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Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Member Name: i_am_joy
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Advantages: Deliciously spicy yet not overly so
I enjoy the Birds Eye range of Chicken Chargrills, finding them ideal for a quick and easy meal in a tortilla or tossed with a salad. The problem is I get rather bored of the same flavours as it seems an awfully long time since Birds Eye introduced a new variety of Chargrill.
However, in Tesco last week I noticed a box I hadn't seen before - a smiling Levi Roots and a snippet of red, gold and green emblazoned on the front of the box made me think of wonderfully spicy African food so I popped a box into the trolley.
The difference between these Chargrills and any other is the fact that Birds Eye have used Reggae Reggae sauce to flavour them, something which actually intrigued me as I bought a bottle of this sauce but simply couldn't get to grips with it and ended up giving it away. I was just hoping that these Chargrills weren't going to be as hot and spicy as the sauce made my pork chops a couple of months ago!
I had one in a pitta bread for my tea last night and I must say it was absolutely delicious, easily the tastiest Chargrill I've eaten so far. The chicken itself is the same 'wet' chicken as I have come to expect from this range, it cooks in the oven quickly although I do tend to cook all the Chargrills for a little while longer than recommended on the box to ensure the middle dries out a little.
The Reggae Reggae sauce livens up the Chargrill beautifully. I find this chicken range to generally have a very dry heat when I choose the spicier ones, but this flavour is almost creamy in its spiciness and very pleasant indeed. The spices are so well blended that it's hard to pick out individual flavours in the glaze; unfortunately I've thrown the box away so cannot check the ingredients list but I can definitely detect chilli and garlic tastes, as well as an underlying peppery flavour which I suspect may be a mild Cayenne.
It's delicious and compliments the blander chicken beautifully. It's fairly spiciy but nothing unmanageable, although I damped mine down somewhat with a spoon of mayonnaise and some cucumber slices! I think the fact that the Reggae Reggae sauce has such well rounded flavours is what gives the chicken such a kick, it's been used to appeal to the masses however so the glaze is not as strongly spicy as the actual bottles of sauce. This is a welcome development for me as while I eat and the enjoy the strongest of curries, I struggle with artificially spiced frozen foods such as these Chargrills as the warmth produced is simply too harsh and dry for my tastes.
I certainly recommend you try these Chargrills if you enjoy Jerk seasoned food, although this is far less spicy than any fresh Jerk chicken I've eaten.
Incidentally, my granddaughter noticed an error with the box you can see above. The Jerk method of cooking is actually native to Jamaica, which is also the homeland of Levi Roots himself. So why have Birds Eye used the background of the ETHIOPIAN flag on the box? I lived in Africa for a while and spent a number of months in Ethiopia and allow me to advise you that their food and cooking styles are nothing like the more fun and laid back Jamaican meals!
Overall, I recommend these. The intense Reggae Reggae flavouring infuses the whole chicken piece and this makes for a flavoursome meal that I found enjoyable and satisfying. They can be slotted into a diet too as each chicken piece contains just 170 calories and 2.7g of saturated fat.
Summary: An excellent addition to the Birds Eye Chicken Chargrill range.
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