“ Type: Pasta „
Tesco's ready made pasta meals are proper hit and miss, some of them are wickedly tasty and addictive but others are just plain nasty and need throwing away before you've eaten half the pot! Unfortunately this Tandoori Chicken Pasta is one that needed throwing away, and actually it was that bad that I even emailed Tesco to complain about it. It's basically a snack pot for you to eat on the go when you don't want a sandwich, the plastic pot is filled with pasta and I can see a few pieces of chicken. The whole thing is coated in a thick and mega slimey tandoori style sauce. Before I go any further let me say this pasta meal is rank, the best thing about it is that the pasta is cooked good. The thing is the sauce is so nasty that it covers up the taste of the pasta completely so the only flavour you've got in the whole meal is a powdery tasting curryish taste. There's hardly any chicken in it and it's mega stringy and sort of clumped together. It reminds me big time of when you cook a chicken stew and the chicken shreds into the gravy, that's wiicked then but not in cold pasta! The tandoori doesn't taste of tandoori either, not at all. It's like a yogurt dressing that has had a mild curry powder mixed in with it, it's not very nice because you can tell no effort has gone into making it. This sauce doesn't go good with the pasta at all and even though it might have gone better with the chicken you can't tell really because there isn't enough chicken in it. Over all I'm proper disappointed with this pasta meal, the sauce is too overpowering and slimey plus there wasn't enough chicken in it to make it worth them calling it Tandoori Chicken. It actually made me feel a bit sick after a few mouth fulls because the curry flavour is so nasty that it grated on my taste buds big time. I paid about £1.70 for this disgusting meal and am annoyed about that because I could have gone into the Tesco cafe and had a bacon butty for about that. The worst part was when I bit into a pasta tube and it was completely filled with the horrible tandoori sauce, that was when I started feeling like I was going to puke because the sauce was so slimey! Never again and I think it's put me off buying Tesco pasta completely now because it's so bad!
As part of my takeaway lunch the other day, whilst browsing in Tesco, I decided against a sandwich and opted for a pasta pot instead. It's not very often I will choose pasta pots as there is always something hidden in the ingredients that I don't like. The tandoori chicken pasta held nothing of the almonds or raisins that I hate, so I chose to buy it for a change. It looked fairly appetising through the clear plastic container so it was worth me risking my £1.79 on it to give it a go. Packaged in a sealed plastic pot with a hidden takeaway fork in the lid, I didn't need anything else to be able to get going and eat straight away. Sometimes when time is short, one of these lunches is a must. The pot sprang open easily after tearing the label away and the fork was easily accessible from the lid. First impressions and the pasta pot looked nice. There were two different colour tones going on. It looked like the penne pasta was covered in a korma coloured sauce whilst the chicken which was sitting on top, was covered in more of a tikka coloured sauce. I could tell after opening it that there was a whole lot more pasta than chicken. This was a bit of a disappointment as the chicken was sparse, but I like cold pasta so was willing to over look this. As a tube of pasta, generously covered in the sauce entered my mouth, a huge sweet taste filled my mouth and took over any flavour from the pasta. I wasn't expecting it to be sweet so it was a bit of a shock. The aftertaste that finally arrived turned the sweetness into quite a spicy flavour. This stayed with me for a long time between each mouthful, just letting in a bit of sweetness before it disappeared. The chicken was as I mentioned in short supply, but the pieces I did have were a good size and tender when I ate them. The flavour from the chicken didn't stand out against anything from the pasta. I found the whole pot to be a fairly big struggle to eat after a while. There is only so much pasta and sauce I can eat. Occasionally I got the texture of an onion coming through but not very often. For my 300g pot I was provided with 490 calories and 15.7 grams of fat. This was a very high meal that should have been a lot better for me considering the amount of pasta that was in the pot. I did manage to eat this after a long while but I wouldn't go back and buy it again. It was a shame as I was overloaded with sauce but with nothing to back it up with. I would personally make your own and take it to work instead; it'll be a lot cheaper and healthier. For allergy information it contains milk, wheat and gluten