“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Chicken „
Last week my husband was going out for his Christmas dinner with his work so I was left at home by myself, however he had popped into Marks and Spencer's on the way home to get me a meal for one. He bought me the Marks and Spencer Thai Green Chicken Curry it sounded nice and I was keen to try out. It costs £4.19 and is available only from Marks and Spencer.
The product comes in a plastic dish with cellophane cover and sits inside a cardboard base. A little sunflower on the packet indicates that this is a healthier option and the chefs have chosen wholesome ingredients to create "nutritionally balanced" meals.
The product serves 1 person and has
10g fat (3.2g are saturated)
The front of the packet clearly states the nutritional information and the fact that this meal will provide 1 of your 5 a day fruit/veg. The meal contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The back of the packet lists the ingredients, a warning that the product contains fish (this is fish sauce in the thai sauce), the cooking instructions and the nutritional information in greater detail.
The meal contains jasmine rice, a thai green sauce, chicken breast, spinach, red peppers, baby corn on the cob, coriander, cornflour, sunflower oil and paprika flakes. The back of the pack goes into greater detail to describe what the thai green sauce contains and its quite an extensive list of ingredients.
To cook you must remove the cardboard outer wrapper and peel off the labels on the cellophane, they come off fairly easily. For best results they recommend that you microwave so this is what I did. Pierce the film first then pop into the microwave for around 3-3.5 minutes depending on the category of your microwave. After the cooking time peel back the film and stir the product, ensure it is hot before serving, if not pop it back in for a bit longer.
You can also cook in the oven for 17 mins at Gas Mark 5, 190 degrees or 165 degrees if it is a fan oven.
So finally the taste test. The chicken in the meal was really lovely and tender and very tasty. The vegetables were cooked to perfection, they had a nice bite to them the mini corn of the cobs especially had a slight crunch and were neither too hard nor too soft. The flavour was quite fragrant, I think that this is probably due to the coriander. Personally I am not a big fan of coriander so this meal wasn't my favourite however I did still enjoy it. It is packed with flavour, there is a slight kick to it but it is not really very hot. For those people who like coriander they will probably really enjoy this meal but I think that I would probably not choose to buy this meal again simply because of the coriander.
The portion size is really good, I felt the portion was just right for me, I didn't feel hungry afterwards. I like the fact that you get the rice with it, often if you buy a Chinese ready meal you have to buy rice or noodles to go with it so it was nice getting something that is all in the one packet, less hassle and less expense. I do believe it's a really nice meal, full of nice vegetables and lovely chicken pieces at a quality you would expect from Marks and Spencer just sadly not for me as I don't like the coriander.