“ 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.