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It may seem like a funny time of year to be writing about soup but, although the days are nice & sunny here in Cheshire, the evenings are chilly & there's nothing quite as quick & tasty as a good brand of hot soup.
I'm trying to watch my weight but there's only a certain amount of salad one can eat isn't there lol? but per half can this Baxters chicken broth only contains 63 clas & 0.6g of fat & I've found it to be quite filling (even without bread).
Our local QualitySave has a variety of Baxters soups on offer for 59p (RRP apparently 89p) & I think they're good value for money at this price. I tried the minestrone (good) & so went for broth for a change.
This 415g can has a ring pull & it tells me on the label that it doesn't contain any artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives & is gluten-free.
It lists all the nutritional values, heating directions & ingredients clearly & it's described as comprising 'tender pieces of chicken, juicy vegetables & parsley' - can't say I noticed the parsley taste but otherwise a good description here of what you get.
When I first opened the can I was a bit disappointed as it looked rather watery but on pouring the contents into a pan I realised that the veg had sunk to the bottom & was actually surprised to see how many there were. I noticed bits of carrot, a little celery, a few chunks of potato & although I couldn't see them I tasted the leek & onion which is included according to the list.
However, there wasn't much chicken & the bits I found were very small but tasty. The texture was nice - I like my soup with 'bits' in so I can dig around, but if I had it again I'd add extra chicken & vegetables to make it more like Big Soup & make a real meal of it.
Overall this soup is very tasty with a nice blend of textures & flavours - obviously it's not as good as home-made soup but I don't think it tastes artificial (as some cheaper brands do) & it doesn't leave an aftertaste.
I'd recommend having this in store as it tastes good either on its own (as a soup) or as a basis for a chicken casserole perhaps? At 59p I'm not complaining & will be buying more.
At around lunchtime yesterday, i was waiting for my girlfriend to come home, and i had asked her to pick up some lunch on the way back. Now she knows that i like my soups and broths, so she picked me up one of these.
It cost 89p from my local co-op. It was a bargain at that price. But after looking on the Tesco Price Check website, i found that it can be bought for 65p-69p in the leading supermarkets. Still, it was tasty enough for the extra 20p. I have had the Baxters Highlander's Broth before, and was highly impressed, as it was packed with all the appropriate ingredients, including small chunks of beef, and a variety of veg. So when i looked to see what tasty treats she had brought me, i was happy to see the Chicken Broth, laying back in that plastic bag smiling up at me.
I cooked it in the microwave, which took 5 minutes. I know this doesn't do the flavour justice as much as on the hob, but i was hungry. I just wanted to tuck in, with my nice chunky slices of baguette and thickly spread butter. The first spoonful i took i could immediately taste the chicken, but unfortunately, couldn't really see any. I could spot a slither here and there, but nothing too immense. But the taste shined through none the less. One thing that there was plenty of however, were vegetables. This obviously is a good thing, with every brand nowadays trying to compete in being healthy. The broth certainly gave me one of my 5-a-day. There were a lot of carrots in it though, and nowhere near as much celery. This might be becase not as many people like celery, but they should still have put some in. The fussy eaters can pick it out. But, you could taste everything seperately, it wasn't like all the flavours were trying to get in at once, with the main flavour of chicken coming through mostly. Very nice indeed, i will be looking forward to my next can. Overall the packaging looked very traditional, and this is good because it is the type of image that Baxter's have and want to give off, much like Aunt Bessie's. Gives a good and accurate image of what the contents will look like when its heated up aswell.
All in all if you like soups and broths, then try this one, and the highlander's broth. They come in closely behind the Covent Garden Leak and Potato Soup in my eyes. I would just like to say that today i had my third chicken broth since the day i wrote this. They have each been as tasty as the first. I have noticed that there are quite a few peas and potato in the broths, aswell as some nice chunky leaks.Very Nice.
Also posted on Ciao under the same username
I often have soup for my lunch - quick and simple to prepare; filling and warming; if carefully selected low cal and low fat.
Over time I have come to prefer the Baxters soups, although one of the more expensive soup brands (this broth costs approx 60p a tin), they are excellent quality and come in a wide variety of flavours.
One variety which often makes it into my shopping basket is Chicken Broth. The design on the tin is somewhat different to the picture its now predominantly white with the name in red.
When you release the soup from the tin you are greeted by a clear chicken broth jam packed with sizeable chunks of vegetables - carrots, potatoes, leeks - and rice. There are also small flakes of chicken, I found the amount of actual meat in the soup very disappointing. I realised it wouldn't be overflowing with bits of chicken but a little more would be appreciated especially considering that this is a premium brand.
The soup is very tasty and satisfying, I never feel the need of a piece of bread to help fill me up. However, it is a little on the salty side, not unpleasant tasting but when I investigated the nutritional info I discovered that there is 2,4g of salt per tin. Considering that the recommended daily intake of salt for an adult is 6g this is quite high. Whilst discussing the nutritional data you may want to know that there are 126 calories and 1.2 g of fat (0.4g sat fat) per tin. There doesn't appear to be any suspect ingredients and the soup is gluten free. So, salt apart, a tin of this is pretty good for you.
Like every good daughter my favourite soup is the one my mum makes but as that is not readily available I find this Baxters broth an excellent substitute although it will lose a star for the salt content.
As the weather has started to turn colder I have been craving hot food at lunch time, this has been exacerbated by the fact that I work in a beautiful but absolutely freezing listed building and routinely have to sit with a hot water bottle across my knees to stay warm!
A hot bowl of soup has become something of a lunchtime staple in my office therefore, since the aquisition of a microwave. I do have to be careful of the fat content of what I am eating as I do the weight watchers plan and this is where Baxters Chicken Broth is a real godsend. The entire tin only contains 128 calories and 0.4g of saturated fat which equates to only 3 points, this means I can add a slice of ww bread and have a hot meal for 4 points at lunchtime.
I love the convenience of these tins as they have a ring pull to open and that means I do not have to remember to take my tin opener to work with me, I can literally chuck the can in my bag in the morning and be set for the day.
I microwave the soup in a plastic bowl with the lid almost sealed, just leaving a small vent for steam. It takes two bursts of one and a half minutes to get the soup to the optimal temperature for eating, having given it a good stir half way through.
This soup is incredibly tasty and deceptive in how full it makes you feel. I think that because it is hot your body just thinks you have eaten more than you have as its not exactly a substantial soup but it always leaves me satisfied.
The flavour of this broth is like a rich chicken stock, the liquid is quite thin and watery but it is brimming with bits of shredded chicken, chunks of potato and masses of smaller bits of vegetables (carrots, peas and leeks mainly) and also some bits of rice which fill it out a bit.
I find this makes a lovely, warming, tasty lunch and as my local Asda sells it for 87p per tin its quite economical too. The convenience of the ring pull also adds to this being a winner as far as I am concerned, all around a great option on a cold winter's day.
At 126 calories for the whole tin this Chicken Broth flavour sums up Baxters as the reliable, high quality brand that it has been since the 1860s when it first came into being.
I ask you, what is there not to like about Chicken Broth? The answer in my opinion is nothing.
Chicken Broth in one form or another has been sustaining the health and well being of the peoples of the British Isles since the time at which they were around which I believe from my research is about the 5th century.
Baxters Chicken Broth is tasty, dependable, filling enough, has a nice texture and will pretty much be liked by any meat eater whom it is put in front of.
As usual with offerings from the people at Audrey Baxter you will not find any artificial preservatives, flavorings or colourings in it and it is gluten free. It does have some celery in it.
Here are the ingredients:
Water, Carrots, Potatoes, Rice (7% Cooked), Onions, Peas, Chicken (2% Cooked), Leeks, Modified Cornflour, Celery, Salt, Chicken Stock, Yeast Extract, Chicken Flavouring, White Pepper, Parsley. Vegetables 29%.
I would strongly recommend always having a tin or two of this in your food cupboard or if you are posh/wealthy enough, in your larder!
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The recipe for this hearty & satisfying soup was one of the first creations from our family kitchen. Tender pieces of chicken, juicy vegetables & parsley combine to make a traditional favourite brimming with flavour. We always eat it with chunky buttered bread.