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      15.08.2011 13:12
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      one of the nicest curry ready meals i have tried

      Ready meals have been my best friend whilst at university as they are relatively cheap, easy to make and already prepared so there's no messing about with a long recipe or buying loads of different ingredients that I'll only ever use once and then they'll go mouldy at the back of the cupboards (ew!).

      My favourite curry is Korma because I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy foods but I love the creaminess of korma so the Tesco Korma was the obvious choice when looking at the selection of Indian ready meals on offer.

      The curry comes in a cardboard sleeve which has an image of the curry on the front, the cooking instructions and ingredients on the back and a brief product description and title on the font. Inside the sleeve is a black plastic tray with two troughs one houses around 10-15 spoon fulls of pilau rice and the other large chunks of chicken in a creamy sauce.

      Even just to look at the portion sizes look very generous for a meal for one as the troughs are quite deep and the chunks of chicken are big. To the eye the meal looks very appetising and colourful which is a bonus.

      **How to cook**
      1. You must pierce the film lid that covers the meal with a fork several times.
      2. Microwave on FULL POWER: 7 mins at 650W/B or 6 mins at 750W/D or 5 mins at 850W/E.
      3. Peel back the film lid and stir the rice and the sauce.
      4. FULL POWER for: 2 mins at 650W/B or 2 mins at 750W/D or 2 mins at 850W/E
      5. Leave to stand for 60 seconds then serve

      Ready meals are my worst enemy but my best friend at the same time. As much as I hate eating processed food, these are perfect for nights when you are simply too tired to cook. I love the fact they are done in seconds and taste yummy.

      The ready meal can be cooked in the oven or microwave (microwave being quicker, especially if you had the meal frozen). To cook, you simply pierce the film lid a few times and place it in the microwave/oven for the correct amount of time, then remove the lid and pour it onto a plate. It recommends you put a tablespoon of water into the rice to break it down a bit, but I never really do this as I find it gets too watery.

      Times are as follows:
      30-35 minutes in the oven. (190°c / Fan170°c / Gas Mark 5)
      7-9 minutes in the microwave. (650-800WATT)

      The curry is not a specific type (tikka masala, korma, etc), it is simply named 'Chicken Curry'. In honesty it tastes just like the curry sauce you get from the chip shop! I have to admit, it is one of my favourite curry ready meals as it is quite creamy and thick. The chicken is really chunky and succulent which I was surprised with, I was wary of the chicken cooking properly because it was a ready meal - definately in good competition with my own home made curries. The rice is soft and puffs up quite a bit which is my favourite - I hate hard, thin rice!

      For £1.37 you can't really go wrong. I brought myself a few as they were on offer (which they nearly always are). You can also buy this ready meal from other supermarkets but beware of the price changes.

      Nutritional Information per meal:
      Calories: 465
      Sugars: 6.8g
      Fat: 11.0g
      Saturates: 3.2g
      Salt: 0.5g

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        23.05.2011 10:56
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        A boring meal!

        Not very often do I purchase ready meals. With myself, my flatmate and boyfriend eating together rather alot I tend to think its an expensive way to dine and also a bit lazy however occasionally I will buy one just for myself when I'm alone and that is why the other night when I spotted this in my local Asda store on offer at a pound a box instead of more like two pounds a box I felt the need to try it because not only do I love a bargain and felt like I was getting one but also it was at a bargain price!

        The Packaging:

        The cardboard box the black plastic tray comes in is purple and pink in colour and on the front of it there is a photograph of a curry on there and we are told that it is Birds Eye Chicken Curry With Rice and that it is made with 100% chicken breast and contains no artificial colours or flavours and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told what it is, the ingredients and allergy advice is given along with being told how to cook it, a full nutritional chart is stated and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Nice enough, colourful and informative enough box this is.

        The Curry Itself:

        Well as I stated earlier the curry comes in a black plastic tray and that tray is rather deep and has a peel off see-through plastic cover over the top of it. To cook this is really simple and you can either pop it in the oven for 35-40 minutes but if your always like me and in a hurry to eat you can also heat this from frozen, in the microwave for 8-10 minutes.

        What you get is a rather large portion of chicken curry and yellow coloured long grain rice all in the same tray with no partition down the middle of the two things however not all mixed together. I was impressed with the portion size though not pleased with the soggy bit of rice down the middle of the carton that was touching the curry sauce and went a bit soggy looking and tasting but the majority was ok.

        This wasn't a bad meal though. The curry tasted like curry and smelt and looked like it. There was plenty of large chunks of juicy and well cooked chicken within it and some slithers of onion but all in all to me, this was a very mild tasting and slightly too sweet curry and was really boring and plain in my opinion. The sauce was a good consistency and there was plenty of that to be fair to it but really this was a plain to look at chicken curry.

        The rice was lovely though, long grain and al dente though not seasoned (though again you can do that yourself if you want too) and although I can't find it in my heart to rave about it, it was a filling enough meal and not offensive and it was up to Birds Eye usual quality though like I said earlier....too boring for me!

        Nutritional Information per Meal:

        Calories: 465
        Sugars: 6.8g
        Fat: 11.0g
        Saturates: 3.2g
        Salt: 0.5g

        Available in all good supermarkets etc

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          14.06.2010 13:32
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          A decent and relatively healthy convenience meal.

          My local Co-op has this curry on offer at the moment priced at two for 2 pounds. Being a growing lad of 39 I'm not ashamed to say that I decided two of these would make a meal for me. Portion sizes tend to be exaggerated by the manufacturers, wouldn't you agree?

          My patented "two serving swap" technique using a microwave (one heating while one cools from the previous heating) resulted in a very large plate of attractive basmati rice and chicken curry in a fragrant sauce (or gravy, if being technical, I believe).
          The use of my very clever "plate on top of plastic tray followed by quick turnover" technique was employed to release my supper from its resting place. This results in a mountain of rice on one side of the plate with succulent foothills of delicious curry steaming on the other.

          The rice is coloured with turmeric and has a very pleasant taste and consistency. Top marks. For a microwave meal this looked promising.

          The curry contains an above average content of decent chicken breast. Not mindblowing but certainly not meagre.

          The sauce was very tasty. Lots of tomato, not creamy but quite heavily spiced, slightly sweet and mild, not mind-warpingly hot. A pleasant hint of coriander came through which pleased me. This is usually absent from bought curries, I find.

          At 2 pounds for two of these which will make a very generous helping to satisfy even the most ravenous of customers (ahem) I would have no hesitation in recommending this product.

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            08.06.2010 22:48
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            Tasty and quick for those nights off from the oven"

            I am not one for buying convenience food so I'm surprising myself that I am able to write this! However I have been a bit unwell and could not face cooking a meal, I do normally freeze some of our dinners for times like this, but tonight I didn't even want to boil the rice.

            So when my husband got home from work I presented him with the box said "enjoy" and let the kitchen novice het on with it. This is the story of what happened.

            He followed the easy to read instructions and popped this and chose to pop this in the microwave. There was no house fire and he isn't doubled over with food poisoning so the instructions must be accurate.

            He then came sat down and began to eat....."mmmmm this is quite nice," were his words, that came out between mouthfuls. Phew... a happy man!

            So far he hasn't gone in search of a bag of crisp or asked me to make him a sandwich; this must mean...he is full. I have asked and he said it was, "very tasty and was enough to fill him up, but not the same as my home cooking." (This could just be to butter me up lol)

            I don't think you can beat home cooking, but for a one off this isn't too expensive and is of fairly good quality.

            So ladies we can have a night off.......

            Men its time to fend for yourselves!!!

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              04.05.2010 14:03
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              A good boxed curried readymeal thats easy to prepare and good for you.

              At this price, anybody, and I mean anybody would be forgiven for not expecting a great deal, but in terms of both quantity and quality, this curry is actually really good, not just for the money, but generally. The ratio of meat to sauce is very reasonable. You definitely get your moneys worth with this one, and the sauce itself is well seasoned and delicious. Although the packaging appears a little generic, the quality of this curry is so good that you could probably even convince someone its not out of a box. The rice is really good and holds up its integrity too.

              Although a little mild and not particularly exciting, this is definitely worth having in your freezer because it lasts a long time and goes with a number of different kinds of side dishes well. I find that it helps matters to add a little chilli and black pepper to the sauce for the sake of taste, but that's just personal preference because I find it a little bit underwhelming on its own.

              The texture is pleasant and the meal goes really well with naan bread. Unlike the label, the curry itself is very visually appealing with a great aroma, and a splendid taste. This is ideal for cooking on a budget, because it doesn't get boring for a long time and is very cheap as well as being a particularly accomadative meal. At a bit of a of a stretch, you can just aboutfeed two people with a box, or just pig out yourself.

              This is a really good curry that's not to be sniffed at, or perhaps it is, because it smells delicious.

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                19.04.2010 21:52
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                What A Disappointing 'Chicken Curry With Rice' Mr Birds Eye.

                So I was housesitting recently and there wasn't much that I fancied in the house so off to Tesco I went looking for a nice curry in a box that was going to taste relatively nice. I saw this Birds Eye Chicken Curry with Rice for £1 (down from £1.20) in the freezer section and decided it would be good as I like lots of Birds Eye products and I promptly picked up a couple for my fiancé and I.

                The packaging is very basic, a cardboard box and then a tray that contained the rice over on one side and the chicken curry on the over side. There was nothing dividing up the two which was a bit of a shame for me as I like to serve them up separately and just dig in to increase the takeaway kind of feel.

                The curry was very easy to cook, just stab the plastic film lid or take it off completely and put it in the oven for around 40 minutes until it's cooked. Your usual bog standard ready meal that you whack in the oven and just leave for a period of time before it's ready to serve up. Nice, simple & no effort really required (apart from stabbing the film possibly).

                The curry looked very appetising on the box but once I got it out I could tell that there was no real chunks of chicken in the curry which was disappointing straight away as the packet showed big pieces of chicken that looked very appetising and this is naturally what I made my decision based on, that and price anyway.

                Once cooked there was a fairly nice smell coming off the curry and the whole thing didn't look too bad. I served it up and could immediately see that the 'chunks' of chicken actually looked like those chicken slices you buy in the chiller for putting in to sandwiches and they were very stingy when they were filling up our portions. The sauce was quite thick and there was a lot of it, certainly enough to cover the rice. The chicken was thin and measly and did not particularly have any of the curry taste to it even though it had been sitting in the sauce for who knows how long in the freezer at my local supermarket. The curry sauce was mildly spicy but there was really no spicy flavour to it. The rice was bog standard rice that was yellow in colour but again did not have any real flavour to it.

                The whole dish was lacking flavour in a big way and the sauce was just sloppy and horrible and I even tried mixing all the sauce and rice together once I'd eaten the four small pieces of chicken I got but this just made the whole thing was even less flavoursome and it was so off-putting that I ended up leaving over half my plate which made me quite annoyed as about two hours later I was ravenous again and there was still nothing decent to eat in the house.

                I would definitely not buy this chicken curry again and based on it's lacklustre taste and measly amounts of chicken I would not try any of the others in the range as they are all similarly priced and I'm sure they won't be much better. I wouldn't recommend this curry as everything about it was rubbish and sloppy and horrible and I'm sure it helped contribute to a funny stomach that I got the following day.

                I would rate this 0/5 if I could but as 1 is the lowest rating than can be given I guess 1/5 it is. Avoid this if you can, it's not a patch on a homemade curry or one from a takeaway and although it was only £1 I've tried lots of cheap curries in the past that have been delicious and tasty and I've actually managed to finish them all. Don't bother with this product you may as well just eat some watered down curry sauce with plain, boring rice and a couple of scraps of chicken.

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                  19.03.2010 08:53
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                  Chicken Curry With Rice

                  I wasn't in the mood for cooking when I got in from work last night so the easiest thing to do was to microwave a curry from the freezer. The curry in question was, of course, Birds Eye Chicken Curry, something which I'd never tried before.



                  Packaging:

                  This meal comes inside a generic plastic tray which is covered with the usual see through film, both of which are house in the usual rectnagular box. The front of the box has a picture of the currry and rices and states that the product contains no artificial colours or flavours.
                  The back of the sleeve contains the usual ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions for both oven and microwave.


                  This product is described as:- "Chunks of chicken breast with onions and tomatoes in a curry sauce with traditional spices. Served with long grain rice."



                  Ingredients:

                  Cooked Rice (44%) [Water, Rice, Turmeric]
                  Chicken Curry Sauce (56%) (Water, Cooked Marinated Chicken Breast (18%) [Chicken (99%), Salt, Dextrose], Onion (14%), Tomatoes (9%), Vegetable Oil, Tomato Puree (3%), Cornflour, Spices, Mango Chutney (Sugar, Mangoes, Vinegar, Chilli, Garlic, Salt, Ginger), Single Cream, Corinader Leaves, Brown Sugar, Coconut Milk Powedr, Dessicated Coconut, Chicken Stock (Chicken Extract, Yeast Extract, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Water, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Herb Extract), Garlic Puree, Ginger Puree, Red Chillies, Salt, Herbs, Spice Extract




                  Nutritional Information per pack {per 100g in brackets}

                  Energy kJ: 1970kJ {493kJ}
                  kcal: 465kcal {117kcal}
                  Protein: 18.0g {4.5g}
                  Carbohydrate: 74.0g {18.3g}
                  of which sugars: 6.8g {1.7g}
                  Fat: 11.0g {2.8g}
                  (of which saturates): 3.2g {0.8g}
                  Fibre: 2.4g {0.6g}
                  Sodium: 0.20g {0.05g}
                  Salt: 0.5g {0.1g}

                  Allergy information: Contains milk.



                  Price:
                  At the time of writing I paid £1.25 for this from my local freezer shop.



                  Taste and Opinion:

                  After microwaving this for the time specified on the box I removed it from the microwave and pulled the film lid completely off. In terms of appearance it didn't look too bad although, as always, it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the picture of the front of the box. The rice in the picture on the box looks a lot less yellow and the pieces of chicken in the picture look a lot larger than they do when you look at them in the dish.

                  The first thing I did was to take a taste of the yellow rice. It had a slightly rubbery consistency and didn't taste of very much in particular. Undeterred I pushed my fork into the plastic tray and mixed the rice and the curry sauce together, hoping that this would improve things.

                  Once this was done I took a taste and found that the rubbery consistency of the rice was markedly less noticeable. The pieces are chicken were fairly small and although not paricularly chewy or stringy didn't appear to have much taste to them at all. The curry sauce itself was, I would say, closer to creamy than a hot sauce. It's possibly the mildest curry sauce I've ever tasted and would cause no problems whatsover to people who can only stomach the mildest curries on the market.

                  In dietary terms this comes in at 465 kcal for the whole meal which is fairly good considering that there's enough sauce and rice to satsify any hunger cravings for a while. The sugar content is very low at 1.7% as it the fat at 2.8%. The salt content is also not too bad containing 0.5g (Recommended Daily Amount for an adult is 6g) so, as a whole, this meal isn't what you'd label massively unhealthy.

                  Overall though, I wasn't impressed with this in any way, shape or form. I found the whole taste of the product rather bland and won't be buying it again.

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                    15.02.2010 07:29
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                    As you will probably see I like Birds Eye food. It is normally a good enough price, available in a good amount of places and provides a nice tasty munch.

                    This is in the freezers like most Birds Eye food and this normally costs abour £1.30. Perhaps a bit more expensive than other Microwave Curries, but I guess this tastes a bit better, and there is a couple of more Chicken pieces in this one i've found.

                    You just cook this in the plastic tray in the Microwave for about 8 minutes and this makes it hot and seems to stay hot while you eat this up.

                    To look at this the Rice is on 1 side, and the Curry is on the other. I always mix it up when I eat this, and put the Rice on the bottom and spoon the Curry on the top.

                    Per pack this has 535 calories, which isn't too bad.

                    The Rice in this is short and fluffy. It doesn't taste that sticky or dry. The Curry is a medium hot and has a slight kick to it, but nothing much, The Chicken pieces are quite long and Breast Meat and there is a good amount of them/ The Sauce is quite thick as well, and sticks to everything.

                    This is a nice tasty Curry in a hurry.

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                    15.10.2009 19:29
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                    Average 3 stars

                    Do you ever get that feeling some nights of the week where you have neither the energy to slave away and cook yourself a great curry from scratch?
                    Do you get that sinking feeling any time someone mentions the word 'cook' and quickly hunt for microwave produce?

                    If the answer to either of those questions is yes, then definately add this to your weekly shopping list.


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                    The product is basically just your normal chicken curry with rice. It is a microwave from frozen product meaning that it can stay in your freezer on occasions where you have the energy to whack up a good meal, but for those horrible nasty days when you wish you could be doing something else, these are a great addition for your freezer.


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                    Ok, so the taste is not world class. It is not as good as nipping round the corner to my local indian restaurant, for example, but it was never going to be was it? Its a microwave from frozen curry.

                    On these terms, its a great success, a good tasting curry with a lot of kick and something that is very edible after a long day at the office.


                    Price
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                    Another area where this product is average. It costs £2.89 for one of these meals which i think is a little steep. For an extra £2 you could literally get a takeaway which would taste a lot better.

                    However, for something that is just a bit of a one off, you cannot go wrong.


                    Nutritional Info
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                    Calories: 330
                    Total Fat: 2.4g
                    Carbs: 54g
                    Protein: 23g


                    Summary
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                    Good to have in the freezer, but do not start living off the stuff!

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                      24.07.2009 18:23
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                      might as well have paid for just a bag of rice

                      This curry may only be 99p from Tesco but it is not even worth 10p nor the energy to cook it. I like to bake it in the oven because they always taste better than in the microwave and so after a long wait I was so disappointed. The meal is 400g and this is mainly the weight of the rice. There was so little sauce for the amount of rice you got and it was a matter of find the chicken! There were only three pieces of chicken in the entire meal. I bought this curry because the sharwoods chicken tikka masala was out of stock and I thought maybe Birds Eye, with its well known brand name may have been good. Well how wrong was I. Next time my curry is out of stock i will buy a tesco brand. As well as the curry having a measly amount of chicken and sauce, the sauce was very bland too and the chicken tasted like cardboard even though I had cooked it in the oven. I very disappointing meal I must say. This isnt even worth 1 star but I cant rate any less. 0 STARS for the Curry

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                        Birds Eye do a selection of ready meals and one of the ones I have tried recently is the chicken curry with rice.

                        They can be found in all supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's and I have also seen them in smaller shops and little newsagents. They are frozen products and can therefore be found in the freezers. In my local Asda they were placed in a freezer next to all the other beef burgers of different brands however sometimes they will be found alongside all the other Birds Eye Products.

                        This ready meal weighs 400g which is quite a good weight for a ready meal. Weight Watchers meals for example weigh around 300-350g so this shows just how good a weight this meal is. This one costs £1.21 which is quite expensive but then again there are many more expensive meals on the shelves these days. Often there are offers on where you can buy one get one free but none at the moment.

                        The meal comes in an attractive box. It is mainly purple in colour and looks really quite pretty. on the back obviously is all of the nutritional information and ingredients. On the front is the brand name, some product information, and a beautiful, mouth watering picture. The picture is of the chicken curry which looks really quite dark, in a black bowl with some delicious yellow rice. It does look very delicious and extremely tempting.

                        Inside the ready meal is kept in a black tray. The curry and the rice are in two separate compartments which keeps them away from each other. It can either be baked in the oven for around 35 minutes but I prefer for quickness, doing mine in the microwave. I cant remember exactly but it took around 10 minutes. By the time it had finished, a gorgeous curry smell had filled the air. It actually smelled quite spicy which I found odd!

                        I ate mine for lunch one day and with a yoghurt for dessert it provided a lovely substantial lunch which I really did enjoy. It was easy to spoon out of the carton however I needed to give the curry a little mix to thicken it up. The curry tasted gorgeous. It did have a slight spiciness to it but it wasn't too bad. The chicken was nice and chewy and there were plenty of pieces. I am not keen on rice but this one was lovely. There wasn't an awful lot of it however it was enough. It tasted like chicken fried rice, but it wasn't.

                        The whole meal contains 430 calories and 8.3g of fat! For a ready meal this isn't too bad and the fat content is actually very low especially as it wasn't a special low fat meal.

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                          14.07.2009 23:23
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                          Bird's Eye's chciken curry

                          Okay, first up, the good. This actually tastes not too bad. A lot of microwaveable ready meal curries taste weak and flavourless, leaving an awkward feeling in the stomach. This one, however, is quite tasty. There is a touch of creaminess to it that other curries often lack.

                          It is likely to sting you for anywhere between £1 and £2 depending on whether you can catch it on a deal in a supermarket - these meals are often on a multi-item deal, or reduced price. They're easy to make, too, and you can use the microwave with the curry still in the packaging to make it in just a few minutes. It's also a lot lower in fats and the like when compared to a lot of similar products.

                          So, it's good, right? Well, not really. I mean, in comparison with other similar items, yes, it does okay, but there are certain key points to lower the star rating on this one dramatically. First off, although it tastes nice, it's really runny, as if we've been given a half portion watered down. The rice tastes all fabricated, chemicals in abundance, and this rather small meal will not only leave you likely hungry, but will also throw over 400 calories at you.

                          The result is that, although it's a decent tasting product, the worrying thing is that you're really not getting a good product on so many other levels. Calories and salt aside (2g!) it's healthy enough for you, but you may as well double it because you'll need two of these to fill you up!!

                          Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this ready meal, but then, who am I trying to kid? I should really give up trying to find a brilliant ready meal, one to rival the nostalgia I associate with mum's home cooking. Pull yourself together, man! You're a grown man with your own family now. Get your bloody ass in the kitchen, spend half the money, and make yourself a twice as nice, twice as big curry for you and the wife. A little more effort, miles more with the result. Bird's Eye haven't managed to convince me this time: the convenience factor definitely isn't there with this product.

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                          28.06.2009 14:45
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                          A quality microwave meal

                          Ready meal curries I find to be very hit and miss in general - although few ever resemble the creamy freshness of a home made curry, there are those with their own distinct flavour and taste, whereas some are clearly composed of the cheapest ingrediants possible. Birds Eye, known as generally a quality manufacturer of food stuffs, have performed a modest success with their Chicken Curry.

                          Nutritional Information (per meal):
                          Energy = 410 calories
                          Protein = 26g
                          Carbohydrates = 58.4g
                          Fat = 8g
                          Fibre = 7.2g
                          Sodium = 0.8g
                          Salt = 2g

                          Considering how notorious ready meals are for being unhealty, very fatty and extremely high and salt, this curry actually isn't that bad. Its calorie and fat count are among the lowest I've ever seen for microwave curries, although it is pretty high in salt at 2g, that being approximately 1/3 of your daily recommended salt intake.

                          However, it does taste rather good indeed. The sauce is creamy and has a tang unlike the usual curry pastes and sauces that a home-made curry might entail. However, it can be a bit thin and there's not that much of it when compared to how much chicken, and more notably, how much rice is included in this meal.

                          The rice is yellow flavoured and, being microwave ready, is a little chewier and not as fresh as regular rice. However, the chicken tastes succulent and fresh.

                          In short, these ready meals are among the healthiest you're likely to find in the curry range - they're low in fat and calories, and are rather filling. As far as premium brand food goes, they retail for £1.59, which isn't too bad for a top quality brand like Birds Eye. If you like your curry with a bit of a tang, then this is the one to go for.

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                            28.03.2009 21:36
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                            It's Okay, Perhaps Better To Have At Work For Lunch.

                            I had one of these Chicken Curries With Rice tonight and it was quite enjoyable although not mind blowingly brilliant. The portion was also too small for a main meal. I paid £1.50 from Tesco's.

                            It comes in a mauve box and inside the contents are in a tray split into two with both sides tightly covered with plastic film. On one side is the chicken curry and on the other is the rice.

                            You need to make a few piercings with the point of a fork or knife on both sides and microwave for at least 7 minutes on full power. I found that it needed 10 minutes in my microwave.

                            A little tip is to put a few drops of water on the rice side of the tray otherwise the rice comes out far too dry.

                            When it's finished cooking, carefully remove the film from the tray and put the contents on to your plate.

                            The taste:

                            This is a fairly authentic tasting just slightly hotter than mild chicken curry. However, there is no complexity of curry flavours in it which makes me judge it as being a decent appetite filler rather than something to really look forward to or to crave for.

                            The Rice: The rice is long grain and has a yellow tinge to it and has a faintly detectable savoury taste.

                            The Sauce: As described above, it is just "so so".

                            The Chicken: It is just chicken breast of quite uniform sizes and a bit too dry. It has very little taste without the addition of the sauce.

                            The Quantity: This is a 400g pack but in my opinion is no where near big enough for a main evening meal. It might just about be enough for a lunch sized portion.

                            The amount of chicken is also stingy. I would rather pay £2 than £1.50 and get 50% more chicken and a little more rice. This would make it into a more satisfying meal and the chicken quantity would be more of the correct ratio you would expect in a curry. I also think it would benefit from using some softer cuts of the chicken like thigh.

                            The Ingredients:

                            Chicken, Long Grain Rice, Onions, Tomatoes, Various Spices and a few other things in very small quantities.

                            There is no artificial colouring, flavourings or general nasty stuff listed on the box ingredients which is very good and what attracted me to buy it in the first place.

                            Nurition: (per 400g meal)

                            Calories: 410
                            Fat: 8g
                            Fibre: 7.2g
                            Protein: 26g
                            Carbs: 58.4g (8.4g of which are sugars)
                            Salt: 0.8g

                            This is very healthy stuff. It is just a shame that the curry lacks a real depth of flavour, is a bit too small and doesn't contain enough chicken.

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                              04.03.2009 11:53
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                              My youngest daughter (aged 17) has always been a fussy eater, but now, thanks to a bit of peer pressure, she's finally trying 'new' foods.

                              I'm always a bit reluctant to buy frozen ready meals as they are quite high in price & I knw how little they cost to actually make from scratch. However, yesterday hubby & daughter decided to do a 'big' shop at Tesco & she chose this Birds Eye Chicken Curry which she happily ate last night.

                              The box is as shown & cost £1.49 & all the relevant nutritional information, ingredients, cooking & storage instructions are clearly listed on the reverse. I won't list all the values but just to let you know that the meal contains 410 calories, 8.4g sugar,8g fat & 2g of salt - not great if you are health conscious - but BE do a 'Healthy Option' if you'd prefer?

                              When you open the box you'll find a plastic tray which is divided into 2 sections - one for the curry & a slightly larger compartment for the rice. As the film is removed you can smell the curry which is very tempting even in its frozen state.

                              You can microwave or cook in the oven - I think these sorts of meals taste better when popped in the oven but the cooking time is 35-40 minutes.

                              The cooked meal smelt lovely but when I came to take it out of the plastic it was quite sticky at the bottom - I couldn't get the last bit out so I just had to try it (for Dooyoo purposes you understand!). I found it to be OK - but not brilliant. There was a reasonable amount of chicken I suppose & the sauce was sort of curry flavoured but I don't think it would be acceptable to true curry-lovers. The rice was fluffy & very white (much whiter than the usual Basmati that I cook).

                              The only thing I really didn't like was the aftertaste - although I only had a bit I can still taste something I can't put my finger on & it's not very pleasant.

                              I didn't make any comment to my daughter because I wanted to know exactly what she thought. She said the curry was nice & tasty & she liked the consistency but said my rice was much nicer (ha!). She finished off the curry with some naan bread & it seemed to fill her up as she wasn't 'snacking' last night like she normally tends to do.

                              summary
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                              - in my opinion this is expensive for what you get but I may well buy more just to get my daughter to eat something different.
                              - nice colour & texture to the curry & the rice is fluffy but VERY white?!
                              - not too healthy so serve with salad to get essentail vitamins & fibre?
                              - not for the true curry-lover as. in my opinion, it is too mild & a little synthetic tasting.

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