“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Chicken „
For £1.50 on the Tesco website this Birds Eye chicken korma is a good meal to store in your freezer. It is really simple to prepare as you just have to remove it from the box, pierce the film lid and then heat it for at most ten minutes stopping after eight minutes to give it a stir before you close the microwave door for a further two minutes. Ready meals like this are always really useful if you are in a rush or you have got home from work or a day out feeling very hungry and you don't have the heart to do any food preparation or cooking. Birds Eye are still a popular and trusted brand and you do expect a certain level of quality as a consumer because of this which is a compliment to the firm really.
As Indian food goes this is a mild dish, pieces of cooked chicken in a sauce made with coconut, cream,
yoghurt and traditional spices. It is finished off with long grain rice. Personally I think this would only really feed one person as I had no trouble eating it all and I did enjoy it very much. This is tasty, the chicken is lovely and tender and the sauce really is tremendously creamy, really enjoyable. Sometimes if food is too hot and spicy I find it can hamper my enjoyment but this is so mild and therefore I just enjoy the taste with no side effects.
This is probably not the healthiest option as one of these meals contains 515 calories and 18g of fat but that is to be expected in a product that is made using cream and yoghurt. I do think this a good quick option of a tasty meal if you are busy but obviously it is not quite as good as an Indian take away or even sitting down to eat in a restaurant. For something that is heated for ten minutes though straight from the freezer this is very acceptable and at a good price too.
I bought this ready meal for myself, hoping it would satisfy my appetite after a busy day. I usually don't eat ready meals, but it was cheaper then a take away. For a £1 in Asda you really can't go wrong. The packaging is very appealing, with a picture on the packaging looking like it came from a take away. The instructions on the packaging were very clear and easy to understand.
On visual appearance after being cooked, it looked like a curry I woud make at home. The rice was fluffy looking and the curry looked scrumptous. On tasting the curry it was very bland, I could not taste any of the spices and it did not have a creamy taste. However, the curry did have a lot of chicken which was a bonus. From past experiences, curry ready meals are mainly sauce rather than meat.
Overall, personally I would only eat this curry again if I had no other choice. It could be that I am fussy because I prefer homemade curry, or it is just a poor microwave meal. I definitely expected better quality considering its a Birds Eye product.
We bought this korma as it was on offer for £1 in our local supermarket. It takes 6-10 minutes in the microwave depending on the wattage, though it can also be cooked in the oven for around 30-45 minutes. Being impatient, I decided on the microwave method; the food came out hot and cooked perfectly.
The curry and rice are both a deep yellow colour, with visible flecks of spices and chopped onions. Unfortunately, there isn't much chicken in the dish for a 'chicken' korma. However, the flavour of the sauce certainly makes up for this! It has a very complex flavour, similar to those you would get in an indian restaurant. Whilst it isn't as creamy as a restaurant korma, it's very tasty for a microwave meal, and much healthier (the dish has around 450 kcals)
Overall, this is a good alternative to a takeaway - whilst it may not be completely authentic, it's a tasty and filling meal for one!
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
So as you can see the ready meal takes maximum 9 minutes and minimum 7 minutes depending on your microwave make. This is very quick which is my favourite aspect about this product. Alternatively the curry can be cooked in the oven:
: 30 - 35 mins - 190°C or Fan 170°C or Gas Mark 5
- Pre-heat oven.
- Pierce film lid.
- Place on a baking tray in middle of the oven.
I have always used the microwave to cook my curry as it is quicker. With other microwave currys the cooking guidelines have always suggested that you should add a tablespoon of water and stir so I did the same with this curry to ensure that the rice wasn't dry or stuck together.
The curry is absolutely delicious and I would even go as far as saying that it is on par with a takeaway Indian curry the chicken is always succulent and chunky, the sauce always creamy yet still thick and the rice is always soft.
This curry is available for £1.37 from Tesco but I often find that this curry is on offer a lot of the time so keep your eye out for a bargain! Overall I find this to be a completely enjoyable meal which always cooks thoroughly and tastes great!
When it comes to ready meals they are not something I overly indulge in really. However some nights I'm home alone with a bottle of wine and feeling lazy so I have two options. Call in a take-away or pop a ping meal in the microwave and one week I decided on this, reason one being cos I love a chicken korma and reason two being that I was a bit skint at the time and this was on offer in Asda costing £1 and I'd bought it and popped it in the freezer prior to the evening I wanted it.
The meals comes in a mainly pink and yellow box with a photogoraph of the curry on the front of it and we are told that it is Birds Eye Chicken Korma With Rice and that it contains no artificial colours or flavours and is made with 100% chicken breast and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the box includes includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart displayed as well as cooking details being given and contact details for Birds Eye are listed. Inside the box you get a black plastic deepish tray, divided into two covered by a pull off see-through plastic covering. Nice enough, informative packaging this is.
The Meal Itself:
To heat this through you have a couple of options available to you. We are recommended to cook this always from frozen and you can either oven cook it in 30-35 minutes or pop it in the microwave for 7-9 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave). I cooked mine in the microwave purely cos I'm a lazy so and so.
The portion size is good and you get equal amounts of rice to the korma. The korma itself is bright yellow with lots of visible, chunky chicken breast within it and flavoured with onion, yogurt and coconut milk. The chicken and sauce has visible specks of herbs and spices in it which include garlic, aniseed, sage and coriander leaves and it is a well seasoned sauce with body and nicely seasoned too and there is a hint of a garlic smell and taste to it as well. The chicken is pre marinated before going in the sauce and is juicy, well cooked and tastes rather fresh and although I wouldn't say that this tastes as creamy, rich or as delicious as one from a resteraunt this is a pleasant 'cheapy' one and I like the natural sweetness this has to it along with the gentle taste of coconut.
The rice is well cooked, al dente and not soggy, made up from long grain rice and seasoned and coloured with tumeric this is moist without being gloopy and is a filling part of the meal.
All in all I rather enjoyed this but I won't lie and say it was the korma I have ever had cos it wasn't but the flavours were nice and it was a nice quality and easy to prepare reasonably filling meal.
Nutritional Information Per Meal
This is available in all good supermarkets etc and if not on some sort of offer expect to pay about £1.50 a meal and other varities are available too!
We like to try new foods in our house and especially when they come with a good price tag. We have had a few of the normal Birds Eye Curries such as the standard Chicken one and the Beef one, and didn't know it came in another Curry flavouring until we spotted this one about 6 weeks ago in the freezers of Tesco.
These meals normally cost around £1.40, but this was on offer for £1 so we thought we would try a couple. I woudln't say that £1.40 is that expensive for a Microwave Curry, but when Asda's one is just as good and costs £1 all the time for the same weight, then you have to think is it worth the extra money?
This came in the normal plastic tray. The Rice was on 1 side, and the Chicken in the Curry Sauce was on the other. It cooked in 8 minutes in the microwave.
This made a nice enough snack. Not that filling for a main meal, I would say 2 of these would do nicely just for me!
The Rice was nice. It seemed a bit sticky and I thought this would all stick together and not be nice, but it was alright. At least it wasn't too hard anyway. We spoon the Rice on the bottom of the plate and pput the Curry over it. The Sauce was quite thick but not that much and it was a lightly spiced taste. Just like any other Korma. There was a light Coconut taste to this and it was nice. The Chicken was decent sized Chicken Breast chunks. i would have liked a few more chunks as I think there was only 5 in here and 3 were smaller than the other ones.
A nice quick enough snack that is a bit more healthy for you than a Burger and Chips.
I had one of these Chicken Kormas for my tea last night, I'm not mad keen on frozen curries but I thought this one was yummy and well worth the £1.79 I paid for it.
In the meal you get yellow rice, I think that's called pilau rice but have chucked the box now so can't check. There is also the chicken and korma sauce, even when it's still frozen you can see that there's quite a lot of chicken in it and the pieces are a lot bigger than I thought they would be.
I cooked mine in the oven and it cooked perfect in the time it says on the box. After a bit you can smell a lovely creamy curry smell in the kitchen and by the time it's cooked you can tell just from the smell that it's a korma and has got a delish coconut smell.
The taste test is the most important thing though and it's wicked. The chicken is cooked perfect and tastes very fresh and juicy, there's loads of sauce and it's thick enough to coat the chicken lovely so that each piece of chicken is dripping with the sweet rich korma sauce.
I think the sauce is proper yummy, it's obviously not the same as if you brought a korma from the take away but for a frozen curry I think it's wicked. You can taste how creamy it is and I also love the fact that there are loads of faint spices used in it and they mix so good with the coconut flavour.
The rice isn't the best but I think it's just the same as in any frozen curry, some of it's fluffy but other parts of it have gone a bit tough and that makes the rice taste not very fresh. It was ok when I mixed it with the korma sauce though so I can't moan too much about it!!! lol
Over all I think this is a wicked curry, I had mine with a mini nan bread from Asda and it was like having a take away but a lot cheaper. The korma is seriously that good, I was mega shocked actually by how yummy the meal was and I was full up afterwards because of how much chicken was in the curry and also because of how thick and rich the sauce is.
Recommended by me!!!