“ Brand: Asda / Type: Noodles „
I'm not a big fan of ready meals or "microwaved crap" as my mother likea to call it and I would much prefer to cook food from scratch or warm up leftovers. There are occasions when Mr Lools is working late when I come home from work and I can't be bothered to cook for myself and in my previous days I would have just settled for a glass of wine and a few slices of toast (if my mother read this she would go mental) But being pregnant I am really conscious that a) I can't indulge so frivolously in wine and b) I really do need to eat something that is a "proper meal". So I bought in a number of Asda Good for You Ready Meals which can be called upon in these situations. This included Asda Chicken and Sweet Chilli Noodles.
The ready meal comes in a clear plastic oval tub with a plastic "steamfresh film" lid. There is a cardboard sleeve over the ready meal with Asda "Good For You Chicken and Sweet Chilli Noodles written on. The cooking instructions are also found on this cardboard sleeve.
The ready meal can be cooked in the oven or microwave. In a 750W microwave the product takes 9 minutes on full power from frozen. Cooking from frozen in the oven the meal takes 45 minutes at 200C.
This product costs £1.98. This is one of the more expensive ready meals from the Asda Good for You Range but is included in a 2 meals for £3 offer. In my opinion this is worth paying slightly more for and much tastier than the Asda Good for You Ready meals which are included in the 5 for £2 offer.
***Sweet Chilli Chicken and Noodles***
As soon as the ready meal is taken out of the microwave and the film is removed you are met with a very appealing spicy tomato scent.
In the ready meal container there is around 2 inches worth of noodles and on top a further 2 inches of chicken vegetables and sauce. There are around 8 large pieces of chicken per meal and a decent amount of veg which includes spinach, beanshoots, red and green peppers. The veg is cooked perfectly it is soft but not soggy and still has lots of taste to it. The chicken is very lean and of decent quality. Taste wise it is very fresh and doesn't have the bland cardboard taste and texture meat has in many varieties of ready meal.
The sweet chilli chicken sauce also tastes great. This is not really spicy and more tomatoey. The sauce is reasonably thick but provides a good covering to the noodles so the meal does not taste dry.
The only gripe I did have was that the noodles were slightly too soft for my taste. These were not completely soggy but a lot softer than if I had cooked them myself however I do prefer pasta and noodles more al dente. The noodles still had a nice savoury taste and despite being soft were not too bland nor were they too salty.
The portion size of the meal is actually very reasonable for a "healthy" ready meal. I have a reasonable to small appetite but after eating a meal I am very full up and this would be too much to eat as a lunch and is definitely an evening meal size for me. For larger appetites they would probably be full but prefer a slightly larger portion. However this would make a great sized lunch for those with a larger appetite.
Free From Artificial Colours. Free From Artificial Flavours. Free From Artificial Preservatives.
Contains Barley. Contains Gluten. Contains Wheat. May Contain Nuts. Contains Soya\Soybeans.
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
As a quick and easy tea or lunch (for those with larger appetites) this is very good nutritionally and contains a low amount of calories and fat so great for those on a diet.
A quick and easy tasty meal, brilliant for those on a diet or who want a ready meal that tastes fresh and home cooked. Slightly more expensive than some ready meals and loses a star as the noodles are cooked slightly too softly in my opinion (I do prefer my pasta/ noodles firmer than most people though) but overall one of the better ready meals on the market!
You may have read my recent review for Asda's Chicken and Prawn Paella that was part of their Good For You range. Although it wasn't the nicest meal ever, it was above average, so I was happy to try others from the range. The latest one I have had is this Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles meal.
The meal is described as 'Soft noodles with tender chicken breast in a sweet chilli sauce with peppers'. It comes in a plastic film-covered tray, which is packaged inside a cardboard envelope which has the nutritional information on along with a picture of the meal.
The noodles are easily cooked, either in the oven or the microwave, and they can be cooked straight from frozen which makes them a handy addition to the freezer. They take around ten minutes in the microwave so they don't require much planning ahead, and the only thing you need to do to aid in the cooking process is take the tray out halfway through and stir it!
Once cooked, the noodles smell lovely and they take up all of a smallish plate or most of a large one, so they are not a paltry little serving like some low fat or supposedly healthy meals. The noodles are soft and well cooked and very tasty and filling. There are a few reasonable sized pieces of chicken though I wouldn't complain if there were a few more! There are also some nice, juicy red and green peppers.
Covering all of this is the sauce which is really sweet and spicy and makes a lovely accompaniment to the meal. It leaves your tongue a bit tingly afterwards so if you don't like light spices and chilli then this might not be the best meal for you. However I think it's really nice to warm you up on a chilly night!
This meal is tasty and leaves me full and I will definitely buy it again. It costs only £1.50 for a 400 gram pack which is good value for such a nice meal.
It's also quite good for you as it has no artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated fat and only 3 per cent fat. It has just 3.2 grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar, 349 calories and 0.8 grams of salt, which is all excellent!