“ Brand: Ye Olde Oak / Type: Chicken „
I'm a crap cook - lazy as well as useless so anything I find that can make my cooking life easier and convenient usually ends up straight in my trolley lol! I was in Iceland the other day and came across Ye Olde Oak Sweet and Sour Chicken so I picked up a tin and bought some frozen rice and set off home to try it out for tea. Ye Olde Oak Sweet and Sour Chicken comes in your standard tin with a ring pull top - added convience my god this was good lol! The tin is dominantly black with a yellow banner across the top where it tells us this is Sweet and Sour Chicken in bold black writing, very eyecatching. There is a picture of a dish of this accompanied by some noodles which looked very appetising indeed. We are told that this tin contains chicken pieces in a sweet and sour sauce with pineapple, baby sweetcorn and water chestnuts. You can either cook this on the hob or in the microwave, I havn't cooked it in the microwave so can't comment on any differences in taste but it heats up and cooks within minutes on the hob with the occasional stir to ensure even cooking. Each 100g of this contains; 93 calories 8.4g protein 12.2g carbohydrate 1.1g fat That is all the nutritional info provided, but the tin it comes in is a 392g tin so we are given the calorie and fat intake of a 196g serving which is 183 calories 2.2g fat Pouring this out into my saucepan I was instantly hit by a sweet, yet definitely savoury food smell. It poured out with ease, no need to scrape the bottom of the tin and I noticed straightaway that the sauce itself was quite thin but the size of the chicken, sweetcorn etc was very generous. I was expecting it to be a little more red in colour, it was more a watered down red than the deep red I've come to expect from a sweet and sour dish. As it cooked the sweet aroma floated around my kitchen and the redness in colour did darken a little. I had a quick taste to ensure it was cooked and poured it over my rice. The sauce it comes in had not thickened at all during cooking but the colour had emphasised slightly. The chicken are proper chunky pieces, each quite chewy too - not the tender chicken I'm used to eating but at at least it did taste of chicken right. The pineapple pieces add a fruity sweetness, they are again large pieces and a soft to bite into. The baby sweetcorn are delicious and work brilliantly in this chunky tin of sweet and sour chicken. The water chestnuts don't fail to impress either being large circles and offering a lovely crunch amongst the flavours and textures. I would definitely reccomend this, however I don't think people who are used to making their own sweet and sour dishes would be too impressed, just my opinion. For people like me though who wouldnt know where to start with a sweet and sour dish this definitely makes a tasty and filling meal, as well as being quick and convenient.