“ Brand: Sharwood's / Type: Chicken „
Living on my own I usually can't be bothered to cook for just myself so weekly I buy a few ready meals in.to shove in my freezer. I look out for reasonably priced ready meals and this I find often in my local Asda store for just a pound a meal and so I have bought and consumed it a few times now!
The meal comes in a black plastic tray with a peel back see through plastic over the top of that and it comes within a box. The box is bright orange and black in colour and on the front and on the back of it we are told that it is 'Since 1889' Sharwoods Chicken Tikka Masala With Rice 'Made with 100% Cooked Chicken Breast' and that it is Mild in spice, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and we are also told that it can be cooked in the microwave and takes 8 1/2 minutes then on the sides of the box other information listed includes ingredient and allergy advice and cooking instructions plus a full nutritional chart is listed , the weight of the meal is stated (which is 375g buy the way) and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Nice, informative packaging this is.
The Meal Itself:
To cook this is simple you can oven cook in about 45 minutes or microwave it, me I'm rather lazy so bung it in the microwave and I find that it heats through well in 8 1/2 minutes. The meal is sort of half and half. Half is the chicken tikka masala and half of the turmeric rice and you do get a decent sized portion of both.
The chicken tikka masala is basically large chunks of well cooked and good good quality chicken breast in a thickish orangy coloured sauce which is made up of tomatoes, thinly sliced pieces of onion infused with spices and ginger and garlic. It isn't too spicy though does have chillis in in, though I can't detect those at all so it really is mild! The chicken is superb and you can really taste the coriander in this too. The rice is firm but again well cooked and not sloppy. I can't taste the turmeric in it that, that is meant to be in it but it is nice and seasoned rice.
All in all this is a nice enough filling meal and it really is full of flavour. It is never going to be as nice as a takeaway meal or eating it in an Indian restaurant but for a quick, tasty meal it really is very nice and that's the reason that I buy this one so often!
Available from all good supermarkets etc.
I don't get a great deal of pleasure when I'm cooking meals, and tend to look for easy ways out. I lavish time and attention on baking as this is fun and more of a hobby, whereas cooking daily meals is more of a chore. I picked up this Chicken Tikka Masala ready meal in Tesco's and thought it would be perfect for a quick and easy meal that required minimal effort. It costs a very reasonable £1.50 for a 375g pack, and I managed to snag mine on special offer at a reduced price of just £1.00.
Product description: "Sharwood's Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice. Tender pieces of chicken breast in a creamy, medium spiced Tikka Masala sauce with coriander, aromatic tikka spices and fresh cream. Served with cooked long grain spiced rice."
This curry can be found in the freezer section of your supermarket. I try and eat fairly healthily, but it's always handy to have a few ready meals stocked up, and I liked the look of this curry as it also comes with a serving of rice so you don't have to cook that separately to go with your meal. The curry comes in a plastic tray with two sections to separate the rice from the curry. You can cook this either in the oven or in the microwave, depending on how much time you have to spare. There is no preparation required other than removing or piercing the film lid, and no mess to clean up afterwards which is always a good thing! Cooking a curry from scratch can be an extremely laborious process, so I often choose pre-made curries rather than creating my own. Anyone can manage to stick a tub in the microwave, so you can still enjoy a nice curry even if your cooking skills aren't up to the job of doing it yourself.
The Tikka Masala with Rice weighs in at 375g, which is a reasonable serving for one person. You get a good amount of each, with a good balance between the amount of rice and the amount of curry. You could easily add extras to this to make it into more of an Indian feast or to satisfy a larger appetite. I particularly like things such as pappodoms or naan breads, but there are plenty of nice vegetable side dishes that would also make a nice accompaniment to the main curry.
After I looked a little more closely at the packaging, I did worry that this might be too spicy for my liking. I normally pick Tikka Masala as a safe bet as I can be a bit of a wimp when it comes to hot and spicy dishes. However, this curry was marked with a medium spice rating, symbolised with a logo featuring two chilli's. It turns out that I didn't need to worry as it was lovely and flavoursome without being heavily spiced, and I would describe it better as mild, even though it has a medium rating. The curry istelf has a lovely thick and creamy sauce with a vibrant colour and looks lovely against the spiced rice. There were plenty of large pieces of chicken within the sauce, and along with the good serving of rice this was nicely filling. I really enjoyed this curry, although my boyfriend had the complete opposite opinion. He was also having one of these at the same time as me, and wouldn't even finish it as he said it was too sweet for his tastes. I do have quite a sweet tooth, but wouldn't say that there was any overpowering sweet flavour to this curry, just a nice mix of warm spices with a lovely smooth and creamy texture.
I really enjoyed this Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice, and was happy with how easy it was to cook. I ended up with a lovely curry & rice that was just to my taste, and saved me a lot of work seeing as there was no preparation involved. This is a lovely tasting Tikka Masala that I would happily recommend.
Ingredients: Chicken Breast (12%) contains: Chicken, Water, Salt.
Tikka Masala Sauce contains: Water, Onion (11%), Whipping Cream (6%), Tomato Puree, Vegetable Oil, Brown Sugar, Coriander, Green Chilli Puree, Garlic, Ginger, Cornflour, Salt, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Cumin Seed, Chilli Powder, Fenugreek Leaf.
Cooked Rice (46%) contains: Water, Rice, Tumeric.
Typical Nutritional Values per 100g contains:
Energy - 693kJ - 165kcal
Protein - 5.8g
Carbohydrate - 20.8g
Sugars - 3.7g
Fat - 6.5g
Saturates - 2.7g
Fibre - 0.9g
Sodium* - 0.18g
*Salt Equivalent - 0.45g
*Price & Availability*
I bought my Sharwoods Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice Meal from teh frozen food aisle of my local Morrisons supermarket a couple of weeks ago for the small price of just £1.00. I often find that frozen meals are really small portion sizes but for £1.00 it did not really matter that much to me. They are widely available in supermarkets and frozen food stores.
*About the Product*
This ready meal has a total wieght of 375g, quite a small portion. The curry and rice are separated within a divided black plastic tray, covered with a film and slid inside a cardboard box, with the Sharwoods 'Taste of India' logo on the front. These are easily recogniseable in the frozen aisle.
Heating is easy, in either the microwave or oven. Once cooked / heated the smell is fairly authentic, although perhaps a little dull. The curry is of a deep orange / red colour and is served with pilau rice.
I found the flavour to be a little lacking. This is classed as a medium heat, but I would have preferred a little more spice for it to successfully fall into that catergory for me. The sauce is not particularly creamy, more tomatoey. The pieces of chicken are tender, although there are not many.
Contains 619 calories, 14.0g sugars, 24.3g fat, 10.0g saturates and 1.65g salt. These values are all pretty high!
*Would I Buy It Again?*
It's doubtful. For a ready meal it is not bad, but I much prefer Tesco or Asda's own Chicken Tikka Masala. Sharwood's haven't won this one!