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Tesco Finest Chicken Kievs. VG.
Tesco Finest Chicken Kiev
Member Name: worst_trip
Tesco Finest Chicken Kiev
Date: 29/01/10, updated on 29/01/10 (418 review reads)
Advantages: Good convenience-food base for dinner
Disadvantages: A bit over-packaged, not very garlic-buttery
The RRP for a 475g pack containing two Tesco Finest chicken kievs is a whopping £5.50, for which you could practically buy your own whole free-range chicken - but purchased as part of the currently-running Tesco £9 meal deal (this also includes a vegetable / side dish, bottle of wine and dessert) these become not a bad buy at all.
These are 67% chicken Kievs, which is a fairly good ratio of meat to other stuff - the other constituents being Ciabatta breadcrumbs, batter and then 9% garlic butter. I'm not convinced about the need for breadcrumbs made from a Ciabatta loaf per se, because I thought they were indistinguishable from regular breadcrumbs, but I suppose this 'poshes' up the whole aura of the dish, which is on the whole, a good one.
The especially good thing about these particular Kievs being (I thought) that they are made out of a 'genuine' (skinless) chicken breast - not reformed chicken breast meat - which you can tell because the first part of the wing bone is still attached. They've been cleverly de-boned in other respects however so that eg. the little fragment of broken clavicle / wishbone that you sometimes find in the chunkier end of the breast in pre-packaged chicken products of this type has already been removed. Apart from the sticking-out wing bone (that in reality, comes without the white paper frill shown in the product illustration for this review), once the Kiev cooked it's all ready to eat.
Being made of real chicken, the Kievs do seem worryingly floppy - compared with your standard ready-to-cook chicken Kiev - when you first take them out of the packet. I suppose with the reconstituted meat used for the 'regular' ones, it's easier to make chicken kievs into hard little bread-crumbed parcels, but on retrospect 'floppy' Kievs like these - since they're less processed - seem a much better bet.
Unfortunately the garlic butter tends to leak out of the Kiev during cooking (they take about 30 minutes on a baking tray in the oven), leaving - at best - a slight green and white residue in the cavity carved into the chicken where the garlic butter once had been. They have very little garlic flavour as a result, but this leakage / lack of garlic effect is pretty standard for all the supermarket chicken Kievs I've ever had myself. The chicken meat, having presumably been 'marinated from the inside' (by the garlic butter) has a good, firm texture (even if doesn't taste of a very great deal) which contrasts nicely with the crispy breadcrumb coating. These Kievs are very nice to eat.
As is usually the case for 'Tesco Finest' products, these came in a really sturdy black plastic inner tray - I was in two minds about keeping it for sowing seeds in or something, it was so substantial. This type of plastic isn't accepted by our local recyclers, so I do feel bad about buying such a heavily-packaged product.
Summary: Good, more 'authentic' chicken Kievs
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