“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Pizza „
I popped into Iceland on my way home from work, loaded with cold I couldn't be bothered to cook so I thought Iceland would be the perfect place to go buy something that I could put in the microwave / oven.
The first aisle I came too was the pizza aisle, everything from mini pizzas to full size pizzas, thin crust to deep pan, microwavable pizza and stuffed crust. All priced either £1, £1.50 or £2. Checking my purse I realised I only had £1.20 so I thought I'd get a £1 pizza rather than putting a couple of pound on my debit card. I had a good selection of pizzas to choose from including but not limited to Chicken Fajita, Tuna, Pepperoni and Meat Feast. Being a chicken pizza fan and a fan of Fajitas I went for the pizza that I am currently reviewing.
I got it home and took it out of the cardbox to find the pizza wrapped in plastic like most frozen pizzas. I removed the plastic and found a lovely pizza: thin crust, ample covering of tomato sauce, a minimal quantity of cheese, decent amount of chicken and a good smattering of peppers. While normally I would be disappointed by the amount of cheese, a combination of being on a diet and the pizza being £1 it didn't bother me.
I would say that the cooking instructions on the pizza are pretty accurate. I cannot say for sure because the temperature dial on my oven is faded so I have to guess the temperature. However, the pizza did cook thoroughly and to my liking (just browning on the crust and piping hot to touch in the middle).
When eating the pizza, I found that it tasted like most other oven cooked pizza, however I was slightly disappointed that it did not have a hint of spice since it is a "fajita" pizza and when I cook fajitas they tend to be quite spicy. I did worry that the chicken would just taste like bags of water since you'd assume that a £1 pizza would have to cut corners somewhere, but the chicken pieces did taste like chicken.
Since buying this pizza, I have bought various other pizzas with different toppings and found them all to be equally as tasty.
I was having a good look around Iceland last week as their current window displays are full of advertisements featuring a good range of products for just £1.
I like to have a fairly well-stocked freezer in case either of our daughters pop home unexpectedly so decided to make a beeline for the pizza section. At the moment they have their own brand 4 cheese, ham & pineapple, pepperoni & this chicken fajita - only £1 each - so I thought I'd give them all a try.
The box is as shown in the picture & doesn't really look that exciting but don't let them put you off - these are, in my opinion, a surprisingly good pizza. On the reverse of the box you can find the usual list of nutritional values, cooking guidelines, storage instructions & ingredients which are simple & easy to read.
Once opened there's a plastic heat-sealed wrapper which ensures the contents remain fresh & the topping intact. I was pleased to see there was a fairly generous amount of topping (more, eg than on many of the Tesco or other pizzas I've tried for around this price) & it was fairly evenly spread despit my having sttored it in my freezer at an almost vertical angle (due to lack of space!)
Following the suggested 16- 18 minutes cooking time I removed the pizza from the oven & it smelled & looked delicious. I can't say there was a strong smell of fajita but the doughy -pizza aroma was mouhwatering.
It was easy enough to slice with a pizza cutter & the base, although thin (as stated) wasn't 'skinny' & was substantial enough for the amount of topping it held. I could clearly see the cubes of seasoned fajita-seasoned chicken with pieces of red & green pepper on the top & when I tucked in the base was lovely & tomatoey with a good amount of cheese & a good blend of flavours & textures.
To be honest, after the first bite, I couldn't actually taste the fajita but after the second bite I suddenly noticed it & have to say it was lovely - not too spicy but definitely evident. It made what could have been a just a 'nice' pizza experience into a 'ooh, this is different' experience!
Obviously there's nothing to beat the homemade Italian pizza but as a quick, cheap & easy alternative I'd buy these again & woulld recommend giving them a try for just a quid.
I'm awarding 5 stars here for taste, texture, convenience, packaging &
We're working our way through trying all the Iceland thin and crispy pizza range at the moment. Well at £1 for a 365g pizza they seem such good value it seemed silly not to buy one of each when I was stocking the freezer up.
This particular one is billed as Chicken Fajita pizza, and has lots of decent sized (about 1cm cubed, or maybe a little under) piece of fajita seasoned chicken all over it. It does also have green and red pepper too, and of course a tomato sauce spread on the base and cheese as well, but without those last two it wouldn't be much of a pizza would it.
I have to say on taking it out of the box I was quite impressed by the amount of topping on this pizza. Some pizzas can be pretty disappointing this way and only have a few scattered bits of whatever topping they're supposed to have, either that, or the pieces are so small you can hardly notice them when the pizza is cooked and ready to eat. On this however, the spread of chicken was good, and the pieces were a nice size. Also, the topping went right out to the edge nicely as well, and was evenly distributed so you didn't have to spend five minutes trying to pry pieces of chicken apart from the pizza so that you could re-distribute them evenly around the place instead of having them all piled in the middle. A good start.
Cooking time actually matched what it said on the box too, and that I find is a real change from most pizzas where they say one thing and you have to just keep checking till you reckon it's actually done. This says 16-18 minutes at gas mark 6, and when it hit 16 minutes, we checked it, decided it was just about there, found plates and then hooked it out so maybe 17 minutes in total. I guess if you wanted to, you could add extra toppings of your own to this, but to be fair it's not necessary as there really is plenty on this.
The thin and crispy base is as it says both thin and crispy. It's nice, not too doughy, and has a good crunch to the bottom of it, but it's not cardboard like some thin pizza bases are, this one actually tastes really good and like proper pizza dough should. The whole pizza is very tasty actually, the chicken is only lightly spiced, but you can tell that it's got a bit more going for it than just plain chicken which is nice, and the pepper goes really well with it which makes sense as most people tend to put pepper in a fajita anyway. The tomato sauce is nice, not too spicy, but with a slight sweetness that lets you know there are spices in there not just pureed tomatoes. Overall, the flavours meld well, and as it goes, it's very good eating.
About my only real thing against this is its size. It's good as a lunch with a bit of salad for two people to share, but if you're looking at having it for a main meal, you're likely to want a whole one all to yourself and probably a bit of salad or garlic bread or something on the side as it's just slightly on the small side for a main meal unless you're trying to stick to small portions.