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      26.08.2010 18:15
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      Nice!

      When it comes to marinated and/or coated chicken it happens to be a firm favourite of mine. Spotting these Birds Eye Black Pepper chicken chargrills in Asda recently on offer for a pound for a box of two I simply had to buy them. I love this sort of thing with a nice salad or with chips and I actually purchased a few boxes of different 'flavours' from within this range in one go.

      The Packaging:

      The box is light brown and yellow and has a photograph of one of the chargrills on it. I am told that it is Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills '2 Cracked Black Pepper' and that they are made with a 100% chicken breast and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about Birds Eye and the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, I'm told how to cook them, the weight is stated (which is 184g in this case), the best before date is clearly displayed and contact details for Birds Eye Limited are given. Informative box this is and easy to open and store in the freezer etc as it is a rather flat box.

      The Chicken Chargrills:

      Well as stated on the box you get two reasonably thick, long shaped pieces of chicken. To cook them you simply pop them in an oven for about 20 minutes and that's it....job done.

      Once cooked you get two pieces of meat that do look like chicken breast. Taste wise these really do not only look like chicken breast with a little scattering of black pepper on them, you can smell the pepper and they taste as you would expect them to.

      They go a golden colour once cooked with specks of black on them and they are easy to cook with no fuss required at all. They do not dry out but remain really moist. The pepper is blended with tomato and onion powder (along with a few other ingredients of course) though all I can detect taste wise really is a slight hotness of pepper and that pepper really isn't too hot at all or overpowering to the chicken at all.

      All round I rather like these and would certainly purchase them again!

      Nutritional Information Per Chicken Breast:

      Calories: 165
      Sugars: 0.4g
      Fat: 9.6g
      Saturates: 2.7g
      Salt: 0.7g

      Available in all good supermarkets etc and if not on offer expect to pay around £1.50 a box.

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        13.04.2010 22:49
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        A very tasty chicken breast meal

        I dont really eat that many ready prepared meals, but i do like to have a few chicken meals in the freezer, in case i have forgotten to take meat out of the freezer to cook the next day. I like to have things like chicken kievs, southern fried chicken etc always in my freezer, they are so convienient as you can just shove them in the oven on a baking tray!

        Even if you cant cook, theres no excuse not to eat properly with these birds eye chicken breasts! There is no cooking required really! All you need to do is take the chicken breasts out of the box, and place them on a baking tray in the middle of a preheated oven set to about 200 degrees for roughly 25 minutes. Then they are ready to serve!

        Cracked Pepper chicken are basically just chicken breasts, which have a pepper flavouring. The chicken has been marinated, and glazed with red and green peppers, and cracked black peppercorns. The chicken is made with 100% chicken breast, which is suprising actually, as this chicken doesnt taste like 100% chicken. It does kind of taste like processed meat, like cheap meat you get in places like iceland, which i dont usually like. But for such a quick cheap meal, i dont mind, and the pepper flavouring really does make up for the cheap tasting chicken.

        The cracked pepper is not too much, but it deffinately tastes of pepper! I love pepper sauces etc and this is a really nice flavouring for this chicken. It is not for everybody, my boyfriend hates it, he thinks it is too storng, but i think it is just right.

        The chicken is really easy to cut into, it is not chewy, but you cant compare it to a fresh chicken breast! It is nothing like it!

        This birds eye chicken comes in a few different flavours, including hot and spicy and thai. I love the thai one too, but this can be quite spicy.

        The cracked pepper flavour is deffinatley the most flavoursome chicken out of this range. It goes great with salad and new potaoes. Or it would go great with mashed potaoes and beans. My boyfriend sometimes like to have the thai flavour chicken in a pitta bread with salad, and he says it is really nice!

        The box these chicken breasts come in is so small and thin, they fit nicely in your freezer and hardly take up any room so you can stock up on them.

        They are currently on offer in tesco for £1 for a box of 2 chicken breasts, which is such a cheap meal! These are usually around £1.69, which still isnt bad as they feed two people.

        Each chicken breast contains 170 calories, which isnt too bad for a main meal. Have these with salad and its quite a low calorie meal!

        Birds eyes say this product is free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives.

        I recommend these birds eye chicken breasts if you like a cheap, quick and easy meal now and again. They are so convienient, have plenty of taste and come in a great range of different flavours!

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        04.02.2010 09:08
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        Another 1 of my favourite Birds Eye Chicken products, These have a great taste to them, but I guess won't be to everyone's taste.

        These are frozen and come in a box with 2 Chicken steaks in them. They are made with 100% Breast Meat and consist of the Chicken with a top covering of Cracked Black Pepper. Although it may not look like there is a lot of covering on the top, it is very flavoursome and you don't need any more on the top than what is already there.

        Once cooked the Pepper looks that bit darker. I wouldn't say it is burnt, but it perhaps doesn't look that nice. It is meant to look black I would say and is not a reflection on the cooking.

        You cook these in the oven for about 20 minutes and this allows the Breast Meat to be nice and tender, but the outside just that bit crisper.

        This isn't that spicy, but you can tell it has a right Peppery taste. It isn't too hot, but certainly has a kick to it.

        As nice as the plain normal Birds Eye Chicken but with a good kick to it.

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        30.09.2009 14:36
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        Nice For A Change From Normal Chicken

        When I go to Cooltrader I always get a few boxes of the Birds Eye chicken breasts in different flavours because they are nice with chips or cut up in a sandwich. My fave is the Cracked Black Pepper one because it's yummy and quite spicy so it goes good with mayo to cool it down but it's still hot enough to put some life into a tortilla or pitta bread.

        You cook it in the oven for about half hour and then it's ready to put on your plate or slice up for your butty. Be careful with the glaze though because it gets hot when it comes out of the oven and when I touched one last week to cut it up it was that hot that it left a blister on my finger!

        The chicken is very fake tasting and I reckon some people are put off by the processed texture of it that makes it wetter and not as firm as a proper chicken breast. It tastes nice though and I love the peppery flavour that I think goes really nice with the chicken. It's not that spicy that you can't eat it but it does get quite strong if you eat the chicken breast too quick and then the pepper can get a bit too much.

        It's nice and soft and I love this chicken in a tortilla with loads of salad and some blue cheese sauce because that makes the pepper flavour softer but gives in an extra nice creamy taste as well. They're not greasy tasting but when they are cooking they leave a lot of liquid on the baking tray but I don't think all this is oil because the glaze melts into like water and I reckon a lot of that is whats on the tray.

        I think these are quite filling but if I had one on its own I don't reckon it would fill me up for long because it's quite a small chicken breast but with chips or even mash it's a filling meal that's a nice change from boring plain chicken breasts.

        In Cooltrader they are only 99p for 2 chicken breasts and I think that's great value because even though they are a bit fake tasting they are as good as normal chicken I reckon and tastier as well.

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        07.08.2009 00:30
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        wait for them to be £1/pack or BOGOF

        Birds' Eye Cracked Pepper Chicken were recently on offer at Tesco's for £1 (a box with two pieces of chicken in) as opposed to the usual price of around £1.65. I have recently eaten these at a friends house when she rustled us up something quick to eat. I rather liked them and so got a couple of boxes while they were still on offer.

        Each chicken pieces is 160 calories. I first had these, like I said at my friends house, served with salad, baked beans and potato wedges and one chicken piece was plenty enough to add a bit of white meat to the dish. I have since used them myself chopped up into strips and thrown in to a stir fry and also in wraps as an alternative to (boring) sandwiches, as well as served with salad and jacket potato.

        The chicken pieces are frozen and covered in the cracked pepper coating. This coating melts once cooked. The chicken is tasty and very peppery.

        I think this product is a good find as it is so versatile and quite low in calories for such a 'convenient' food. I would be happy to pay £1 again but unfortunately that offer has finished. My friend bought about 20 boxes (of the different flavours; peri-peri, reggae reggae etc) before the offer finished as she uses these regularly in her meals. I would not pay full price for the product unless I really fancied them while I was in the supermarket.

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          23.07.2009 19:37
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          try this

          I am not really a fan of Birds Eye products usually because I usually find that they are overpriced. However, these were on special offer recently and we picked up a few packs of the different flavoured chicken pieces for £1 (for a box of two).

          The frozen chicken pieces are packed in a cardboard box with the usual Birds Eye logo, a picture of the cooked Cracked Pepper Chicken pieces and all the necessary nutritional information.

          The chicken pieces are an odd colour when they are removed frozen from the pack - nearly grey is how I would describe them. The glaze with the red and green peppers adds just a bit of colour.

          They 'cook' in around 20 -25 mins depending on your oven and the heat you cook them at. When they are done the glaze has 'melted' and changes the look of the chicken piece altogether. They do look and smell appetising, although I find it hard to put my finger on the smell. It is pleasant. The sweet pepper of the green and red peppers is an underlying taste with the cracked pepper being overwhelmingly evident - very tasty.

          The chicken has a very nice coating and is succulent itself - very enjoyable. We will serve ours with loads of salad and jacket potato for our tea tonight, but will cook two packs (different flavours - making 4 pieces) and chop the other two to put in a wrap with salad for our lunches tomorrow.

          At 160kcal per chicken pieces they are not bad at all and very tasty. However, I doubt I would be tempted to buy these at full price of around £1.88. They are much more of a bargain for £1 and we will stock up again when we next see them on that offer.

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            13.07.2009 12:42
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            For me, not a main meal substitue but a very tasty lunch snack.

            I bought these last week for lunch as they were on a 2 for £2 offer in Sainsburys.

            I have to confess I'm not ussually a frozen food fan. Secretly I want to be one of those women who can work 40+ hours a week (I do!) and prepare a meal from scratch and keep the house nice and...!!!

            Its not a subsitute for a nice fat marinated chicken breast, but it is a good stand alone snack. I bought some soft floured burger buns and served them in these with cheese on top and some salad and sweet potato wedges.

            Its very easy, you can pop it on a tray in a pre-heated oven and go to do something else for 20minutes.

            What I liked most was the topping. When I got in from the supermarket it had started to thaw, and it was soft and a little creamy. This melts over the chicken and gives it a nice flavour.

            I think the flavour compensates for the fact it is never going to be as moist as a fresh chicken breast. I would buy them again, and even keep some in the freezer for a snack at lunch time (if I saw them on offer)

            Potentially it could be a good way to wean a younger child from packeted chicken nuggets and processed food as it looks more like a chicken breast and is full of flavour. An older child could prepare it themself.

            Of course, the reputable Birds Eye brand is a selling point, and is easily found in the yellowy packaging in the freezer department!

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            13.07.2009 12:16
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            I like the Birds Eye range of Frozen Chicken and feel it is not necessary to buy fresh products all the time. These can vary in price anything between £1.48-£1.68 for a 2 piece pack, but Asda is often good selling the range at £1 every now and again.

            The packaging is alright for these. All of the range are in a Yellow-ish thin cardboard box and it has the Birds Eye branding up near the top and a small description of the Chicken below it. There is the standard picture of the product, looking all nice and tasty on the front as well.

            You cook these in an oven on 220o for approx 20 minutes.

            You get 2 Oval Shaped pieces of Chicken in the box. They are pretty flat and it is all just chicken apart from a thin spreading on the top of the Checked Pepper coating. Although i've said it is a thin layer, there is plenty fspice and flavour in this coating and it is more than enough for the amount of Chicken.

            When cooked the Chicken is nice and moist, but the top seems quite crisp. To look at it it looks like loads of Peppercorns and there is a mixture of Black and some Red in it as well. I would describe the taste as Cracked Black Pepper with a dash of Sea Salt and a slight Paprika tang to it. I wouldn't describe this as overly hot and spicy, but there is a slight spice to this.

            This is one of my favourites in the range, probably due to the fact that i've not had any other Chicken product like this. I wouldn't say it is quite worth the normal price for it, but since I always stock up when the offers are on, then I rarely have to pay normal price for this.

            Makes a nice meal teamed up with some Chips!

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              06.07.2009 19:13
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              Lovely in a tortilla wrap but I can't imagine it being too good as part of a plated meal.

              One of my favourite teatime meals is chicken wrapped in a tortilla, obviously I much prefer fresh chicken perhaps stir fried in a little sauce or cooked in some spices but when I am out of chicken breasts I will opt for frozen chicken such as this Birds Eye Cracked Pepper Chicken which is very tasty although not the healthiest option if I'm honest.

              Although it tastes very nice indeed, the texture of this chicken after cooking is a little unusual as it is has a slightly spongy consistency and will actually leak a little water if you press down on it with your fork. I find it a pleasant texture while eating, the problem is that having the chicken feel like this just serves to remind me how artificial this food is.

              The smell is quite spicy, the first time I bought this chicken I was worried as it was cooking because I thought it was going to be too peppery for my tastes. I needn't have worried though as even though the taste IS very peppery it's still very pleasant indeed and really livens up my tortilla wrap, especially when I add a dollop of mayo to it.

              The flavour is mainly in the marinade which sits atop the chicken piece, it's a brightly coloured marinade which makes the chicken look almost orange and I was pleased to see the pepper corns and small pieces of peppers mixed in which made it plain that this would be a very flavoursome food indeed.

              The chicken itself is fairly good, although I think that without the pepper flavouring it would be extremely dull. While it's moist and slices well for my tortilla, the chicken itself is rather plain in flavour and in my opinion could have done with a little salt to bring the natural flavour out - if indeed there is anything natural about this product at all!

              The pepper marinade is what makes this meal for me. It's very peppery but not overwhelmingly so in my opinion, the marinade melts beautifully while the chicken is cooking and this gives a rounded flavour even though it doesn't infuse the chicken as well as I would have hoped. The only thing you need to watch out for is the pepper corns as sometimes an hour later you'll inadvertently come across one in your teeth - it's a very hot sensation indeed if you happen to bite into one by mistake!

              I can't see that I'd ever eat these on their own as while it's tasty in a tortilla, the quality of the chicken itself is not good enough to simply cut through and pop into my mouth with no adornments or anything to add a bit of interest. My daughter does eat it with a salad occasionally but she tells me she much prefers the Crispy Chicken pieces from the same Birds Eye range.

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                06.05.2009 13:47
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                nice enough chicken but may not suit everyone's tastebuds?

                I've never been a fan of 'shaped' chicken, chicken nuggets etc as I like the real thing so I was somewhat a little suspicious & a tad disappointed when my daughter came home with a couple of boxes of Birds Eye Cracked pepper chicken.

                They cost £1 per box from Tesco (on offer) & each box contains 2 pieces of rather grey-looking, not very inspiring, medium-sized frozen chicken

                To be honest the chicken doesn't look half as good as it does in the picture - eg it didn't go as golden brown & I didn't see any red/green peppers on the top (maybe they were hidden inside & I missed them?)

                However, it did smell good when cooking & I was pleasantly surprised when I tucked into my piece to find it was extremely tasty. The flavour of the black pepper definitely comes through & is fairly strong - not at all like the incipid nuggets that you can buy. By the time I'd finished my plate of chicken & veg I felt as if I'd eaten a good meal - not great - but a nice change.

                The chicken meat wasn't dry at all but the coating wasn't as crisp as I'd expected & was paler than the one shown above & not quite as thick as it appears - thicker & longer than a chickenburger but thinner than a kiev if you see what I mean?

                The texture was better than I'd expected as it was nice white meat with no gristle.

                On the box it's telling me it's 100% chicken breast with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The ingredients include onion, tomato powder, red & green pepper,black pepper, ginger powder, white pepper which accounts for the fairly spicy taste. Other ingredients are also given - the ones I can never understand but always seem to be included in these types of meal.

                Per portion the Cracked Chicken pieces are 165 cals, with 8.6g fat & 6g of salt - I'm pointing these out for anyone who's weight-conscious (like me) - I don't think this is too bad if eaten as part of a main meal with vegetables or salad.

                Cooking is easy enough; although not suitable for the microwave it takes only 25 minutes to cook in the oven (guidelines given for different types of cooker).

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                - wouldn't have chosen this myself but was pleasantly surprised how tasty it was.
                - contents don't really match the picture.
                - nice taste of black pepper & other spices - interesting.
                - nice texture.
                - not too unhealthy.
                - may not suit everyone's taste?

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                  20.02.2009 21:54
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                  A good freezer/cheap meal standby when your watching your pennies - not your waist!

                  Doing my food shop in Tesco's this evening, I noticed packs of Bird's Eye chicken on offer at £1 each. As I'm sure pretty much everyone is at the moment I'm watching my money, and sticking to a food budget while also having very little time for planning and preparing food has led to my other half and I mainly living on a diet of either pasta with tomato sauce or beans on jacket potatoes, with only one (maybe two) nights a week where we have something a bit more interesting such as meat. We'd already chosen some gammon, but for £1 we could certainly treat ourselves to some chicken too!

                  We chose Cracked Black Pepper seasoned chicken, as it sounded a bit more gourmet than the spicy battered ones! The packet was very tempting, organgey-yellow with a bit picture of delicious looking coated chicken breasts on the front. There is also a proclamation telling me they are 100% chicken breast, which although I assume is, unfortunately, battery chicken's breasts, is still good to know.

                  On opening the packet I was hit with a delicious, spicy, fragrant smell - which is still wafting from the empty box as it is sat here with me at the computer! I took the chicken pieces out and immediately noticed the topping - it looked really thick and even over the pieces, always a good sign. I put them in the oven for the recommended time - 25 minutes - while I made my mashed potatoes.

                  On taking them out the oven, the topping went a much deeper colour, with some obvious flecks of red and black pepper, although not nearly as much as the box picture. When serving up, I licked some topping off my finger and immediately was hit with a very hot, spic taste and sensation in my mouth and throat. I put out some mayonnaise to eat with the chicken as I thought this would help calm the heat.

                  On eating properly, however, the overall effect was not that intensely spicy. The chicken and topping was very, very tasty, with a lovely flavour in which you could really pick out the black pepper, also kind of smokey, and you could just taste hints of ginger. The chicken was really tasty and so I ended up leaving the mayonnaise as it covered the taste, although the chicken did taste lovely with a bit of tomato ketchup. The only small minus was the texture - it was kind of spongey, like the chicken in cheap burgers that has been reconstituted. It's obviously very processed, however for a pound I didn't expect premium meat, and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the meal. Also, it's not a healthy choice, with 2.7g of saturated fat and 0.8g of salt per piece. For a quick meal though, served with some potatoes and veg that's still much healthier than your average ready meal.

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                  12.02.2009 18:55
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                  I would recommend this product, a very quick easy to make meal

                  This and many other birds eye products are currently on offer in most supermarkets for £1 per box.

                  For £1 you got 2 chicken breasts which are approximately 160 calories and 9g of fat per serving.

                  Upon opening the cardboard box (which can be recycled), you are met with two chicken breasts which do not look much like the picture on the box (very red on the box but a little plain looking upon opening).

                  The breasts and just standard chicken breasts covered with sprinkles of red and green peppers.

                  To cook the breasts you put the oven on gas mark 5 for 25 minutes but I cooked mine at gas mark 6 for 25 minutes as I was also making wedges with it and I wanted to ensure that everything was cooked thoroughly.

                  Once cooked the breasts looked a lot more apetising and you could really see the colour of the red and green peppers.

                  I served our chicken with wedges and we had one breast each which was just enough to cure hunger and keep it at bay at least until bedtime.

                  The chicken was fairly spicy and my lips were left tingling for a little while afterwards.

                  I would recommend this product, whilst it is high in fat and sugar it is very yummy and if only eaten occasionally it won't do you too much harm! Everything in moderation hey!

                  Thanks for reading:)

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                    11.02.2009 18:04
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                    Um...its chicken.

                    I couldnt say I'm much of a cook, I am far too prone to buy frozen foods. I like to eat loads of fresh veg with my meals but I am known to eat it raw lol! So for a lazy thing like me cracked pepper chicken is just perfect.

                    Made by evil chicken murderers Birds Eye, this stuff comes frozen in a pack of two chicken breasts. Usually its quite expensive, I've seen it nearing £3 for the box, but currently its on offer at £1 in a lot of supermarkets, and these offers on the Birds eye chicken breasts seem to be on quite often, so look out for it while its cheap!

                    Preparing the chicken is easy as pie, whack it in the oven for 25 minutes and there you have peppery chicken goodness.

                    On removal from the oven this stuff looks gorgeous...a golden brown glazed chicken with lots of peppery bits...mmm. On cutting the fillet open though, the chicken looks a little bit on the processed side!

                    I am a total wuss when it comes to hot stuff, but this is just slightly hot to the taste, just about spicy enough without being too spicy. Although the topping is lovely, the chicken itself is a little bland...which of course is usually the case with cheap processed chicken. However, the tasty topping makes up for it.

                    This is good for a quick meal, served up with veg and potatoes, but a word of warning, it is high in salt and has sugar in it too, plus emulsifier, and pork gelatine...ick!! So although it might taste yummy its not really that good for you!

                    If you are looking for a quick and easy chickeny meal, you could do a lot worse than these, however if you're watching your salt and sugar intakes they might be a no-no!

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                      Great with chips or a salad

                      My husband & I love chicken but don't often have the time to cook it from scratch so instead we buy Birds Eye Cracked Pepper Chicken. It's a really tasty way to enjoy chicken without spending hours in the kitchen first.

                      They cost £1.38 for 2 pieces of chicken from Tesco. They come in an orange box with the Birds Eye logo on the front and a picture of the two cooked pieces of chicken which look absolutely delicious. On the back are the ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions.

                      Ingredients:
                      Chicken Breast (73%), Glaze, Marinade, Glaze: Water, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Black Pepper, Ginger Powder, Dried Red and Green Pepper, White Pepper, Maize Starch, Skimmed Milk Powder, Sugar, Rice Flour, Pork Gelatine, Salt, Natural Flavouring, Yeast Extract, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Natural Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin#), Basil, Parsley, Marinade: Water, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Maize Starch, Salt, Rice Flour, #Lecithin is used to bind our glazes together. It is a natural material found in many traditional food ingredients

                      Birds Eye use 100% chicken breast in this food which is great as it's more healthy for you than the stuff with water or other more sincere things added. As you can see it also contains loads of herbs; black pepper, ginger powder, dried red and green pepper, white pepper, yeast extract, tomato powder and onion powder. This gives it a brilliant flavour. Unfortunately this product does contain wheat, milk and soya so those who are allergic to these things won't be able to enjoy this food.

                      Each piece of cooked chicken contains:
                      165 Calories (8% GDA)
                      0.5g of Sugar (1% GDA)
                      8.6g of Fat (12% GDA)
                      2.7g of Saturated Fat (14% GDA)
                      0.9g of Salt (14% GDA)

                      They need to be kept in the freezer until you are going to cook them when you need to:
                      Oven:
                      Remove from packaging
                      Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5
                      Cook for 25 minutes

                      Grill:
                      Remove from packaging
                      Grill on high temperature for 20 minutes

                      They smelt delicious whilst they were cooking. You could really smell the chicken and the spices. I couldn't wait to try them. They're a lovely golden colour with spices flecked all over the breadcrumbs. They taste amazing, the chicken is just right and you can taste the pepper on the top really well although it isn't too strong.

                      Overall I give this product 10 out of 10 but I must warn you that it contains a lot of salt and fat so be careful! Delicious!

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                        Quick and easy Birds Eye Chicken

                        I love to make a very quick and easy dinner and I thought I might write a review on it. One of my favorite quick dinners is Birds Eye cracked pepper chicken.

                        I know I might write reviews concerning my little monsters, this however might give the false impression that I am domesticated. Oh how wrong can you be! If I manage to find something in the supermarket that is quick and easy to make I am willing to knock over old ladies just to get it. Birds Eye Cracked Pepper Chicken fit the bill perfectly for me.

                        I spotted them about 4 months ago in the frozen section of Asda. The brightly coloured yellow/orange box had the birds Eye logo on and a very appetising picture of two chicken breasts with a nice looking coating on. I decided for once in my life I was not going to buy something just because it looked pretty and I was going to read the box.

                        The front of the box had a large square on it with the writing ‘Made with 100% chicken breast’ normally that would have been enough for me but I decided to read on. It might have had chicken breast in it but there were a lot of other ingredients added as well.

                        The list of the ingredients are as follows:
                        Chicken (73%, water, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, wheat flour, maltodextrin (contains wheat), salt, spices, wheat starch, maize starch, dried red and green peppers, rice flour, skimmed milk powder, sugar, pork gelatine, natural flavourings, yeast extract, tomato powder, onion powder, emulsifier (Soya lecithin), potato starch, herbs, and finally white wine vinegar.

                        Well what a mouthful and that is even before you have taken a bite. Despite having enough different ingredients added to stock a small shop I decided to still buy it. I thought the price was fairly good at £1.48 for a pack. When I had taken the out of the box they looked nothing like the front of the packet. I put this down to the fact that they were frozen and the appearance would improve on cooking. The instructions are to cook the chicken from frozen for 25 minutes in a pre-heated oven glazed side up at 190C, 375F or gas mark 5. It states fairly clearly on the pack that these are not suitable for the microwave. I had mine in the oven for 30 minutes before I felt it was ready. I would in no way try to under cook this as the box does advise that the chicken does contain raw meats.

                        After taking my chicken out of the oven, I have to say that the appearance had improved. The bits of red and green pepper flakes were fairly noticeable on the top of the chicken. There was a very pleasant smell of peppers and spices to the chicken and I found myself looking forward to it. Upon cutting it open I noticed that it was very processed looking, unlike the picture on the front of the box. The I have to say the taste was quite pleasant. The peppers on the top were not too strong but still fairly spicy. If you have a smallish appetite then one will do you fine but I would think a man would have to have two. I had mine with a salad and I have to admit I did eat the two of them ( I was hungry, that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it).

                        At first glance I thought these were good for slimmers as there is only 160kcal per portion, but the fat content seems quite high at 8.9g which is 12% of an adult’s guideline daily amount. People who are slimming are normally advised to have products under 5%. What was more worrying was the amount of salt in the chicken,. 1.17g, (20% of an adults GDA).

                        My overall conclusion of this product is that it is quick, easy and tasty but you could never mistake it for a proper chicken breast. It is alright to have now and then but due to the high fat and salt content not too often. S it looks like my poor children will have to put up with me cooking from scratch.

                        Birds Eye also do Thai flavoured chicken in this range.

                        If you wanted any more information on these Birds Eye have a website at www.birdseye.co.uk or a customer service free phone number 0800 33 22 77.

                        Thanks for reading my review.

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                      • Product Details

                        Succulent chicken breast, glazed with red and green peppers and cracked peppercorns.