“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
Tesco near where I live have a newly installed 'hot chicken' counter, and the Southern Fried Chicken Goujons I've bought from there have invariably been ruddy awful - like vaguely salty, totally dried-out chunks of dog treat or something. So I was not expecting a great deal from the Tesco cook-chill version of the same product, which I purchased from the 'date about to expire' chiller yesterday at the cost of £1.79 for 275g. (This was not an immense saving on the RRP now I come to think of it, for the goujons generally cost £2.00 per packet, or two pack for three quid on ongoing special offer). The packaging on the ones I bought (cardboard sleeve round a plastic / plastic film-topped tray) is a bit different to the picture that accompanies this review, but essentially I think it's much the same product.
Happily and against all expectations these goujons were really rather tasty. There were 8 or 9 of them; big chunks of probably unadulterated chicken breast-meat, which cooked in a hot oven (remove from packaging, put onto a hot baking sheet) in a very convenient 12-15 minutes (turn once during cooking). The chicken meat was white and moist and tasted as mass-produced chicken always does, of a savoury next to nothing at all, but the texture was good and quite juicy considering. The coating is best described as being not ENTRIELY unlike KFC batter; it's somewhere between a (cook-chill food version of a) breadcrumb coating and a batter propoer. It didn't exactly cook to a high degree of crunchiness but ate very nicely all the same. It had a good salty, slightly spicy taste (the main spice I could taste would probably have been pepper).
The sprog, with whom I shared the goujons for an afternoon snack yesterday, got up this morning asking for 'cut up chicken pieces' for breakfast, by which I suppose she is meaning these things. So that was an unqualified success.
I'm afraid I didn't note the nutritional value of the goujons before putting the cardboard packaging that came round the tray in the compost. I expect they would be high in protein, salt and probably moderately high in fat, too.
I brought these the other day when my sister was having friends over for their tea, I thought it would be easier to cook a few bits up and let them help themselves. You get about 10 in a pack and the goujons are a good size, bigger than some I had frozen the other week and quite chunky as well.
The breadcrumbs are Southern Fried flavour and I was a bit worried about that because sometimes this is a bit too spicey and one of the girls is a bit of a fussy eater. But then I thought stuff it, that's her fault! lol
You cook them in the oven for about 20 mins and while they're cooking you get a lovely spicey smell in the kitchen. A bit of fat comes out of the goujons while they're cooking but when you come to eat them there isn't a greasy taste or feel to them.
The chicken cooks through nice and stays nice and tender. It's good quality chicken and the goujons don't go floppy or anything, the chicken is moist inside and that was a bit of a surprise because in things like this sometimes the chicken goes too dry but even though I put little bowls of ketchup and mayo out they didn't really need it.
The coating IS kind of spicey, it's got a sort of peppery taste that does taste southern fried but I think that's only because I know that's what it's supposed to taste like. It goes wicked with the chicken and makes the goujons loads more interesting than the ones you get with plain breadcrumbs or batter.
I think the goujons have got a yummy taste and texture and I'll deffo buy them again. Tesco have started bringing out loads of different products like this and I'm slowly going through them, this one is deffo one of the best because the spicey coating makes them taste so delish. When I saw how much stuff I'd cooked I realised there would be enough for me to share their dinner so I put 3 on a tortilla with bbq sauce and that was a gorgeous and majorly filling snack.