“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
With three children under the age of 6 it isn't always easy to cook healthy nutritious meals although I do try - I'm definitely a meat and two veg mum. So when I do buy convenience foods I try to be quite picky about what I get.
I have tried several varieties of chicken nuggets, but with money tight I decided to try the Value range of chicken nuggets. Now, I say "Chicken" with a bit of tongue in cheek - at only 27% chicken this statement really is to be questioned, but to be hoenst, I haven't yet found a "chicken nugget" that is 100% chicken.
So I gave them a go and to be fair the children liked them! A lot of people would blame that on the other ingredients that are usually put into cheaper foods, but I was quite surprised at the salt and sugar content of these bites - 0.5g of sugar in 100g, and 1g of salt. Ok the salt content isn't the best but it's not too bad either.
The breaded outer has a peppery taste which is actually quite pleasing, and they are pretty good dipped in a bit of mayonnaise or ketchup!
The bag of nuggets are from the frozen section of Tesco's, and come in a 320g bag which costs 75p.
I would ultimately recommend these nuggets. For what you pay, they are a tasty filling meal for kids.
Being a student and seeing chicken nuggets for under £1 is always going to be a winner. I'm not into checking the ingredients but-owing to the taste they'd probably never even seen a chicken and on further research they contain 27% chicken.
Despite this they are a good snack if they're covered in sauce! For the price you cannot really argue about the nutritional value as the saying goes 'you get what you pay for'. This product is 75p and for that amount you get a decent amount of nuggets, on average about 25.
I would say that they are aimed at students on a very low budget and mothers looking for quick, easy meals which is exactly what you get as they only take 10-15 minutes in the oven!
The best bit is definitely the coating as it is crispy and surprisingly tastes alright! For the little amount that you pay you do get quite a lot of chicken nuggets so they'd be great for parties.
On the whole, for the price, they are a good snack but probably shouldnt be eaten on a regular basis owing to their nutritional, or rather lack of, content.
As a student, I am sorry to say that for a lot of my meals, I do rely on frozen food. And even more tragically, the cheaper the better, so says the bank balance. There are however categories of food one should sometimes be careful not to glance over too hastily, and it is the frozen poultry category which we're concerned with here.
Tesco Value Chicken Nuggets are some of the cheapest gram to pence nuggets you can buy. They beat the low prices of Sainsburys nuggets, and comfortably beat ASDA's chicken dippers by a good £1. Yes, 320 grams of Value nuggets will set you back just 50p, a bargain in anyone's book. This perhaps is the one saving grace of such food, however. Even for Value nuggets you'll be left questioning how exactly you're only eating 28% chicken - with the rest one assumes being corn, breadcrumbs or some other filler. They don't taste particularly bad, and when I compared them with Tesco's standard chicken nuggets, which are only 55% chicken at around a 250% markup, I can't help but feel that these are quite a good buy. Obviously this isn't gourmet cuisine, but when I need to slap together a quick lunch, or even take something into university, these are a good choice.
Don't be put off by the low chicken %, if I may make a quick comparison, most sausage rolls are only around 10-20% pork, with the remainder filled out. These don't taste too bad, and are dirt cheap. If you're not too fussed about budget food and want something that can be added to any meal, buy these, and don't read the ingredients list.
I have always loved chicken nuggets, dunking them in a sauce is my favourite way to eat them. Recently I noticed my local Tesco was now selling Chicken Nuggets as part of their Value range, so I thought I would give them a try and share my experiences of them.
Tesco make quite a wide variety of Value products and from my experiences with mixed results. The idea behind them is to produce products much cheaper than the branded ones.
This they certainly achieve with the Chicken Nuggets as a 320g bag of them costs at my local Tesco just 50p. Which is at least three times lower than any other Nuggets they sell in store.
By spending the minimum on packaging Tesco are able to make their Value range price as low as possible. The Nuggets are sold frozen in a rectangular bag that has the distinctive blue colour that is synonymous with the Value range.
As a result the packaging would never look as stylish or as effective as their competitors. Although that said the picture of the nuggets on the front cover does make them look good and tasty. While on the back of the packet you have all the details about the product, how to cook it, a list of ingredients, nutrition details and Tesco's promise.
Chicken (27%), Water, Breadcrumbs, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Textured Wheat Protein, Chicken Fat, Pea Starch, Wheat Protein, Pea Fibre and Salt.
Contains wheat, gluten.
It cannot be guaranteed to be nut free.
I found the bag very easy to open and I put the Nuggets on a baking tray. There were 19 and half nuggets in the bag with lots of breadcrumbs at the bottom of the bag. They were a light brown in colour and you could see the breadcrumbs and some of them I could see were bits if wheat in them.
They were very easy to prepare I cooked them on my baking tray for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees. Although I could have grilled them on a medium heat for six to eight minutes. The only thing you can't do with these is microwave them.
What five Chicken Nuggets contain:
Once I took the Nuggets out of the oven, I could smell an appealing chicken smell. I was pleased that the nuggets had not shrunk in size and their colour now was a richer golden colour.
The first thing I noticed when I cut into one of the nuggets was they were not a crispy as I expected, my knife when straight through it without that crunchy sensation. When I bite into the nugget I was greeted with a pleasant chicken sensation, it was quite chewy but lacked any real quality of lasting flavour about it.
My thoughts on them:
Taste wise I think this is the worst nuggets I have ever tried. They tasted quite bland and I did not enjoy eating them very much. Indeed I found that I needed to use a dip such as tomato or b-b-cue sauce to make them more palatable. On a few of the nuggets the wheat had not been crushed up very well and so it tasted like there were bits in the chicken, almost like combining chicken with a digestive biscuit.
I always look forward to having nuggets as part of my main meal, but this was not a treat at all and I certainly would never cook it for either friends or family. I think even children who tend to love nuggets would be very disappointed with them.
Although they are quick, easy to make and convenient food, there taste really lets them down, the chicken is only a small percentage (27%) of the nugget and it tastes very muted because of the other ingredients used to make up the it. When I look at the picture again of them on the packet they certainly so me did not look the same at all.
As the product comes frozen it can be stored for at least a year, which makes it very convenient and something you could save for an emergency.
I would not recommend these Chicken Nuggets to anyone. Certainly for me worth an experiment but not one I would like to try again. The price is tempting but they are just let down by their bland flavour, the lack of chicken really comes through and makes it a nugget that tastes more of its coating than the chicken itself.
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Thank you for reading my review.
@CPTDANIELS April 2010
Although I do most of my cooking from scratch, at lunchtimes sometimes I feel like just putting something into the oven with no preparation required. I also have a fondness for any sort of breadcrumbed chicken, so recently I was looking in my local Tesco & saw their Value chicken nuggets for the bargain price of 50p!
For this price, you get a 320g bag, which contains around 21 chicken nuggets.
These nuggets are described on the front of the pack as 'chopped & shaped chicken with textured wheat protein & added water in a crispy breadcrumb coating'.
The ingredients are: chicken (27%), water, breadcrumbs, wheat flour, vegetable oil, textured wheat protein, chicken fat, pea starch, wheat protein, pea fibre, salt.
Now, with a chicken content of only 27% it's clear these aren't exactly gourmet chicken nuggets, but then that's not what you'd expect from a value product costing 50p. I like the fact that they're very honest on the front of the pack about the fact that they contain added water; it's not like they're trying to trick you into thinking you're eating 100% chicken meat. I'm also impressed by the fact that there are no unpronouncable ingredients in the list.
The only thing that worries me about the ingredients is that there's nothing to say where the chicken comes from. When I buy chicken for cooking I always like to buy British chicken with some sort of animal welfare stamp, but it's something you don't necessarily think about when picking up some chicken nuggets from the frozen section.
Nutrition info: a serving of 5 nuggets contains 210kcal, 9.3g protein, 18.3g carbohydrate, 10.7g fat, 0.6g fibre, & 0.8g salt. This seems reasonable for a fast food type product.
They are very easy to cook, taking 10-12 minutes in the oven or 6-8 minutes under the grill. I prefer to grill them as it makes the breadcrumbs nice & crispy & slightly browned; you have to be careful not to burn them though.
When you bite into the nuggets, you get a nice crispy bite from the breadcrumbs, although the breadcrumb layer is rather thin, so you quickly get onto the very soft chicken part, which you can tell from the texture does not contain a large proportion of chicken. The texture is not unpleasant, but it is more soft & squishy than you might expect from a chicken nugget; this will be due to the added water & textured wheat protein.
As you might expect, there is only quite a mild taste of chicken, however overall the flavour is reasonably meaty & quite pleasant, although not as tasty as similar but more expensive products such as Birdseye Chicken Dippers. They are nice enough to eat on their own, & if you prefer to eat your nuggets with a dipping sauce then you probably wouldn't even notice the slight weakness of the flavour as the sauce would overpower any other flavours.
Overall, these are acceptable as a cheap, quick snack; however there are much tastier chicken products available, plus I worry about the welfare of the chickens used to make these nuggets.
I absolutely hate the thought of shop bought chicken nuggets; they are generally poor quality, nutritionally empty and made from the most suspect chicken I have ever encountered. These Value Chicken Nuggets from Tesco simply serve to epitomise why I hate this particular foodstuff so much - in my defence I didn't buy them, my 16 year old houseguest turned up with them yesterday after he decided he wasn't terribly impressed with the vegetables I kept putting on his plate!
He cooked the whole bag up last night and, well, appalling just isn't the word to describe these awful things.
Taste wise they are not too bad. The chicken inside is free of fat and gristle and even though it has a rather bland flavour the seasoned batter more than makes up for it as this is flavoursome and not as greasy as I imagined it would be. The chicken is obviously chopped and reformed, and honestly the squidgy texture of the nuggets completely reinforces this, they taste absolutely nothing like proper chicken should.
I personally thought these nuggets tasted very similar to those you can buy in McDonalds, the batter isn't quite so appetising or crunchy but the basic flavour is pretty much the same as a McDonalds Chicken Nugget. However, this says more about the poor quality of food in McDonalds than it does about the high quality of these as (prepare to be shocked) these nuggets contain just 27% chicken. 27%!
That is absolutely appalling! The breadcrumb batter is very thin so what on earth makes up the other 73% I wonder? I've just had a look at the ingredients list so allow me to enlighten you; textured wheat protein, vegetable oil and chicken fat (amongst other things) help to bulk out these appallingly poor quality nuggets and nothing in the ingredients list fills me with anything like confidence about this food.
I would never, ever serve these nuggets up for my granddaughters' as they are so unhealthy and suspect in their origins. If the said 16 year old wants to eat them then so be it, but I cannot believe Tesco are selling such disgusting food meant for children - I know they are not marketed especially for kiddies but surely they are the main market for any type of chicken nugget.
I know here in this review that I haven't discussed the flavour too much, and there are two reasons for this. One is because the main purpose of the review is to inform you of how poor these nuggets are, and the second reason is because they don't taste of anything really other than the brief description I gave you in the third paragraph.
If I were you I'd do as I do; get some chicken breast, chop them into bite sized chunks and roll them in breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or so and there you will have chicken nuggets made of 100% chicken and you can be confident that there are no nasties in your child's meal at all.
A 320g bag of these chicken nuggets costs just 50p, which would be a bargain if they were any good at all. As it stands I'd much rather spend a few pounds on some real chicken and dress this up to resemble the unhealthy food that children seem to crave.