruity tang. It tastes very Jamaican and has a slight kick to it.
I would say most people would like this as it isn't too hot and spicy but there is a slight kick there. It certainly livens up a piece of Chicken anyway.
I'm a huge fan of cooking but sometimes it's nice to grab something easy to pop in the oven. You can just take it out of its packaging, there's no peeling, chopping or cleaning involved.
I came across in my local ASDA, in its eye catching box, Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills topped with Reggae Reggae Sauce made by Levi Roots; I've tried the other chargrills and really enjoyed them so I thought lets give these ago!
Levi Roots is a name some people may know, Levi went onto a television program called Dragon's Den to advertise his sauces (reggae reggae being one of them). The Dragons liked his idea and you can now buy his sauces in a wide range of shops!
Place your reggae reggae chicken onto a baking tray pop into a preheated oven 190c, fan assisted ovens 170c for 20 minutes, and make sure you cook it glazed size up.
I have to say I was very pleased with the overall taste and texture. I sometimes find when you buy foods like this it's very rubbery and tastes of nothing. This, however, was sweet with a light spice which my taste buds really did enjoy; the chicken melted in my mouth no rubbery texture at all.
I always look out for foods that have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and this one ticks all the boxes. Also being made from 100% chicken, there farms are regularly monitored by veterinary groups to ensure high standards of animal welfare (I know we're just going to eat them anyway, but nice to see they have been treated right).
Right now in ASDA it cost £1.00 for a box containing two chicken breasts, and for what you get this is excellent value. The meat is of good size and the sauce is even and well-coated.
As I mentioned it's made from 100% chicken but from reading the ingredients it tells you that it's actually 74% so I read on and found this by Birds Eye which cleared it up for me:
"Why does it say 100% chicken breast if it's made with 74% chicken breast? 100% chicken breast means we use only chicken breast meat in our range. The other 26% relates to the other tasty ingredients such as the coating"
Chicken Breast (74%), Marinade, Glaze, Vegetable Oil.
Water, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Maize Starch, Rice Flour, Salt.
Water, Vegetable Oil, Fructose, Malt Vinegar Extract (contains Barley), Sugar, Dried Onion, Tomato Powder, Natural Colour (Plain Caramel), Garlic Powder, Natural Flavourings, Cornflour, Black Pepper, Ground Scotch Bonnet Chilli,Cinnamon, Salt, Yeast Extract, Natural Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin#), Demerara Sugar, Parsley, Ginger Extract, Cayenne Pepper Extract, Pimento Extract, Clove Extract, Milk Protein.
Contains Wheat, Barley, Milk, Soya.
Nutritional information (per serving)
Although for one chicken it sure does have a high amount of fat, having this as a tasty treat now and then would be fine. I love mine served on pita bread with salad inside, or if I'm feeling cheeky have them with McCain's smiley faces and salad!
I would recommend to all the chicken lovers out there, it was gorgeous!
The idea for Birdseye to strike a deal with Levi Roots and put some music into their food was quite simply a stroke of genius and a popular choice amongst chicken lovers everywhere!
I have always been a big fan of Birdseye chicken and after seeing that cool cool guy on Dragon's Den singing about 'Reggae Reggae Sauce' I was desperate to try some of this sauce but never quite new what it would go with.
I have also found that in the supermarket on its own Reggae Reggaue Sauce is quite expensive, that was until I found this new product. Birdseye Chicken Chargrill, Reggae style is delicious.
It takes only 20 minutes to cook and is great with chips or even in a sandwich, believe me I've tried. It is soft to bite into but packs a punch of flavouring, it is spicy but not too hot so that even those that can't handle the heat will still find satisfaction with this product.
One problem I have found is that even when using the recommended guidelines it is very hard to get a completely evenly cooked piece of chicken, although it is delicious the whole way through, I usually find that the edges of the chicken will go a bit hard.
Overall this is a great product and very cheap too! a great buy for a snack or as part of a main meal.
I was given these chicken chargrills from my mum to put into my freezer. I kind of forgot about them until recently so decided to cook them and put them into a sandwhich and they tasted so nice I am going to buy myself some more.
I had never seen these before my mum gave them to me but im glad she did. They are from Birds Eye so you should be able to pick them up from any super market. They come in a organge/red colour and says Reggae Reggae. There is a picture of what the chicken looks like aswel.
It says it takes 20 minuets to cook but I cooked my for about 25-30 minuets. They didnt look like what they do in the picture as the picture looks like they are covered in some kind of sticky source.
The chicken itself is very tender and falls apart in your mouth. It has a slight spicy taste to it but not too spicy you cant eat it. The chicken is marinated in a spicy jerk glaze giving more kick and flavour to it.
After eating them I wanted another one, not because I was still hungary but because they were so nice. My mum bought them for about £1. This is great value. Instead of going to KFC, buy a pack of these put them in a sanwhich and see what you think.
I remember seeing Levi Roots back on Dragons Den a couple of years ago now and thinking "ooh i like the look of that", however, i never actually thought i might get to taste it.
I guess this really shows just what an investment can do for a product and how something can really take off with the backing of someone in the know such as Peter Jones.
Anyway, moving on the actual product. These are your basic chicken chargrills, however, they have been coated in the levi roots special reggae reggae sauce making them have a slight jamaican kick to the product.
I thought, whats the point, why not just add the sauce after, but they were on offer at my local supermarket so i thought why not, and bunged them in the trolley.
Once i had taken them out of the oven, whacked them in a bun and got my nashers stuck into them, i was really overwhelmed with how nice these chicken chargrills are. They taste tender and like real chicken, as if there is no kind of batter or anything on top, which is a nice change to the usual chicken pieces that birdseye produce.
The reggae sauce really complimented the product and it was a really tasty dish. Overall, really top tasting food.
Another aspect where this product has many advantages. I managed to pick mine up in the frozen on offer section of my local ASDA for just £1, an absolute steal!
However, if you cannot take advantage of such a great offer, do not worry, as they then retail at about £2 which is by no means a rip off for 2 lovely pieces of chicken.
How to cook
This bit really is simple. Take out of freezer, place in oven, put on full blast, leave for 20mins, job done.
A great tasting addition to the birds eye chicken range. give it a go