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I am quite fussy when it comes to the type of rices I like and it depends also on what I am eating with the rice! For example, if I make a curry, then I only really like Long Grained White Rice; however, if im having something like chicken or pork, or fish, then its sometimes nice to have a savoury type rice such as this Batchelors one. On the packet it states that this rice serves 2-3 as part of a main meal or 1as a tasty snack. In my view I would say its serves 2 as part of a main meal; but of course that depends on how small or large you have your portions.
Each packet weighs 120g and the Rice is really easy to cook. It is suggested that you put the contents into a saucepan and add ¾ pint of boiling water; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until water is all absorbed. It is further suggested that you may wish to add a tbsp of vegetable oil to get a better flavour. I have not actually tried the latter. What I will say is that whilst this Rice is nice and fairly flavoursome; to be honest, I don't find there is quite enough chicken flavour for me. This is how I make the Rice;
Basically I put the contents in a pan with cold water; no specific amount but probably about half a pint to start; I wait until this boils, then simmer the rice; adding more water if need be; I test the rice in-between to see if it cooked properly. I then wait until almost all the water has been absorbed and I add half a chicken stock cube (usually Knorr). I then mix this all in with the Rice. In my view this makes the flavour better There are red peppers, peas and carrots in the rice; making the whole combination very tasty indeed. I find it goes really well mostly with any sort of chicken really. Although you can have this with many different meats or fish in my view. I have occasionally had the Rice just on its own but added other things to it. At the moment this Rice and other varieties are on special offer at Asda at only 0.40pence per packet which I think is great value for money. Its usual price is 0.65 pence per packet.
Rice (89%), Dried Vegetables (4.3%); Red Pepper, Peas, Carrots), Yeast extract (contains Barley), Flavour enhancer (Monosodium glutomate), Salt, Maltodextrin, Vegetable opal, Modified Maize starch, Flavourings (contains Soya), Turmeric, Dried Parsley, Potassium chloride, Sugar, Rosemary Oil
Per half packet serving there are 211 Kcals.
You can also cook this Rice in the Microwave
*Contains Soya and is produced in a factory which handles Wheatfour and Milk powder.*
This is a good rice; going well with lots of different foods; worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my opinion.
Batchelors Savoury Rice.
Having a ready stocked food cupboard I then can simply pull out a packet or two when I am in a hurry to find something to accompany any meat dishes. I often go for some savoury rice made by Batchelors a well known and trusted company.
This comes in a foil linned packet and costs £1.29p, and has a little sun winking at you in the right hand corner, with Batchelors on a red background and my favourite is Chicken Flavour, which you simply snip across the top with a pair of scissors to reveal the rice contained inside.
Cooking Instructions :
Empty the contents of the packet into a saucepan and add 425 mls of water, that three quarters of a pint if your not up on using these metric measurements like I am not.
Cover the saucepan bring to the boil, then simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes until all the water has been absorbed into the rice, making the hard pieces of rice you tipped into the saucepan earlier light soft plump and fluffy, whilst being full of the chicken flavour.
Alternatively if you are in a hurry as we mostly are these days, empty rice into a suitable dish to cook in the mircrowave, stir in the water three quarters of a pint (must be previously boiled) as this saves time, cover loosly, then mircrowave on full power for 15 minutes, ensure that adequate water is added and stir occassionally. Microwave ovens do vary considerably, so always check times, temps etc.
Either way you cook this rice, you will be left with lovely hot fluffy rice which smells delicious and will fill your house with a lovely smell.
I think that it tastes really savoury and has small pieces of vegtables included with the rice, that enhances the flavouring considerably. I like red peppers, carrots and also peas as this also adds a bit of colour to my rice and makes it more presentable on the side of the plate. The rice has always tasted nice and soft and the taste and flavours they use make for a really great tasting rice, you could eat this on its own if you really wanted to I have done before and it is really filling.
Ive had mine with fish fingers, Sasages, and various types of meat, it is especially lovely to have with chops which are a favourite of mine.
Great tasty instant rice that you will always have to hand in your cupboard and a good idea to serve a large bowl full when having a barbecue as it not only looks good, it also tastes good too.
Rice 89percent. Dried Vegtables. 4.3percent. Red Peppers. Peas. Carrots. Yeast Extract. contains barley.
Flavour enhancer. Monosodium Glutamate. contains soya. Turmeric which gives it that lovely colouring i would imagine. Dried parsley. Potassium Chlroide. Sugar. Rosemary Oil.
They give a customer quality guarentee on their packets, this means that they guarentee their product to reach you in tip top condition, but if it failed you simply return to get a full refund.
My Tip :
Simply follow the cooking instruction as above, once the rice has been fully cooked, add a few eggs to the rice stir fry to make lovely egg fried rice with a savoury twist, its really good.
Each packet contains 120grams of rice and this is just enough for two people, at a push.
Unfortunately this material used in the packet is not recyclable.
My Tip :
Oven cook some chicken breast, covering with a little soy sauce, serve on a bed of batchelors savoury rice. It will bring out the chicken flavour of the rice and also looks really appetising on your plate, quick and easy to cook and serve.
Store in a cool dry place, it is really a handy thing to have I would strongly recommend it, Ive always enjoyed all the various flavours that are on offer, and its great if you have just little time to prepare a meal or are stuck for ideas on what to cook.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
I recently found a couple of packets of rice at the back of the cupboard that I had forgotten about, and thought I'd better use them up. They were Bachelors Savoury Chinese Rice, which I reviewed yesterday, and this Bachelors Savoury Chicken Rice.
The rice comes in a blue packet and is available from most supermarkets and even some small corner shops. It costs 52 pence for a packet or you can currently choose any four from the range for £2 at Asda. This makes the rice quite a lot cheaper than rivals such as Uncle Ben's Express Rice.
To cook the rice you can either add water and boil it then simmer it on the hob for around fifteen to twenty minutes, or cook it in the microwave. However if you cook it in the microwave you need a very large microwave-proof bowl and you have to keep adding water to it, so I actually find it simpler just to put it on the hob.
The packet of rice says that it feeds one as a snack or two as part of a main meal. I agree with the second part but I think it is much more than a snack for one person! There's really a lot of rice in here once it's been cooked, much more than the Uncle Ben's Express ones, and I do think you really need to share it between two people.
The rice is nice and moist when it is cooked though you could argue that it has a little bit of a greasy texture to it. The chicken taste is quite present and it is pleasant enough. I would recommend you have it with chicken that is quite spicy or has a lot of taste to it though, as I had it with a plain chicken chargrill and found that the whole meal sort of tasted the same and a bit bland.
Half a packet of this rice contains 211 calories, 1.2 grams of sugar, 1.0 grams of fat and 0.3 grams of saturated fat. This is not too bad at all for those watching their weight.
I might buy this rice again but to be honest because I am a bit lazy I would be more likely to pick the sort of rice that can be cooked in the packet in the microwave!