Product Type: Birds Eye Meat / Fish
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Marymoose has lazy reggae chicken!
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Member Name: marymoose
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills Reggae Reggae
Advantages: Cheap, convenient, pleasant and pretty versatile!
Disadvantages: Not much spice, and it's not the 'real' thing!
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!
Summary: Good to have in the freezer for lazy dinners!
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