Product Type: Princes Ready Meals
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Princes Hot Pot Chicken Tikka
Member Name: Lbird99
Princes Hot Pot Chicken Tikka
Advantages: Quick easy snack lunch
Disadvantages: Watery, greasy taste
I bought a couple of the Princes Hot Pots back in January to take into hospital with little man so that I had something hot to eat if I got hungry after the shops had closed. They were a pound each in Morrisons and I got the Chicken Tikka and Rice and the Beef Chilli and Rice. I ate the beef chilli and rice one while I was there but I forgot about the chicken tikka one until I went cupboard raiding the other lunchtime.
The hot pot comes in blue pot with a blue plastic lid with holes in it. Underneath the lid is a ring pull which you need to remove before popping the lid back on. The pot then tells you to cook it for 1 and a half minutes in an 800w microwave, allow to stand for 2 minutes and then your hot pot is ready to eat.
Nutritional Info (per 100g):
On pulling back the ring pull I was greeted with a sight that reminded me of cat food, like a congealed jellified solid lump. I popped it in the microwave and left it to stand for the recommended amount of time, but the food was only lukewarm. My microwave is 850w so I was surprised by this, but nuked it for a further minute and it was fine. The food now resembled a thick soupy consistency. It was bright orange and a lot of fat had risen to the surface, so I soaked it up with a bit of kitchen roll before eating. It smelt like a cheap curry ready meal,(it reminded me of the ones I had in hospital before I had little man!!) and the smell went all the way through the house. Although the taste was ok it had far too much sauce, and needed more rice to balance it out. The chicken was small and had very little taste, although this could be because it is an ambient product.
Once I had eaten it the inside of the pot was stained orange and looked greasy so I was very surprised to read that there was less than 6% fat in the meal - however I think it is still quite high in calories at just over 400 per pot. I know that is not that bad for a lunch but, I would rather have more food for that amount of calories, rather than a little pot. That said it was actually quite filling. I was not that impressed with the basic nutritional info - I like to know how much saturated fat and salt goes into a product, but that's just me
I don't think I would buy this again - as they are ambient they are handy to have in, and have a long life, but I would rather have a can of soup , or spaghetti on toast if I wanted a quick no cook lunch - better tasting, better for you and don't stink the house out!!
Summary: Not the best lunch choice
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