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I enjoy hot and spicy food and I'm fairly fond of chicken with peri peri which I normally make myself. However, when I saw Birds Eye Peri Peri Chicken Chargrills when in Tesco I thought I'd try them for when I'm feeling like having a lazy day. I hadn't tried them before and my experience with Birds Eye dishes had been a bit hit and miss and so I didn't really have any preconceived ideas about whether they were going to be nice or not. Each packet contained two of the chicken peri peri breasts and which cost just £1.00 from Tesco - which equates to just 50p per breast.....which could make for a very inexpensive meal.
When you get them they are frozen and you cook them from frozen. All it involves is sticking it in the oven for about 20 minutes - and then when you take them out they are ready to eat. Taking them out the oven I felt that they looked a little sad......quite dry looking and quite a lot smaller than when I'd put them in which leads me to think that their water quantity was fairly high. The are an orangey red colour which looks quite synthetic and not particularly appeitising. To me, the chicken tasted fairly synthetic and certainly not anywhere near as good as fresh chicken. It wasn't that they were inedible, but they were certainly not very nice. Although they had a little bit of spiciness to them, it really was quite mild and not to the level as I would normally expect from a peri peri dish.
Overall, I wouldn't really rate this product very highly. If you want something quick, easy and inexpensive, there are much better quality dishes available. I struggle to understand why anyone would like eating cardboard covered in a pretty tasteless orange sauce.
About a year and half ago. I discovered this beautiful tasting chicken. I bought it from Asda which was really close to were I lived. Me and partner didnt have a car at this time so most of the time we ate food from Asda, rather than our lifestyle now which includes a lot of take outs! This chicken which you get two pieces is usually about £1.56 from Asda, I dont actually know any where else you can buy it. They dont do it in Morrisons. Most of the time its on offer for £1. Which is great, I buy it either way. The box contains 184g.
It really easy to cook, as most freezer food is. You pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5 (190c). Then put in the oven on a tray. You'll notice the flavouring is mainly on one side, make sure that side is facing up. Otherwise it will make a huge mess. Cook it for about 20 minutes. I personally love my almost burnt. I think the flavouring tastes much better when its about black and not slimey. But thats my personal opinion. I leave it in for about 30 minutes. On a higher gas mark.
After cooking make sure its hot all the way through, if it isnt leave it in a bit longer. I just have two pieces of chicken on its own. But I imagine some people would have it with chips or fries and maybe some veg. I vut it up into little pieces and eat one by one, I like saving the most burnt till last. Because thats my favourite. Its quite a spicey piece of chicken and isnt to everyones taste, especially if your not into spicey food. I am however. The chicken is quite soft which is nice, in some parts it can be harder.
The ingredients include:
Chicken Breast (76%), Marinade, Glaze, Vegetable Oil.
Marinade] Water, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Maize Starch, Rice Flour, Salt.
In the glaze: Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Dried Red and Green Peppers, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Ground Paprika, Garlic Powder, Pork Gelatine, Dried Onion, Black Pepper, Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Chilli, Natural Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin#), Natural Colour (Paprika Extract), Yeast Extract, Salt, Oregano, Dried Coriander Leaves.
I think this is great food, maybe its not the healthiest because its freezer food. Some people prefer fresh. Ofcoursse you can make this yourself, there are plenty of recipes of this on the internet. I think this is a good meal because it doesnt really contain too many calories. It contains 160 calories, 8.6g of fat, 0.6g of salt. These are in just one piece of chicken. So obviously you double those amounts. I personally dont think that is a lot of calouries, especially as I only really have one meal a day. I love this chicken and advise people who like spicey food to give this a try. Its lovely.
My partner works 3pm till midnight so we tend to have our dinner at lunch time. Today we had chicken chargrills peri peri.
They are made with 100% chicken breast and contain no artificial colours, flavouring or preservatives. You get two chicken pieces in the pack and each are a good size approx. 4 inches by 2 inches in size and around 2 cm's thick. This is more than enough to fill you up.
They taste great and I didn't mind the sauce in which covered the chicken to over powering or hot. The combination off peri peri and chicken is just immense! It's delicious. The sauce on top of the chicken tastes like chilli and pepper it really does leave a lovely taste in your mouth, personally one of these is just enough to satisfy.
I like to eat mine with bread and butter but the other half preferred them with chips. Personally I do find the brand name off putting bird's eye, It doesn't sound to appealing to me.
They are easy to cook as advised on the box to cook at 190oc or 170 on a fan assisted oven for 20minutes. I cooked them as recommended on the box but they still weren't cooked. I had to pop them in for an extra 10 minutes otherwise the chicken wouldn't have been cooked fully.
When they are cooking you can really smell the peri peri which smell lushious.
I purchased this from Asda on offer, all £1 freezer items 4 for £3. This is excellent value.
They complete chips and vegetables or bread and butter with a side salad extremely well.
Overall I liked these frozen chicken pieces but aren't one that I would rush to buy again.
At the moment I am following a largely Vegetarian diet. Not through principle but because I am staying with a veggie mate and we cook for eachother and it seems silly me cooking for one so I refrain from meat and for the most part I don't actually miss it to be perfectly honest with you lol.
Though as I'm not Vegetarian as such sometimes I crave something other than meat free Quorn pieces and meat free mince and stuff and there is only so much fish one person can eat lol so the other day when I was in Asda I perused meat products till I came across these and at a pound for a box of two of them and looking a rather small box I decided I really had to have a bit of meat in my diet that night and at a pound a box I was having it!
Squarish red and yellow box and on the front of the box there is a photograph of the chicken grills on there and I'm told that they are Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills 2 Peri-Peri' and that they are 'Made with 100% chicken breast' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, I'm told how to cook them, there is a full nutritional chart stated on there and the weight of the product is stated (which in this case is 184g) and contact details for Birds Eye are listed. Nice enough box which really is informative enough and easy to open etc.
In the box you get two triangular shaped and not very thick looking chicken grills. Coated in a red seasoning/marinade all you do to cook these is put them in the oven for around 20 minutes and from frozen (for best results).
When cooked that red coloured seasoning I just mentioned sort of melts over the chicken and gives off a nice slightly spicy and sweet aroma and all in all they look really tasty.
Taste wise well I have no complaints with these at all! The chicken was grainy and soft and a light beige colour as I bit through it. It tasted juicy and plump and although not all that thick was nice to bite into and not at all crunchy or crispy but tender and well seasoned. The seasoning/marinade had a nice taste of cumin, peppers, tomato's and Italian herbs to it and had a nice but still gentle enough spicy kick which is given by adding ground chilli into the mix.
Well seasoned and well marinaded not only did it look nice and presentable it really did taste that way too and I throughly enjoyed the well blended flavours this possessed! Chicken with a peppery and tomatoey sauce really did float my boat in every way possible and I can't wait to get them again!
Nutritional Information Per Grill:
Available in all good supermarkets priced around £2.00 a box (if not on offer) and other varieties are also available within this range!
I've only tried this Chicken product once and that was 4 days ago. Since you may know I like Birds Eye products, and always seen this one, but thought it would be really spicy, I always left this on the shelf of the freezer. After all the price seemed to stay at £1.60 for the small pack, and I thought it was a high price to pay for something I didn't think I would like. When I spotted these in Tesco the other week for £1 a pack along with the other Chicken things I like, then we put a pack in the trolly - for research purposes of course.
This was in the normal cardboard box. Just the right size and the normal orangy colour with the logo on the front and a picture of the Chicken there as well. The cooking instructions, nutritional information and ingredients were on the back. Per Chicken piece there is 220 calories. You get the normal 2 bits in the pack and they are a decent size and thickness. I have both bits with some Chips for my tea and this is quite filling.
These cook in about 20 minutes in the oven and this makes the Chicken Breast moist, tender and a bit juicy. The coating on the top is quite thin but it is pretty spicy and I wouldn't say you needed any more topping than that. This crisps up slightly after cooking, but as long as this isn't left in too long, then it won't get too crisp and baked on.
So how did this taste? Well I was right about it being hot. This tastes like any Peri Peri I've tried and for the first 10 seconds you think this is ok, then the heatwave hits. It tastes like a load of Jalapeno's mixed with red and greet peppers and with a splash of black pepper as well. I wouldn't say I found this too hot, as I quite like hot food, but this wouldn't be suitable for everyone and you must like hot food to enjoy this. I would say there was a slightly too hot aftertaste to this, and for that reason I wouldn't buy it again, but the wife's dad loves this and he will go out and buy it.
Perhaps an aquired taste, and sadly not for my tastebuds.
I always look out for these at Tesco as they are often on special offer for just £1 there and it is a good deal. These are made of chicken breast, chopped and formed presumably.
Like the other chargrills, they have a slightly damp texture, but it's not unpleasant, just different if you are used to pieces of chicken in breadcrumbs. Because they don't have the breadcrumb coating, but a sort of sticky glaze, they are lower in fat than many other 'coated chicken' products. They are about 160 calories and 2.2g of saturated fat each.
The peri peri flavouring is not hot, but it is gently spicy and very slightly sweet. There is even a little of that chargrill flavour, as the name suggests! I think it's really tasty and adds a bit of flavour to a meal. They cook quickly in the oven and I tend to keep a selection of them in the freezer for lazy days and emergencies.
I have tried the plain ones as well and found them rather boring - these are far the better option.
Birds eye chicken peri peri chargrills are currently on offer in Asda for £1 and as I have tried some of the other flavours thought I would pick up a pack of these for the freezer for those want something tasty, healthish (just add lots of veg) and easy to cook nights.
Like the other chargrills that Birds Eye do these are relatively low in calories at 160 per breast and the fats only 8.2g but the salt content is a bit on the high side at 0.8g but if you have a balanced diet this shouldn't worry you to much.
Birds eye describes them as "Peri Peri Chicken made with marinated chunks of chicken breast meat in a spicy pepper glaze" and that along with the picture on the box really got my mouth watering. When you take these out of the box they do look like the picture (albeit that they are frozen not cooked!) which is always a pleasant suprise.
I followed the instructions on the box for cooking them for 20 minutes at
190°C or for a fan assisted oven 170°C or Gas Mark 5 but as with the other chargrills have I have tried although I have a fan assisted oven I cooked them at the 190°C as I find that the fan assisted oven doesn;t seem to be hot enough to cook these properly (well to me anyway).
After the 20 minutes out they came and the glaze had cooked around the outside but still looked a bit "runny" in the middle so in they went for another 5 mintues, another thing I have noticed with the cooking times for Birds Eye, though it could be that I'm fussy when it comes to making sure things are cooked.
After that out they came and they smelt lovely. They are a bit spicy which you would expect having the Peri Peri sauce on them but they made a slightly different version of a boring chicken tea for us and I will defiantely be buying them again to keep in the freezer when they are on offer as at £1 they are good value but at full price £1.58 (I think) it doesn't make them as attractive for me to put in my basket.
Having an addiction to eating out at Nandos during the credit crunch has been pretty tough - although Nandos is fairly cheap for a restaurant, I've been eating in throughout the whole of January as I just can't afford to go out. I therefore looked to see if I could get my peri peri chicken taste in a different way at home! Whilst out shopping at Tesco, I spotted Birds Eye's frozen peri peri chicken grills, and decided to pick it up and give it a try.
Are these easy to find?
As I said, I got these in Tesco and found them without knowing they existed! I think these are really easy to find - just go to the frozen section in your local Tesco or Sainsbury (I haven't seen these in any other supermarkets) and look for a yellow-orange box with the Birds Eye logo emblazoned on the top. These can sometimes be found in the 'on offer frozen' sections of supermarkets, but mainly they are with the other oven ready food.
Are they any good?
Although I try to eat fresh food, and cook from scratch as often as possible, the reality is that I work long hours in my job and sometimes don't get home until 8 or 9 in the evening. I therefore just want to stick something in the oven that cooks whilst I go about my evening routine, and frozen food helps me as it means I don't have to worry about monitoring use by dates and wasting food (I am trying to really reduce the amount of food I waste - which I am sadly guilty of). I therefore rely on frozen food more than I probably ought to, but it is convenient and suits me. Birdseye's peri peri grills are no different in this respect, as you simply pre-heat the oven, whack the chicken on a baking tray and stick it in, and then in 20 minutes you've got yourself a meal. It's pretty simple stuff. I found these really easy and convenient to store and cook.
The grills taste delicious. I didn't really expect this product to hit the Nandos spot left deprived of late, but it really did. The grills were tender, like freshly cooked chicken, and I have rarely sampled frozen chicken that tasted so succulent. The coating of the chicken, though a slightly alarming shade or orange, was surprisingly crisp and slightly crunchy, which made for an interesting contrast with the soft chicken underneath - delicious! The chicken contains a medium level of spice (say, around the same level as a chicken tikka masala), and is incredibly flavoursome. They have a bit of a kick to them, but these shouldn't be too spicy for most people to eat.
The nutritional information of these grills also makes me more likely to eat them in future - each chicken piece contains 160 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat (the bad stuff), and, in case you are on Weight Watchers, each is calculated as 3 Weight Watchers points.
Each chicken grill contains 100% chicken breast meat, which is reassuring as I often worry exactly what it is I am putting in my mouth, and frozen meat products often contain other more dubious parts of the animal.
Is this product good value for money?
When I bought these grills, they were on a 'buy one get one free' offer, but these are ordinarily priced at around £1.65 for a box of two grills. Each grill is a decent size (about the size of 1 and ½ packs of cards).
As these are so delicious, I would definitely recommend them, and think they are extremely good value for money as £1.65 provides me with the key part of two main meals, and they are worth the price for the level of convenience they provide.
So what's the verdict?
Birds Eye's chicken grills are delicious, as they are packed full of flavour, and manage to be both tender and crisp. They are convenient to store, very easy and quick to cook, and good value for money. I definitely recommend you try these, particularly if you too are missing your peri peri fix! They aren't quite as nice as Nando's chicken, but at £1.65 for two pieces, I'm really not complaining!
I thought I'd review these now as I've just tried one after I bought a box a few months ago and they've just been sat in my freezer. I must admit I was slightly dubious at first when I took it out of the packaging and saw the orange coating on the chicken but I was pleasantly surprised. Looks can be deceiving because they're delicious!
Peri Peri Chicken Chargrills are produced by Birds Eye so you expect a fair degree of quality. They're a very popular producer with years of knowledge & experience and have been very keen lately to promote their produce to be nutritionally balanced. 'Good mood food' I think Suggs calls it!
There's a range of frozen chicken products which Birds Eye make and a few varieties of their chargrilled section including cracked pepper and seasoned Thai. I went for these because peri peri is quite spicy and makes a nice change from the usual bland chicken I buy. Most supermarkets seem to stock these and retail around £1.69. They're currently on offer in Tesco until 20.1.09 at £1 which is a bargain. 1 x 194g box contains 2 fillets so at £1.69 they may work out quite expensive if eaten regularly, but these seem to be on offer quite a lot so I'm going to Tesco to stock up the extra freezer in the conservatory!
What are they? Each portion is a simple chicken fillet made with 100% breast meat. This is good to know because you can be sure you're eating something healthy and natural rather than processed junk. There's no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours incase you're interested. The flavours come from the spicy pepper glaze all around the chicken. Like I said, when it first comes out of the box it looks orange and I half expected it to be oozing everywhere, sticky and nasty-tasting when it was cooked. They're a fair size so one should suffice a healthy appetite and each portion contains 160 calories and 7.7g of fat. That's actually very good in comparison to alternatives like breaded chicken/southern fried styles etc, and you get plenty of flavour at the same time.
These are to be cooked in the oven and take around 20 minutes at 190 degrees. I actually cooked mine for around 20-25 at over 200 just to ensure they were piping hot in the middle and crispier around the edges (for some reason I quite light some foods slightly burnt, which is just as well because I'm not great with remembering how long things have been in the oven). If you put them to the top make sure you turn it over occasionally so it cooks all around and through it. It can be a little sticky with the glaze so it's best to use tongs.
How do they taste? I've had peri peri chicken at Beefeater and I can honestly say that although the Birds Eye portions are a little smaller they're just as good! Very tender chicken which is soft and succulent as opposed to dry. This is perhaps also due to them being chargrilled which one of the healthiest ways of cooking without adding anything to it and sealing all of the flavour and moisture in. The glaze is hot and spicy, but not too much so that it burns you mouth. It has a moderate spicy flavour which is delicious and far better than I expected. It tastes like quality food and would go great with chips & salad or rice. There's nothing negative I can say about these to be honest, they're spot on :o)