“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Chicken „
There are certain things that I like to pick up when I am out shopping to stick in the freezer to knock up when I want a quick dinner and chicken pieces are one of them. I have tried various varieties of breaded and coated chicken and one brand that I always repurchase is Birds Eye.
Birds eye chicken pieces come in many different flavours such as chargrilled, garlic and even levi roots reggae sauce. The flavour I am going to be reviewing today is the southern fried which are made from 100% chicken breast.
You can buy these in packets of 2 or 4, both of which are on offer fairly regularly. I tend to buy a couple of boxes just to stock up as they are great for a quick, easy and tasty dinner.
On the packet the chicken looks very appetising,. The nutritional information is displayed clearly on the front. There are 240 calories per piece of chicken and 1.4g of saturated fat, which I do not think is too bad.
The cooking instructions are on the back. They are easy to read and inform you that you can either grill these or oven cook them. I tend to oven cook them as that is my personal preference.
What I like about these is that they are just so easy to cook. You pop them into the oven for 25 minutes whilst you go and do your thing, you don't even have to turn them over!
After 25 minutes the kitchen smells lovely. The chicken looks delicious and golden brown.
Cutting into the chicken you notice that the coating is quite crunchy, I hate having chicken that has a soggy or greasy coating. Biting into the chicken it is really juicy and tender. The crunchy bread crumbs go with it perfectly. They add a nice spice to the chicken. I would not describe it as the KFC southern fried taste but it does add an extra kick. I am not a big fan of spicy foods but I can eat and enjoy these.
After I have eaten one of these with my dinner I can say that my hunger is satisfied however my boyfriend could easily eat 2. I like to have these with different foods such as chips, potatoes, pasta and even in bread rolls to make a burger.
As I said you can often find these on offer so prices can range from £1 - £3.25 depending on offers and whether you chose to buy a pack of 2 or 4.
I really enjoy these Birds Eye chicken pieces. For nights when you get home from work and just cannot be bothered to cook but want something tasty to eat these are a life saver. I would rate them 5 out of 5 stars.
I am a real fan of Birds Eye and over the years overall I have been pleased with their foods; they seem to be good quality. I was shopping at Sainsburys a while back and I noticed these Southern Fried Chicken on special offer; I cannot remember the special offer price but I know it was cheap and a real bargain. In the box you get 4 pieces of Southern Fried Chicken breast. You get 100% Chicken Breast. I have found in the past, I have gone for much cheaper similar products, only to discover it was 'chopped and shaped' chicken. I never buy these products now and always make sure I read what is written on the packaging. Whilst you may have to pay more for a better product, it is worth it because you know you are buying something decent and you know you are going to enjoy it!!
Birds Eye describe this product as ' Southern fried Chicken made with marinated chunks of Chicken Breasts coated in Breadcrumbs blended with spices'. Each Chicken Breast portion is quite large and certainly enough for me. The Chicken inside is good and the coating is really flavoursome; It is quite spicy, but perfect for my tastes. It also comes out fairly crispy, which is how I like it.
You either cook from frozen in the oven for around 25 Minutes, or you can grill the chicken for around 20 minutes.
Chicken Breast, Seasoned Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Dextrose, Vegetable Oil, Yeast, Salt, Paprika, Turmeric, Spices, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Garlic Powder, Yeast Extract, heat Gluten, Ground Sage)
Marinade ( Water, heat Flour, Salt, Cornflour, Rice Flour, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavourings (contains Celery)
Batter ( Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Sugar, Salt, Water, White Pepper)
Contains Wheat, Celery
Each portion contains 240 Kcals
I usually eat these with Salad and New Potatoes; This works out as a fairly low calories meal which is tasty and filling.
These Southern fried Chicken are great; worthy of the full 5 Dooyoo stars in my view.
When it comes to Southern fried chicken it's a big favourite of mine. I love it as a quick meal with chips now and again and so the other week when my boyfriend said he was coming to stay for a few days I went out and grabbed a box of this for him. Soon as he spotted me grabbing it from the freezer and about to cook it though he almost had a fit! He only likes very plain food and this for him was far too fancy so I ended up with a box all to myself! Never mind though eh! lol.
Yellow box with a photograph of one of the chicken coated chicken breasts on the front and I am told that they are Birds Eye '2' Southern Fried Chicken and that they are made with 100% chicken breast and are 'Deliciously tasty every time' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that Birds Eye have a commitment to quality and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information given on the box includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given as well as a full nutritional rundown chart, I'm told how to prepare them and contact details for Birds Eye are given. It's a nice bright and informative box with the information listed neatly on it and it's all very easy to understand.
The Chicken Breasts:
Well open the box and you get two frozen (that's the way they should be purchased!) reasonably large and thick coated chicken breasts. To cook them you can simply pop them in the oven for 25 minutes or under a medium grill for 20 minutes. I personally always pop mine in the oven as I'm lazy and don't mind turning them once but not a few times lol.
When cooked they have a lovely thickish coating that is golden with specs of brown all evenly coated over them and a slightly spicy yet somewhat golden smell.
Not one bit greasy that coating goes slightly hard in texture which is wonderful against the soft and moist chicken inside. The coating is made of course from breadcrumbs and is well seasoned and with a hint of garlic, paprika and turmeric and is tangy and tasty but not in too much of a rich way. The chicken as I have previously mentioned is moist though not soggy and really does taste of chicken which of course it should well do considering it is 100% chicken breast after-all!
An excellent quality product yet again from Birds Eye. I like the way that this is packed with flavour but not one bit greasy and for me these come out king of the crop and cannot be beaten...so far in my quest lol.
Nutritional Information Per Portion:
Available in all good supermarkets costing about £1.50 a box of two.
I usually love Southern Fried flavours but have never been mad keen on these chicken breasts from Birds Eye, I've had them a few times and last time was on Saturday night.... I knew I didn't like them that much but was being a bit greedy when I put one in for my sister, you know when you'd rather eat something you don't like instead of going without! lol
They are made from 100% chicken breast but they don't taste very good quality to me, the meat is majorly dry and doesn't taste much of chicken. It tastes like it needs more salt in it and also the texture isn't all that nice to eat.
The southern fried coating isn't very nice either, it's got a weird peppery and spicey flavour that gets a bit too hot in my mouth and that takes off from the southern fried flavour and wrecks it I think. There isn't a lot of taste in the coating apart from it being spicey and I didn't like how it went harder on the ends.
You can have these with chips or a salad, cut up on a butty or on a bun. I think they're versatile and I know loads of people love them so it must be just me, but I think they're quite nasty and don't taste of southern fried to me. I think the coating has got a horrible greasy feel as well as you eat it, shedloads of fat comes out of each one as you're cooking it but you can still taste the oil in them and it gets a bit over powering after a bit.
You can get them in boxes of 2 or 4, the box of 2 that I used cost £1.65 and that's a bit of a rip off I think because they taste cheap and aren't anywhere near as good as some other southern fried chicken products you can buy.
Not recommended... don't taste nice and have got a nasty greasy feel!
Birds Eye Southern Chicken is always a reliable product and so is one that is a staple in our freezer for use whenever we fancy it!
It is of course situated in the freezer aisle of wherever you buy it from, and is in a yellow box with the Birds Eye logo on it, a picture of the product (which for once is actually the same as what it looks like when you cook it!) and nutritional information written on it. We normally get them in packs of two although I think you can get them in packs of four as well.
The southern fried chicken is a chicken breast in southern fried chicken flavoured breadcrumbs, as its a frozen product I would say that it is most probably pieces of breast rather than a whole one, but you can still tell that it is very good quality. You cook it in the oven (there is a grill option) for 25 minutes. This might seem like quite a lot for whats meant to be fast food, but you don't need to look at it or do anything during that time, you just put it there and leave it. Whenever I make these, there's a lovely smell drifting from the cooker and this reassures me about the quality of them! They are delicious, you can cut through them easily as the meats always fine in them and the breadcrumbs really make it, they have a slight kick to them. Serve one with some salad and you've got a reasonably healthy meal.
They cost around £1.50 for two, and are often on offer in my local supermarket for £1 when we stock up! I see this is a fairly reasonable price. You can get them in all supermarkets, and probably in the bigger corner shops.
Overall I would recommend this product, fast food that you can be reassured about the quality and taste of.
I have tried everything from the Birds Eye range, well I think I have anyway, and am working my way through writing about them all. That's what I like about Dooyoo, as you can write about everyday things.
This is in the freezers like the rest of the Birds Eye range. It often sells for around £1.60 for the pack containing the 2 bits, which I don't really think is worth it, but it can be on offer for £1, which is when we often buy a few.
This is in a slim cardboard box and looks ok. It is just like how the picture is on Dooyoo, and the Chicken looks nice enough.
You just cook this in the oven for about 20 minutes and this is enough time for it to be just right.
The bits of Chicken are ok. They are a decent enough size. They are't that long, and are more a rounded shape and they are quite thin as well. The coating is on the top and bottom of the Chicken Breast and it is all ok. The Chicken Breast is tender and juicy, and the coating although is thin, it is just right for the Chicken. It is slightly crumb like as well, but not in that bad a way.
I just don't think you get much Southern Fried taste from this It was still a nice coating, but was just a bit dry. This was ok, but there is nicer Chicken products out there from Birds Eye.
While I seem to be in the habit of reviewing everything I eat at dinner at the minute I thought it would break tradition if I didn't do the same tonight. For my dinner today I had Birds Eye Southern Fried Chicken which was a first for me as I hadn't tried these before. They are always on and off on the offers section which is why I thought I'd give them a try really.
When looking at the box it is your usual Birds Eye packaging design with the yellow hazy background and the logo on the front. It then has an image of the chicken which always looks very tasty and appetising making you want to buy the product. It states that they are made with 100% chicken breast and on the reverse are company contact details in case you may have any queries or complaints to make.
The chicken per portion in terms of nutritional information is 260 calories each which isn't too bad. It is then 0.9g in sugars, 14g in fat which is very high and 2.1g saturates 1g of salt and 1g of fibre. For allergy reasons they state that the chicken contains wheat and celery. They also inform that although great care has been taken to remove all bones, some may still remain. The chicken is farm assures chicken breast it is barn reared with vegetarian feed, it is a selected group of trusted farms and is a committed team of poultry experts.
The chicken itself is described as being made with marinated chunks of chicken breast coated in breadcrumbs and blended with spices. There are two breasts per pack which isn't bad considering the price for them and they are an oval shape but look like they are a nice fine breadcrumb with a few spices through out.
To cook the chicken, it is meant to be cooked in the oven at a temperature of about 200 degrees Celsius or 180 degrees in a fan assisted oven. It recommends cooking for about 25 minutes, which I find is the perfect time as any more it will be too over cooked. I normally find when it is sizzling you know it is ready and the breadcrumb looks a bit crispier. It does say that alternatively you can cook on the grill for about 20 minutes but I haven't yet tried cooking this way and I am more of an oven person I trust it will cook right through evenly.
When cooking, these fill the kitchen with a really nice spicy smell. The southern fried breadcrumb makes a really nice smell which makes you really want to eat them. I usually have these with chips but they are nice with almost anything, beans, rice they are just a perfect thing to add with anything. I find these always cook really well, the only thing I do sometimes find with them is that they don't really seem to fill me up unless I cook them with something which is quite filling. They are quite smallish breasts, sometimes they are just enough for a lunch but I think at dinner time unless I've had a big lunch these just aren't enough to satisfy my appetite.
These are an easy enough meal to cook though and are handy just to have in the freezer for when you can't be bothered to properly prepare anything. Being a student these are ideal and I do consider them a proper meal. I find the chicken has a nice tender taste to it and the breadcrumb is a nice combination with a few spices, really adding to the flavour without being too crispy.
If you are getting hungry and love chicken or anything Birds Eye then you must give these a try. I always see these in the supermarket and they are usually on offer as I have said previously. They are usually sold at their retail price of £1.55. At Asda they are currently on offer for £1 or 4 for £3 on selected frozen products.
They are not bad valued for money when on offer but £1 seems to me enough for these as they are not the biggest fillets and as I said they don't always fill me up so any more expensive just seems a bit much really.
If you want more information on Birds Eye and their products then you can go on to the official website at http://www.birdseye.co.uk .
I have never been a huge fan of processed chicken meals. I often find the quality poor, especially when frozen, and the price too high.
However, my boyfriend, who does most of the cooking, introduced me to these and I must say I was really impressed.
They were on offer at our local supermarket (around £2 for 4 I think) and we thought that we would give them a try. They also come in a two pack which is around £1.60 but we have noticed that Tesco don't stock these so if this is your regular supermarket you may have to try somewhere else for the smaller boxes, although if the 4 pack is on offer then this would be a much better deal.
They are well packaged with easy cooking instructions and all the usual nutritional information. They are around 260 calories per serving with 2 grams of saturated fat which is not excessive but not great either if you are counting the calories. They are a reasonable size but someone with a more substantial appetite may need to eat two.
What we found however, was a tasty and quick meal for the two of us that was also very versatile and looked exactly like the picture on the packaging! They take around 25 minutes to cook so you can throw them in the over when you get in from work and they'll be ready by the time you wind down.
My boyfriend prepared them and sliced them up on a Caesar salad and they went perfectly. They definitely made a tasty addition. The next time we tried them he sliced them and put them in a wrap with some melted cheese, fried onions and red pepper and they were scrumptious. I also made them one evening and used them the following day in work for lunch and they retained their taste and crunch.
My boyfriend also had them one day with spaghetti hoops. He thought it was once of the tastiest things he's had...I'm not convinced.
Anyway, the meat within the chicken is pretty good. It's succulent and 100% chicken breast which is always a good sign. They are very tasty, with a bit of a kick but not too spicy so even those who are not fans of anything two spicy will probably still like them. The texture of the breadcrumb coating is crunchy and just about the right thickness unlike some where you cut into it and its about two thirds coating and only a third chicken.
As I said they go very well with salad etc but I am not sure if I would just eat them on their own. They are ever so slightly dry so with a saucy accompaniment they would be perfect.
All in all a great quick, easy snack or meal but with the fat content I wouldn't feed them to my kids three times a week.
I have been addicted to these things for a few years now. For me Birds Eye is synonymous with good quality frozen foods at an affordable price and these are no exception.
These are made up of 100% chicken breast and you can really taste the tender quality in each succulent portion. No rubbery taste, or nestle bits of gristle to be found in these portions. The coating is lovely thick breadcrumbs with a delicious southern fried spicy taste. Admittedly the spice is not as prominent or flavoursome as you might find in your local KFC, but for a frozen meal, it definitely gets the 2 thumbs up from me
The box is a standard affair with the Birds Eye logo fairly prominent, the nutritional information, the Birds Eye commitment to quality logo and also a picture of the chicken portions when cooked. One thing I do like is that the picture is not misleading, as the cooked article does look exactly like it shows on the box, which is refreshing.
Each box contains 2 portions and they are to be stored in the freezer. To cook, simply pop them in the oven for 22-25 minutes at 220 degrees. I always keep a couple in the freezer as they are perfect for a quick and easy meal with no preparation time.
Each portion contains 240 calories and 14g of fat. This is higher than the other types of chicken in the Birds Eye range but for me it is a trade off between the nicest flavour and a little worse for you on the nutrition side of things. You can also get plain chicken, crispy chicken and also spicy chicken. Having tried them all, these are by far my favourites.
The 2 pack costs around £1.69. However, they are often on promotion in my local Asda for just £1 which is an absolute steal! They are also available for £1 at Sainsbury's, but hurry as this deal is only valid for the next 10 days.
**Steve's Southern Fried Chicken Recommended Meals**
Pop two of these in the oven and then when they are nearly ready, toast 2 pitta breads. When the pittas are ready, slice them lengthways so you can slide the chicken portions inside them (1 in each). Then chuck on some shredded iceberg lettuce and some good old tomato ketchup. If you like, you can also add a cheese slice as it will melt deliciously around the hot chicken.
Alternatively, you can use a French loaf and cut the chicken up into strips...again this is lovely with some cheese and lettuce.
Also lovely with chips and beans!
I often keep some of Birds Eye's chicken chargrills in the freezer for a quick, hot meal, but last time I was shopping I decided to have a change and picked up a box of these Southern Fried Chicken portions instead.
Each box contains 2 of the chicken portions and costs £1.69, which I think is a bit expensive. I'd be more willing to buy them again if they were on offer for £1 but at their current price I would definitely think twice.
The portions are a bit larger than the normal chicken chargrills. They are made from 100 per cent chicken breast which makes up 53 per cent of the product. The other 47 per cent of the product is made up of the seasoned breadcrumbs.
The chicken pieces are cooked from frozen and take around 25 minutes in the oven. I had mine with oven chips and baked beans which made a pleasant combination.
I thought the taste of these was OK. The chicken was well cooked and didn't taste gristly or low quality. However the breadcrumbs were a bit overly spicey and too peppery for me. The portions were quite filling though.
Each portion contains 260 calories and 14 grams of fat which is quite a lot when you think that it doesn't even make up a whole meal. I think I will stick to normal chargrills in future as they are lower in fat and not so spicey.
I purchased a packet of these some time ago and Dooyoo have added them now so here's what I thought:-
The Southern Fried Chicken comes in the usual rectangular shaped box which contains 4 chicken breasts and which is predominantly orange and yellow in colour. As well as the Birds Eye logo and the product name you'll find the preparation methods (grill or oven bake), the ingredients, the nutritional information and the website address:-
along with a few other bits 'n' bobs.
Nutritional Information per portion baked
Energy kJ: 1080kJ
of which sugars: 0.9g
(of which saturates): 2.1g
Salt Equivalent: 1.0g
Contains: wheat, celery
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
Chicken Breast (53%), Vegetable Oil
Seasoned Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast Salt, Black Pepper, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Garlic Powder, White Pepper, Fennel, Yeast Extract, Wheat Gluten, Natural Colour: Paprika Extract, Bay, Spice Extract, Sage
Marinade (Water, Wheat Flour, Salt, Wheat Starch, Maize Starch, Rice Flour, Natural Flavourings (contains celery))
Batter: Wheat Flour, Water, Wheat Starch, Sugar, Salt, White Pepper
At the time of writing I paid 1.69p for a pack of these from my local corner shop.
Taste & Opinion:
Last night I really couldn't be bothered to cook a meal from scratch so I popped a couple of these into the oven along with a couple of Birds Eye Potato Waffles. After cooking was complete I removed the waffles and the pieces of chicken from the oven and put them onto a plate. The outer layer of breadcrumbs had gone a nice shade of golden brown and it all looked quite appetising.
The outer coating of breadcrumbs is nowhere near as strong as I expected it to be. Certainly nothing like the Southern Fried chicken I've had from takeaways previously. I was thinking that it might have some sort of strong flavour but I found it to be a little bland really. Very odd.
The chicken itself has a pleasant enough texture but not an awful lot of taste. Still, I always think that chicken as a meat doesn't have as much of a flavour as other meats you can buy so that's not perhaps much of a surprise. The chicken was very easy to eat. It was soft without being rubbery or stringy so it didn't take an awful lot of chewing before I was able to swallow it. I suppose it was approaching what you'd label as "tender".
After a few mouthfuls I was a little fed up of the rather bland coating so I decided to add some HP sauce onto the breadcrumbs. For some reason that seemed to bring out the spices in the coating and I could actually taste something approaching the somewhat spicy taste that I usually associate with Southern Fried chicken. As well as this, there suddenly appeared to be a slightly spicy aftertaste as well which I found quite pleasant, but then I do like spicy food.
Overall then, thanks to the HP Sauce, this was a fairly edible meal. Eating the chicken without adding any sauce shouldn't present any sort of problem to anyone ~ even those people who can't abide spicy food. If you are one of those people don't smear your chicken with HP Sauce because you may suddenly find that the coating is too strong for you. Whether other sauces have the same effect I couldn't say.
In terms of your RDAs one person of this chicken provides:-
13% of your calories
11% saturated fat
Not that good on the fat front then, when you consider that if you do what I did and have two of these you've already consumed 40% of your RDA of fat and over a quarter (26%) of your daily calorie intake. And that's without adding in whatever else you have on the plate. From that point of view these chicken pieces are perhaps best used as an occasional quickie meal rather than something to be eaten on a regular basis.