“ Brand: Asda / Type: Chicken „
As you may have noticed, I am a frequent reviewer of ready meals and I like to keep a few in the freezer for those days when I cannot be bothered or am in too much of a rush too cook something more elaborate. The latest one I have tried is the Chicken and Prawn Paella from Asda's Good For You range, which is aimed at those who want to be a little bit healthier.
This ready meal is described as 'Tender cooked chicken breast and juicy king prawns with rice, red peppers and peas in a tomato and smoked paprika sauce'. It comes in black plastic tray, inside a cardboard sleeve with a picture of the meal on it. The photograph looks much like the meal that you end up with, though the photo seems to have more chicken and larger prawns.
The meal can be cooked in the oven or the microwave and doesn't need defrosting first which makes things nice and simple. It takes less than ten minutes in the microwave so is a quick and easy solution when you are pressed for time.
Whilst cooking the meal has a strong smell, and once it has been taken out of the microwave the paprika scent really hits you. The meal needs a good stir to make sure the rice is evenly coated with sauce, but after this the meal looks OK.
It has quite a strong taste so if you do not like spices then you may want to give this one a miss. The tomato and paprika overwhelm the chicken and prawn tastes so you are mostly just tasting the sauce. The peppers, peas and rice all cook evenly though I find the prawns and chicken can have some small harder uncooked pieces in them. There are not really enough bits of chicken and the prawns are quite small and insubstantial, so a lot of the meal is made up of the rice and vegetables. Even so, it is quite a nice meal and all the different textures work nicely together.
As ready meals go this is probably one of the healthiest. It has no artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated fats, less than 3% fat and only 1.7 grams of salt. It contains 414 calories, 6 grams of fat and 9.2 grams of sugar. It also provides one of your five vegetables per day.
The meal costs £1.50 for a 400 gram pack which I think is quite good value. I have bought this a couple of times but I think it will be a while before I try it again as although it is pleasant and makes a nice change, there are other ready meals I prefer.