Product Type: Birds Eye Meat / Fish
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Dance to the chicken beat
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Member Name: abbadabbado
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Advantages: tastes lovely
Disadvantages: not large enough
If something's on offer then it usually finds itself jumping into my trolley if it looks appealing. I couldn't resist two chicken char grills for £1 the other week when shopping. I chose the reggae reggae variety because it was a new flavour and I have heard a lot about the sauce but never actually tasted it.
Yesterday whilst searching for something to take to work I spied the box in the freezer and decided to cook one and have with pasta and salad.
The box itself looks just like any other box containing chicken char grills from Birdseye, except there is a nice red, green and yellow thick stripe going across the front to announce the reggae reggae flavour. Branded as a spicy glaze, I was looking forward to having something different in my salad.
The box contains two chicken breasts, both a little on the flat side, but of an average size, and considering I only paid £1 for both I wasn't grumbling.
I was instructed to cook the chicken at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes. After about 10 minutes cooking time I could start to smell some sweet spicy aromas coming from the oven. It was making my taste buds salivate at the very thought.
As I looked into the oven near the end of the cooking time, I could see that the glaze was oozing over the sides and making a nice sticky mess on the baking tray. Normally this would send me reeling in horror at the thought of having to clean the tray, but as I was at work I wasn't worried and knew that the sauce was going to be plentiful and I do like my sauces to be nice and thick not runny with no texture or base to them.
The chicken comes out and slides off the tray well which indicated that the sauce wasn't going to stick the chicken breast to the tray. I considered letting the whole chicken breast cool before eating any of it later, but I couldn't resist giving it a try whilst hot.
Being a char grill, you can see where the chicken has in fact been char grilled before freezing through the layer of glaze. It's not a massive amount of sauce added to the top of the chicken but what there is has oozed over the sides, making it look like a complete covered chicken breast.
The sauce is quite dark in colour, more of a dark brown than red which was what I was expecting for some reason, probably due to the spices.
The smell coming from the chicken was still sweet yet spicy, certainly a nice aroma to come from food.
Taste wise, the chicken tasted different when hot and cold. The flavours seemed to intensify slightly when the chicken was cold, and I can only assume it is down to the time given to marinade the chicken for longer.
When hot, the chicken itself was tender, in the way that all Birds Eye products I have eaten have been. Each mouth full gave me a huge burst of flavour from the sauce, and it came across as an aftertaste in relation to the spices.
I'm not a huge fan of anything too spicy, but this is just right for me. It rides a nice kick of spice just after you swallow the meat, which tones down almost straight away. You're left with the sweetness of the flavour when you eat any food stuff around it, which I found out when eating cold with the pasta.
The flavours themselves seem to work well with a variety of foods. My partner ate the breast with potato salad and said it was lovely mixed with the mayonnaise and the potato.
I was a bit miffed when I read on the box that the ingredients contained 74% chicken. I had always thought Birds Eye were all meat and no substitute. After reading up on the product on the website, I realised that the other percentage relates to the sauce ingredients and the chicken breast is in fact a true chicken breast. Panic over.
Each chicken breast will provide you with 170 calories and 9.4 grams of fat.
Overall this was a lovely addiction to my meal and I will definitely be buying them again. I just hope I find them on offer as I would hate for them to shoot up in price too much.
Summary: a great tasting piece of chicken