“ Brand: Birds eye / Type: Chicken „
When it comes to cooking it is something that I have very much improved on in the past year, since I moved into my own flat and have to be self sufficient lol. However although I'm a dab hand at rather exotic dishes a roast dinner is something I manage every time to get wrong and I hate the time and expense of it so rarely bother with it.
I spotted this Birds Eye meal in my local Tesco store on offer for £1.29 one Sunday afternoon and decided to treat myself to it as usually it costs more like £2.50 a meal so I was happy to give it a go!
The meal comes in a black plastic container with see-through plastic over and comes within a box. On the front of the box there is a photograph of the dinner and we are told that it is Birds Eye Traditional Chicken Dinner 'With homestyle gravy, potatoes and garden vegetables' and that it is made with 100% chicken breast and contains no artificial colours or flavours. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is an at a glance nutritional chart stated as well as a full chart given, cooking instructions are provided (40 minutes in the oven from the freezer or you can microwave it in around 9 minutes) and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Nice enough packaging and of course it is informative enough too.
Well I bought this frozen and was impressed when I took the meal out of the box on its appearance. You get sections of food in little compartments and so the chicken breast in gravy and stuffing was in one compartment, the peas and carrots in another and the roast potatoes in another one. The chicken looked like breast and was of good thickness and not a tiny portion at all. It had a little skin on the top of it and wasn't one bit greasy and the skin was easy to remove if you prefer it without it. I oven baked my meal which was easy and straightforward to do and it tasted fresh enough and juicy and rather nice. The gravy is a browny colour with no lumps in it at all and does very much taste of chicken and is thick enough without the need for cutting it and the stuffing was a small ball that had gone a little lightly browned through cooking it and was crunchy and al ittle on the dry side but did taste of sage and onions to be fair to it. The vegetables were plentiful, the peas being a dark green and tasting very succulent and the small baby carrots were moist and not one bit soggy.
The only let down was the roast potatoes which were dry and you only get about 4 little bits of potato per meal. These simply tasted like frozen potatoes, were not seasoned at all and just simply very plain and boring really and not one bit like home made though to be fair to them they were not awful and perfectly edible.
I found this meal rather nice though. Easy to cook, looked nice and fresh and it was a good portion size for my appetite and I think these are great to pop in the freezer for when you can't be bothered to cook! Not bad and would definetely be happy to repurchase this again in the future without a shadow of a doubt.
Nutritional Information Per Meal: