“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chicken „
It's what's for dinner!!
As I sit here writing this review I am also eating said product so I thought it was a great time to comment on my thoughts. The meal is called Tesco light choices sweet and sour chicken with rice and is described as, "Tender pieces of chicken breast in a sweet and sour sauce with rice." Tesco light choices meals are said to be, "big on taste and light on calories, sugar or fat." I wasn't actively looking to eat a diet meal but I saw that the whole 400g dinner had only 415 calories which is very good so I decided to buy it.
The meal comes in a plastic tray with a film lid on the top and is very easy to cook. You can either microwave it or cook in in the oven. You can cook from frozen so its a convenient product to have in the freezer if you are ever in need of a quick meal. My husband works quite late and so I often eat on my own but don't really want to cook from scratch all the time so these meals are perfect for me.
There weren't many chicken pieces or pieces of red pepper and the quantity of sauce was a bit lacking although there was a good amount of rice but the fact that there was not much sauce meant that some of the rice was quite plain and it was just like eating plain rice. When I have a sweet and sour I like my sauce to be thick and plentiful and covering the rice and really soaking it. I think the chicken is actually real chicken, it was white meat and was nice and tasty and didn't look like a mystery meat. The rice is white and was actually nice too although whenever you cook a meal like this I always find some of the rice at the edges goes a bit crunchy but the rest was nice and soft and fairly fluffy.
Pineapple is my favourite part of a sweet and sour and I had two small pieces, yes that was it, two, very disappointing although the two pieces I did eat were lovely and sweet and juicy. It has water chestnuts in which I hate but again, like the other ingredients there were only actually about two small bits so it wasn't too much of a problem.
I have to say the meal wasn't bad, it had a bit of a twang when eating it but its never going to rival a Chinese take away sweet and sour is it now. It actually says on the box that it contains 90% less fat than a typical Tesco Chinese ready meal so god knows how much less fat it has than a proper take away!
In conclusion this almost filled me up, it did its job for a quick, easy and somewhat tasty ready meal for one and I would consider purchasing again.
I sometimes buy low calorie meals; at the moment this isn't because im on a diet (though I should be and its long overdue again!), but it also because some of these meals can actually be very tasty and I look at it as a slight effort at losing weight!
I am not a lover of Chinese food but occasionally I enjoy it and one meal I do like is Sweet & Sour Chicken. This 'Light Choice' meal from Tesco looked quite appealing to me. On the front of the box you can see a picture of the meal. I am not sure whether or not they have placed the meal on a small plate as it appears to be piled high of sweet & Sour Chicken. I wasn't able to pile my normal size dinner plate this high with the contents. However, this is a reasonable size meal and I would certainly say its adequate if you are trying to cut down on eating. Whilst it doesn't fill you up completely, its enough really.
The meal is made with Chicken breast ' in a sweet & sour sauce with red peppers, carrots and pineapple' with white rice. Red peppers go really well with the sauce which is very tasty and quite sweet; the sauce is fairly thick and there is enough chicken breast meat too. I would prefer it if there were a little more rice but all in all this is a good tasting and decent size meal.
Cooking; Its simple; you can oven cook or microwave; 40 minutes in the oven or about 11 minutes in the microwave. I cooked this in the microwave and it came out good.
Cooked Rice (44%), Water, Cooked Chicken (12%), Tomato puree, Pineapple juice from concentrate, Onion, Red pepper, Carrot, Pineapple, Cornflour, Sugar. Soy Sauce, Spirit Vinegar, Ginger, Molasses, Malt Vinegar, Salt, Garlic puree, Paprika Extract
Soy Sauce contains Water, Sugar, Salt, Molasses, Soya Bean, Wheat flour, Sea Salt, Lactic acid.
One thing I do like about this meal is that it is not full of ingredients; what I mean is ingredients that you may never of heard of or E this and E that.
Contains Wheat, Gluten, Soya. Whilst there are no Nuts in this meal, it cannot be guaranteed to be Nut free
Tesco also state that 'whilst every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain'. However, I have not come across any small bones when eating this meal
This meal contains 385 kcals
The price is pretty good at only £1.30.
This is a good average size, tasty, lower fat meal worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.