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Sainsbury's Basics Chicken Portions

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Frozen Food

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      03.12.2012 02:32
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      Nice enough chicken!

      One thing that I eat a alot of is chicken. I will buy chicken breast however it does work out expensive at the amount I get through of it so often I will buy chicken legs or thighs usually.

      My mate loves to shop in Sainsbury's and so when she last went I was happy to go as it isn't usually a shop I go into. I needed to grab some chicken and spotted these in the freezer section costing £4.38 for a large 2.5kg bag.

      The packaging these come in is very simple indeed, plastic and white, orange and with see through plastic style bag and we are clearly told what they are ad who they are by then on the back of the bag cooking advice is given along with nutritional advice and contact details for Sainsburys are given. This is not a resealable bag though the bag was too big to shove in either of of my freezers anyway and so I split it all anyway in freezer bags of my own.


      The Chicken Portions:

      What you get is a selection of raw and uncooked chicken portions. Each pack is different and you get a selection of chicken thighs, legs and wings, all different sizes and with the skin on and of course the bones are included.

      Cooking them is really simple. I boiled one of the thighs for my friends dog or of course you can roast them in the oven which takes me about 40 ,minutes. The legs and thighs were meaty, the skin went crispy and the meat tasty, not fatty or gristly and tasted like chicken should though the wings were not very meaty and I couldn't be bothered eating them! The meat is off white and of course you get no breast of chicken in the bag at all.

      All In All:

      If you don't mind eating chicken with bones in it, which I don't these are actually a rather good buy though for the weight conscious amongst us they are not the best chicken to eat. I use these though with bone on for things like chicken supreme and chicken curries and if you don't mind messing about you can strip the meat off the bones too of course!

      Only available from Sainsbury's stores.

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        09.01.2010 03:27
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        Greay value if you are used to frozen chicken pieces and don't mind legs/ thighs etc

        In an attempt to reduce our monthly shopping bill when my husband was made redundant, we started doing the "big shop" online. This is easier for us as we don't have a car at present, so it means we can bulk buy things like toilet rolls, bottles of water, washing powder , frozen and tinned goods and not have to worry about how to get them home.

        We initially tried Tesco.com which we used for about 6 months, then for a change and purely out of curiosity, I had a look on the Sainsburies site to see if this was any cheaper as I had seen an advert on a bus shelter for "1,000s of products under £1" promoting the Sainsburies Basics range and decided to try this out.

        The first thing I did was to enter "basic" into the search engine on the Sainsburies site and spent a good 45 minutes trawling through the whole range of "basic" products to see how much of our monthly shop I could actually get from this section before I looked at the branded products as a last resort!

        I was a little dubious about buying a 2.5kg bag of "chicken portions" for £3.49 when we had been using Tesco's frozen 600g for £3 frozen chicken portions which I had thought was cheap! When the bag arrived, we had to use all our tetris skills to pack everything into the freezer- the bag was huge and 2.5kg of chicken is a substantial amount.

        The first bag we bought had a great assortment of breast pieces, wings, legs and chicken thighs but the bag we bought last month has only chicken legs in it- I mean seriously, there is around 25-30 chicken legs! This just goes to show it is purely random which parts of the chicken you are going to get and you cannot always guarantee getting a few breast bits or some wings- you could get 40 chicken wings!

        One bag of Chicken Portions will easily last us a month if not a bit longer- it depends how much cooking we do and how many chicken dishes we make. My husband does the cooking in our house and he has used this chicken for a chicken pie, chicken stir fry, chicken pasta. When we had a few breast pieces we had a few roast dinners or just cooked the chicken for sandwiches. We have also used the bones to make a stock so there are lots of things you could make with this.

        I think overall, for the price and how much chicken you get, if you are accustomed to buying frozen chicken pieces and don't mind the off-white or grey meat you get on the non-breast bits of a chicken then you cannot go wrong.

        Personally, I have had to get used to eating chicken which is not purely white chicken breast as that is all I convinced myself I liked. As we use this in cooked dishes where it is either covered in a pie or covered wth a sauce and we cut the chicken off the bones and into small pieces in the dish, I don't mind the leg meat or the wings any more as I can't see what i'm eating!

        My husband doesn't mind the grey meat of the chicken legs, thighs etc and he has been really surprised at the good value this is and how much you get. Yes it is very cheap, but if you can get over the fact you may get 20 chicken thighs and they don't look very nice when you take them out of the bag, then I'd say go for it.

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