“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarian „
I'm not a vegetarian, but also not much of a meat lover. I only really eat chicken and fish, and can happily go for weeks without even eating those. Most days I eat some kind of meat substitute, often Quorn. Personally I prefer Quorn to meat, and it is low fat and healthy, so for me it's a great choice.
Quorn chicken style pieces are small (about 1 inch cubed on average) pieces, made from Mycoprotein and are supposed to have the texture and taste of chicken. According to the Quorn website, mycoprotein is a nutritionally healthy protein source that is meat free and naturally low in saturated fat and high in fibre.
Personally I don't really think that Quorn is like chicken, as the texture is slightly less chewy and generally less 'meaty'. It's much easier to chew and digest (I know chicken isn't particularly chewy but Quorn is even less so). Taste-wise, it doesn't taste of much, and I definitely can't detect a taste of chicken. This isn't a problem, as the Quorn takes on the taste of whatever it is cooked in, very well. I ususally cook some kind of stir fry with a sauce in it such as black bean sauce, and the Quorn absorbs the flavour really well and becomes really tasty.
The way I look as Quorn is not as a chicken substitute, but as a different food altogether (a food in its own right rather than just an imitation!) and in that way I think it's a versatile, healthy, low fat choice.
Quorn can be bought frozen or from the fridge - it sends to be cheaper frozen. It ranges in price, I usually buy the four portion bag and tend to pay £1.89 which I think is completely worth it.
A portion of Quorn chicken pieces (100g) contains:
A portion on the box is calculated at 75g but I usually have a bit more so I went with 100g for the amounts as I think that's a pretty normal portion.
When I was 14 years old, I went through my vegetarian phase. It lasted two years before my doctor advised my anaemia was getting the better of me and I should switch back to meat. I followed his advice and I did get better but 8 years later I still look to Quorn on a fairly regular basis for my meals.
There's no denying that Quorn has a very similar texture and relatively similar taste to chicken and this helped me a lot while I was veggie - I wasn't missing out on anything. Since then Quorn have produced even more products to match old favourite foods such a substitute roasts and sausage rolls, and even perpperoni! Quorn is an excellent company.
The absorbancy of Quorn is something I also particularly like. If you're using quorn with a sauce or a stir fry of some kind, it clutches onto all the rich flavours around it and with each juicy bite you get an explosion of deliciousness. This is particularly true to that of the Quorn Mince, which I still use instead of meat mince as the texture is more pleasing to me, easier on my teeth and there is a 0% chance of getting any surprise gristle.
Moving onto this specific product - the Chicken Style pieces, I find these are some of Quorn's best product to date. As previously mentioned, they absorb flavours like nobody's business and cook super fast. I don't have to worry about food poisoning either, which after a busy day at work, keeps a sensitive stomach some peace of mind. These pieces, even when cooked on their own, don't dry out like the Quorn fillets are prone to doing. I sometimes find with the fillets I am unable to swallow a mouthful due to the dryness but these bite size moist "chicken" pieces don't come with that problem.
Nutritionally, these are perfect to fit into most diets. Though they lack the protein of meat, they do still pack a punch as they are made from soya. Ther reduction in fat also means meals are lighter in general and heart healthy.
Typical Values (from quorn.co.uk)
Per 100g (Frozen pieces)
Energy 89 kcal
of which sugars 0.4g
of which saturates 0.4g
I had always looked on vegetarian meat substitutes with bewilderment, I mean vegetarian sausages? Vegetarian chicken style pieces? What is the point in being vegetarian if you are eating foods in the style of meat products? I don't understand it at all. I happened upon these by accident, I was making a curry at the time, and I didn't have enough chicken to give everyone a decent sized portion. I noticed these in the freezer isle at Iceland and they were cheaper than chicken, I thought, no one will notice when it's all mixed in with a curry sauce.
== What is it? ==
Quorn is a vegetable substitute made with the main ingredient Mycoprotein, which is basically a fungus. It has its meat like texture because the harvested strands of the fungus are similar in structure to animal muscle cells (sounds pretty horrible, but don't let that put you off). The first meat free product made with Quorn was a vegetarian pie, then in 1990 Quorn pieces came on the market. You can buy this in mince, fillet, and pieces form, and they are usually found next to the Linda McCartney range in Iceland (most other supermarkets stock them too). When cooking these in a sauce, the best way I can think of to describe them is sponge like, because of the way they seem to soak up all the flavours of what they are being cooked in. Quorn is low in fat and high in protein and fibre, and with only 89 calories per 100g, they are great as part of a diet or healthy lifestyle choice.
== Price ==
The price varies on these from shop to shop. I bought some today from Iceland and they were £2.00 for a 300g bag, but I saw them on offer in Morrisons last week for 0.99p per 300g bag, so it does pay to shop about.
== Verdict ==
These are fantastic, they don't need a lot to cook them up from frozen, and they are just like chicken, although they seem to retain more of the flavour more than a chicken piece does. I used to eat them mixed with meat (so at least I am getting some meat content inside me), but these days I have them on their own as part of a vegetarian stir-fry, I don't think I could go full vegetarian though, but one meal a day isn't going to do me any harm. As part of a curry, no one will ever know that they are eating quorn, I still can't tell the difference when a they are mixed with chicken pieces in a curry. I've always got a bag of these in my freezer, and they taste good with absolutely anything.
Quorn Chicken Style Pieces (Frozen)
Size: 300 and 500g
Packaging: Strong plastic bag
How do I recognise it?
The bag features the Quorn trademark logo and orange stripe, with a photograph of a meal on a plate. Look for the bright orange section in the freezer isle.
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Quorn products have been around for a while now and have the benefits of being high protein and fibre, low fat vegetarian options. Quick to cook, they are a staple of my freezer. Quorn have a website: www.quorn.co.uk The only problem I have with it is the links seem to all require Facebook login and I am not a Facebook user. Quorn products are made using Mycoprotein, which is a nutritious quality meat free protein, made from fungi, is naturally low in fat and high in protein and fibre. The fungi is produced using a fermentation process similar to that used in bread and yogurt. Quorn is a trademark of a range made by Marlow Foods of Cleveland UK.
There is a range of fresh and frozen products. I am reviewing the frozen Chicken Style Pieces. Recently Quorn have started producing Quorn ready meals, including their own recipes incorporating this product. There is a good range of these meals available fresh in Sainsbury's. I still prefer to use the frozen bags of plain Quorn "Chicken" for a number of reasons, the main ones being:
* Convenience: The Quorn products cook from frozen in minutes
* Health: Lower in fat than their meat equivalents
* Long frozen "Best Before" date (the bag I am looking at is 03/2015)
* Great for quick curry's, wraps, and chicken recipes
* Just like buying diced chicken breast, so I know exactly what is going on my plate
Indeed, when you cut open the bag the contents do look just like frozen diced chicken breast, however, one immediate advantage is the cook from frozen option, oh so convenient! I use these in a variety of ways, but basically for almost any recipe, I first sauté the onions, add any other items such as celery, pepper etc. Add the required amount of Quorn and the sauce ingredients. Then, providing the sauce does not need any longer, cook for about 12 minutes. Quick, easy clean and simple.
We find this satisfying, filling and in a sauce you cannot tell it is not chicken.
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"Quorn chicken Style Pieces are very easy to prepare, so you can cook your favorite meals in next to no time." "Meat free and made with mycoprotein, a nutritious form of quality protein, naturally low in fat and high in protein and fibre."
"Mycoprotein (93%), Rehydrated free range egg white, flavouring, firming agents: Calcium Chloride, Calcium Acetate.
There is a warning that the product contains egg and is produced in a factory that handles milk, gluten and wheat. That it is high in protein and fibre, which may cause intolerance in some people.
"Typical Values Per 100g Per 1/4 pack
Energy - kj/kcal 373/89 97/23
Protein 14g 4.1g
Carbohydrate 1g 1.1g
of which sugars 0.4g 0.3g
Fat 1.4g 0.7g
of which saturates 0.4g 0.2g
Fibre 8.3g 1.5g
Sodium 0.3g 0.1g
Salt 0.8g 0.3g
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On their own these chicken style pieces have very little flavour and that is why they are so ideal for cooking in sauces. However, for a quick salad, I do sometimes simply fry some onion, garlic and pepper and add the Quorn to the pan afterwards to cook in the oils left, sprinkle with some chilli or black pepper and it is quite acceptable cold for the next day's packed lunch. Another quick option is to smother with mayonnaise and sauté.
The texture is like marinated chicken, soft in the mouth, yet they do not lose shape or crumble.
Advantages why I buy:
As well as the health benefits and convenience of a product I can remove from the freezer and cook quickly, this is a far cheaper option than Chicken breast. Quorn is the only processed food I do buy because I trust Quorn.
Others in range:
There are several products in the range, the non-ready meals include Chicken Breast Style Fillets and Beef Mince style. There are also burgers and sausages.
Do I recommend? Oh yes, healthy, cheap, quick - what's not to like?!
Price and Availability:
Available from all major supermarkets, Iceland and some independents. A 300g bag was £1.89 when I bought some more in Asda yesterday. They are still sometimes available on offer and three for two.
Thank you for reading.
6 months on: I notice this range is less frequently on offer and has gone up in price quite a bit
Me and my fiancé are trying to eat healthier and we recently decided to do Meatless Mondays, where you don't eat any meat or fish on Mondays.
At first it was fun trying out new veggie dishes but then it started to become hard to think of new meal ideas. One of our favourite none-veggie meals is Thai coconut curry with chicken or prawns, and last Monday I decided to try and make it with Quorn instead.
These Quorn chicken pieces come in either bags or plastic containers, ours came in a plastic container which just had a cardboard sleeve over it with the cooking instructions and the information that you need to know about the food. I got 3 packs for £5 from tesco which I think is good value and it is obviously much cheaper than real chicken!
The Quorn pieces are a pale beige colour. The chunks are all about the same size and because you need to cook them from frozen they tend to be stuck together in clumps but as soon as you put them in a hot frying pan or wok they will come apart. It doesn't take as long as real chicken to cook, it only takes about 3 minutes before the Quorn is defrosted and cooked through.
The Quorn has no really noticeable smell, but the slight smell it does have isn't the nicest, it doesn't smell very natural! The taste is horrible, it tastes really artificial and oddly chewy and the texture reminds me of chewing gum! It doesn't taste nice on its own, however in coconut milk and mixed with a strong curry paste and with stir fry veggies it is edible, but still not very nice and the texture takes some getting used to. Real chicken has a bit of tenderness and juiciness, but Quorn is dry and chewy.
I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, but I am going to use up the other 2 lots of it I already have. It is edible, but not very nice.
It's a fun past time we all enjoy. Most of us will do it in the privacy of our own homes, some will do it for bizarre sexual kicks and others, like myself, will do it on stage in front of hundreds of people. Last March I was putting my burlesque boots back on (or flip-flops as the case may be) and performing for a charity show in Dundee. The upshot being that I had an act to prepare for and two gorgeous girls to help get me naked who would probably require sustenance. I dragged them round to my place every Thursday to have a giggle and I even feed them for being so awesome. One of them, unfortunately, is a vegetarian (yes, it's unfortunate, animals taste amazing, ok!) so I had to amend my cooking slightly with the help of Quorn.
Quorn comes in a few different guises; Mince, Chicken breasts, Chicken pieces (which is what I've been using mostly), fish-fingers, meatballs and sausages. All of these, of course are a lie as there's not any meat contained in Quorn products, it just likes to pretend its meat. It's actually a Mycoprotein, a magical new fangled ingredient that I'd never heard of in my life till I had to start being kinder to cows.
Mycoprotein translates roughly as Fungus protein. So, basically, mycoprotein is a fungus. It was discovered when, in the 1960's scientists predicted a worldwide food shortage. They set about looking for good sources of protein; in 1967 they found what would later become mycoprotein. By the time Quorn first came onto the market in 1980's, though, we'd all realised that if we just ignore the poorer countries, we've all got plenty food so instead Quorn was marketed as an alternative to meat.
===Who would want it?===
"Vegetarians" are a magical race who come in all shapes and sizes. Some who call themselves vegetarians eat fish and chicken (semi-vegetarianism or flexitarianisim), some only eat fish (pescetarianism) and some do it properly and only eat vegetables. Most of them will be lazy and call themselves vegetarians anyway. But either way, this stuff is perfectly suited to all of them. It replaces the proteins you get from meat so you can still have a healthy diet. On that same street live the dieters and the healthy eaters. Quorn products (they claim) have 75% less fat than lean beef. It's also low in saturated fats and claims to be low in calories too. This last claim, however, is a touch dubious. After a bit of maths (since quorn gives you the information based on 87g for some wierd reason) I discovered Quorn contains (near as damn-it) 115 calories per 100g. Tesco's bog standard chicken contains 100 calories for the same amount. Quorn pieces do have one saving grace in that respect though: They don't shrink. Normal chicken is full of water and shrinks so by the time you cook 100g of real chicken, it turns into something that weighs a lot less. Quorn stays the same weight before and after being cooked so it probably still ends up being slightly lower in calories.
This same trick applies when looking at the fat and salt content. Quorn is ever so slightly higher in both (by about 0.5g) than real chicken per 100g, but the shrinkage of real chicken will probably equal that out.
As if it didn't already sound like the perfect food, Quorn products also contain no cholesterol (which even lean chicken does have) and according to them, some studies have shown it actively reduces it. I'd take no stock in that last statement though because if it was actively fighting cholesterol they'd have been able to prove it by now. Basically, Quorn is healthy as healthy can be.
===Is it pretty? ===
The product I've been using the most is the 300g bags of Chicken Pieces. You can get them in bigger bags of 500g depending on how much you want to use. The bags have the orange Quorn label down the side and a creamy coloured bag with a picture of a dish on it. Overall the bags are well presented. The Chicken pieces are stored in your freezer and should be cooked from frozen. The pieces themselves look just like chopped up frozen chicken, with that creamy white-ish colour. The pieces aren't really bigger than an inch cubed but they also aren't a uniform shape so you'll get smaller bits and bigger bits, just like if you chopped up real chicken by hand. Looks wise, I'd say they have the pieces bang on.
As for cooking the stuff goes, you can pretty much choose any method you want to get the job done whether that be on the hob, in the microwave or in the oven. Usually I'll stick it on my hob for about 15-20 minutes in whatever sauce I'm cooking it with.
Some people get funky about the texture of their food. I am not one of those people. I will, however, say that the texture of this stuff is actually really similar to chicken so even if I WAS one of those people, it probably wouldn't make much difference. It doesn't quite tear apart in the same stringy way chicken does, but other than that, the texture is almost spot on. Yay!
===Smelly, tasty Vegetarians===
My nose always bothers me, it's huge and it has super-smelling powers so smell is an important thing for me, especially in my food. Quorn does not smell like chicken. Though I'm pretty sure that's a good thing since chicken can smell really bad at times. It has a musky, fungus-y sweet smell to it. Not unpleasant but decidedly not meaty which is something that confuses my nose.
Unfortunately I've noticed that it tastes a lot like it smells which, personally I don't like. The smell is fine, but I wouldn't want to eat it. It's a very dry and overpowering flavour and I don't think it's suitable for use in mildly flavoured dishes like chicken salads or chicken breadcrumb pieces unless you actually like the taste of it. I have found, however, that if you are cooking it in strongly flavoured dishes it's fine. I usually use it to make chicken fajitas for my dancing girls each Thursday. It really soaks up the flavour of the spices greatly and by the time it's cooked, you can't tell it's Quorn. Since I've had some extra bits kicking about I've also been making a few more meals from it. It soaks up pesto brilliantly too and I'd venture to say it actually tastes better than my old real-chicken, pesto and pasta dish. To add to all this, the texture is also a really good match for chicken. I'm pretty sure I could make the more flavoured meals with Quorn chicken pieces and fool even my most carnivorous family members.
===Filler up, butter cup===
One thing I always worried about with Quorn was if it would be filling enough to last. No point in eating a load of food and then feeling hungry an hour afterwards, (something McDonalds hasn't learned yet). I use the same amount of Quorn as I would chicken and I can safely say it leaves me feeling nicely full for as long as chicken does. It possibly even lasts a little longer since usually I eat and then dance about like a fool (a sexy, sexy fool) for the next hour or two and I'm not hungry afterwards. In fact, I tend to not need to eat anything for supper either which is a good thing for me as if I have to eat before bed I never sleep.
===Faux Chicken won't cost you an arm===
So, we all know it comes down to price. I usually get 1kg of real chicken for £4.49 from Tesco. The 300g bags are £1.24 each so you will spend £4.96 and get 1.2kg of Quorn. I have noticed, however, that Quorn always seems to be on some sort of offer where you can buy 3 products for a fiver so I recently got three bags of 500g (1.5kg) each for £5. So, due to some sneaky maths, you'll spend a wee bit more but you'll also end up with up to half a kilo extra. The age old excuse that it costs too much to eat healthily is out the window on that one then. More yay for Quorn.
===Did it last===
March came and went, I got my kit off in spectacular style and I was no longer under any obligation to cook for my vegetarian friend. So did my use of Quorn stop at this point? In a word, yes. By this point I was quite fed up of Quorn and was pretty much gagging to go out and butcher a small animal myself to satisfy my blood lust. Needless to say I don't think we'll ever eat Quorn again in my household unless there is a pressing and urgent need to do so.
===What I just said, but shorter===
So let us round up. In comparison, the price is very acceptable coming in cheaper per gram than chicken. It looks just like real chicken does once it's all cooked and the texture is also pretty much on the mark. It has the staying power to keep me full even when acting the fool. The only thing I would have to take marks off for is the flavour as it isn't all too pleasant unless you've cooked it in something else with a lot of flavour. You couldn't really eat this on its own, so you couldn't substitute your chunks of roast chicken for it without quite an obvious flavour difference. Overall I'd give it four stars and urge you to try it out if you aren't a rampant meat eater like myself. It will probably help lead a healthier life style and is a decent replacement for chicken in recipes, though I really don't see myself wanting to eat it again due to overkill.
Being vegetarian doesn't mean you have to live like a rabbit; in fact there is some amazing vegetarian food out there. You can also get food items to cook up some perfect tasty treats if you're a fan of cooking.
Quorn Chicken Style Pieces:
'Tasty meat free Quorn pieces, perfect for your favourite stir fry or curry'
I have been purchasing this now for many years and in my eyes it is one of the best Quorn products out there. It is so versatile and easy to work with it is a staple within my freezer and always have large bag in ready.
You can purchase these in three sizes 300g, 350g and 500g bag. I personally always get the larger one as I use it in so many dishes. The chicken style pieces don't really look like chicken when getting them out the freezer which for some veggies is a good thing. I personally don't mind if it looks like meat, just as long as I'm not eating a killed animal.
There are a lot of different ways in which you can cook these, on the hob 12-15 minutes, Stir fry 10-12 minutes and you can even microwave taking 9 minutes. However I think they go a little hard in the microwave so I don't go for that option.
The pieces are on the hold the same size but you get the odd few bigger and smaller ones. They are a cream'ish colour and have a textured appearance. If you were to eat these on there own they are somewhat bland but the great thing about these is that I found them to absorb flavour extremely well.
One of my favourite things to do with these is to use in a wrap and you can make them any flavour you want. At the moment I'm very fond of paprika so I put some of these pieces into a oven proof bowl, add a little olive oil and give a generous coating of paprika spice which you can pick up from your local supermarket. Once cooked they are brilliant on a wrap with salad or just to add something to your salad.
I use these in pasta bakes, different types of curries, kebabs, salads, sandwiches and panini's the options are just endless! You can find the smaller pack in the fridge section of your supermarket or for the larger packs in the freezer section.
Another thing these are great for people who are weight watching wanting to lose weight, as they are low in fat. For a non-vegetarian these are a good as they just take on the flavour of the food, kind of like button mushrooms.
Calories - 114
Protein - 14.0g
Carbohydrate - 5.8g
Of which sugars - 1.3g
Fat - 2.6g
Of which saturates - 0.6g
Fibre - 5.5g
Sodium - 0.3g
Contains eggs and produced in a factory which handles milk, wheat and gluten. Mycoprotein is high in protein and fibre. This may cause intolerance in some people.
Price and Availability:
Depending on the size bag you can purchase from £1.79, they are often on offer and the larger packs you can normally get 3 Quorn products for £5 from Asda.
These really are a must have for my freezer I use them a few days a week as they are so versatile with food and you can make them what flavour you want. Excellent value for me when stocking up on offers, but even at a none offer pieces I still think they are worth every penny.
Five out of five stars from me
Thank you for reading.
Vegetarian Society approved
Mycoprotein (87%), rehydrated free range egg white, flavouring
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When I made the decision to cut meat out of my diet, I knew that I would have to find a way to replace it in order to still get enough protein. This is where Quorn came in handy and I can't reccomend it enough! Quorn is a brand of fake meat. By fake meat, I mean that it has a similar texture and is designed to look similar in appearence.
Quorn is made from something called mycroprotein. So.. what's mycroprotein? If I tell you, I think it'll put you off, but here goes. Mycroprotein is.. fungus. Yep, fungus - doesn't sound particullary tasty eh? This fungus is high in protein and naturally low in fat though, so for figure concious Veggies like me it's ideal, you just need to forget that you're eating fungus!!
Quorn is available in lots of different styles. There's 'chicken' pieces, mince, burgers and even 'chicken' dippers. The thing I like most about quorn is that because it actually looks like meat, my boyfriend will eat it.. he's a meat lover and although I do cook him his beef and chicken etc he sometimes has quorn if I'm too tired to cook a seperate meal and although he's made it clear that it's not as tasty as meat in his opinion, he always has seconds!! Also, if you have kids and are keen to reduce their meat intake I think quorn is a fab option as they won't be able to tell the difference if you make a quorn bolegnese/quorn sweet and sour etc - the texture is very similar to meat, just not as tough.
I'm reviewing the Quorn chicken style pieces which I like best as I find them very versatile as well as affordable - at £1.89 per 300g bag from Tesco it is great value for money and Quorn often have offers on such as 3 bags for a fiver etc. These chicken pieces come in a basic plastic bag which has an orange and white colour scheme. The branding is unique and recogniseable and I like that there's a picture of the product in a serving suggestion (a bowl of what looks like stir fry) on the front. There is font on the front of the bag stating that the 'tasty meat free Quorn pieces' are ideal for curries and stir frys.
You should store the pack of quorn in your freezer and it is best cooked from frozen. The packet needs cutting open and is not re-sealable, although a 300g bag is usually used up all in one go in our house as I cook it all in one go then plate up any left overs for another day. The quorn pieces themselves are average looking and vary in size and shape. They don't particullary resemble real chicken pieces but are not weird looking like you'd expect considering they're made of fungus lol. They're almost cubed shaped with rounded edges and are white in colour.
Cooking the quorn is a simple process and it doesn't take too long - not as long as real meat would take to cook through. I usually fry the chicken pieces with some oil, garlic, onions etc as the quorn seems to kind of soak up any flavours. Some people will find it a little bland though but luckily it goes nicely with any flavours and sauces - I've made chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken etc with these pieces and it tastes similar to real chicken in sauce in my opinion. The texture is similar but not quite as chewy, but I soon got used to this and I would choose Quorn over meat any day.
Smell wise, quorn doesn't really smell of anything, which I don't mind as I always mix in some herbs and spices with it so by time it's cooked it smells really nice. Calorie wise, there are 86 calories per quarter pack and I usually have half a pack which is filling and less than 180 calories & considering that it's full of protein (10.5g per quarter pack) this is all in all a healthy and tasty alternative to real chicken. It's really versatile too. Unfortunately, quorn does contain egg so it is not suitable for Vegans. The fact that it is highly processed and man-made is a disadvantage but I would still reccomend it.
I stumbled upon Quorn chicken style pieces when I was on a healthy eating diet. I seen that the chicken pieces were low in fat and decided to give them a go. Now the chicken pieces can be cooked in many different ways and come in both frozen and chilled. I have cooked with both (the frozen pieces are cheaper than the chilled version) and found no difference. Both cooked in a short space of time and both tasted exactle the same.
When I have cooked with the chicken style pieces I find them more tasty in a sauce. I cooked them with some chopped onion and mushroom in a tomato sauce. The meal is very quick to prepare and cook and goes lovely with pasta ro rice.
The chicken style piece will brown slightly but I checked that they were fully cooked by checking their temperature before I added any sauce. The pieces are very moist and have a mild taste. I will say they did not really remind me of chicken and had a slightly different consistency to chicken but they are very enjoyable. In order to make this a well rounded review I must say that the chicken style pieces are quiet bland and will need flavouring when cooking. I am not a hudge fan of spicey food but when I have cooked with Quorn I have added chilli flakes to help flavour the dish. I find that this gives the Quorn a subtly but needed bite.
Quorn chicken style pieces and healthy, low in fat and very enjoyable. I do see them as a good alternative to meat which is alot quicker and easier to cook and prepare.
I have to admit that I don't really get vegetarians who eat quorn that is pretending to be meat, and I'm a bit confused at meat-eaters eating quorn pretending to be meat also. It kind of doesn't make sense to me. Either eat Quorn that isn't pretending to be chicken.....or eat chicken(!), but this is just my personal bug bear! Anyway, a few months ago, my daughter went through a 3 week phase of being vegetarian (it lasted 3 weeks and 1 day so I wouldn't say she was overly committed!). I did struggle to know what to cook her - and so when I saw the Quorn Chicken Style Pieces I thought I'd get them so I could make a sweet and sour stir fry for her.
A packet of the Quorn cost me £2.85 and I thought this price was okay considering it did contain enough portions of the "chicken" pieces for two people (or two dishes). Each box contains 300g and contains instructions on how to cook the pieces, as well as a recipe idea which I promptly ignored!
When I took the pieces out of the packet, I have to say I thought they looked remarkably unappealing. They were an off white colour and just really didn't look fresh - and they certainly weren't screaming out to me "EAT ME!". They didn't really have a smell of anything....except, and I know this is going to sound a bit odd, but to me they smelled a bit like paint....and they were bite size pieces that would work well in a stir fry. First impressions weren't too favourable!
I cooked the chicken in the wok with vegetables for about 4 minutes and they did slightly change colour - but to be honest didn't look a whole lot better! I added some bought sweet and sour sauce and served it. At least the sauce have the Quorn some colour - and it did look a little bit better on the plate by the time the dish was ready. It probably took me about 10 minutes to prepare from beginning to end which was pretty good really.....is anything, it was at least fast!
Both myself and my daughter tasted the Quorn - and I have to say we weren't really impressed. the texture of the "meat" was a bit nothing really.....not unlike the texture of kidney (ugh!). And the flavour, while it tasted of the sauce, had nothing to add of it's own. It was all a bit bland and certainly not anything that I'd get excited about. While they were edible, I'm not sure why you'd want to eat this unless you were a very functional eater who just wanted fuel.....but for pleasure....no, not for me!
I've been a vegetarian for seven years now and am always on the look out for new recipes to try so I am not eating the same foods day in, day out. These quorn pieces go great in pretty much anything and everything. They don't have much of a taste on their own but added in to a meal with other ingredients they make it a lot more filling. These will replace chicken pieces in just about any meal and are not just for people wanting a meat free diet! These a lot healthier than any meat product and so are great if you're trying to lose weight as well.
A 350g pack of these cost around £2/£3 depending on where you buy them from which I will admit isn't exactly cheap. If you're cooking a meal for three or four people then you'll probably use the whole pack in the one meal. However, this is standard price for quorn products, vegetarian supplement foods in general are not cheap but I feel they are worth the price regardless.
These are usually brought frozen and take around ten minutes to fry or about three minutes to microwave. They do taste a lot better cooked on the hob though, they tend to become very chewy in the microwave and wouldn't recommend this as a way of cooking them.
I mainly add these pieces into a home made egg fried rice type dish. Rice, scrambled egg, mushrooms, quorn pieces and soy source, it's my favourite home cooked meal which my little sister has given the name of 'nice rice'. But, as I said, these can replace chicken pieces in any meal and if you're not sure what to do with them then recipes can very easily be found online.
I have been buying quorn for a very long time now and it think it tastes great! Over the years they have developed new and exciting products. Everything from sausages, burgers to tikka pieces!
The chicken style pieces can come in either 300 or 350g boxes and you can buy them either chilled or frozen! They are about £2-3 each, which i think isn't too badly priced, espeically as there are many deals on such as 3 for £5 etc. The pieces inside the box look like chicken and are in small to medium sized chunks. I can't comment if they taste anything like chicken as i've never eaten it, But I have served quorn chicken style pieces and quorn fillets to meat eaters and some of them didn't realise it was veggie!
I like to add these to pasta, noodles or stir frys, they dont take long to cook in a frying pan with a bit of oil/spray oil. I find them tender and juicy to eat, if over cooked they can become dry though.
I enjoy eating quorn as not only do they taste good they are also a good source of protein! They are also low in fat and so can be enjoyed on a low fat/healthy eating diet.
The quorn products at the moment are 3 for £5.00 in sainsburys, so I took advantage of that offer and got a few things that I hadn't tried, just to satisfy my curiosity really.
These pieces usually cost around £2.80 for 300g, depending on the supermarket. So as they were on offer I thought I would try them out, I think that is a little expensive to buy at that price, but it might be cheaper than actual chicken I suppose.
The product can be kept in the fridge and have quite a long expiry date on them so I didn't feel the need to freeze them, but I think they are ok to freeze.
The actual pieces of chicken are quite grey looking, and it says they are made from a micro protein, which is high in fibre and protein but not fat. The micro protein is made from mushrooms mainly I think, but I'm not entirely sure.
It says on the box that there is 2.6g of fat in every 100g of this product, which isn't bad, and is better than meat I guess, so would be good for anyone who wants to be a bit health conscious.
It said on the box to cook the pieces separately for 4 minutes then add all the other ingredients and sauces for whatever you are making and cook for a further 10 minutes. For the first 4 minutes the pieces actually spat hot oil at me when they were heating, and I had forgotten all about things like that having not eaten meat for so long, I forgot that things like that could happen, so I wasn't too impressed but after all the other ingredients were added and some liquid it did stop.
We made enchiladas with these pieces, and they actually bulked them out quite well, we usually have to use a lot of peppers and onions and beans to make enchiladas but with these pieces we only needed one pepper, one onion and one tin of baked beans, and we had more than enough to fill 8 tortilla wraps.
The taste and texture of these pieces is very hard to describe. They are very soft and not chewy, but they sort of melt in the mouth. They don't have much of a flavour of their own, which I think is actually a god thing, as they take on the flavour of whatever you are cooking.
I would say overall, I wasn't impressed with these, I didn't hate them but they were a nice change. They are not a substitute for real chicken as they are nothing like it, but they do bulk out a meal very easily. I don't think I would pay full price for them or eat them on a regular basis, but as an occasional option they weren't bad.
In our household it is fair to say that we are fairly big fan of almost anything with meat in it and almost any type of meat but from time to time I will be swayed in to buying some Quorn products, usually for health reasons or because they are on special offer. There is usually at least one Quorn product in my freezer and these chicken style pieces are one of the more popular ones, mainly because they are nice and convenient for fajitas which are very popular in lunchboxes in our household.
Quorn is low in fat and high in protein which is ideal if you are trying to have a nice healthy balanced diet and look after yourself. Quorn is mycoprotein which I believe is something to do with fungus so it's fair to say that this is more appetising than it sounds! There is no downside to this product for me as although it's not meat it does provide a nice alternative which is always good in helping the environment and having a meat free day once a week.
These Quorn pieces are cook from frozen and it's ideal for me to pop them in the oven or cook in the microwave if I am really pushed for time. What I usually do is brown these off and then add some fajita seasoning and make up fajitas for my children to take to school the following day as well as leaving a couple for myself to enjoy for lunch. The pieces are easy to cook and although you don't really need oil you might want to use a little bit if you are going to cook these on your hob otherwise they will end up sticking all over the place and then you'll have to spend ages scrubbing the wok afterwards.
The quorn pieces themselves are nice and chewy and they have a fairly good consistency to them. They don't particularly taste like a meat but they do have that texture to them that makes you think of meat. It's hard to put my finger on an individual taste but they are very nice, particularly with fajita seasoning on them. The pieces are all fairly reasonably sized so there is no reason why you would need to chop these down to size before you serve them, even with little ones. It is possibly to overcook these pieces and then they just end up being dry and horrible and not particularly appetising.
These Quorn pieces are a huge hit with the whole family though and I love them because they are nice and easy to cook, tasty and they are liked by everyone and this is the kind of thing that I like to serve up. These pieces are lower in fat than chicken so there really is no bad point to be using them. I know the packaging says that these are chicken style pieces but I think the only thing chicken style about them is the look of the product once it's cooked as it is hard to tell that these aren't chicken pieces when they are in a tortilla wrap.
I pay around £1.25 for a 300g bag of this which is ideal for making a couple of lunches for my children to take to school or for feeding the four of them in the evening. Because these are cook from frozen then I don't have any waste as I can just get out what I need and cook it straight up. I have seen these pieces in the fridge section of the supermarket but I have never bothered to purchase them because they are always more expensive for less product.
I have been a vegetarian for seven years now and with the wide variety of vegetarian foods on offer, I have found it very easy. I do prefer to cook my food from scratch, whenever possible and Quorn Chicken Style Pieces, have fast became my favourite product on the market.
~ So what is Quorn? ~
Quorn is a mycoprotein and is a member of the fungi family, but tastes nothing like mushrooms. It is high in protein and dietary fibre and has the essential amino acids your body needs. It is low in fat, has few calories and has no cholesterol or trans fat.
Quorn Chicken Style Pieces, look very like chunks of chicken. They are similar in texture and taste and make a great, healthy alternative to chicken. They can be stir fried from frozen, in around 5 minutes or mixed with a sauce and put in a casserole dish in the oven for around 30 minutes at Gas Mark 6 / 200C / 400F. They really couldn't be any easier to cook!
Biting into a piece of Quorn, you find that it is quite soft, but still has some bite. It does absorb some of the oil / sauce it was cooked in and this makes it juicy and succulent. Chicken style Quorn, tastes surprisingly close to the real thing and I think many meat eaters would enjoy it. I use it just like real chicken, eating it sliced in sandwiches, as a filling in pies, stir fried with vegetables and as the main ingredient in lots of other dishes. It really is an extremely versatile product.
*Nutritional Value Per 75g Serving*
Energy - 77 kcal
Protein - 10.5g
Carbohydrate - 4.3g
of which sugars - 1.0g
Fat - 2.0g
of which saturates - 0.5g
Cholesterol - Nil
Fibre - 4.1g
Sodium - 0.2g
Salt Equivalent - 0.6g
This product contains eggs, is suitable for vegetarians and is Vegetarian Society Approved.
Quorn Chicken Style Pieces are available from Tesco in a 300g frozen pack for £1.84. It is also available in a 350g chilled pack for £2.
If you are a vegetarian, are looking to cut down on meat or are just watching the calories, Quorn Chicken Style Pieces are well worth trying. They taste great, are easy to cook and are extremely versatile.
I personally wouldn't be without them!
Perfect for stir fries, curries, casseroles and all your favourite recipes. Suitable for vegetarians.