Product Type: Birds Eye Ready Meals
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Birds Eye Southern Fried Chicken
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Birds Eye Southern Fried Chicken
Date: 11/09/09, updated on 08/05/10 (124 review reads)
Advantages: Good texture and consistency, Nice size
Disadvantages: Fat content is fairly high, Coating not as spicy as expected
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.
Summary: Birds Eye Southern Fried Chicken
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