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Asda Good For You Chinese Style Chicken Curry

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Brand: Asda / Type: Chinese Food

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      20.07.2010 08:27
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      An ok product but nothing special

      This is the fourth meal I've tried in the Asda Good For You Range. Packaging: This meal comes inside a generic plastic tray which is covered with the usual see through film and encased in a paper sleeve. The front of the sleeve has a picture of the chicken curry alongside the rice and states that the product contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat. The back of the sleeve contains the usual ingredients, nutritional information, storage instructions, recycling information and cooking instructions. This product is suitable for freezing and can be microwaved from chilled or frozen as well as being oven cooked. I'm also told that the card sleeve is widely recycled, that I should check my local recycling to find out whether the tray can be recycled and that the film is not currently recycled. This product is described as:- " Succulent chicken breast pieces in a spicy curry sauce served with egg fried rice." Ingredients: Chinese Chicken Curry (60%) [Water, Cooked Chicken Breast (33%) [Chicken Breast (99%), Salt], Onions (14%), Peas (3.9%), Single Cream (3.6%), Vegetable Oil, Creamed Coconut, Cornflour, Dark Soy Sauce [Water, Salt, Soya Beans, Colour (Plain Caramel), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)], Spices. Vegetable Bouillon [Salt, Potato Starch, Yeast Extract, Flavourings, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Onion Powder, Celery Extract, Citric Acid, Dehydrated Celery, Spice Extract [Pepper, Turmeric, Nutmeg, Fenugreek], Parsley, Lovage Extract), Light Soy Sauce [Water, Soya Beans, Wheat Flour, Salt, Sugar, Colour (Plain Caramel), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)], Garlic Puree [Garlic, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Sugar, Ginger Puree, Sesame Seed Oil] Egg Fried Rice (40%) [Cooked Rice (62%) [Water, Rice], Onions (21%), Peas (6.9%), Spring Onions (3.5%), Water Chestnuts (3.5%) [Water Chestnuts , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)], Scrambled Egg (2.1%) [Pasteurised Egg (67%), Whole Milk, Water , Vegetable Oil, Cornflour, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, White Pepper], Sesame Oil, Salt. Nutritional Information per pack {per 100g in brackets} Energy kJ: 2410kJ {602kJ} kcal: 571kcal {143kcal} Protein: 42.4g {10.6g} Carbohydrate: 68.0g {17.0g} of which sugars: 7.2g {1.8g} Fat: 14.4g {3.6g} (of which saturates): 5.6g {1.4g} Fibre: 7.2g {1.8g} Sodium: 0.84g {0.21g} Salt: 2.1g {0.5g} Allergy information: Contains gluten, milk, sesame seeds, wheat, egg, soya and celery/celeriac May contain traces of nuts Price: At the time of writing Asda are charging £4 for 3 meals from the "Good For You" range. Taste and Opinion: I really wasn't in the mood for cooking last night so I pulled this out of the freezer and decided to cook it in the oven to give me time to get the packaging details, ingredients etc listed above typed up. The first thing I noticed after pulling off the see through film was that there seemed to be quite a lot of chicken but that the curry sauce (like the beef in blackbean sauce I reviewed back in May) looked to be quite watery. I also spotted peas and bits of onion in the chicken curry section of the tray. The rice looked pretty much the same as any other rice you might find in a pre-prepared meal, although it was perhaps a little less white. I wonder whether this is because it's egg fried? Perhaps. I spotted a few peas and some onion in there. Thankfully it doesn't look all claggy and stuck together. Time to see what it tastes like now. The first thing I tried was the rice and I was pleased to find that my observation was correct. It wasn't all sticky and matted into clumps like it sometimes can be, nor did it taste plastic and somewhat artificial as you can sometimes find rice to be like in some ready meals. The water chestnuts and peas made a nice contrast in texture compared to the rice but I would have preferred if there had been slightly more of both. There was a couple of things in there (not sure what) which were hard in texture. I left the meal in my oven for 3 minutes longer than the stated cooking time and the hard bits didn't taste frozen so perhaps this was just a one off rather than the meal being undercooked. The curry sauce was a little watery, although not quite as bad as the beef in blackbean sauce I tried. The chicken was reasonably tender rather than rubbery and tasteless which was a nice surprise and I could taste the onions and the peas that he been included in the sauce. The sauce itself has a slightly spicy edge and leaves an aftertaste but it's quite pleasant. I wouldn't say it's the best curry sauce I've ever tasted but nor is it the worst. Mixing the chicken curry and the rice together I found that there was enough of the chicken curry to over the rice to a decent standard. The rice soaked up the watery bits of the curry sauce so it was less obvious how thin parts of it were. The combination of the chicken curry and rice made for a reasonably adequate meal but I wouldn't describe it as "really tasty" if pushed. It was more of an "average" or "ok" chicken curry. I did however find that this meal was more filling than most of the Watchers meals that I've tried in the past. But, like many meals with rice that "full feeling" seems to go quite quickly and an hour after I'd finished the meal I felt as if I could quite easily eat something else. In nutritional terms this comes in at 602 calories and will be more than enough to keep any hunger pangs at bay for a short time. The sugar and fat figures, both under 4% are very low and certainly aren't any cause for concern. The RDA of fat for a female is 70g and this meal contains 14.4g of fat which is less than 25% of the Daily Amount. In sugar terms the meal contains less than 10% of a woman's RDA. These percentages are, of course, lower for men. The only potential point of concern is the salt figure as it's almost half of an adult's recommended daily amount (6g). All in all this is an ok product but I won't be rushing out to buy it again.

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