“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Meat „
Used to be the best but latest version ( sept 2013) is awful.Gone is the butter parsley & garlic sauce ,replaced by some sort of tasteless paste. Nasty.Very sad.
Before we go any further I fell it is important to hightlight the fact that there are two different packs of chicken kievs one can buy in M&S. The one being reviewed on this page is (for want of a better phrase) the 'better' one. At £4 they ought to be rather good since the competition can knock them out at over £1 cheaper. And we aren't disappointed! These are real chicken breasts. Not that munched up, regurgitated, mangled, chicken mush which so many other Chicken Kievs are made up of. You get two in a pack and while sometimes it can be said the portion sizes in M&S are a little skimpy, these aren't. They come in their own little foil tray which goes straight into a 180c oven for ultimate ease. The Kievs brown up nicely and the edges crispen wonderfully. Once the Kievs have been plated up you can get scraping those wonderful crispy bits off the tray and pour over any butter that may have escaped. There were concerns that as the packaging has shrunk considerably over the last few years, that this wa an indication that the product inside had too. I can assure people this isn't the case. The packaging has indeed shrunk but this is inline with M&S promise to be carbon neutral by 2020 - the Kievs remain the same size they ever were. Overall a wonderful product, well worth the money. Nicely garlicky so you might want to be mindful of who you have to talk to the next day.
Yesterday, in your branch in Newmarket, I bought two of your Chicken Kievs. One I cooked for last nights dinner. My husband and I could not have been more disapointed. I followed the instructions with the utmost care. On serving them, the garlic butter had completely dried out and the meat was dry and rubbery, infact it tasted like sawdust.On looking at the picture on this web site, it does not appear to be the same product, the label seems different and the chicken is in a clear plastic tray, not a tinfoil one that would have been oven proof. The display date though, was the 16 April and the bar code M 0391 733 S.
I have no problem making garlic chicken after all it is hardly a hard dish but my attempts at making Chicken Kiez have pretty much always fallen flat, admittedly I have never bothered to look up an actual recipe instead I just made a couple of assumptions and went for it and have tended o produce overly dry rubbery chicken with no garlic oil left in the middle. Instead I'm quite happy to make do with these Chicken Kiez from Maks and Spencers which cost £3.99 for two portions and each one is large enough and filling enough to feed one person so they are ideal for me and the other half. They are easy to cook taking about 30 minutes in the oven, the outer bread crumb layer is a nice golden colour and nice and crisp when you cutthrough it, the chicken really does feel like a proper chicken breast rather than the slightly processed appearence of other cheaper Kievs while the garlic inside is very strong and permeates throughout the chicken, I love cutting into a Kiev when all the garlic oil runs out and coats the vegetables that I have with it. Taste wise this Kiev is lovely with a really strong garlic taste and the chicken is nice and moist and not too havy. Certainly this is the best ready made Kiev I have bought from any of the supermarkets or food stores and it is well worth the little extra to get the better quality.
Calories: 379 per piece Fat: 24.8g per piece Salt: 1.1g per piece Cost: approx. £3.99 for 2 pieces (this price may recently have changed) If you have problems dreaming up a concept of paradise, why not trot along to your local M&S and treat yourself to a pack of their extraordinarily delicious Chicken Kiev? This luxurious treat comes in packs containing two pieces of very tender, REAL chicken breast (not the re-constituted trash we are so often tricked into eating), filled with a very generous portion of heavenly garlic butter, and the finished item is coated with golden breadcrumbs.....and yes, REAL breadcrumbs which are authentic in taste, texture and colour - a million miles away from that ghastly bright orange, tooth-shattering gunk we find on most other breadcrumb-coated food items. Part of the packaging that M&S Chicken Kiev comes in, is a thick foil tray in which you cook the chicken. This tray is made of very strong, thick reinforced foil, and can be washed and re-used many times. To cook, just pre-heat your oven to I think 200C (sorry I am unable to find the exact information for cooking temperatures on the internet, and don't have any M&S Chicken Kiev in the house right now - I daren't, as I'm trying to watch my weight at the moment!), and place the chicken pieces in the foil tray into the centre of the oven, and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Then, serve with whatever you want really.....I find it goes very well with jacket potato and salad or steamed green vegetables. Two pieces are intended to be ample for two people with normal appetites, but being one of the greediest people in existence, I find I must have both pieces for myself. One piece does the job of getting my taste buds going, and the second piece satisfies - if I were to have just one piece, I would be left with a deep and serious craving for more. The chicken is beautiful and tender/succulent, very generously filled with garlic butter that actually truly does taste of garlic, and the garlic butter contains a liberal portion of chopped parsley. There will be some seepage of garlic butter into the cooking container, and that is divine poured over the chicken pieces on your plate, or over whatever accompaniments you choose to have. While the Chicken Kiev is in the oven cooking, your kitchen will be infused with that delicious smell of garlic butter, and your taste buds will be drooling in anticipation. You won't be disappointed, either! A bit of caution is needed when plunging your knife into the chicken pieces, as the hot garlic butter can be prone to spurting - the slower you plunge, the less you or the dog risk getting an eyeful. Though M&S Chicken Kiev is rather pricey, it is far, far, far superior to the lower end of the market offerings which loosely pass for Chicken Kiev (you know what I mean....those wodges of re-constituted chicken that contain an indistinct smear of something only vaguely reminiscent of garlic butter...and appearance-wise, bear a startling resemblance to a well-used scouring pad!). It's definitely a case here of......you get what you pay for. This product is extremely high in fat and calories, so if you are one of these people like me who absolutely must have both pieces to yourself, you will be consuming more than half your daily recommended calorie intake via the Chicken Kiev alone! But, life is for living and enjoying, and what better way of living an enjoying life than to gorge yourself stupid on M&S Chicken Kiev!
Chicken Kiev, introduced in 1976, was Marks & Spencer's first ready-made meal.