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Batchelors Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup.
What a great idea for a soup. I recently purchased this one from Sainsbury,s for 69pence for a can containing 295gms.
The word Batchelors written in red across the tin, im almost sure it used to be campbels that made the condensed range of soups. its a very usefull addition to have in your cupboard for that cold evening when you fancy something hot within a few minutes.
you can heat this in the mircrowave and you just add the equivelent of one can of water to the can of Condensed soup, stir and heat, the smell is absolutely delicious and it tastes great too.
As this soup is condensed, I also find that it makes a great sauce for pasta or you can use this as the sauce for making chicken and mushroom, or chicken and vegtable meat pies, if you are fortunate to have a pie maker then this really is useful to pour a little in with your chicken filling.
I wouldnt advice putting more than a can of water in with this soup, because if you water it down to much it will make it less flavourable and too watery, hence lestening the full flavour and texture of this thick and creamy soup.
They do a big range of flavours, i have also tried the cream of mushroom one and this makes for a great filling with chicken breasts in your pastry meat pies.
I brought a few tins as obviously it keeps for ages and is that something that you can also add to a pan of left over Turkey after christmas, or to left over Chicken as it adds great taste to any stew pan.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews and a Happy New Year to you all.
I love the fact that Batchelors Condensed soups are so versatile. When we were growing up, one of my favourites dishes my mum made was chicken with peppers in one of the condensed soup flavours (mushroom, chicken or celery) with loads of rice to mop up the delicious rich sauce. As a student who couldn't afford to buy chicken (going out was far more important than eating properly) just the soup and rice did me fine!
Now there are apparently 12 different flavours, and hundreds of recipes for these 'soups' including a low fat chicken one.
The soup comes in 295g tins (much smaller than normal tins) with a nice, attractive label - a picture of a mouth watering bowl of soup complete with garnish! Basically, to make the soup, you empty the can into a saucepan or microwave proof dish, and then fill the can with cold water, or half milk and half water to make a richer soup, so it makes double the amount.
There are recipes on the back of the tin as well as the soup cooking instructions, and the Batchelors website has many more, including for the chicken a 'Chicken and Leek Mash Topped Pie'. Or you could just try my old favourite with chicken and peppers!
The chicken soup is delicious - its is thick, creamy and as soon as you have it in front of you, the smell sets your saliva glands off. You do need to make sure you don't over water it down though - some of you may think that a whole tin of water is too much, so may be add a little as you go and stir in on the hob or in the microwave every so often to check. I find that it doesn't have quite enough seasoning for me, so always end up adding salt and pepper when its ready. As a sauce, it is thicker then many you can buy, and really complements so many dishes. It has small lumps of chicken in it to add volume and texture.
I always have a can of this in my cupboard, as it is so quick and easy to use, and you can use it for so many different meals. For any of you out there who haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend giving it a go!
Costs 69p per tin from Sainsbury's - a much cheaper, and I would say nicer way to way ready made sauce for your meals!
Now that winter is almost upon us, time to start enjoying some hearty warming meals. This is an old favourite of ours. It has been around for years and years and even though it may not be a top seller thesedays, it still commands some shelf space at almost all major food retailers.
Biggest thing going for it is that it is thick and you can water it down as much or as little as you like. You can even use milk if you like to make it a bit richer and creamier. This makes it ideal as a base for home-made soup, by adding extra vegetables, left-overs etc. It's also really good as a base for pasta dishes.
It may only be 5.5% chicken, but you can actually identify bits of chicken, unlike some cheaper varieties and they have recently reduced the salt content - though it's still on the high side like most tinned soups. It's a good standby to have in the cupboard and with a long shelf life, it's worth stocking up when it's on offer - currently BOGOF at a major northern-based food multiple.
If you haven't had it for ages, then take a trip down memory lane and get some in. The tin may look small on the shelf alongside others, but remember it makes twice as much so the amount of soup at 295g is really twice that and this makes it very good value. Worth trying a few of the recipes too.
Batchelors cream of chicken condensed soup is on my shopping list every week. It comes so handy and you can use it to make so many dishes (hard to believe I know).
I buy it in a 295g tin and it costs 53p in Tesco. The tin isn't very big, but the soup is condensed and it goes far when you use it in your cooking- it makes double the volume that is in the can. All you have to do is add either one full tin of water or half a tin of water and half a tin of milk. I prefer to add half water and milk because it makes the soup thicker. There is alot of difference between the thickness of the soup when using skimmed milk and full fat milk. I prefer to use full fat, although it is skimmed that we drink with tea and cereal. Then pop it in the micro for 5 mins and that is it.
Saying that, I use it mostly whilst making other dishes.
1. Cook pasta. Fry some chicken, spring onions, garlic and broccoli then add the tin of soup with half a can of milk. Heat and add the pasta. (This was the first dish I has tasted with the soup and I tought it was a white sauce especially for pasta), ops, I also add a lot of pepper.
2.Boil and mash potatoes. In the meantime, cook chicken, leek, garlic, peas and a stock cube. Add the tin of soup with half a can of milk, heat. Spread the mash over the top of the ingredients and place in the oven for 30 mins. Nice with cheese on top! Easy after a hard day's work.
The back of the ins tend to have recipe ideas.
Each 100g (as sold) contains 99 calories and 0.6g saturated salt. The soup now containes less salt.
'Batchelors condensed chicken soup'
I have been using this product for many years now and thought I would write a review about the reasons why.
This item is bought as a 295g and is usually priced around 43p, depending on where you buy it from. I usually go to Tesco.
Usually what a person would do is empty the contents of the tin into a saucepan, then gradually add in a can (you use the empty can) of water as you heat the soup. At the end of this you finish with a bowl of soup equivalent to double the size of the can you have just bought.
As a soup, you can't really go wrong with this. It has a nice chicken flavour and even has small (very small) pieces of chicken within. You can add more water if you want a thinner soup, or less if you want it thicker, which is great for people with varying tastes. I personally like it a bit thicker.
On the side of the can you always get a recipe idea, not sure if it is always the same, but the one in front of me is for a chicken and broccoli pasta (yum, yum) it gives cooking instructions and a list of ingredients, not bad considering it is given for free on the side of the can.
I buy this product quite a lot, but only ever have it as a soup every now and then. What my wife and I usually get it for is for making a chicken casserole.
Basically, what we do is cheat!
Usually a person would make a casserole by obviously using chicken and vegetables. Making there own sauce from scratch, or buying a sachet mix for casseroles that you would mix with water and add to the ingredients. Then, pop it in the oven for said time.
What we do is, we chop up our chicken and chop up our vegetables. Then we add a chicken casserole sachet mix, mixed with a pint of water (usually that's where a lot of people would stop) then we add the whole contents of the condensed chicken soup.
What we have found is that, doing the casserole the normal way, often leaves it with a bit of a bland flavour, and it is often a bit too runny for me.
By adding the condensed soup, you end up with a much fuller chicken flavour, and the sauce ends up being nice and thick (obviously you can have it less thick depending on if you add more water).
For me, the sachet mix never has a strong enough flavour to make my taste buds scream out in joy, or is ever thick enough once mixed with water, so by adding this, I'm able to end my meal every time with a full belly, and a wide smile of flavoursome joy!!
This is a great tin to have in your cupboards at any time and can be used for more than just heating up as space saving bowl of soup!
For me it's my casserole secret ingredient! It causes a party in my tummy! lol.
Happy eating everyone!
I made a suggestion for this product a couple of days ago as I'd bought some at the weekend and couldn't believe no one had done a review on it yet.
Batchelors Chicken Condensed soup comes in a small tin weighing 295g but doubles up to make even more soup than you had to begin with. It can also be used for other things, wow a soup that has multiple choices, excellent.
Empty soup into a saucepan. Gradually add one can of cold water (or half milk, half water for extra richness) stirring constantly. Heat the soup to serving temperature. Do not boil or overheat as this impairs the quality.
To Microwave: (Category E: 800w): Pour contents into a microwave dish and stir in one can of cold water (or half water, half milk for extra richness) Microwave for two and a half minutes on full power, stir and microwave for a further two minutes. Leave and stand for one minute.
So thats how to make the soup, like any soup its easy and quick to make. The soup is really quite creamy in texture and definitely has a distinctive chicken flavour with the odd small pieces of chicken to add to the taste. I was quite surprised how nice it actually was but it most certainly tasted good and filled me up quite nicely, I did have a couple of slices of bread with it too as I think a good soup needs to have a 'side dish'.
The thing I like about any of the Batchelors Condensed Soup is that each one has a different recipe on the side giving you another option on how to put it to good use. On the back of the Chicken Soup there is a recipe for Tarragon Lemon Chicken. All you need is:
150g of Pasta Shapes
30ml Vegetable Oil
2 Onions, Sliced
4 Chicken Fillets, Sliced
10ml (2 tsp) Dijon Mustard
15ml (1 tbsp) Lemon Juice
150ml White Wine
5ml (1tsp) Dried Tarragon
And a 295g Batchelors Cream of Condensed Soup.
Basically you cook the pasta as normal, Fry the chicken and the onion for 10 minutes, the add the remainder of the ingredients. When all cooked, mix everything together and serve.
I get fed up of eating the same meals all the time so I was quite happy to try out this recipe and was glad I did. Its a lovely recipe and the soup compliments the other ingredients really well. Plus it keeps everything together and stops the meal becoming dry. I have now made this on a number of occasion and have even purchased other condensed soups to try out more recipes.
The main thing I use this particular soup for is actually my chicken stew. After a Sunday dinner I cook the leftover chicken carcass to make a chicken stock, then I pull the chicken to pieces (hate this job) and add it to the stock. I then add Chicken Oxo Cubes, Potatoes, Carrots, Small Pasta Shells and finally Condensed Chicken Soup just to thicken it up and give it that extra bit of flavour. Then the dumplings go in & I'm left with a filling meal that can feed a family of four easily. And the great thing is if you make to much like me, it can be frozen.
I think this is one of the many things sat in the cupboard just waiting for the chance to show you what it can do. Its a soup with many identities and does a great job whatever meal you add it too. Its also great value, 49p for a 295g which can be doubled up by just adding water, an absolute bargain if you ask me.
Water, Chicken (6%), Vegetable Oil, Modified Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Milk Proteins, Salt, Double cream, Flavourings and Enhancers, Garlic Powder, Celery Extracts, Onion Extracts. And each 100g contain 100 kcals.
Allergy advice: contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Celery.
The tin is also recyclable.