There are so many ready meals that are available these days it is hard to know where to look especially as we are a generation that looks at fat and sugar content more than ever due to the rising obesity levels. More mums are now working mums which means having to juggle working hours and then still coming home and rustling up healthy meals for their children. This is when Old El Paso comes up trumps as it provides this Crispy Fajita Kit which is enough to feed the whole family and contains everything you need apart from the chicken and takes around 30 minutes.
The Fajita kit contains 8 flour tortilla wraps, a seasoning mix (which makes the chicken crunchy), a large sachet of cool salsa sauce and a shaker bag. Two stuffed tortillas is enough for one person if you add potato wedges or salad to the meal so potentially this kit can serve a family of four. The salsa sachet is plenty to cover all 8 tortilla wraps too and the bread crumbs comfortably coat 4 chicken breasts.
First of all you add your cut up chicken to the shaker bag and add a teaspoon of olive oil. The olive oil ensures that the bread crumb stick to the chicken. You then add the breadcrumbs and give the bag a good shake until you are satisfied that the whole of your chicken is covered. Then you bake the chicken in the oven until the chicken is golden and crispy.
Whilst waiting for the chicken to cook you can prepare your side dishes (wedges, chips, salad...) and prepare anything else that you want to fill the wraps such as lettuce, chopped tomato or a dollop of sour cream sauce.
The tortilla wraps are very soft which makes them easy to eat however I often find that they are difficult to fold at the bottom which sometimes means my chicken and other tortilla contents falls out of the bottom of the wrap which is annoying and can be messy! The salsa sauce isn't the tastiest salsa sauce so I tend to use my own from Tesco and pay a bit extra as I love salsa.
As for the chicken I wouldn't say there was any spice to the breadcrumbs (not that I could taste anyway!) but they were certainly very crunchy indeed and a change from plain chicken breast wraps. When added in with peppers, onions, salsa and sour cream they make the perfect Fajitas.
I bought my kit for £2.39 from Tesco. Tesco is currently the cheapest place to buy the kits but the often spring up in various shops on offer so do look out for those.
I'm a lover of Mexican food, and I'm definitely not shy about it. Everything I've tried, I've loved, and I love making things at home too!
I enjoy cooking a lot, and will often opt to make my own things from scratch instead of using a jar or kit. Though I have found these kits to be rather expensive in Tesco and Sainsburys, in Morrisons the Old El Paso's dinner kits are often far cheaper than buying all ingredients separately, so I have started purchasing these kits lately, and I think I can safely say this one is my current favourite.
The Old El Paso Crispy Chicken Fajita Kit offers a pack of 8 large fajitas, which I love as most packs you can buy usually only contain 6. It also offers a large bag of salsa, which is quite tasty, as far as non-fresh salsa is concerned. I still prefer buying fresh salsa though.
The kit contains an empty plastic bag, and a bag of crispy breadcrumbs. Into the empty bag, you put your chicken strips, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and the provided breadcrumbs. Then, you shake until you are satisfied that all the chicken has been coated. As I cook for two people, I chopped up two chicken breasts, and found I still had plenty breadcrumbs left that would have covered at least another large chicken breast! Once covered, you lay the chicken strips out on to a backing tray and pop in to the oven. The instructions are printed on the back of the box, and are very simple and easy to follow indeed.
Because only a small amount of oil is needed to make the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken, and because the chicken is then oven baked, I felt that this was a much healthier option then frying the strips in lots of oil and fat that then would be absorbed by the breadcrumbs.
Once cooked, I dug straight in, and found that, though the crispy chicken probably isn't very Mexican at all, it made a very different and delicious fajita, and I cannot wait to have it again! I fried onions and peppers up, and filled my fajita with lettuce too. We buy other Mexican dips and make a big salad, so the meal can be fun and different with each bite!
It is very satisfying and fills you up, but that might just be because I can't stop eating it all!
Now I love my fajitas, and saw these and thought they might be alright. In fact, they were awesome!
What you do, is cut up chicken breast, put them in this plastic bag and pour over the packet of crispy mix. Then you shake it up, coating the chicken with this delicious, breadcrumb-style coating. Then it's just a case of baking them until crisp and delicious!
They aren't actually spicy. They have that mexican flavour to them. But it's hard to explain quite what it is that makes them so delicious. My favourite way of having them is in one of the tortillas from the packet, with some luttuce, raw onion, tomato, mayonaise and salsa.
If you like fajitas and chicken, this is a great option. It's like mini breaded chicken fillets in a tortilla, but with so much more flavour. In my honest opinion, this kit it better than Old El Paso's normal fajita kit. But the mix doesn't go very far. If you're feeding 4 or 5 people, you will need to buy 2 kits, which is a bit annoying. But overall, highly recommended!
In my house we absolutely love Mexican food. My mum bought the Old El Paso Tacos before and they went down a treat but this week she bout something different. My mum bought the Old El Paso Oven Baked Crispy Chicken Fajitas.
The chicken fajitas serve 3-4 people depending on how many you want to eat and the fajita kit contains most of the ingredients. The kit contains 8 flour tortillas, crispy crumb seasoning, thick and chunky salsa and one bag shaker. All you have to add is the chicken, tomatos, lettuce and sour cream. However, what you want to add other than the chicken is optional. I have eaten the fajitas without lettuce and tomatos before and they tastes just as good.
The kit comes in a bright yellow cardboard box, with a picture of the fajitas on the front so you know what they are supposed to look like! On the back of the box there are some step-by-step instructions on how to make the fajitas. I found that the instructions were very simple and easy to follow. There is also some other suggestions on how to make the fajitas veggie, how to 'cool it down'.
I think that the fajitas are a nice and quick meal as they only take 20 mins to prepare and cook. They are also great for people who can't cook either. I can't cook and I found them very easy to make.
I must admit that I was a bit nervous about how the 'crispy chicken' was going to turn out because before I have always uses the normal fajita kits. I was pleasently suprised that the chicken did turn out to be very golden and crispy.
I have got a bit fed up with eating salads recently so this meal is a nice alternative. Although there are probably more calories in this meal, it is a nice balanced meal and it leaves you feeling satisfied but not fat and full!
Each fajita contains:
- 2.9g of sugar
- 5.4g of fat
- 2.0g saturates
- 1.4g of salt
If you would like some more information on Old El Paso then you can have a look on their website: www.oldelpaso.co.uk
We absolutely love this fajita kit. It is very simple to make and the chicken strips (which you coat yourself in a bag!) crisp up really well in the oven. Would definitly recommend. We add salsa or sour cream, cheese and salsa. delicious!
This is a great product to buy for making a quick and easy tea, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It cost me about £2.50 from ASDA and I was a bit dubious about how good the crispy chicken would turn out, but it went down a treat.
There is plenty of the crumbs to coat the 500g of chicken it reccomends, which ensures that it is all well coated and flavoured - the shaker bag provided is a really good idea as it gets the chicken prepared without making a mess! So thats one way in which the pack is good for a quick tea - less cleaning!
The instructions on the back are simple which allows any standard of cook to make them - you can simply do the chicken lettuce and tomato wrap which it instructs or I tried cooking the salsa provided in the pack with some fried onions/peppers/chillis to wrap in with the chicken (very tasty combination!) The cooking time for the chicken strips is only about 20 minutes so it's quick enough to throw together for a tasty meal.
Another good quality product from Old El Paso for top fajitas!
We've got quite the love of Mexican food, so when I was going to reach for my usual box of Old El Paso Fajitas, I saw the box of Crispy Chicken Fajitas and decided to give them a go. The box was very similar to the usual ones so you have to look closely at the front to make sure you pick up the right one - the boxes are the same yellow with a picture of a fajita on the front and logo in red; the only difference is in the wording, so you have to be switched on when you go shopping.
However, the kit was a success. Inside, there are the standard plastic-wrapped fajitas, a clear plastic bag to shake the chicken and crispy coating in, the crispy coating and a sachet of the mild original salsa. Cut chicken into strips and put into the bag with the seasoning and shake it about until it is evenly coated, then pop onto a baking tray and put into the oven for 20 minutes. While these are baking, I cook the wraps in the microwave as instructed and pour the salsa into a bowl.
I serve these with a dollop of mayo and some salad, as the kit itself doesn't make a healthy enough meal for me on it's own. The coated chicken tastes (to me) very savoury, verging on overly salty - nice every now and again, but too much to have regularly. Also, I only ever buy these when it is on offer, as I think that the £2.85 (priced from MySupermarket) is a bit high.
I'm a big fan of the original chicken fajita kit so I thought I give this one a try for a change.
It includes the flour tortillas, and a bag of breadcrumbs.
You need to cut up some chicken breast into chunks or strips (or beef or pork or whatever you fancy really) then put them in the bag with some oil and shake! This coats the meat with the crispy outside and put it on a baking tray and pop in the oven.
The good thing about this kit is that you can be quite creative. You don't need to fill you tortilla with lettuce and sour cream like they suggest. You can put things like peppers, rice, we even put crushed up Doritos in them with salsa which is nice.
The only thing I didn't like about these was that the crispy coating had a texture a bit like sand.
In conclusion i wouldn't rush out and buy these again, i much prefer the original smokey BBQ fajitas.
Having previously bought and enjoyd other el paso kits I bought this one whilst on offer at only £1 recently.
the kit contains 8 flour tortillas, crispy crumb mix for coating chicke, a ready made tomato salsa and a shaker bag to coat your chicken in.
It is classed as mild - and whilst had a slight spicy taste is certainly mild.
You need to buy sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and chicken to complete the meal, although i bought basics chicken bits which were cheap and ideal for this dish.
Per tortilla is 183 cals which at 2 per person is not too bad, sugars 2.9g, fat5.4g, saturates 2.0g and salt 1.4g. Which makes them not totally healthy food but as a treat are not too bad. I reduced the fat content by using reduced fat sour cream.
The family enjoyed the sitting round the table wrapping session although it does make for alot of washing up, a lttle dish for each dip, a bowl for the salad things and a bowl for the chicken!
Although in alot of packaging only the tomato salsa packet couldn.t go into my recycling bin.
Wheat Flour, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stabiliser: Glycerol, Salt, Raising Agents: Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Dextrose, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate.
A good cupboard standby which my family found tasty and enjoyable.
I am a huge fan of making things at home myself and I am always willing to give something a go so when I saw this on offer recently in my local Sainsbury's I just had to have it!
The box contains 8 soft flour tortillas, 144g of mild red salsa & 85g of crispy crumb seasoning mix and one shaker bag. The box is made of cardboard so is completely recyclable but the packaging for the tortillas, salsa & the shaker bag are made of plastic and can't be recycled where I live. I like to be aware of what I am throwing in to the environment at all times and this is my only bad comment about this product.
All you will require to make the fajitas is 500g chicken, your own choice of meat or even Quorn. You really can use whatever meat you want and I guess you could do this with vegetables as well if you really wanted to but I love my chicken fajitas.
The cooking itself is very simple:
Slice your meat/Quorn in to thin strips and then put them in to the shaker bag along with 30ml of vegetable oil and the crispy crumb seasoning mix and then give the bag a good firm shake for a fair few seconds to ensure that all of the chicken is thoroughly coated. Then bake the chicken in the oven as normal and once everything is brown and nicely cooked through warm the tortillas in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Then you can simply add some lettuce, tomato etc and some of the salsa and then you are ready to eat.
I usually cook this with my other half and we make it without the salad, with 400g of chicken or Quorn, all of the crumb mix and he has salsa on his while I have mine plain and we both have some grated cheese. I personally love this kit and it's currently on offer for reduced from £2.97 to £1.97 at Sainsbury's so it's a fantastic price for a delicious meal. We normally manage to eat 4 stuffed tortillas each but I have recently made this with a couple of his relatives and we all had 2 each and this was ample as my lunch although I was ravenous by 5pm so I'd recommend pigging it out and stuffing your face with 4 (if you can manage of course!).
The tortillas are delicious soft and floury and the ideal accompaniment to the lovely crispy chicken that browns off very well in the oven. The salsa has a nice mild tang to it whilst still bringing a little spice to the mix.
I am rating this product 4/5 because I do feel that the crumb mix could be a little spicier. Overall it's a great kit with everything you need (except the meat) and is sold at a very reasonable £2.97 when not on offer.