“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Chicken „
I'm a big fan of Indian takeaways but they can be expensive, I've tried a few ready meals but they in no way live up to the real thing. I keep trying to find one though and along the way I tried this one from Sainsburys.
Price: This korma ready meal is £2 for a 400g portion which serves 2, it's just korma not rice, so you can choose what you want to have with it. I think the portion size is plenty. At the moment it's on 2 for £3 offer at the moment which is quite good, especially when you compare it to a similar chicken korma at sainsbury's for £3.29 for the same size pack.
Packaging: The packaging of this product is the usual ready meal pack with a cardboard sleve. There's indian style patterns on which makes it look quite authentic and a bowl of the chicken korma which looks lovely and it does look the same when you cook it yourself which is always a good sign.
Taste: The taste is pretty good actually, it has the lovely light flavour of korma but I didn't think it was too bland as some korma ready meals can be. I didn't think this was very almody though which I quite like in a korma so I added a few almond flakes about 10 minutes into cooking and this really enhanced the flavour. It's nice served with sainsbury's pilau rice and naan bread, or bombay potatoes and naan bread.
Cooking Instructions: Remain sleve and pierce film lid, microwave for 5 minutes, remove film lid and stir then put the film lid over again and microwave for the next 3 minutes. I think you could put it in the oven for about 20 minutes but I prefer the microwave as it doesn't dry up the sauce.
Nutrition: There are 384kcal in half of this pack which is not too bad I suppose if you're having it for your main meal. The fat is nearly half your daily allowence though and saturated fat is 70% which is a little too high. I suppose though if it's a treat replacing a take away then it's probably better than the take away, and everybody needs a treat!
Overall: This is a great tasting alternative to a take away, the price is good too and I would definately recommend it, however the nutritional side let's it down abit but it isn't too bad once in a while.
I am a fan of indian food in general but prefer the local takeaway to the supermarket ready meals. However, on a Sunday afternoon when you have had a late breakfast then more often than not lunch and dinner become one meal at about 4pm. The restaurants dont open till 5.30pm. That is how I discovered Sainsburys chicken Korma.
Two packets are normally enough for the four of us and I just cook some rice with it. I can also recommend the sainsburys naan bread which is nicer than other brands.
The chicken Korma is not bad at all considering it is a supermarket brand. It is a little too bland for my taste but then chicken korma is on the bland side anyway.
It is good value for money and often they have a BOGOF deal so I buy an extra two packs which freeze beautifully. One piece of advise though, I know they say to cook it in the oven but I find it is a lot nicer if you put it in a pan with a lid and let it simmer about 15 to 20 minutes. It feels more home cooked then. You can also add a little something to it, like fresh corriander.
Of a weekend if I'm not out and about and my folks are when my Mum goes shopping she gets me a ready meal and some snacks and stuff. I can't cook, I won't lie about that and I like food I can zap in the microwave and tastes ok! I don't want to me messing about cooking for one after-all! lol
I do love a chicken korma from time to time and requested this!
Not quite as depicted on the review photograph, it's recently changed slightly. Instead of a box now it's a round black plastic pot covered by a purple coloured 'sleeve'. On the front of the sleeve there is a picture of the chicken korma and I'm told it's made with British chicken and that it's 'rich and creamy' Sainbury's chicken Korma which is 'Marinated British Chicken breast pieces in a creamy coconut sauce with cashew nut puree, flavoured with cardamom'. At the bottom of the front of the sleeve I'm told the meal is produced in the UK, is mild in flavour (and a drawn on picture of one red chilli), I'm told to keep it refrigerated and the use by date is clearly stamped on there. The back of the box is white and yellow and on there I'm again told what it is, told what the packaging is made up from, weight is stated (400g), nutritional advice, ingredients and allergy advice are given, I'm told how to store the product and how to cook it and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice packaging and enough information on there to make an informed choice as to whether you want to be eating it or not!
How To Cook....
Oven cook from chilled in a preheated oven Electric 190C/Gas 5 for 20 minutes or from frozen for 35 minutes.
Microwave from chilled 4-5 minutes or from frozen 8-9 minutes.
You simply pierce the meals clear film lid over the top of the plastic container and cook it. Very, very simple and even I can do it lol Though do watch you don't drop any anywhere because this does stain however if you do have bleach to hand it can be removed! Though not on carpets lol.
Well you cook it as I have told you already and being the lazy madam that I am I bung it in the microwave from chilled. It really does cook in around 5 minutes and what you end up with on your plate is quite a lot of large chunks of breast of chicken that are very tender and juicy and a yellow coloured plain looking sauce in abundance covers said chicken. The taste overall is really, really mild and not as sweet as I was expecting a korma to be to be honest or as rich and creamy as I would have liked it to be. There are a few bits of green herbs (not alot though and they're very tiny) which are coriander but it's so fine it doesn't really add alot of flavour to the dish anyway. You can taste a hint of nuts, not much of anything else at all really. Although to be fair it isn't bland due to the nice flavoured chicken and the one thing I find is too heavy in this dish is the desiccated coconut and ginger puree ingredients. The coconut is like it's been poured in from a great height and although you can't visually see it you can feel it against your teeth and it's weird. The ginger flavour is also slightly overpowering and in a puree form rather than natural.
The sauce isn't thick enough, the chicken is plentiful. The sauce is mild, not as naturally creamy and sweet as I like being a real korma fan and although lots of ingredients such as cashew nut puree (5%), almonds and onions are listed you can't taste them due to the coconut milk (13%), coconut extract and 3% coconut! It isn't anywhere like a proper korma really but it isn't awful just not all that exciting and me I won't be eating it again due to the very high calorie and fat content and although it's a meal for one Sainsbury's on their at a glance guide only tell you nutritional values for half of the dish! Then again would you buy a meal you know contains 654 and that's without rice or extras of any kind?! lol.
Contains nuts & milk.
Not suitable for peanuts or sesame allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional Information.... Per Half Pack....
Total Sugars: 4.7g
£3.29 per meal this is also available with rice though you don't get as much korma of course and it's only available in Sainburys chiller cabinets.