“ Brand: Ainsley Harriot / Type: Chicken „
Ainsley Harriott Rice & Simple Chicken Flavour Basmati Savoury Rice
I first noticed this Ainsley Harriot rice when I was looking for a healthy addition to my diet. I'd read about savoury rice being a good option for meal times due to, amongst other benefits, it providing a fast source of energy and encouraging healthy bowel movements whilst being both relatively cheap and filling.
Rice itself does not contain any harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium and although to make rice taste good some of these must be added, the recipe for Ainsley Harriot's has done an excellent job of keeping them as low as possible, in addition to avoiding artificial colours and flavouring. Containing less than 1% fat, this rice manages to taste extremely good and still remain healthy.
The flavouring of the rice is ever present when you're eating it although unlike some of the lower cost rivals, it is not overpowering (which in my opinion, is worse than lack of taste). It has a slightly softer texture than that of rice which you will be used to, but this is not something that is either positive or negative, simply (ever so slightly) different.
Unlike the picture above, I found the rice packaged in a large (1.44kg) transparent plastic bowl (similar to what you would get your old favourite sweets such as cola cubes in) with Ainsley's face printed right on the front alongside the product description. The packaging does a good job of explaining how to cook it, along with detailing the nutritional information you would expect from such a food.
The rice, along with the mixed in chicken and vegetables are all cooked together and are easily put into a pan of boiling water and simmered for around ten minutes. The rice expands quite astonishingly and so is hard to judge a normal sized portion, although I have had eight very big portions from the tub and I am still not a quarter of the way through it.
The rice is slightly more expensive than the typical rivals' products if you compare size for size but I would still recommend it based on the superior taste.
When it comes to meal times, I normally cook everything with oven chips, as it just seems the easiest thing to do but sometimes it is nice to have something a bit different from potato. I was shopping recently when I came across the Ainsley Harriott rice which I hadn't tried before but I do know that his Risotto was very nice so if it was anything like that. I have also tried the Batchelor's rice and although it is ok, I do like something a bit more appetising as the rice does stick to the pan a lot and isn't always the best cooked.
The packet of the rice is very easy to see on the shelf as it has a similar design to the majority of his ranges. It has a picture of a fork with some of the rice on it and it looks very tasty from the image. It has a different type colour to fit in with the flavour and also states clearly that it has less than 1% fat. There is an image of Ainsley on the front and everything is very clearly displayed. The flavour that I purchased is the Chicken flavour.
So, the packet states that the rice has no artificial flavours, no artificial colours and no artificial preservatives. It is microwaveable and also it says it is chicken flavoured basmati rice with vegetables, and ready in just 12 minutes. Per serving of this rice cooked, there are 201 calories, 1.3g of fat, 3.8g of fibre and 0.7g of sugars. The rice doesn't seem too bad in terms of nutritional facts, there are two servings per sachet and for allergy reasons, the rice contains cow's milk.
Now, on how to prepare the rice, it is very straightforward and as always I prefer using the hob as I feel you get best results but you can use the microwave if you are in a hurry. For the hob, you empty the packet into a pan and add 325ml of cold water, then bring it onto the heat. So, it tells the cook to stir once and then leave it to simmer for about 12 minutes. This is what I did although I decided to stir more than once, as I really wanted to make sure it wouldn't stick to the pan.
I left the rice simmering in the water for about a good 10 minutes. I kept checking but it seemed fine no sticking to the pan which is always a start. After the allocated time, it had evaporated all of the water and was perfectly ready to be served which is great, no burning just exact. I scraped all of the rice and dished it onto a plate with my other food. It looked really nice with a few herbs, vegetables and pieces of chicken which was nice as well as the rice looking light and cooked just right.
The rice was very hot but once it had cooled down, there was a light sauce and it was light to taste, it was a right softness without being too hard, so I knew it was cooked accurately. There were chicken pieces and vegetables which were also cooked right and made a nice extra flavouring to the rice which I was really happy with. The rice was very tasty and the flavour was just enough, without being too much and it is the best rice I have tasted so far.
By microwave you cook pretty much the same by adding water and then putting it on for about 14 minutes so in a way it isn't really that much quicker but it is just for convenience if you don't have time to stand at the hob. The other flavours in the rice range apart from Chicken are Mushroom & Pepper, Golden Vegetable which I haven't yet tried but after this flavour I will definitely make a point in trying the other flavours if they are as good as the Chicken.
This rice is usually in the aisle in the supermarket with Pot Noodles and other rice. It costs 64p for Chicken and the Golden Vegetable is only 59p which is a tiny bit cheaper. They are on offer at Asda for 2 for £1 which is a good time to stock up as this makes them more worthwhile. Even at full price though, these are worth the money anyway.
They are an easy way of just adding to a normal bit of chicken or whatever it is you are cooking and they are also very straightforward to make. It is useful when having a busy life, to have rice like this that can be cooked quickly as well as being tasty as well which adds to it all. If you want more information on Ainsley Harriott rice then go to the official website at http://www.ainsley-harriott.com .
Ainsley Harriott Chicken Flavour Rice............
After trying Ainsley Harriott's wonderfully flavoursome cous cous, I decided to try out all of his other products that he has in his range. The first one I went for was this Chicken Flavour Rice. I was always a big fan of Bachelors Flavoured Rice so this Ainsley Hariott product was one I was certain I was going to like and I was right!
The rice is around 70 pence per packet and I have seen them for sale in most of the leading supermarkets and a lot of smaller local shops too. The packet contains 120 grams and does state that this is a 2 serving packet although I would say that it would serve two as part of a main meal but I chose to eat all of my packet on my own for a lunch time meal.
The rice is less than 1% fat and this is what also attracted me to product. It actually has 402 calories when you eat the whole packet (as I did) and 2.6 grams of fat (only 1.4 is saturated). This I feel is not bad especially as it fills you up so much. Having this at lunch time meant that I needed nothing else but the rice so not only is it filling and low fat but it is also a very cheap lunch time meal.
Making the rice is pretty easy too. You can either cook it on the hob with water or like I did, add boiling water and blast in the microwave for around 8 minutes. It takes no time really and is well worth the tiny amount of effort.
The packaging of the rice is easy to open and of a good design. The sachet that the rice comes in is made of paper and the top is easily torn off so that the rice can be poured into a cooking jug or pot. The rice to look at has a nice golden colour to it and the smell is slightly that of chicken but it does smell rather tasty.
The rice has lots of bits f what I guess is dried vegetables which when cooked become soft, tasty and give the rice a much nicer look than if they were not included. The taste of the rice is really very nice and one that I enjoyed till the end. I would say the taste is like chicken but not overly strong. The rice and vegetables cook nicely and the flavour seems to stick to every single grain of rice. I found the Chicken rice to be very morish and I probably could have eaten another half a packet(although I am know to be a bit greedy!).
I can honestly rate this product highly and it is another product form the Ainsley Hariott range that is well worth buying. It is a perfect lunch time meal seeing as it is quick to prepare, filling (I was full till dinner), tasty and cheap! All these factors really do make it a five star product!
I do hope this has been of some help to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.