“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Meat „
PRICE: £4.49 per pack (pack contains 2 portions)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per kiev):
(of which sugars): 1.6g
(of which saturates): 10.9g
Salt equivalent: 1.3g
Part-boned chicken breast fillet, wheat flour, water, rapeseed oil, yeast, salt, olive oil, garlic puree, maize flour, dried parsley, lemon juice from concentrate, milk protein, mustard powder, black pepper extract, butter
Contains gluten, milk and mustard
Product will contain bones
Care should be taken when cutting open as the filling will be hot
There's very little which can get my taste-buds moving in the right direction than a good-quality chicken kiev. I've tried various brands, both luxury and standard - loved some of them, loathed others, been indifferent to a few more, and it was only recently that I noticed Morrisons' Chicken Kiev from their "Fresh Ideas" range. Of course I had to give it a try to see if it could outstrip my existing two favourite brands.
Morrisons "Fresh Ideas" Chicken Kiev is to be found in the chilled ready-meals cabinet. The packaging is a clear, deep plastic tray which is covered with thin plastic strip-off film, and there is a pale yellow coloured card band placed around the centre of the tray. The front of the card band shows a serving of the chicken kiev, and the rear shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage/cooking instructions, Morrisons' contact details and advice that the packaging is partly recyclable.
The two chicken kiev portions are very substantial in size, and thickly coated with coarse breadcrumbs, speckled with tiny bits of green which I assume is parsley. The colour of the breadcrumbs appears more natural than on most other breadcrumbed products; rather than being a bright orange or amber, they are a pale greyish brown - similar to light wholemeal bread. The plastic tray isn't oven-proof, so the chicken pieces must be transferred to a suitable container for cooking.
Despite the chicken portions being large and very substantial, the recommended cooking time is only 30 minutes, and I found this to be surprisingly adequate. Whilst the chicken was in the oven, a very powerful aroma of garlic butter permeated my kitchen - I love the smell of garlic cooking, and my taste buds were looking forward to what I hoped would be a delicious meal.
On removing from the oven, though the chicken was cooked right through, the breadcrumb coating had hardly crisped up at all - it was still soft, and a little pappy in places. I can't say that the cooked chicken appeared particularly appetising, as the breadcrumbs were dull and lifeless-looking - so thick that I couldn't see the chicken underneath. It all smelled very good though.
Settling down to eat, I cut into one of the chicken breasts. The breadcrumb coating was even thicker than I'd previously guessed it to be, and was the consistency of thinly made up sage & onion stuffing. I ate a bit of the coating on its own, and though it tasted fine - very garlicky - I wasn't keen on the softness and lack of crunch, plus it seemed too wet.
Because of the 30 minutes' cooking time, I was hoping there weren't any pink raw bits in the middle of the chicken. I cut into the centre, and was pleased to see that in fact it was cooked right through. The chicken flesh was very substantial, and there was only a small piece of bone at the end of each fillet, which made it easy to remove.
The chicken in itself tasted beautiful - it was fresh chicken and not the reconstituted stuff.....thick, juicy, tender and succulent, but I had to hunt high & low for the garlic butter filling inside. The portion of garlic butter was extraordinarily stingy - warning is given on the packaging that it could spurt when hot (or words to that effect), but I can honestly say that spurting wouldn't have been a problem, as there wasn't enough of it. I ought to say here that when I removed the cooking tray containing the chicken from the oven, there was no garlic butter seepage at all in the bottom of the cooking container, as there always is from other brands.
Because of the very thick breadcrumb coating and the huge size of each of the chicken portions, I found I could only eat one and I felt very full-up afterwards. Normally, I can easily eat two pieces of chicken kiev, but in this case I was unable to - which probably is a good thing.
My overall opinion on Morrisons' "Fresh Ideas" Chicken Kiev is rather mixed. I can't say I was all that impressed with the breadcrumb coating because it was too coarse and thick, even though it tasted OK and very garlicky. The chicken itself was of top-grade quality, and was by far the very best part of the meal, but could have been improved enormously by a much more generous serving of parsley and garlic butter filling. The product is intended to be of an up-market standard, and the rather expensive price of £4.49 per pack certainly reflects this, but overall I don't think it's worth the money, as I've tasted nicer chicken kiev which is quite a bit cheaper. Obviously the calorie and fat content is very high, but that's to be expected of a product such as chicken kiev. It's a shame that what makes it so high in fat/calories (the garlic butter) was almost unnoticeable, even though the garlic which is mixed into the breadcrumb coating is extremely powerful.
I don't want to completely thumbs-down this product because I believe that Morrisons have tried to create something special here, and the chicken truly is of superb quality, but a re-think of the breadcrumb recipe and a little more garlic butter inside could go a long way towards me possibly re-evaluating my opinion.....maybe taking it to the top of my chicken kiev favourites list? Though this is of less importance, I'd also like to see the chicken pieces packed into an oven-proof foil container, as that saves on washing-up, and those foil containers are re-usable.
I don't think I'd buy this product again unless it was on special offer, or unless the changes I've outlined in the last paragraph take place. So, overall.....sorry Morrisons - I've had better!
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