“ Brand: Asda / Type: Chicken „
I love anything (usually that has pastry on it) which is why when saw these 4 pies costing only £1.79 a box in Asda and being chicken (which I love in pies) I simply had to pick up a box and bung them in the freezer in my kitchen!
Please note that I am not reviewing the Asda 'Smart Price' pies but just Asda Pies from the ordinary range. Dooyoo have told me this link is similar and to put my review here.
Beige coloured box with a photograph of a pie on the front of it and I am told that they are Asda '4' Chicken & Vegetable Pies and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that they weigh in total 624g (4 x 156g) and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the back of the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given along with a full nutritional chart being shown and cooking instructions and contact details for Asda are listed. Inside the box there 4 pies each in their own foil tray to cook them in. Nice enough box this is which is informative enough.
All you do with these pies is cook them from frozen after brushing the tops of them with a little beaten egg or milk and oven cook them in about 25-30minutes. They are pale and uninteresting of course when frozen however when they are cooked they do take on a nice baked golden appearance though do look a bit flat.
These pies are simply ok. The main of the pastry casing being shortcrust I expected to taste a little buttery but basically I found the pastry a bit hard and soggy and bland and the outer edges went a bit crispy really. The filling was mainly a chicken gravy with some very small white lumps of chicken breast, a few small carrot lumps and a couple of peas that in fairness were well cooked and not soggy or anything like that. The lid of the pie is meant to be puff pastry but again didn't puff up or go flaky or anything and in its appearance it looked as boring as when it went in the cooker though to be fair the gravy didn't seep out of the pie until it was cut open but they did have slightly soggy bottoms.
Like I said previously these pies are simply ok but I'm not overly keen on them and do think that they lack quality and a lot of filling. Less gravy Asda please and more ingredients and chunks in it please and the pastry is too tough and stodgy and I hate the crispy edges and all lol!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Sat Fat: 9.4g
Only available in Asda stores costing £ 1.79 a box.
I am always looking for ways to try something new without breaking the shopping budget and when I spotted these Smartprice pies in Asda for just 98p and I decided that they were worth a go. Each pie costs just under 25p and this is a fantastic price containing chicken and vegetables. I am a little suspicious of products that are quite so cheap but this does contain all sorts of cuts of chicken and some chicken fatso you aren't getting a premium product here.
Each pie comes provided in a silver foil tray and these are provided within a cardboard box. The packaging is basic and very cheap but I don't expect anything more for this bargain price. I find that each pie takes around 35 minutes on gas mark 6 as I always leave things a little bit longer than advised as id rather something was a little well done that it be undercooked and I have to walk back to the kitchen and turn the oven on again to finish it off.
This pie is made with pastry and inside the pastry there is chicken, carrots, peas and a gravy sauce. The pastry is quite thick and well cooked and when I slice in to it I find that it doesn't break up completely which is a good surprise first of all. The chicken is in fairly small pieces but they are all full of flavour and the carrots and peas are cooked very well. The gravy is quite nice but I would like a little more flavour and for it to be a little bit thicker. Overall the quality of the pie is quite reasonable considering it was such a fantastic price per pie. I would have liked some large pieces of chicken and slightly less of the vegetables as while they were well cooked they were not the best quality I have ever tasted!
Each pie contains 321 calories, 16.1g of fat (of which 3.1g saturates), 2.4g of sugar and 0.6g of salt. Overall I would say that this quite reasonable for a pie as I was satisfied eating one pie with some wedges and a portion of broccoli just to help me towards my five a day.
This pie would work very well with lots of different dishes and I don't think it's obvious that this is a 'Smartprice' product unless you go leaving the packaging lying around. I would definitely buy these again in the future as the quality is very reasonable and the price makes them very appealing to me as even with my other half eating two we can still have a very cheap dinner.
With me trying to cut back on food shopping I decided to have a look at the more budget items while shopping in Asda, which is when I came across the Smart Price pies. I normally tend to steer clear of the Smart Price range, not because I am snobby or anything but just because I don't tend to trust it as I think with things like pies they might cut back on the quality. However, compared to the prices of the other pies I decided to go against my initial views and chuck them into my trolley to give them a go.
In original Smart Price packaging style, these are very cheap in terms of their look. You can spot them a mile away compared to the other brands as they have a box which is half white, half fluorescent green in true Asda style. It also has the type in green with the Asda logo and then an image of the pies on the front. The box includes 4 pies which isn't too bad as some freezer ones only contain 2.
On the front of the box it has a section which lists all of the information on the front. It is done per pie, so it is 321 calories (16%), 2.4g of sugar (3%), 16.1g of fat (23%), 3.1g of saturates (16%) and lastly 0.6g of salt (10%). The pies are also containing no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats. The pies also contain gluten and wheat for allergy sufferers and may contain traces of nuts or sesame seeds.
So, I took my individual pie out of the box and it came in a little silver foil tray to cook. I then placed it onto my baking tray and then centred it into the oven waiting for it to cook. The box suggests that it should take 25-30 minutes if cooked at a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius or Gas mark 6. For best results they also state to glaze with egg or milk but I didn't do this and mine still came out a nice golden colour. The pies are tricky to cook as you want to ensure they are cooked right through as there is nothing worse than biting into cooked pastry but cold inside.
The pies probably take about 30 minutes, well in my oven they did but the top cooked quite well turned golden. To ensure it was cooked through for the last 10 minutes I turned the pie upside down and took the foil casing off as this prevents the bottom from cooking at its best I think. So, I could see the pastry wasn't done, so leaving it upside down I placed it back into the oven and then let it cook for a further 10 minutes until it was fully cooked and golden brown on the surface also. Don't worry the pie doesn't lose its shape taking it out of the foil case.
So, the taste well I had mine with beans and chips to keep it quite traditional as it needs something to dip into. The pastry is very thick and quite nice to bite into, not low quality at all. The inside is not the fullest pie of meat. It has a few chunks of chicken and vegetables such as peas and carrots. It is not the highest quality but for the price paid, the gravy and chicken were actually quite nice and it did taste alright and kept me full in the evening. It wasn't at all bland tasting and was not as empty inside as I had originally expected. The higher price such s Birds Eye obviously have nicer tasting pastry but I won't fault it on that as it is still ok for the price.
So, obviously these are from Asda and can easily be found in the freezer section. The cost for the pack of 4 in the 484g box is 98p. It is a bargain for what they are and like I said it is less than 25p a pie and they actually do taste nice as well. These are good if you are on a budget and it is good that Asda's quality doesn't drop on their Smart Price goods.
Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil), Rapeseed Oil, Chicken (11%), Carrots (2.0%), Peas (2.0%), Maize, Starch, Chicken Stock [Chicken Extract, water, Salt], Onions, Salt, Dextrose, Tomato Puree, Yeast Extract, Chicken Fat, Caramelised Sugar, Rapeseed Oil, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavouring, White Pepper, Flour Treatment Agent (L-Cysteine Hydrochloride).