“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Chicken „
Of late with moving into a new flat and stuff and generally being very busy I didn't seem to have time to cook and so one of the first things I bought was a microwave and some ready meals. Trying hard to stick to a healthy eating regime I did stock up on a few healthy option meals to get by with and this was one of them! The Packaging: Purple box with a photograph of the curry on the front of it and I am told that it is Birds Eye Healthy Options Chicken Curry 'Tender pieces of chicken breast in a spicy curry sauce with a long grain rice' and that the whole meal contains less than 1% fat and only contains 335 calories. Other information on the box includes being told about other Birds Eye ready meals within the range, ingredients and allergy advice is given as is an at a glance and full nutritional chart stated, I'm told how to prepare the meal, the weight is given (which is 350g) and contact details for Birds Eye Ltd are listed. Inside the curry comes in a black plastic tray with clear, plastic film over and all in all this is a nice enough, informative box. The Curry: In the tray (that comes frozen) half of the container is filed with curry the other half with white rice and there is no divider so part of the curry and the rice mingle in the middle. You can either cook this in the oven for 35-40 minutes or bung it in the microwave 6 1/2-7 minutes. I microwaved mine of course for quickness! I have to admit at first by being a little surprised when I first got it out of the microwave when it was cooked. The portion was rather small and I seemed to have more rice than anything but to me this really is a light and small meal. The chicken curry itself was nothing to write home about really! The sauce is brown and like a thinnish gravy though to be fair to it, it does coat all of the ingredients within it very well. Within that you can spot some really small, chopped tomatoes, bits of yellow peppers, flecks of coriander and some really small diced pieces of chicken breast. The curry looked nice enough though there wasn't alot of chicken in it though what there was did taste moist and nice enough though the pieces did need to be a bit bigger in my opinion to contain more flavour. The vegetables were well cooked though didn't contain that much flavour really either. I could detect a slight garlic and coriander flavouring but on the whole this is a really, really mild curry with no real kick to it at all and for me this was a little on the bland side and I found the whole thing a bit sloppy and messy to eat. The rice was ok though. Well seasoned, well formed and dry and it tasted and looked like rice and I have no complaints about that whatsoever. I wouldn't buy this meal again through choice as it wasn't flavoursome enough and was really a very small portion! Healthy...yes cos it's mainly sauce and not alot else! Nutritional Information Per Meal: Calories: 335 Sugars: 9.1g Fat: 3.2g Saturates: 0.7g Salt: 1.0g Available in all good supermarkets etc priced about £1.29 a meal (unless on offer of course like I purchased this in Asda for a pound a box).
I stocked up on a few of these frozen meals when they were on offer for £1 for the 400g meal. I think the right price is around £1.60, which I don't think I would pay for a meal like this, but £1 is about right. I think the packaging makes it looks quite healthy. I don't know if it's because of all the light bits on it, but it just looks quite healthy. There is a nice picture of a plate of this Curry on the front and it all looks nice enough. The Curry is in a plastic tray with a cellophane wrapper over it. You just cook in the tray and at least that way you don't have something else to wash! This only has 360 calories and 9.4g of fat. A pretty healthy meal and can easily be incorporated into an evening meal if you are watching your weight. This takes approx 8 minutes to cook. This all depends on the wattage of your Microwave though. The Rice is on 1 side of the tray and the curry on the other. They aren't seperated by a divider, but I don't mind as the first thing I do when cooked is to cover the Rice with the Curry. I like my Rice always to be covered and although I like Rice either way, I just think it would be a bit boring if nothing was with it. This is tasty and perhaps a bit better than I imagined it to be. The bits of chicken are quite long, pretty thick and are Breast Meat. It is sort of flat but knobbly and you have to chew the Chicken which is nice as you get the flavouring from it. The Curry isn't to spicy but there is a bit of a kick to it. More a Tomato based Curry than a Korma and a good enough thickness to it. The Rice was fine. Just short bits of White Rice. All in all a nice, tasty, flavoursome and healthy meal at an ok price.
I've just had a Birdseye Healthy Option Chicken Curry for my dinner. I utilized Tesco home delivery service this week, and ordered two of these as they were on offer. They would normally be £1.48 each, but are currently 2 for £2. This was the main reason I was drawn to this item, as well as the fact that it claimed to be a healthier choice. When my shopping arrived, I was quite surprised by the size of these. The box was considerably smaller than other ready meals I have had in the past. I suppose they are around the same size as Weight Watchers meals. It is a frozen ready meal which can be cooked in the oven or microwave, although it is advised that it is 'tastiest when microwaved straight from the freezer'. They come in a green and white box with a picture of a very appetising looking meal on the front. In this picture I counted about 12 pieces of chicken and a reasonable portion of long grain rice. So anyway the instructions read as follows: Pierce the film lid and cook on full power for 4 minutes then peel back the film and stir sauce and rice, replace the film and cook for a further 2 minutes. These times are for a 850mw microwave and other times are given for lower powered ovens. So after following these directions I served one of these meals to myself and the other to my partner. My first impression was that it smelt nice and looked quite yummy, but on further examination I found only 6 pieces of chicken swimming in a lot of runny sauce. Also, there were a few bits of red pepper and I believe I found 2 small pieces of tomato. However, when I tucked in I was pleasantly surprised, as it was actually very tasty. It wasn't too spicy, which pleased me as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to curry, and don't like it too hot. It wasn't at all bland though, as there was a good balance of fairly strong flavours. The rice was nice and fluffy; quite a rarity with these kind of meals, as the rice is usually clumped. I have to say, I usually eat portions that are about three times the size of this one, so I did have doubts about whether this dish would satisfy my appetite. We had broccoli with it and also ended up having 2 slices of bread and butter each. At the moment I feel sustained, but I have a feeling that within a couple of hours we will probably have the kitchen cupboards open looking for something else to eat. The Nutritional Values are as follows: Calories 350, Sugars, 10.0g, Fat, 3.5g, Saturates, 0.7g and Salt 1.0g. So yes, it is a lot healthier than normal ready prepared curries but because its such a small portion you end up finding other things to bulk it out (as we did) so not a good idea really unless you are a serious dieter, or just have a stomach the size of an egg cup. Overall, a nice enough meal. I have definitely tasted worse, but it just wasn't big enough. As it has such a low fat content already, I feel that increasing its size wouldn't necessarily remove the 'Healthy Option' label. A larger portion please Birdseye.
These Birds Eye Healthy Options Chicken Curry were recently on special offer at Morrisons for £1 per meal, found in the frozen ready meals aisle. Each Chicken Curry provides 350 kcal and 3.5g of fat, which is greta if you are on a low calorie or low fat diet. The meal is extremely easily to prepare, simply pierce the film lid and heat in the microwave for 6 - 7 minutes (depending on wattage) or in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes. Cooking time is from frozen and Birds Eye infact recommend that the meal is 'tastiest when straight from the freezer' The meal was indeed very tasty with the curry not being to overpowering. There was not enough spice in this for me but it would be no hardship to add a bit of chilli sauce to warm it up! It smelt quite good, appetising, not like when the delivery guy knocks on the door with a curry, but good none the less. It looked attractive, with lots of chicken and red and yellow peppers. The long grain rice was just like typical ready meal rice, not sticky but not light and fluffy either. Overall I think that this would suit someone trying to slim who was very disciplined. I didn't buy mine for the 'slimming factor' just because it was on offer and I wanted a back up in the freezer. The reason I say you would have to be disciplined as because of the size of the portions - its a bit piddly!!I actually served my curry with a garlic bread (pizza style) and ate the whole thing. I do have a big appetite but none the lees I could not filll myself up on this meal alone. For taste it was okay, I would happily eat it again. For fats and calories it is great .... but for the 'fill factor' - pretty useless which would undoubtedly up the fats and calories by adding garlic or naan bread or a few samosa!