“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chicken „
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 found these Chicken enchiladas in Tesco and thought they would be perfect for a quick and easy meal that required minimal effort. It costs £2.50 for a 450g pack, and they are currently on offer at a reduced price of £2.00.
Product description: "Strips of spice and herb marinated chicken breast, red and yellow peppers, wrapped in floury tortillas under a chunky tomato sauce.
We're proud about the ingredients in our food... Our succulent chicken breast strips are marinated in heaps of tasty herbs and spices like cumin, chilli, thyme, parsley, oregano and paprika, for dishes that are full of the flavours of the South."
The enchiladas come packaged in a plastic tray that is sealed with a plastic film and has a cardboard slipcase with cooking instructions on the back. The lazy side of me was thankful that there was no preparation required, you simply pop the whole lot in to cook and there you have it. The cooking time takes 25 minutes in the oven or 7 minutes in the microwave, so it's very quick as well. I bought these with the intention of cooking them before going for a big night out, as I wanted to spend more time pampering myself and getting dressed up rather than slaving over a hot stove! This simple no-fuss preparation really fitted in with my evening and allowed me to enjoy a tasty meal with no messing around on my part.
The Chicken Enchiladas weigh in at 450g, and inside the pack you get two tortillas filled with a spicy enchilada sauce and chicken breast pieces topped with a chunky tomato sauce and cheese. You could easily make this into a meal for two people by cooking extras such as rice, and serving with salad or vegetables, however I decided to just stick with these enchiladas rather than having to cook several things and had both of them to myself to make up one meal. This was very filling and certainly prepared me for a night of boozy celebrations (a serving of black forest gateaux for dessert may have helped a little as well!).
I don't often go for Mexican food, but I liked the look of this and was tempted to give it a try after seeing that there was only a mild spice level listed on the packaging. I oven cooked my enchiladas and was encouraged after seeing how they turned out after cooking. The tortilla wraps looked great - lovely and crispy on the top, and softer underneath where the sauce had soaked in to it. On top of the tortilla wraps there was a coating of cheese that had melted and gave a lovely rich flavour that still managed to stand out over the rest of the flavours, nothing was too overpowering and the flavours could be picked out individually rather than getting an overall dull tasting dish. Inside the wraps, there was a very generous amount of filling, including loads of chicken pieces and yummy pieces of red and yellow peppers. A lot of the time when I've had a pre-made wrap it has suffered from a distinct lack of meat, but these enchiladas were really packed full of chicken bits and provided a good amount of protein to go with the carbs from the wraps and the vegetables inside. The filling is smothered in a rich and vibrant tasting tomato sauce, which did have a spicy kick to it. The flavours developed as I worked my way through the meal, and by the end my taste buds really were tingling! I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to spice, and by the end this was becoming a bit too strong for me, however if I had been a bit more sensible and prepared the meal as two servings, with rice and veggies on the side, then I would have been able to mix it up and lessen the build up of the spicy flavour. The textures worked really well together as well - the crispy tortillas against the juicy meat, firm vegetables and smooth sauce made for a great experience all round.
I was really impressed with how delicious these Chicken enchiladas were. I think they were good value for money, full of lovely ingredients in generous amounts, and it was a complete doddle to cook without creating any mess to clear up afterwards. I would certainly buy them again and recommend them to other people who are maybe a bit unsure about Mexican food. Well worth a try!
Ingredients: Tomato, Cooked Marinated Chicken (19%), Tortilla (17%), Tomato Puree, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Monterey Jack Cheese, Onion, Single Cream, Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, White Sugar, Lime Juice, Coriander, Garlic Purée, Cumin Powder, Jalapeño Chilli, Smoked Paprika, Salt, Smoked Salt, Green Chilli Purée, Oregano, Chipotle Chilli Paste, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Black Pepper, Chilli Powder, Chilli Flakes.
Cooked Marinated Chicken contains: Chicken, Vegetable Oil, Cornflour, Oregano, Paprika, Salt, Garlic, Sugar, Onion, Cumin, Chilli, Black Pepper, Tomato Powder, Thyme, Parsley, Paprika Extract, Turmeric Extract.
Tortilla contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Salt.
Jalapeño Chilli contains: Jalapeño Chilli, Water, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Clove.
Chipotle Chilli Paste contains: Water, Vegetable Oil, Chilli Powder, White Wine Vinegar, Malic Acid.
Typical Nutritional Values per Half pack (225g) contains:
Energy - 1385kJ - 330kcal
Protein - 20.5g
Carbohydrate - 31.5g
Sugars - 7.7g
Fat - 13.5g
Saturates - 6.0g
Mono Unsaturates - 4.6g
Polyunsaturates - 2.1g
Fibre - 4.4g
Sodium* - 0.6g
*Salt Equivalent - 1.5g