“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Chicken „
I'm not a very cook and I live at home. By that I mean I rarely am left to cook for myself and lucky for me my Mum and Step-dad can and they enjoy it lol. However sometimes they leave the house (tut lol) and so I have to fend for myself! So I'm lazy and like I say I'm not great whipping food up so I buy things to bung in my microwave and the other night they were eating out and so I treated myself to this meal for £3.39. The Packaging.... The meal itself comes in a black plastic tray with plastic film over the top of it and then a black sleeve containing a picture of the front of the cooked dish slides on and off the container. I'm told on the front that it is Sainsbury's Oriental Chicken & Cashew Nuts and that it is made with British meat and that it is produced in the UK, serves 2, is freezable, nutritional information is given and then I'm told it contains no MSN, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours or flavours and then the best before date is displayed. Other information on the box includes being told about what the dish is, ingredients and allergy advice is given, nutritional information and size is listed (400g), heating instructions are given, and so are contact details for Sainsburys. It's a nice informative and quality looking product. A Bit About The Dish.... Marinated British chicken breast pieces with water chestnut, sliced mushroom, cho sum and baby sweetcorn in a rich oyster sauce and soy garnished with cashew nuts. Me And The Dish.... Heating it up is really easy to do indeed. You can cook this in the oven from frozen or chilled (40 minutes frozen or 20 minutes chilled) in the dish it comes in on Gas Mark 5/ Electric 190C. Personally I took the lazy cooks option and it cooked in 4 1/2 minutes from chilled in the microwave (would have too 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 from frozen). It looked like bit and bobs in a dark sauce and that was it when I put it in the microwave. By the time it had cooked though I was greeted by a gingery aroma and my meal was cooked through nicely. So on my plate I ended up with lots of small pieces of chicken breast that actually looked rather anemic and not marinaded as I expected it to look. There were plenty of crunchy round pieces of water chestnuts, a few soggy looking mushroom slices, some leaves of choi sum (which I assume is like Chinese green cabbage leaves) and about 5 pieces of baby hard looking baby sweet-corns and plenty of the oyster sauce which through cooking had gone a light brown colour. Taste wise it was ok. A bit bland for my taste buds to be honest though. The chicken just tasted of chicken, and to be fair good quality chicken it was with no fat or grissle on it or anything like that. The mushrooms that had appeared soggy were and didn't taste really and the sweetcorn was hard like it wasn't one bit cooked though it tasted ok to be fair to it and the choi sum again never tasted of much really either. The oyster sauce was quite salty with a hint of ginger to it and it tasted ok. I mention the cashew nuts last really, as I only counted 4 of them in my meal that were really small and dense rather than deeply crunchy. Overall.... A filling meal I had but remember that this is meant to serve 2 people! Bit stingy on certain ingredients and I would have liked the juicy chicken pieces to have been a bit bigger and marinated more instead of looking unappetizing. This meal was simply nothing to rave about in my opinion but it was ok. Nutritional Information Per Half A Pack: Calories: 198 Fat: 8.2g Salt: 1.60g Totals sugars: 5.0g Allergy Advice.... Contains nut, sesame, shellfish, wheat gluten & soya. Only available in Sainsburys.