“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
I buy Tesco Value Chicken Breast Fillets every month and find them really good value for money. My OH and my daughter both like chicken more than any other meat so I can cook them a variety of dishes with these fillets.
You get approximately 5 large sized chicken fillets in each bag, they might not look as appetizing as they are when frozen but once defrosted they look like any other chicken fillet.
The main dinner I cook with them is a roast. They have these every weekend with their meal. I defrost the fillets the night before and then on the day I place three of them in a roasting tin and cover it with tin foil. Then I cook them in the oven on Gas 6 for about 35 mins. This is the same heat as I do the roast potatoes so you should be able to work out what it is for electric ovens.
When the time is up I remove the tray from the oven and leave the tin foil on and let the whole thing cool down then I can slice the chicken up nicely just like if you were carving it from a whole bird and you get lovely slices and no waste. I have done this hot before but find I get better results cutting them up cold same as I used to find with a whole bird. This amount of meat is plenty for my daughter and OH to have a good meal and my OH is a big meat lover so likes a lot on his plate.
You can also use these fillets for other dishes, I cook a curry using a bottled sauce mix and find if I use two fillets and cut them up in 1 inch cubes or there about and then cook them in a pan until they are white not pink there is plenty once the sauce is added to make two good meals for OH and he likes the fact again that there is a lot of meat.
You can also use them for things like stir fry as they cook really quickly if you cut them into strips.
I have never really had any problems using these value fillets and we buy 4 or 5 bags of it a month on our monthly shop. Only one bag once has smaller bits in it than usual but there were a lot more of them so I just used these up in curries etc.
The price for the pack is £3.74 at the moment which inst bad for about 5 good sized pieces. The pack says it contains 84% meat and the rest water, salt and dextrose but this is only where they are frozen. Once defrosted there is just the meat left. They have no skins on so you can eat the whole lot.
The traffic lights labelling for the package says that there are 100 kcal per 100g of meat, the fat content is green at 1.7g, the sat fat is green at 0.3g, the sugar is green at 0.7g and the salt is yellow at 1.0g.
The chicken i am reviewing is not the frozen stuff as shown, its the fresh chicken from the chilled aisle.
As i am trying to reduce our shopping bill, every time i get the chance to help with the shopping, i always make sure we buy as many own brand products as possible.
Chicken, on the whole, is much more expensive than i ever expected it would be, our usual chicken breasts, would cost a whopping £4.50 approx. The Tesco value alternative, cost half that, at only £2.00 for the same weight, over half the price!
When we first went to cook with this chicken, it didn't look much different comparing it to the expensive alternative, underneath the breast there was a bit of veiny stuff, which i just chopped off. Apart from that all looked good. When cooking with it, there was no fat or anything coming out, like you get when you buy things like cheap mince meat. I am sure these are filled with water and other things they can find, to keep the breasts looking so large, but the size didn't change when cooked, so whatever it is add, it stays put!
When it comes to taste, there is little difference, as we never have plain chicken, it's usually in a curry or a sauce of some kind. Without knowing it was value, i don't think you would ever know. It stayed moist, and the overall feel of it was good, there were no bits of gristle or anything to put you off eating it. It also seemed very tender, just like any other chicken would be.
Overall, very good value for money, ideal if you are on a budget, or like me, just wanting to cut down on unnecessary spending!, this is a good start. Definitely worth trying
Over the past year of so, due to the recession meat, and particularly chicken seems to have shot up in price, which has seen me and my wife move to cheaper supermarket alternatives. Then after buying the Tesco own make chicken for a while, it was out of stock, so we decided to try the value chicken, not expecting much to be brutally honest.
When you think of value products normally, they don't conjure up a great image of quality, and you would think with meat products, you are getting the poorest of the poorest meat.
I'm pleased to say though, that this chicken is very edible, and its not too much different form more expensive makes.
The Tesco Value chicken comes frozen, in a bag, with about 5 breast pieces. I tend to find that these pieces are actually quite big, and random shaped, which isn't a problem though. The breast come without the skin on. I let them defrost in a bowl of water, and they are ready to go. They appear to have a nice colour to them before cooking, and feel just the same as any other chicken I have used. Infact the only difference is that they are perhaps misshapen if anything.
When it comes to cooking it, you start to notice the difference compared to more expensive chicken. You will notice that a lot of water comes from the chicken whilst cooking. You would have to assume these breast pieces are pumped full of water to make them appear bigger. Apart from that they cook ok.
So how does value chicken taste? Well at this point its important to point out that I nearly always use the chicken as part of a meal, where its cooked in a sauce. I think this definitely helps, as I have tried without, and the chicken can be quite bland and drier than normal. That said I have found the chicken to be very tender when its fully cooked, and although not having a lot of taste, you at least know that it is healthy, and contains a good source of protein.
So overall, I would say for the price difference, I would quite happily use this product again.
Attempting to make my money go further I often buy frozen chicken fillets as an alternative to fresh. I buy frozen for two reasons: it's more economical; and I end up freezing fresh chicken fillets anyway, so this cuts out the middle man (so to speak).
I usually buy this chicken and put it into curries, casseroles, tomato pasta dishes and Chinese food. I defrost the chicken in a microwave before I add it to the pan, it does reduce in size once it has defrosted, but it cooks well.
I used to think that this frozen chicken was fantastic, but recently I bought fresh chicken breasts (because they were on offer) and I can really taste the difference between the frozen and fresh variety. Fresh chicken is usually more moist and tasty, however this frozen product can be dry and rather bland - so you need to ensure that you season the meat well if you do buy it. The only exception to this rule seems to be when frozen chicken is cooked in the slow cooker, those of you that use slow cookers on a regular basis will know that even frozen chicken and the cheapest cut of meat available will taste nice once it's been slow cooked!
Price wise its great value - you pay £3.20 for a 1kg pack and you usually get four very large fillets for that price, so I find that it goes a long way.
Although I can taste the difference between fresh and frozen chicken I will continue to buy this - it is great value, and providing you season or slow cook it, you won't taste the difference.
In my weekly trip to Tesco to do my main shop in an aim to fill the cupboards, fridge and the freezer, and something that's always on my list is the Tesco Value Chicken Breast Fillets.
I have to admit, they are not the best quality chicken breast fillets on the market, to be perfectly honest they are probably amongst the worst. They are very very large fillets and it seems as if they could have been injected with water and protein to enlarge them, however, chicken is chicken and they taste fine. In my own opinion the chicken breast fillets are best used as additives to other meals, I often dice them up and use them with a curry or sweet and sour sauce (quite often Tesco's 4p curry sauce, as reviewed by myself), or use them in Fajitas for example. If you want chicken to be eaten as a whole breast fillet, then you would probably be better off buying slightly more expensive and better quality fillets.
As for price, they are very cheap to buy, costing only £3.20 for a 1Kg pack. This pack will contain on average 4 large fillets, but I tend to use only one fillet to use between myself and my wife due to the shear size of them. The other frozen fillets available at Tesco are the non-value version which costs £4.99 for a 900g bag or the Lakeland Chiken breast fillets which are priced at £2.99 for a 600g pack, both of which are better quality fillets but are far more expensive.
Overall, the Tesco Value Chicken Breast Fillets are very good value, ideal for use in curry's and sauces, and even though the quality is not the best the price is second to none. I will continue to buy these fillets and would recommend them to anyone on a tight budget after some cheap ingredients. I give these fillets 4 stars out of 5, missing out on the top marks only due to the lower quality of the product.
We eat loads of chicken in our house so when I was in Tesco I brought 2 bags of these frozen Value chicken breasts because I knew we had some chicken stews and stuff planned for this week.
The chicken breasts you get in this bag are massive and loads bigger than the ones I usually buy from the butcher down the road. You have to defrost them before cooking and it's done by weight so you might get a different amount of chicken breasts in every bag because one of them I have got here has got 5 in and the other has got 6.
The chicken has got added water in it and on the bag it says this is for succulence but that just means to make them look bigger and fresher. When you defrost the chicken you get loads of water out of it but they still look massive.
I've used them in stew, curry and plain roasted on a dinner and they've been fine. They taste of chicken and cook evenly through the meat. The only thing that shows how cheap they are is because the chicken breasts are weird shapes and not properly cut like fresh chicken breasts are. That doesn't matter when you're cutting the chicken into cubes but the one I had roasted looked a bit funny on my plate because I'm used to perfectly cut chicken breasts.
The bag was £3.20 for 1kg of chicken and the quality is fine I reckon. We normally buy free range chicken but this is because it tastes better and not for animal welfare reasons even though that is very important, being as this chicken tastes so nice I think we'll buy it again because we all eat a lot of chicken and this helps make it a bit cheaper.
As a budget buy as part of trying to do a monthly shop from Tesco (online) and buy enough stuff to last us a month, we started to buy these to go in the freezer. A frozen 1kg bag of chicken breast fillets costs a bargain £3.20. You will get around five MASSIVE (I mean HUGE, one chicken breast will do a good meal fro two people, maybe even three ) chicken breasts.
They do take ages to defrost so I would bear this in mind if you are going to cook with them- make sure you remember to take one out of the freezer well in advance of the dinner in hand.
Nutritionally, its chicken- 100g = 100 calories and 1.7g of fat. These are plain chicken breasts with no seasoning or coating so you have a basic ingrdient to cook as you wish and all the versatility that comes with that.
Based upon getting five pieces (200g each) in a 1kg pack, this works out at 64p each chicken breast. If each one gives you enough chicken to make chicken goujons for three people or an entire chicken pasta meal, this is fantastic value and really in the face of the "cook one meal for a fiver" supermarkets (they like you to fall for the 'one meal for a fiver' ads as that means you will spend 7 days x£5 x3 meals = £105 a week in their supermarket!). Tesco, in this instance and certainly with this product has the upper hand.
The only drawbacks are I sometimes find this a bit chewy, but that could be the cooking and not necessarily the chicken. Also, make sure you put the breasts on a plate when you defrost them as the fluid that runs off them when they defrost is really gross (again, just a by-product of a frozen meat and not necessarily specific to this single item).
Tescos value chicken breasts.
Usually purchase the tescos value products as am trying to cut down and save more money, and am usually looking for a great value for money product.
Whilst popping into Tescos for something to cook for tea for myself and my partner, spotted these value chicken breasts.
They come in a basic clear plastic see through bag, are skinless and are the nicest cut of the chicken in my opinion, contains approximately six pieces of chicken breats, which i have brought to make a curry with.
My Recipe **********
I cut the chicken breasts into pieces and stirred fried them with some Tescos value for money vegtables, then i added a jar of curry sauce (asdas 9p just to give it a try) will review later.
I must admit i did think that the chicken breasts in the value range didnt taste any less than the usual expensive ones i buy, and served this up with the vegtables and a curry sauce, and some rice. Lovely quick and easy meal, the rice was boil in the bag, but was quick and easy and the chicken was juicy and sucullent nevertheless, (being their own brand).
I swear by Tescos cheaper brands and this chicken breast made a genourous meal for the two of us, and i still have loads left to cook another time.
You will find this chicken in the freezer section and i paid £2.65p for my bag full, and i have no complaints about the chicken, obviously because the packaging is plain and basic, you would think that the product would have been less appealing in taste, but this is not the case with this chicken.
I usually oppt for the chicken breasts as dont like chicken skin, legs or dark meat as i call it, and use chicken a lot, so will definetely be buying this chicken again, i eat a lot of chicken dishes including chicken pasta, chicken curry, stir fried of course, in my wok, and also love sweet and sour chicken too.
I have been undertaking a healthier eating programme and have recently lost over the past eight weeks, over a stone and am now continuing onwards wanting to lose a further two stone, and i do feel that Tescos chicken breasts have paid a big part to this.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews x
These chicken breasts are called value and VALUE they are!
At first I wasn't to sure about buying these as I don't mind buying stripey
goods, but I thought the chicken was taking a bit of a chance. It might be chewy, it could have tiny bits of bone in or just taste awful, but was I in for a big surprise.
I was looking for some chicken ,but could only see these ones in the freezer. The shop assistant saw me standing there just looking for a different choice. She came over and said that they were very nice as she brought them all the time, trying not to offend her I picked up a bag and
wandered of to the checkout,(thinking I bet they are rubbish!).
When I got home I opened the bag to see 4 of the biggest chicken breasts I have ever seen. I defrosted them and put them in foil with some honey,wholegrain mustard and olive oil. After cooking them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes I took them out and had the most moist tender chicken breasts ever! They tasted like they had just been cut from a fresh chicken.
I now buy these on a regular basis as apart from being a very good piece of chicken the price is amazing at just £3.20 for 1kg!
If you are cooking just for two then one breast is ample. I used to buy my chicken from another store, but found that it seemed to have a very artificial taste and was nothing like the real thing, which these ones are.
So I hope you will try these too and enjoy them on the bar-b-que like us!