“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chicken „
I bought this ready meal from Tesco as I was looking for something quick for tea one night when I knew I was going to be late home. I really enjoy Asian food and when I saw this meal in the Finest range I thought I would try it.
The dish consists of chicken meatballs flavoured with chilli, coriander and lemongrass covered with a coconut sauce, pak choi, mangetout and green peppers and noodles.
It comes in a clear plastic bowl and looks very appetising with a cardboard sleeve bearing the description and picture of the cooked meal and the usual nutritional information, cooking instructions and ingredients list. There is also allergy advice - avoid if you are intolerant to gluten, wheat, eggs or milk. Although there are no nuts in the dish the factory it is produced in does handle nuts.
To cook you remove the cardboard and pierce the film then cook in the microwave for 4 ½ to 5 ½ minutes depending on the strength of the microwave. Once you open the lid you will notice that there is a plastic insert separating the sauce from the rest of the ingredients - this is a great idea as it means the vegetables stay really nice and crispy and the noodles aren't made soggy by the sauce. Remove this insert with a fork and stir well before serving.
I really enjoyed this meal - it had a good combination of flavours (though if I'd made it at home I'd probably add more chilli) and wasn't overly salty like a lot of ready meals (though actually it contains 3g of salt which is half your daily intake!). The meatballs were an interesting variation and the sauce was nice and creamy. I'd like to be able to buy it without the noodles so I could try it with rice instead.
Calories - 555kcal (28% of RDA)
Protein - 37.4g
Carbohydrate - 48.6g
Incl 15.8g sugar (18% of RDA)
Fat - 23.4g (33% of RDA)
Incl 12.8g saturated fat (64% of RDA)
Fibre - 9.2g
Salt - 3.0g (50% of RDA)
So not the healthiest meal around but ok for an occasional treat!
This cost £4 which is pretty expensive but for the quality of the food I thought was good value and would certainly buy it again