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Near me I live close to a really good frozen food centre. I eat a lot of ready meals living alone and the one brand I turn to when I'm trying to eat a little healthier is Weightwatchers because I followed the plan a few years ago and I can look at the points listed on a meal and know instantly that I'm being rather good.
I love allsorts of curry, again though I don't feel that its worth my time to make one from scratch. This is one, like other Weightwatchers meals over the years I have had a few times and I like this one well enough!
This meal comes in a mainly purple box with a photograph shown of the curry and rice meal on the front of it and we are clearly told what it is and who its by and that the entire meal costs 8 points if following the Weightwatchers plan, and that it contains 306 Kcals and 4.6 of fat then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the meal, the ingredients, allergy advice and full nutritional charts are all shown along with heating instructions given and we are also told that the meal weighs 320g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Inside the box you get the meal in a black plastic tray that has a see through peel back lid/cover to the top of it.
Whether you decide to cook this in the oven for about 45 minutes or in the microwave for around 8 minutes you are meant to cook this meal from frozen. Me, well I microwave mine for ease and quickness!
This is actually a reasonably nice and tasty enough meal. Its a mild dish this and what you get is a generous portion of fluffy white rice which to me tastes unseasoned and then you get a light brown curry which has plenty of rather smooth sauce to it and which also has some little pieces of chopped tomato running through and some thick slithers of really nice tender chicken, though you don't get loads of that.
The overall flavour to me comes from the curry powder and it also has a hint of ginger, garlic and onion to the curry. The sauce is thick enough and doesn't run all over the place and looks appetising.
I could do with a bit more seasoning and spice but it is a mild curry and marketed as that to be fair to it and overall its nice enough, not one bit greasy but a bit plain for me on the whole but its a gap filling meal and I usually pick this up on my travels for just a pound a box which is good value in my humble opinion!
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I do not buy ready meals on a regular basis but do like to have a couple in the freezer for a quick meal in hurry or if I find myself alone for dinner. Whilst shopping in Iceland recently I noticed that the frozen Weight Watchers ready meals from Heinz were on a special offer so thought a I could pop a couple in my freezer for a rainy day. One that I did purchase was a chicken curry, although the picture on the front did not look overly appetizing I do like curry and thought it may taste better than it looked.
As stated I purchased this weight watchers chicken curry from Iceland with it being priced at just £1.25 or if you purchased 3 meals from quite a large selection then they were on a multi-buy offer for £3.00 making them just £1.00 per meal.
The chicken curry came packaged in a small rectangle cardboard box which is purple in colour and has a picture of the curry on the front served on a plate. Also on the front of the box is the weight watchers logo and also the calorie content of the mea (296 Kcal) l and how many pro-pints it contains (8 pro-points). I personally am not following the weight watchers diet but for anyone who is then it makes it quick and easy to see how many points is contained in the meal without really even having to pick up the box. On the sides and back of the box you can find all the other information about the meal including ingredients listings, full nutritional information, allergy advice and cooking instructions. When you open the box you will find the curry contained in a small plastic tray inside with a peel able clear plastic lid. The curry and the rice is all contained in the one plastic container with now centre divide as due to it being a frozen meal it does to an extend stay where it is placed.
You can cook the curry in the microwave or in the oven, I chose to cook mine in the microwave. This was very quick and easy to do by simply piercing the film lid on the black tray then cooking for 6mins 30 seconds on full power and then 4 minutes on defrost. I have a 800W microwave and these cooking times worked perfectly well to ensure the curry was piping hot throughout. Now I was very lazy and simply ate my meal from the container but it would have been very easy to simply transfer it to a plate or dish.
The portion size with this curry is not huge as you can imagine from a diet meal but it is an adequate size to put your hunger at bay. When I sat down to eat the curry I was quite looking forward to it as it smelt lovely a little like Chinese curry which I love, but I was a little surprised to find only 3 pieces of chicken breast contained within the sauce especially as they were fairly small pieces too. The sauce itself was a brown/yellow colour and had a nice consistency and was not too runny and I could see pieces of tomato in the sauce. The taste of the sauce was a little disappointing, it is a mild curry as described on the box but the taste is simply of curry powder and not of any spices even though I can see from the ingredients listings that they are present. The rice was much better and was cooked perfectly without being sticky or mushy and there was just the right amount to go with the sauce.
Overall for the cost of this meal I do not think there is much to grumble about. It would be nice to have a couple more pieces of chicken in the sauce and to be able to distinguish more of the spices but this is by far not the worst curry I have eaten and for a quick, easy, low calorie meal I would probably purchase it again in the future.
I previously wrote a review about the sweet chilli chicken curry from the Weight Watchers range and brought this chicken curry at the same time. These ready meals are mostly used for during the week when my busy lifestyle makes me too tired to cook anything! I did used to buy the standard ready meals from supermarkets but they are so bad for you and with joining Weight Watchers I decided to give these a go. If you're thinking about trying them too check out my review about the Sweet Chilli Chicken because I recommend it!
The meal cooks the same as any other ready meal - in the microwave or the oven. I prefer to use the micowave because I usually begin to cook these once I'm starving! Cooking in the oven takes 40 minutes but obviously this depends on the oven you have. Mine is incredibly fast to heat up and cook for some reason (I found this out from burning a pizza in 10 minutes!). So as I have mentioned, I cook the meal via microwave by piercing the lid of the plastic container and putting it in for about 10 minutes. I always cook ready meals for around 10 minutes regardless of the packaging because it makes sure they are cooked properly.
To sum up the product, it is basically chunks of chicken in a mild curry sauce served with boiled rice.
On the box it gives you all nutritional information aswell as the weightwaters points (4.5) and other information. There is also a picture of the meal which looks really yummy! The meal is in a plastic container with a clear plastic lid so you can see your frozen meal inside. I have to admit, it annoys me that when you empty the meal from the plastic container it never goes right, it always looks like a mess! I'm sure it is almost impossible to make it look as nice as it does on the front of the box.
The meal portion isn't really very big, I am a little peckish afterwards - nothing fruit or nuts can't solve afterwards. I do like how small they are though because it means you don't eat too much.
The meal does have quite a few chicken chunks and there is just the right amount of sauce so you're not left with dry chicken or rice at the end. Curry with lots of sauce is always a bonus! The chicken is very tender and cooks well in the microwave, I am always careful incase it isn't cooked properly. I am a bit funny with chicken because most I don't really like when there is veins running through!
The sauce is lovely, not too thick and not too runny so pretty much perfect consistency. It tastes a lot like the curry sauce you get from the chip shop (which I do actually love) but with a bit more of a bite. If you've ever been to Wagamamas I'd compare it to the Chicken curry sauce they have there. It is quite creamy so it has a nice texture to it, but not too creamy to be confused with salad dressing consistency.
I didn't seem to find anything other than chicken and sauce in this which was disappointing. A few chunks of vegetables would of been a nice addition but never mind - it didn't cost me much so I can't complain!
As for the typical curry, it isn't that spicy. I'd say its probably as spicy as a chicken tikka, not as mild as a korma though. I did add some chilli powder into mine to give it an extra kick because I do love spicy food.
Important information: Not suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, may contain nuts.
I brought my meal from Asda which cost me £5 for 4 meals. I brought two of these and two sweet chilli and regardless of whether they are in the offer or not - I would still purchase them. Probably not for a while though as I get bored of meals very quickly.
This meal is a great choice down the ready meal isle of the supermarket if you're on a tight budget and attempting to loose weight - or even if you aren't trying to loose weight!
It seems like I am more often on a diet than off of one! As a result, over the years, I have tried many of the Weight Watchers range of frozen dinners - one of them being the Weight Watchers Chicken Curry. When I get home from a long day of work, sometimes I can't be bothered to cook, and therefore this is the time when I'm more likely to get a fat-laden takeaway. Having a couple of Weight Watchers meals in the freezer makes this less likely to happen - and so for that reason they are very convenient. From putting in in the microwave to having it in front of you on the plate it takes about 10 minutes - and so its fast food without the fat. Each portion of this meal contains just 294 calories and less that 2% fat - and so this is conducive to a low-fat / low calorie diet. And, because it only costs £1 from Morrison's it won't be too stressful on your purse either!
Weight Watchers describe this meal as "Tender chicken breast in a mild spiced curry sauce infused with bramley apple and mango chutney, served with long grain white rice" - and I think this accurately sums up what you get. There are approximately eight pieces of chicken in a fairly rich curry sauce which is on a bed of white fluffy rice. The pieces of chicken are quite small and, to be honest, the portion of chicken is not overly generous, but when combined with the sauce and the rice then it is perfectly adequate for a light meal. The chicken is very tender and seems to be of a good quality. The sauce itself is rich, tasty and slightly spicy but not overly hot and so it would be suitable for most people - although unlikely to be satisfying to those who really enjoy really spicy curries. There is enough sauce to adequate coat all of the rice should you wish to mix it all in together - which I think it best!
I actually quite enjoy this dish. Its not going to set the world alight or send your taste buds into a tantalizing frenzy, but its tasty enough and satisfies me for a light meal.
Yes, here I am again with another Weight Watchers ready made meal (I don't live on these I promise!) I have to admit that I do like some of their ready meals and normally have one or two in the freezer just in case, I don't fancy cooking or I'm just cooking for myself.
Weight Watchers Chicken Curry from Heinz:
As on the box Weight Watchers describes this having tender slices of chicken breast in a mild spiced curry sauce, served with white rice.
My Findings and Opinion:
I've had this meal a few times now and do quiet like it, the sauce has a nice consistency and soaks in nicely with the rice. The sauce is a lot like there Korma cooking sauce which you can purchase in the jars only there seems to be a little more spice in this meal; it is still rather mild which I like. The tender slices of chicken are lovely and just melt in your mouth, the only down side is that you only have 2 or 3 pieces of chicken which are rather small. (Oh well we are dieting after all)
The white rice is nice and fluffy, lovely and soft in your mouth they don't all clump together or go rock hard like I've had before in other light ready meals I've tried in the past. As nice as this meal is, it doesn't fill me up completely so what I tend to do is have a Weight Watcher Nann bread to fill out the meal which then leaves me feeling satisfied.
This meal is only four and half Weight Watcher points so is ideal for me when I want to save some points for a night out, and I don't have to work out the points as it's already stated on the box
However a big down point for me is that this meal is not as healthy as it would lead you to believe, and this does anger me sometimes how manufactures like to mislead its consumers.
Though the Weight Watchers brand states 'no artificial colouring and no hydrogenated fats' it still contains a few nasties like 'maltodextrin' which is a food additive which is considered to be safe in the sense of non-toxic, but many experts question its unhealthy effects on the human body; basically it is an alternative sweetener but using different words to cover it up! (I've listed the ingredients below)
How to cook:
And this is why I like ready meals so much, as they are so easy to prepare. For this meal all you have to do is remove the cardboard packaging (obviously), pierce the film lid and place on a baking tray in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes at 200c (need to adjust temperature for fan assisted ovens)
Or if you wanted it sooner rather than later you can microwave your meal, remove film lid like before. Microwave; cook on full power for 6 minutes and 30 seconds, leave cook on defrost at 30% for 4 minutes and to stand for 1 minute and jobs done. (Based on 750w microwave)
As this can be microwave much sooner than using the oven I still opted for the oven, microwaving meals for me have always gone wrong. Being cold in the middle and burnt round the outside or it's made the meal rubbery. So the oven was the best option for me.
This meal is to be cooked from frozen.
Per 300g serving:
48.00g carbohydrate (1.8g sugars)
Of which are saturates 1.2g
1.7g salt equivalent
This meal contains - Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Celery and Mustard.
Price and Availability:
I purchased this meal from my local pound freeze but can also be purchased from most supermarkets but they do tend to cost a little more around £1.79, Asda however do a lot of deals on the Weight Watchers ready meals.
This is a easy and cheap meal for one that does taste nice, even as its not the most healthy of ready meals (but none really are) I would still recommend this chicken curry.
Thanks for reading :o)
Cooked White Rice (44%, Water, White Rice), Water, Cooked Chicken (14%, Chicken Breast, Water, Salt, Stabilisers - Di, Tri- and Polyphosphates), Onions, Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Firming Agent - Calcium Chloride), Turkey and Chicken Stock (contains Egg), Modified Maize Starch, Bramley Apple Puree (1%), Curry Powder (Coriander, Fenugreek, Turmeric, Cumin, Salt, Mustard, Onion, Garlic, Cinnamon, Cloves, Celery, Ginger, Bay, Pepper, Fennel, Flavouring), Concentrated Tomato Puree, Mango Chutney (1%, Sugar, Mangoes, Salt, Ginger), Vegetable Oil, Chicken Fat, Wheat Flour, Salt, Chicken Bouillon (Salt, Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Chicken Fat, Flavourings), Coconut Cream Powder (Coconut, Maltodextrin, Milk Proteins), Yogurt Powder (from Milk), Apricot Puree, Pepper Extract, Turmeric
Weight Watchers ready made meals are produced by Heinz which they have a web site if you require more information and customer contact as listed below.
Consumer Care Team
H J Heinz Co Ltd
Tel: 0800 528 5757
As many of you will know about Weight Watchers but just incase - Weight Watchers is a point system eating plan which I have found very easy to follow so far. You are allocated so many points per day, and everything food/drink wise has a point value. Your aim is not to go over your set points!
Incase you would like to find more out about Weight Watchers they have a very handy and useful website.
Weight Watchers Customer Service
Telephone: 0845 345 1500
I don't personally follow the Weight Watchers diet plan, but really enjoy some of the Weight Watchers convenience meals anyway. The chicken curries are usually in the region of £1.50 if you buy them individually, but you can often get them on offer for something like 5 for £5, so they work out at around £1 each, which I think is reasonable value.
I usually eat the Weight Watchers curry as a convenient lunch - I personally don't think there is enough in one to fill you up at tea time, although if you were to bulk it up with a Weight Watchers naan or something of the sort it would probably be filling enough. For those who follow the diet plan, the points value is 4 ½, and there is 305 calories and 4.5g of fat in each one, so it is a healthier lunch option than many sandwiches, especially shop bought ones.
The curry is really tasty - it isn't particularly spicy but still has a nice kick to it, and the rice is quite sticky which I enjoy. There isn't a great amount of chicken in it and the chicken that is in the dish doesn't taste particularly great, but at the price, I wouldn't particularly expect there to be much chicken. I would quite happily eat just the sauce and curry as it really is very tasty, although the chicken does add a bit of texture.
This is an enjoyable alternative at lunchtime even if you aren't on Weight Watchers, so I would definitely recommend trying it, especially if you can get one of the offers on the cost of it.
Weight Watchers Chicken Curry
Description: Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Ready Meal
Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season. Unfortunately, this has meant that or the last few months, I have been trying to shift those few extra pounds.
One of the best ways for me to do this is avoid snacking of course, but because I work shifts, this isn't always easy. I find that far too often, I eat the wrong things at the wrong times, so the best way to prevent this is to make sure that I have a decent and fulfilling meal, which helps stop me reaching for snacks later.
Unfortunately, another issue with working shifts is that I don't have as much time as I would like. I often find myself looking for a quick lunch to take to work and these microwave meals are handy and convenient. Like all products in the range, the meal comes in predominantly purple packaging and has a picture of the food on the front, along with the Weight Watchers logo.
This 330g meal will cost around £1.85 in the frozen section of supermarkets but can often be found on special offer. I recently bought several for just £1 each from a local supermarket.
The meal can be cooked in the oven or the microwave though I have only used the microwave.
The meal smells pretty good, it has a sweet and spicy smell that makes you think that the curry is going to be quite tasty. Unfortunately, I found it a big let down, the chicken pieces were tiny and contained in a too sweet sauce which wasn't spicy at all. The sauce tasted a little artificial and very much like a diet food. The fruit in the curry makes it taste more like a sweet pickle than a proper curry and the rice was dry and disappointing.
I have enjoyed quite a lot of Weight Watchers products and was disappointed to find that this one wasn't as tasty. The portion size is very small (I find this with all the Weight Watchers ready meals so usually have salad or vegetables alongside them) and in this instance, that was actually a good thing as I couldn't finish it due to the taste.
There are much better options if you are watching your weight, I would bypass this one in favour of something more edible!
Nutritional information per 320g serving is as follows;
46.8g carbohydrate (1.5g sugars)
1.8g salt equivalent
4 ½ Weight Watchers points
I have tried a number of weight watchers (from Heinz) frozen meals over the last few years, in an attempt to lose a few pounds (of weight), by eating smaller portions of food, which are reasonably low calorie, but I have to admit to being dissapointed by most of them.
The beauty of these meals is, that they are frozen, and so can sit in the freezer, for months on end, until they are required, they are quick, and easy to cook, and they are quite cheap to purchase, especially when on deals in the supermarkets.
The Chicken Curry meal, from Weight Watchers, is basically a chicken curry, served with a portion of plain white rice. The curry is a nice, kind of pepper based flavour, golden in colour, similar to what you might get from a chip shop. Taking a look at the ingredients on the packet, there are a lot of quite surprising ingredients that have been used to formulate this curry sauce, including:
bramley apple puree
The chicken within the curry sauce is very tender, and gels well with the curry and the rice. I would estimate that there about a dozen chunks of the chicken which looks about right when the meal is plated up (unless you are lazy like me, and eat the meal from the plastic container to save on the washing up!!).
*** How to Cook ***
This meal can be cooked either in the microwave:
Pierce film lid.
Cook on full power for 6 minutes.
Then cook on Defrost (30%) power for a further 4 minutes.
Stand for 1 minute.
Remove film lid, and eat meal.
Or Convectional Oven:
Pre Heat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6
Pierce film lid, and place on a baking tray
Cook for 45 minutes
Take out of oven, and remove the film lid.
A word of warning though, the film lid should be removed carefully, as the contents are very hot!
The box does recommend that it should be cooked conventionally for best results, but I cannot tell any difference, apart from the fact that it takes 4 times longer to cook it that way!
*** Cost ***
These meals are generally on sale at £1.49, but are often on offer. I have picked them up a few times at 3 for £3, and have once seen them on sale in Morrisons for 75p each, needless to say I stocked up!
*** Nutrional info ***
The Nutrional values for this meal are as follows:
Protein 7.1 grams
Carbs 49.2 grams
Fat 4.7 grams
Fibre 0.4 grams
Sodium 0.8 grams
And for anyone who is following the weight watchers diet, this meal is worth 4 and a half points of your daily allowance.
So overall this meal is quite healthy, especially when compared to other frozen, microwavable meals - currys in particular! The meal is a decent sized portion, which leaves me feeling just about right, not bloated by any means, but it is enough of a meal to last me until the next meal time.
However, I do like to drink a large glass of ice cold water with this meal, which leaves me feeling refreshed and very full up.
*** Overall Opinion ***
This meal in my opinion is one of the best, if not THE best, that Weight Watchers produce. The taste is great, the price is great, they are easy to cook (especially in the microwave), and they are pretty healthy!
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2010
*Price & Availability*
I purchased my Weight Watchers Chicken Curry from Morrisons a few weeks ago, for just 75p. The regular price is around £1.45 and they are available in most supermarkets and frozen food shops. I have only ever seen one portion size at 320g.
Per serving of 320g is just 307 calories, less than 2% fat and 4.5 Weight Watchers points. I do not follow the WW eating plan, never have and am very unlikely to do so in the future, so this means very little to me.
The chicken curry and long grain white rice are packaged in a two-part divided black plastic tray, within a cardboard sleeve. The outer cardboard has a picture of the meal, with succulent looking small pieces of chicken and garnished white rice, alongside the typical trademark WW purple background. These are easily recognisable in the freezer aisle.
The first thing to note is that this is an extremely small portion size, that is certainly not sufficient enough to fill me up.
I cooked / heated one packet as per the instructions for microwave cooking. The curry looked quite appetising, although I could see small pieces of fruit in it, which I later discovered to be mango chutney and bramley apple. I am not particularly keen on fruit in curries and also found that this dulled down the spice in this dish.
The rice was tender and cooked well and there were a good number of pieces of chicken in the dish.
I found that this was not strong enough in spice for my liking. Nor did the meal fill me, or the old man, up. I left it for 20 minutes and ended up raiding the fridge and making a sandwich for us both.
Overall, this ready meal is very small in portion size and quite lacking in flavour. At 75p it was good value, but I doubt I would buy this particular WW meal again.
Recently I have been attempting to eat lighter meals in order to shift a bit of excess weight. I am not actually following the Weight Watchers diet but am nevertheless trying a few of their meals as they are low in calories and fat, and so are useful aids to dieting even if you're not doing the points system.
This, however, is one of my least favourite Weight Watchers meals and falls far below the standards of their other meals such as the Beef Hotpot or the Beef Casserole. This Chicken Curry, whilst looking yummy on the box, is not very impressive.
The meal comes in a plastic tray which is packaged in a recyclable cardboard box. The meal can be cooked either in the oven or the microwave, but having previously had bad experiences with Weight Watchers meals in the microwave I chose to use the oven. It takes 45 minutes at 200 degrees in the oven so is not a very quick option.
Once cooked the curry doesn't look very appetising due to the rice being stuck together and looking a bit gooey. It doesn't taste good either. The sauce is alright though a bit thick and not very spicey, good if you like your curries very mild but not good if you like a bit of taste to them. The chicken pieces are few in number and weren't as hot as I would like, so I'd recommend keeping the meal in the oven for a few extra minutes.
The rice is where the meal is really let down though. It was sticky and disturbingly had quite a few hard, sharp bits in it. They hurt to chew on and were very unpleasant.
If you must have a curry but don't want the calories of a takeaway or restaurant meal then I suppose this is an option, but I wouldn't recommend it and I won't buy it again.
The meal costs £1.28 from Asda but is currently on offer there for '5 for £5' which also includes various other Weight Watchers meals. I have seen it for 89 p on offer in the Co-op too so shop around.
The meal contains 4 and a half Weight Watchers points, 307 calories, 1.6 grams of sugar and 4.7 grams of fat so at least I haven't wasted a lot of calories on this.
I first tried Weight Watchers Chicken Curry around 2 years ago, not because I was watching my weight but rather because it was a fairly cheap product compared to other brands of frozen curry. Since then, I have been hooked!
Chicken in a mild curry sauce served with white rice. Not suitable for vegans or those on a gluten free diet. It has a low fat content - 4.7g per pack which is equal to 4 1\2 points on the Weight Watchers system. The curry comes in an easily recyclable cardboard box. Inside this box is the standard plastic compartment that most microwavable meals come in - with the chicken and sauce on one side and the rice on the other. The portion size isn't great. In fact, compared with other frozen curry products on the market it is quite small. However, with this being a product for those watching their weight, small portion sizes are to be expected.
You can either cook this curry in the oven or the microwave. Oven cooking takes longer, around 45 minutes and so I usually use the microwave. At first glance the microwave instructions seem a bit strange. Instead of defrosting the curry first and then cooking on full power, you instead do it the other way round - cook on full power for 6 1\2 minutes and then cook on defrost for 4 minutes. Despite this oddity, the meal is always fully cooked. I sometimes find with other brands of microwaveable curry that the rice can remain cold, despite following the cooking instructions. I am pleased to report that I have yet to eat a Weight Watchers curry that has been anything less than piping hot throughout.
Despite this being a fairly cheap product, it actually tastes quite nice. The sauce is a nice consistency - not too runny but also not so thick that it smothers the chicken. Speaking of the chicken, you get a fair few pieces in this product. It's also quite tasty chicken. Some frozen curry's can end up having really chewy chicken pieces, however Weight Watchers chicken is always nice and tender. The rice too is nice and soft, although it can be a bit dry if you don't thoroughly mix in the sauce.
If there's one criticism I have about this product it is that the sauce is quite bland. It's similar to a Korma sauce in terms of spiciness but not as creamy. This is fine by me as I like my curry mild but those hoping for a spicy dish will be disappointed with this product.
If you like mild curries and you're watching your weight then give this product a try. Even if you aren't watching your weight, give this curry a try as you might like it. Most supermarkets sell it for around £1.30, making it a great choice if you are on a tight budget.
After joining Weight Watchers online a couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Iceland and stocked up on lots of the Weight Watchers ready meals so that I would have no excuse for eating more points than I should do for the first few weks of the diet... then I will actually attempt a bit of cooking from fresh!
I was impressed to see that there was a large variety of the meals all for £1 each so I got a few chicken currys along with various other meals which I will review too at some point.
The curry was very easy to cook, just pierce the film lid and then 10 minutes in the microwave. I always microwave meals like this as I find the rice goes a bit crispy in the oven! You can also oven cook the curry for 45 minutes if you want to instead of using a microwave.
The curry is a bit on the stodgy side when you empty it out of the packaging and there does not seem to be that much rice. The sauce is thick and is a yellowy orange colour which smells very nice plus I was impressed that there seemed to be quite a few bits of chicken in the sauce... I hate it when you get a meal like this and there are literally two small chicken pieces in it!
Taste wise I was really impressed with this curry, I am not a big fan of anything too hot and spicy and this curry was perfect for me. The sauce tastes nice and creamy with lightly spiced flavour and the chicken strips were moist and tender. Although the rice is stodgy when you tip it out it actually tasted really nice and went very nicely with the chicken and sauce.
The meal, although small is pretty filling. At 4.5 points you could have this on its own as a lunch like I did or with a some vegetables or a healthy naan bread for a main meal.
The Weight Watchers Chicken Curry is less than 3% fat and only 303 calories.
Nutritional Information (per pack):
Energy kJ: 1282kJ
of which sugars: 1.8g
(of which saturates): 1.2g
Salt equivalent: 1.7g
I started weight watcher a week ago and I have tried many of the weight watchers meals as it means not having to calculate the points, lazy I know but I have to say I have not been impressed with the meals so far.
When I was Iceland the other day they had a wide selection of Weight Watcher meals for a pound and thought it was time to try another one at this bargain price so I chose the chicken curry.
In my opinion it is the one of a few of the weight watchers food which actually tastes like real food!!. It has got alot of taste in the sauce and there is a fair amount of chicken in it for a ready meal. I have had previous ready meal currys and there have not been as many pieces of chicken in as the Weight watchers one. I also feel the rice portion in this meal is satisfactory. The only thing I would say is this is best to have for lunch as personally I do not feel there is a big enough portion for dinner .
It is only four and a half points for this meal one of the weight watchers meals with the lowest points value. In iceland they are only £1 which I think is brilliant for lunch as a sandwich would be more points and cost more than this curry.
You can cook the curry in the microwave or the oven. I cooked mine in the oven for the suggested time of 45minutes on gas mark 6 and the curry was cooked well the chicken was hot all the way through, and the rice wasn't hard.
On weight watchers this meal is 4 points and has the following nutritional information,
Protein 7.1 grams
Carbs 49.2 grams
Fat 4.7 grams
Fibre 0.4 grams
Sodium 0.8 grams
All in all I would say this is the best weight watchers meal by heinz. The only thing is the portion could be larger or you need to have a nann bread with it.
Our local Cool Trader has been selling these Weight Watchers Chicken Curry meals for ages at £1.29 a box, I've had a few but when I went in just after Xmas and saw stacks of them for 59p each I decided to buy a few to keep in the freezer for when I couldn't be bothered to cook.
For a Weight Watchers meal these are surprisingly nice, there's quite a bit of chicken in the curry and the sauce is thick and very rich. It's not a very spicy curry and the sauce has got a bit of a tomato flavour to me, that suits me perfect though because I'm not mad keen on hot curries and some frozen ones are too spicy for my taste.
I reckon the strength of this curry is not much spicier than a korma, but it doesn't taste like korma because it hasn't got a coconut flavour and isn't as creamy. The sauce is rich and it goes wicked with the chicken, because it's thick it means the sauce doesn't drip off the chicken as you pick it up with your fork.
The chicken is cooked proper nice, it's very tender and tastes fresh unlike a lot of the chicken meals that Weight Watchers do. There's quite a bit of it in there and it's cut into nice bite sized cubes so that it all cooks at the same time.
There isn't that much rice in this meal but I suppose that's to keep the calories down being as this is a dieters meal, there's just enough to soak the last bits of sauce up and it cooks a lot better than the rice does in other Weight Watchers meals I've tried.
You can either cook this curry in the oven or nuke it in the microwave, I've cooked it both ways and have got to say that I think it's best done in the microwave because the rice cooks better and goes more tender.
The best thing is that there are less than 300 calories in this chicken curry, thats billions less than in the same thing from the curry house and even though the portion size isn't massive at least you can still eat a curry while you're trying to watch what you eat.
Trying to lose weight, try out new foods and cut down portion sizes tremendously I've decided to try out the weightwatchers meals, especially as Iceland offer a good selection of £1 and £1.50 freezer meals and desserts.
One of the £1 meals I've picked up is Weightwatchers Chicken Curry. The chicken curry comes in the usual purple box and it clearly says Weightwatchers from Heinz. We are told that the curry is tender slices of chicken breast in a mild spiced curry sauce served with white rice.
This particular meal if following the weightwatchers plan is 4 1/2 points and it contains less than 3% fat.
This actual 300g meal contains;
1.7g salt equivalent
The meal comes in the usual black plastic try, quite a small tray and not very deep either. Sitting in it, frozen hard is a creamy brown curry with snow white rice sitting piled high next to it. You can either cook the meal in the microwave or the oven but I cook it in the micro for convenience as it's quicker.
I was quite impressed with this, it is nothing like your local Indian's curry that's for sure but I wouldnt know where to start if it came to cooking my own curry either so this was fab for me, especially the portion size. The rice was filling, white and fluffy, not too hard nor too soft and mixed in well with the curry itself. The curry was surprisingly quite thick and the chicken pieces quite a generous size too. The sauce was not only quite thick it was smooth too, very tasty in fact. It had an extremely subtle spice to it as well as a little sweetness which was perfect for me as really I hate really spicy things. I will definitely be buying this again as it is a perfect sized meal to cut down portion size yet enjoy something tasty and conveniently at the same time.