“ Brand: Bird Eye / Type: Meat „
Rather often I buy chicken chargrills as they are often on offer in most supermarkets. The other day though I was after buying the Peri Peri chicken ones and picked these up by mistake though I wasn't too bothered by this I only had them lined up to pop them in a pitta with some salad anyway lol
The box is orange and white in colour and there is a photograph of the chargrills on the front of it and we are told that they are Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills '2 Original' and that they are made with 100% chicken breast and there is an at a glance nutritional chart stated. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the chargrills, ingredients and allergy advice is given along with a full nutritional chart, cooking instructions are given and contact details for Birds Eye are listed. Nice enough informative box this is.
All you do to cook these is pop them in the oven from frozen for about 20 minutes. Reasonably large and thick enough when you pop them in the oven they are a golden colour and then when cooked (they cook in the time stated really well) you get a golden coloured chicken breast with some brown marks on it so it appears seared. The chicken itself is moist white meat and not gristly or fatty and is easy to cut through and really tasty and good quality.
The outer of the chicken is somewhat glazed with a marinade which gives a slight taste of onions to it but really it is just pretty plain tasting chicken really with that marinade giving it very light sort of batter to the chicken.
This is superb quality chicken and has become a firm favourite of mine!
Nutritional Information Per Portion:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.30 a box.
I do prefer to cook a nice healthy meal at least once a day for my family however there is days when I come in from work late and next thing I know its 7oclock. Luckily my mam always gives my daughter her tea for me when I work late so I just have to get her to bed and concentrate on my own. At this time after being on my feet all day I can never be bothered to stand and prepare a meal to cook so I went to my local farm foods in search of some things that I could put in the oven to cook while I got my daughter to sleep.
I came across Birdseye chicken chargrills original and decided to give them a go as I know the Birdseye range to usually be of nice quality and the price was only a quid for 2.
Chicken chargrills come in an orange box with a picture of the grills on the front. The colouring of the box makes the product stand out from other items in the freezer. Like I mentioned before, I chose the original chargrills as I'm not really a fan of spiced foods but there was other varieties available, such as:
Cracked black pepper
Lime and chilli
All boxes have a bright fun design.
Chicken chargrills are basically small chicken breasts that have been coated and marinated in a tasty glaze. Although I can't really be certain of what the glaze is made from the back advises that it contains ingredients such as black pepper, onion, parsley and thyme. The glaze coats the chicken nicely but doesn't have any particular strong taste.
These grills have to be cooked in the oven for 20 minutes from frozen which is ideal for me considering they are so convenient.
I did enjoy these grills as they were tasty. I liked how the chicken was very moist when cooked and the top layer of glaze added extra moisture. Once the grills were cooked they did look as if they had been chargrilled. I found that the grills are rather filling and make a nice part of a meal. I cook mine with rice, chips, salad or vegetables.
Each portion contains:
Calories - 165
Sugars - 0.4
Fat - 9.2
Saturates - 2.5
Salt - 0.7
I must admit it is probably healthier grabbing a normal chicken breast for diet reasons however these take away preparation and considering they are already coated they stay lovely and moist and they are anything but dry.
I do enjoy these and I will continue to buy them for convenience .I would definitely recommend.
These chicken chargrills are another excellent product from Birds Eye. They are made from marinated chunks of chicken breast and are seared in a smokey chargrilled flavour glaze.
They take around 20 minutes to cook in the oven and, once done, they look very much like they've just been cooked on a barbeque rather than in the oven in the kitchen. They have those black grilled lines across them that makes them look like they've been chargrilled properly.
If you like barbeque and chargrill flavoured things, then this is a great product to try. It really does taste delicious with a smokey barbeque flavour and a moist texture on top from the glaze. There is no batter or coating on this apart from the glaze so the entire thing is very soft and the chicken is always of excellent quality.
As with most Birds Eye products, these come with a hefty price tag, costing around £1.60 for a pack of only 2 chargrills. This is the only reason that I don't buy them more often as I do think that this is very expensive so only when they're in a good offer do I pick up a pack.
These go really well with any other types of food that relate to a barbeque or with spicy flavours such as southern fried wedges, onion rings, or spicy rice, and those kind of similar tasting things. I think they're quite small to have as part of a main meal, unless they're for a child, and I always find that I need to put them with a little something extra.
Despite that though, these are a great chicken product and I can't fault the quality or taste at all.
Birds Eye are one of the leading manufacturers of frozen food in the UK, in general I trust the brand as it produces high quality meals but they also produce a few duds and their original chicken chargrills are one of them.
The handy thing about the chicken chargrills is that you keep them in the freezer until you need them, unlike fresh chicken they keep for a long time and then you just have to pop them out of the box and into the oven and 20minutes later you have two cooked chicken pieces ready to go with an accompaniment of your choice.
I decided to cook my chargrills when my daughter had a friend over to stay, the friend is just as fussy as my daughter so some kind of chicken with a potato dish on the side was a safe choice. After I popped the chargrills into the oven I asked my daughter to go and check on them and she asked me what I had done to them. I replied nothing and she asked why there was puss oozing from them which was not a good start.
When you dish the chargrills up the look like small chicken breasts with a nice criss cross pattern on the top of them like they have been barbequed and some pepper on the top. When you bite into them you can tell that it is very poor quality chicken that has been used as they are very rubbery. Birds Eye use 76% chicken breast in these chargrills and the fact that they are pumped full of water and fillers to make them plump and moist leads to a very chewy texture. The taste is not bad, the glaze is made of various flours and salt and starches and is a bit salty and artificial tasting, if they used decent quality meat then you wouldn't have to pump it full of flavourings. The overall combination of the taste and texture is not a satisfying one, you feel thirsty from all the additives and they leave a greasy aftertaste.
I think you would be better cooking some real chicken breasts rather than rely on the Birds Eye original chicken chargrills. They are low calorie coming in at just 165 for the portion but that is largely because of the small portion size and they are quite high in salt. They are frequently on special offer, I bought my pack for £1 instead of the normal £2 and I suppose at the offer price they are good value for money but given the poor taste they are a food I will not be buying again no matter how cheap they are.
Sometimes I buy Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills when they're on special offer in the freezer cabinet of Tescos (which they quite often are). At 99p for two, at times like these they definitely come under my personal definition of 'worryingly cheap meat'.
What you get for your money is two uniformly flat slabs of chicken product ('marinated, seared and glazed' according to the Birds Eye blurb) rattling about loose in a cardboard box. The meat is stated to be 100% chicken breast, but it's been processed / reformend into what's notionally a 'chicken breast' shape (ie. an irregular wedge, slightly wider at one end than the other).
The grills are 74% chicken, the rest of the consitutents being the marinade and especially the 'glaze' - which is in effect like a very, very light coating batter. Despite the highly processed nature of the chicken grills, actually there is nothing too outrageous in the ingredients list (I count 'outrageous' ingredients as being: anything that seems ridiculously superfluous or out of place in a foodstuff - material derived from pig hair added into a Tesco Flour Tortilla Wraps as a flour conditioner, that sort of thing); it's mostly various types of plant starch that have gone into the coating glaze, as well as flavouring herbs and spices.
I don't generally eat these things myself; when I have done they taste 'inoffensive' - like big, fairly bland, higher-quality chicken nuggets (if that isn't something of a contractiction in terms). The glaze on them is sort of like thin, soft batter. Despite the lengthy list of marinade ingredients, I don't find they taste of all that much, and one grill certainly doesn't = one chicken breast in terms of eating value or anything like that.
Their big selling point for me is however that they are a convenient source of protein that sometimes my kid will accept when all other attempts to get her to eat this sort of nutrient have failed. They're dry and brickquette-like to touch, so don't even bring your hands into contact with all those potentially salmonella-infected chicken bodily fluids that come out of real chickens - the ones that spray-on disinfectant advertisers would have us all scared witless about ('what if I touch the oozing chicken and then put my hand on the kitchen surfaces and then my daughter touches the contaminated area and then she puts her hand in her mouth! Oh! The humanity!) (Buy Dettol!).
Anyway. The grills take 20 minutes to defrost / cook from frozen in the oven and they don't even stick to the grill pan much.
I do pity the chickens from whose breast meat these things have been made from, however. No doubt hightly, intensively farmed to be sold at that price, they can't have had much of a life. For this I have knocked off one star from what would otherwise have been a four-star review of the product.
We eat quite a few Birds Eye Chicken items in the house. THey make a nice and pretty simple Tea, and team this up with 2 of these, some Spaghetti and a pile of Chips and this is good.
There is a good few Birds Eye Chicken products. This is the most simple 1, as there is no coating, no spices or flavours, Just a tasty bit CHicken Breast that looks like it has been griddled.
You get 2 bits of Chicken in the pack, which is 190g. This is in the freezer section and normally costs about £1.60, which I think is a bit expensive for it. Often Asda sells the range for £1 and have been doing so off and on quite a lot for the last few months.
You cook this in the Oven for about 20-25 minutes and this makes the outside of it quite crisp, but not too crisp, and the inside nice and tender.
This isn't too thick, which is nice as I don't like a huge lump of Chicken. On the outside of the Chicken there is score marks, which looks like a Flame Grilled marking. This doesn't make the taste any fancier, but it is just a nice taste from this.
The bits of Chicken are quite large, but I would say you definitely need the 2 bits and other things to make a proper meal.
This is a nice simple Chicken dish which makes a lovely tasty tea.
I know these Chargrills aren't the same as eating a fresh chicken breast but they're still yummy and being as you can cook one in about 20 mins they make a quick and easy dinner.
They are made with 100% chicken breast but this has been chopped and reformed so that the Chargrill has got a yummy squidgy texture that goes proper nice with most things for dinner. The taste is quite hard to describe, you can deffo taste the chicken obviously but the glaze they use on top of the Chargrill is light and has a slightly bbq flavour.
It doesn't taste of bbq sauce or anything like that but you know that smokey delish flavour you get after you've cooked something on the bbq, these Chargrills have got a bit of that but without being overpowering at all.
I love the light flavour of them and think the texture is proper nice even though I can understand why the feel of these Chargrills puts some people off. They are very soft and a bit wet inside, that sounds rank I know but it's actually lovely. Sometimes I cook them a bit longer than it says on the box to dry the middle out a bit more but not always because the wetness makes them interesting I think.
I love these Chargrills sliced up and put inside a pitta bread with some mayo and maybe a bit of bbq sauce, they also work good in a tortilla but to be honest the stronger flavoured Chicken Chargrill range goes a lot better in tortillas. If I'm having one of these for my dinner I usually have it with a jacket potato and either beans or a salad, last night I had one chopped up and mixed with mayo as a jacket potato topping and that went nice even though I'd rather have proper chicken for things like that! lol
You get 2 Original Chicken Chargrills in a box and the usual price is about £1.50, this range is usually on offer in the supermarkets for £1.00 though and that's a lot more reasonable for this kind of food I think.
You can never be sure when buying chicken what kind of quality you are going to get. Usually with Birds Eye you are in safe territory. A tried and trusted brand which has been around for years. I always opt for it over Tesco's own chicken, just because I associate Birds Eye with quality. Something in my head says 'these chickens will have been looked after and the meat won't have been scraped off the factory floor.'
What is a chicken chargrill then? Well you get two in a pack and they are two fillets of chicken breast with a charred surface. When you bake it in the oven the barbecue flavours soak into the meat, leaving you with a smokyish tasting piece of chicken.
The fillets are generous in size. One fillet will suffice for a child and a grown man would be better off with two, ladies might like one and a half. When you take them out of the pack, they feel a bit synthetic. Stick them onto a baking tray and then heat in the oven for about twenty five minutes on two hundred degrees. I tend to leave mine in for an extra few minutes, just to ensure that the meat has cooked through.
The taste then...hmm. I know I should not knock Birds Eye, but I was not overly impressed. There is a barbecue flavour which comes through, but the depth of flavour is not strong enough. It merely taints the palette with a hint of smokiness, without causing a stir. They could have enhanced the taste by adding piri piri or some extra sauces. However, if you add your own condiments, the chicken does improve. A good dose of ketchup and maybe some sage sprinkled on top does bring out better flavours. On their own, they are just a touch bland.
Useful for children's meals, but certainly not a dish to impress prospective diners at a dinner party. A pack will cost about two pounds.
I really like the Birds Eye range so here's another one. It's quite pretty obvious that convenience food were always been part of my freezer, quite unhealthy habbit but I usually turn to them mostly during the weekend. I also want to have a time out like everybodyelse and spend quality time with my family, so those frozen food were my easy way to prepare meals without too much effort. One of the tastiest meal I prefer is birds eye original chicken chargrill.
Birds Eye Original Chicken Chargrills are made from 100% chicken breast, oval shaped and comes from a box of two, each chicken chargrill has 190 calories per portion with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
I quite enjoy these chargrill because it has smoky barbecue taste, juicy, tender, succulent, which I did'nt expect from a frozen food.
It can be cooked straight from frozen, pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees then cooked for 20 minutes, turning them half way through. I prefered a well done so I usually leave them for about 25 minutes. Let me remind you not to over cook them, they will get dry and bland. It won't taste nice at all. It's also not suitable for anyone with an allergy to wheat or soya.
I found this chargrills one of freezer essential for lazy people, ooohhh I mean busy people. Even if it's not as good as the real grilled chicken from the butcher, they're still delicious especially with salad and peppers. I also tried having them with rice and extra sauce to make it more exciting. I'm totally satisfied. I believe that they also offer other flavours in these range, so if you fancy a change, you might find something for you. Realistically it exceed my expectations that's why I'm quite happy to recommend them, a handy food to keep within the reach.
These have recently been on offer in Asda and found myself trying them, I tend to prefer fresh meat but these were £1 a box and in these times it all helps, I wasnt disappointed
These look like a perfectly griddled chicken breast, as if it has just come from a bar b q, really well shaped too to look like a perfect slab of chicken.
184 gram box which has two breasts will cost you £1.61 when not on offer. These are on Tesco at the moment for a £1 per box until the end of the month
About the Taste?
Great tasting succulent chicken, no bad bits in these either. These remind me of the BK flamers you used to be able to get. Really juicy, tender and of high qulaity, these are quick frozen to seal in the tastes. Really impressed A+
190kcal per chicken breat, fat sat fat and salt are all amber on the traffic lights with sugar being green. 201 kcal per 100 grams so not too bad for you, suprised at how low the salt was too at 1 gram per 100 grams
Great quick cheaper alternative than some butchers offer. Great flavours,
This and some other birds eye products are currently on offer in most supermarkets for £1 per box which makes them almost irresistible to my trolley when it is being pushed around the store and therefore a couple of packets found their way on to this weeks shopping bill (low for a change!) and we promptly set about trying them with some bombay potatoes and rice. Yum!
For £1 you got 2 chicken breasts which are approximately 165 calories and 9.6g of fat each. We had two with our dinner but I only managed one and a bit as I was quite full from my potatoes and rice (carb fest!).
Upon opening the cardboard box (which can be recycled), you are met with two chicken breasts which do look quite like the picture on the box. I could tell that these were going to be tasty as there were lots of flecks of colour on them and when they were cooking I could really smell a chargrilled kind of smell (not burnt though!).
These are chicken breasts covered with a marinade and then lots of bits and bobs such as dried onion, sugar etc and these all combine to give a delicious chargrilled marinade.
To cook the breasts you put the oven on gas mark 5 for 25 minutes but I cooked mine at gas mark 6 for 25 minutes as I was also making my Bombay potatoes with it and I wanted to ensure that everything was cooked thoroughly and ready to be eaten at the same time.
Once cooked the breasts looked apetising and I could really see the colour of the chargrill and it had quite a dark brown/black hue to it once cooked.
The chicken was ever so slightly spicy and tangy and had a lovely chargrilled taste which built up whilst I was eating the chicken. These were yummy and I am sure they would be delicious eaten in a bun with cheese and lashings of BBQ sauce! Yum.
Chicken Breast (74%), Marinade, Glaze, Vegetable Oil , Marinade: Water, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Maize Starch, Rice Flour, Salt , Glaze: Water, Vegetable Oil, Dried Onion, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Salt, Cornflour, Natural Flavourings , Natural Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin#), Milk Protein, Black Pepper, Parsley, Thyme , # Lecithin is used to bind our glazes together, it is a natural material found in many traditional food ingredients .
These are very tasty and if chargrill is your kind of thing then no doubt you will thoroughly enjoy these, as my other half did. It has been a couple of hours since I have eaten them now and I can still taste them a little (in a good way). The chicken had lots of flavour to it and was better than any plain chicken I have ever made myself and I shall definitely be purchasing these again. I would thoroughly recommmend these and I am sure they will be yet another Birds Eye product which regularly graces our freezer from now on for the nights when I just can't be bothered to make a meal from scratch!
These chicken chargrills actually do have a bit of chargrill flavour to them, which was a nice surprise. They are 100% chicken breast, coated in a slightly sticky, chargrill flavouring, rather than breadcrumbs as you normally find in the freezer cabinet. They are not strongly flavoured, however, and I think they would be rather bland unless paired with something else flavourful. I like to have them with an interesting salad, or some tasty chips and mushy peas.
If you keep your eyes peeled, you can often find these on the special offers in supermarkets - I pick them up when they are on at £1 in Tesco.
The only drawback to these is that they are, if cooked to instruction, slightly too damp in texture. It's a little off-putting, as it gives the whole thing a slightly chewy, slippery texture. However, it's not so bad that I don't still find them pleasant enough for an emergency meal from the freezer.
My recommendation is that you look out for the other flavours in the range, as these are more interesting and definitely more tasty. My favourite is the Peri Peri flavour.
I bought some of these last year, before the recipe changed, and was very put off trying them again because the texture was rubbery and the smell was off-putting. I'm glad I bought a box recently, however, because they seem to have changed for the better.
Birds Eye is a very prestigious company, one which I trust to produce good quality products. It's a popular choice these days for chicken products, amongst their large range of frozen foods, and their Chargrills are one of the most recent varieties.
This review is for Original Chargrill chicken, but other flavours are available if you want something a bit different and more flavoursome. In which case, I would recommend their Peri Peri chicken, which is tender and deliciously flavoured. If you want something relatively straightforward, with little in the way of spice or sauce, then the Original version is a great option.
These are most frequently found in boxes of 2 for around £1.62 (Tesco), but they're frequently on offer. For example, Asda seem to offer these quite often at £1, and Tesco at 2 for £3. I came across a pack of 4 this month in Sainsburys for £2, and didn't hesitate to buy some more because they're great to keep in the freezer for when you want some.
Being made by Birds Eye, I trusted that these should be of good quality and they're such a prestigious and trustworthy brand. I first tried these sometime last year, and didn't think much of them at all. The smell was a bit odd and the texture was quite rubbery, so I wasn't inclined to buy anymore. The more recent boxes are advertised as having a 'new improved recipe', and I must admit that they've definitely changed something because these have improved greatly.
These are described as 'marinated chicken breast' fillets, which are then seared and glazed. As you can see from the photo, they have lines across giving a grilled effect. You probably wont be able to see these when you first remove one from the box as they seem to have a whiteish coating. Don't let first appearances put you off as they do transform whilst they're cooking.
The chicken is farm assured and from selected trusted farmers, which is always good to know. It's reassuring to hear that the chicken is actually chicken, with no funny stuff thrown in to bring the costs down or what have you.
Each chicken fillet is boneless and of a good size. They're fairly chunky and wide, but just the right depth so that they cook through in the oven in around 20 minutes. I use a mesh tray to put these on, and at around 200 degrees or just less, 20-25 minutes seems to do the trick. Just make sure they're piping hot before eating, which is why I usually give them slightly longer than the instructions recommend.
When you remove them from the oven, you'll notice the lines on them have come through and so they look presentable, a good portion size and very tempting!
The smell and taste are hard to explain. There's nothing offputting about either once they're cooking, and yet they do have a slight taste so they're not too bland or boring. The texture is just right; they're not rubbery but they're solid enough that you can cut them up easily. In fact, the knife goes through the chicken very well because it's succulent and tender. Although I'm not a fan of sauces on these kinds of products, I don't like them to be too dry either, and these are just right for something that's quite plain and spice-free. A huge improvement to the last ones I bought last year!
Each piece contains 165 calories and 9.6g of fat, which seems about right to me I think, given they're of good quality. They go very well with some oven chips and salad, but you could always be a bit more adventurous and cut them up for use in wraps, or with mash, rice etc.
Great-tasting chicken without the batter or additives in most products these days, a tender texture and great to stock up on when they're on offer. Just as well we got a separate spare freezer last year!
As I'm starting to do more cooking for myself I look for simple things that I can put in the oven and these 'Birds Rye Chicken Chargrills' fall under the category of turn the oven on and then bunge them in, lol!
Mt box of two cost one pound but they have boxes of four as well, mine were on offer so I think the normal price is about £1.50.
The bright orange eye-catching cardboard box advertised that this product is made of 100% chicken breast and that they have an improved recipe.
The best before date on my review packaging is until next July so they have loads of freezer life :)
Described as: 'Original Chicken Chargrills made with marinated chicken breast meat, seared and glazed', there is a list on the back of the pack saying about how the birds are vegetarian fed and barn reared, plus the meat is 'farm assured'.
Each chargrill contains raw meat so you have to make sure they are cooked through properly straight from frozen, the instructions on oven baking are there and they need to be cooked for 20 minutes.
Per portion there is 74% chicken breast and then the marinade and glaze which bubbles nicely on cooking and tastes really delicious and moistened the meat!
There are no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours in these either...
For allergists these contain soya, milk and wheat.
The calories are really good at only 165 per portion, and only 0.4 g sugar but a higher 9.6g of fat, plus 0.8g of salt.
The chargrills are oval shaped like a big chicken nugget without the coating on and the marinade browns and sizzles to a light golden brown. These are really tasty and full of flavour and I really like them!
They make a great protein addition to my meal and the meat is really firm but succulent.
One is enough per person and I can recommend then, five stars from me!
BirdsEye original chicken chargrills cost me £i.63 for a pack of 2 in Tesco, which I think is a pretty standard price.They come in flat printed cardboard boxes, but have no inner packaging, so can be opened quickly and put straight into the oven
The frozen chargrills look a little strange when taken out of the packaging.The tear-drop shaped chicken steaks have a glaze on one side.not on the other, the grills are coverd in a light golden crust. I wasn't sure, but decided to try to cook them glaze up.This seems to work well. Covering the crust are some dark brown vertical lines useful if you want to pretend your chargrill comes hot off the barbie.
Then its easy /peasy all the way pop tem into a hot oven, and 20 to 25 minutes later they're done.You can add what you like then to turn them into a proper meal, yesterday we had a pack of Caesar salad and some salad potatoes.
These are quite popular with my famiy, I find them edible, but don't really like them.They don't sem like real chicken to me.They are quite soft, salty and do not taste much of real chicken.I'll give them a 3!