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Curry and rice!
My daughter, who is 5, can be - unfortunately - a bit of a fussy eater. But she's always unpredictable - for example, last week she sat quite happily and ate a plateful of chicken rogan josh and rice - but then didn't like her Mr Kipling's apple pie.
One of the things I was surprised to discover she likes is gravy. Now this may not seem so strange, but we don't have roast dinners in our house and don't own gravy granules .... but this was a delicacy she discovered at nursery and I was surprised when she asked for gravy with her sausages and mash when we were out a while back. So I decided it was high time we cooked a roast dinner complete with gravy! As I am not a red meat eater myself, I purchased these chicken gravy granules. A 170g tub costs around £1.25.
Rich and meaty
The instructions on the tub tell you that you mix four heaped teaspoons with half a pint of boiling water, and the first time I made this, this is exactly what I did! I was really impressed with how easy this was to make - the granules dissolved instantly in the boiling water, and the gravy produced was a nice rich texture. The smell is also quite a nice, comforting and nostalgic smell, and my daughter said she thought it smelt delicious!
The gravy was a perfect accompaniment to our Sunday roast - it has a lovely, rich meaty flavour and is also a really nice consistency - despite being made from granules it is perfectly smooth with no lumps or bits anywhere in sight. It also has a lovely dark brown colour - despite it being chicken gravy it doesn't look insipid or pale.
More, more, more!
Since then, I have made the gravy again a few times and today my little girl and my 18 month old son enjoyed sausages, mash and peas, with loads of gravy! My daughter constantly asked for more, and even my son kept pointing at the jug of gravy and saying "more, more, more!". Although I am never going to be a huge fan of gravy myself, my daughter loves this to bits, and when we did have a roast dinner I was impressed at how rich and authentic this gravy was - and how easy it is to make! So it is the full five stars from me.
I always pick up this brand of gravy when shopping, mainly beuase my mum does and so does my nan. Sunday dinners always remind me of this gravy and I think an alternative wouldn't quite be the same!
Writing this review as I have actually just had some on my chicken dinner tonight. Bisto gravy is so so easy to make up. You just stir the gravy granules into almost boiling water. I usually use the water that I have just cooked the vegetables in to add that bit of extra flavour and goodness.
The packaging claims that Bisto is the nations favourite gravy and I'd be inclined to agree as it is perfect for those on a budget as it's usually on offer in the big supermarkets and a tub can last you a while. I prefer this chicken variety to the beef version and even use this flavour on sausage and mash as I think it's more tasty.
The thing I like about gravy granules is that you control the consistancey. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like by just adding more granules / more water. The general guidelines on the packaging is to add 4 heaped teaspoons for every half a pint you want to make.
The granules have a nice long shelf life and seem to keep fresh in the cardboard tube container with the plastic lid even once opened which is a good way to store it in my opinion. The packaging is of course recycleable.
Overall I'd recommend this gravy, I find it tastier than it's beefy brother and love to add this to my chicken, chips, sausages, pork or just about anything!
Thank you for reading.
Bisto Chicken Gravy.
I find this a great inspiration for my roast chicken dinners, i often cook on a sunday, as I find it quick and easy to use and also I like the taste.
I think that this gravy is also good to pour over mashed potatoes too, with sasages, and also you can stir into vegtables to add to any meat dinner.
Its so easy to use I have a glass measuring jug that I tip my gravy granuels into, then simplyadd boiling hot water straight from the kettle and stir, you will get to know yourself personally how much of the gravy granuels to add to the water, as we all have different requirements and I enjoy this gravy quite thick, whereas you might enjoy it a bit thinner.
It brings out a great flavour and that does have a realy lovely chicken taste, I use the Bisto ordinary gravy granuels they are beef, they are really great too, and I have just tried the chip shop curry gravy which I will review seperately, and I must say that having tried cheaper brands of gravy I always come back to Bisto because it has great flavours and always looks and tases great.
It comes in a thick carboard container with a snap on off plastic lid, which underneath sits a thick paper lid that you just remove and throw away.
I also enjoy gravy on my chips.
Store in a cool dry place away from direct heat and sunlight. Bisto are a company based in surrey, they have been around for a long long time, and I do prefer their gravy granuels to others.
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If you are a bit like me and can't really cook anything fancy then this is ideal for you and the chicken flavour is by far the best ( even if your not eating chicken! ) I know it's nice to make gravy from scratch but there can't be a simplar and easier way to make gravy when you use Bisto.
It is so simple to use, you simple add the granules to boiling water and keep stiring in till you get the consistency that you like! What I tend to do is pour the amount of water according to the amount of gravy that i want and then add the granuels, as sometimes if you put the granules in first you can put in too much then have to add more water than you want!
They come in tubs with plastic lids to keep the granules fresh once you have opened it, they come in lots of different sizes and you can normally get them at a reasonable price from Asda, Tesco etc.
It is a lovely gravy to have with chicken on a roast dinner but it also tastes lovely with any other meat!!
There's nothing better in my eyes than a Sunday roast with all the trimmings and lashings of yummy gravy. Somehow this traditional meal makes a dismal winter day feel better and I love all the family getting together to enjoy some good food and catch up on what's being going on throughout the week. Now there's nothing to beat the flavour of my mum's homemade gravy but I do have to confess that I tend to take the shortcut of buying gravy granules when I am doing the cooking.
I just can't quite perfect a really decent gravy and while I will continue to try I do like having the fall back of some decent gravy granules in my kitchen cupboard. I have tried many different varieties and pretty much all the supermarket own branded product but the one I always come back to is Bisto. It is the leading brand and it's established and successful marketing campaigns have implanted in our minds so it is the brand which comes to mind when you think of gravy.
I tend to buy the chicken gravy granules and I believe a 170g tub which set you back approx 84p. I think this is actually rather reasonable as this will probably last a family a few weeks if they are using it once a week. The granules come in a carboard tub and are difficult to miss as the Bisto brand is very distinctive. The chicken variety is in an orange tub.
It couldn't be easier to make this gravy, you simply add hot water to the granules and stir. How much you use depends on personal taste, you can produce a thick or much thinner gravy depending on how much you use.
Tastewise I think it is really good, the flavour of chicken comes through and goes fantastically with your sunday roast and all the veggies. The gravy has a mouthwatering aroma and the colour is a gorgeous rich brown... everything that you would expect from a good gravy.
My only downside for this gravy is that it is quite salty, while enjoyable at the time sometimes afterwards I am left feeling really parched. Overall however you really can't go wrong with this gravy and I reccommend it as a cupboard stable.
I tend to only use Bisto for my gravy granules as I find it difficult to get a perfect consistency with cheaper versions.
This is the first time I have used Bisto's Chicken gravy granules and I have to say I was surprised at how nice it tasted.
After using beef granules for so long I didn't really know what to expect form this product, I only really eat chicken and this product is the perfect addition to you chicken roast.
I can now see that using beef gravy with chicken can almost take the taste of the chicken, where as the chicken gravy granules only complement it. This product is also great to use with chicken pies etc.
I generally make my gravy in a large pan, first adding onions and carrots, then once the water is boiling I add a stock cub, preferably chicken oxo cube, then slowly add small amounts of the gravy granules until it has reached the desired consistency, this give the gravy a really traditional taste, but you can simply put 4 heaped teaspoons into a jug and fill with boiling hot water and stirring with a fork continuously until all the granules have dissolved.
I find that simply using adding hot water from the kettle can make the gravy taste very strong and a little overpowering but it is a easy and quick way to make the gravy and is still tasty.
Ingredients include potato starch, maltodextrin, vegetable oils, salt, flavourings, wheatflour, hydrolysed vegetable protein (soya), colour (E150c), flavour enhancers (E621), sugar, emulsifier, spice and herb extracts and onion extracts.
Nutritional Information per 50ml serving
You can buy this product form all major retailers and from some of the smaller shops such as Londis etc. It retails for approximately £1.20.
Overall this is a great product to intensify the taste of your meal.
We had ran out of gravy granules recently so I picked up some Bisto gravy granules for chicken as we eat a lot of poultry and this is nice with turkey too (although you can buy Turkey gravy granules from Bisto too as we have some, lol!)...
Mine cost 80p on offer in Wilkinson's food section, I think they should have been a pound which seems expensive but then again you do get a lot of servings out of the carton.
The size I am reviewing is 170g and it sold in a round cardboard tub (recycle please!) but Bisto do sell taller one as I've seen them on Morrisons where we shop...
These gravy granules come with an orange plastic lid that clicks on easily and matches the dark orange tub.
On the front it says the nation's favourite gravy and I can understand why as you can really tell the difference from store's own brands :)
The gravy granules are really tiny like pellets and I'm sure that helps make a smoother gravy as they dissolve so fast it's like watching them melt in hot water when you pour boiling water onto them in the gravy jug.
Bisto say you can add this to curries or casseroles or stir fries but my mum adds them to soup too to help thicken it up and add flavour to her vegetables (yuk!)
All you do is put 4 heaped teaspoons into a jug and pour 280 ml of boiling water on them and stir quickly. If you want it thicker add more mixture.
The calories are 400 per 100 g of dried weight or 15 calories per 50 ml made up gravy.
Per 100g dried there is 15.8 g of fat and 14.9 of sugar although it taste savoury not sweet!
This contains egg, milk, soya and wheat if you are allergic to any of those?
Bisto chicken gravy granules is really rich and full of flavour, yum! It is quite a light brown in colour and like a thin sauce that gives moistness to meat.
This is my favourite brand so I'm giving 5 stars for 'Ahh Bisto'!
It's that time of year when the roasts start becoming a weekly event for us. The cold weather needs to have its ups to combat the miserable downs of dark mornings and dark afternoons, and so we turn to the Sunday Roast.
With a variety of meats on offer in all manner of supermarkets, we often chop and change. Whenever we have chicken, however, we know that, in our cupboard, we have tub of this sitting there waiting for us to put the icing on the cake.
Bisto is a name that carries quality. This gravy is specifically designed to go with chicken rather than other meats, and it really does compliment it very well. There's no chicken in it, if that's what you were thinking might be the case. It just caters the flavour, gives a lighter gravy, whereas their original is darker and fuller in flavour, heavier almost, which compliments red meat perfectly.
This requires just a couple of teaspoons of the granules that are in the tub, and add hot water. They do recommend for extra flavour that you add the juice from the chicken ocne it has pretty much finished roasting, as the gravy is instant and you can make it once everything else is ready. It has a lovely smell to it, almost chickeny in itself even though there is no actual chicken in it. There are flavour enhancers, and these might be what does it. It almost smells a bit like a packet of roast chicken crisps, if you see what I mean.
It's low in calories as well, with a mere 15 being attributed to each 50ml serving. A word of warning for allergy sufferers as it does contain egg, milk, soya and wheat, although it appears no nuts, so I'm safe with this one!
The granules are also good if you're having a chicken casserole for enhancing the flavour. We also use Bisto regualr gravy granules for a beef casserole. It just gives it that extra edge of flavour without breaking the bank at all. It costs about 80p for a 170g tub, and is well worth having in your cupboard, ready for the next roast chicken meal. A perfect accompaniment!
For me a good old chicken roast dinner isn't complete without a ton of rich gravy over the top of it! I love gravy but when it comes to the one's I'll eat, I own up.... I'm a bit of a fuss pot! I don't like water gravy that swims off my plate when confronted with a roast potato and if one lump dares to put in an appearance the whole dinner goes in the bin! I don't like lumps and I won't tolerate them! For this reason (and many of my tantrums over the years) my Mother only buys one brand of gravy and it's Bisto.
Bright yellow and orangy coloured cardboard tub with an easy pull on/off orange plastic lid to the top of of it. On the front of the tub I'm told it's 'Aah! Bisto' For Chicken Gravy Granules. There is a small photograph to the top left hand side of the tub of a roast chicken dinner, then I'm told it is the Nation's favourite gravy and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the tub I'm told a bit about the gravy, directions for use and some tips for other uses are given, a full nutritional rundown is given, ingredients, allergy advice and storage details are all there too, contact details for Bisto are given, the recycle symbol is shown and finally there is a bar-code on there.
A Bit About The Product According To the Back Of The Tub:
Bisto is the Nation's favourite gravy so we know how important is is to making your a meal a success. That's why we're dedicated to helping you get the gravy right every time.
Bisto has a smooth texture so it's easier to mix, giving you perfect gravy to pour over all your favourite chicken meals.
Directions For Use:
Put 4 heaped 5ml spoons (4 heaped tsp) of Bisto granules into a measuring jug. Make up to 280ml (1/2 pint) with boiling water, stirring all the time. For extra thick gravy, just add more granules.
Well even I can make this up and I'm dreadful cook! Just follow the instructions and in my case cos I like a slightly thicker gravy I add about 6 heaped teaspoons! The granules are brown and look a bit powdery with a white hue to them and quite small. They smell of chicken (though don't contain any lol) and they mix with boiling water and dissolve very fast making a rich and nicely fragrant gravy. It is meaty in taste, nicely seasoned and I've never seen a lump appear, just mix it well! It's child play!
Of course you don't just have to use it to cover a roast dinner with and it is a versatile product! You can pep it up of course on a roast dinner by adding juices from a roast and using the vegetable water to make the gravy up and it's even nice with a pinch of herbs. You can use this in pies, casseroles, curries and stir frys, anything really you want to really to add a bit of liquid to or give food a chicken taste to. I really do rate Bisto products and I do really like chicken gravy!
Contains: Egg, Milk, Soya, Wheat.
Nutritional Information Per 50ml Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets in many different flavours and sizes. My 170g tub cost 77p and it's also available in a 300g size for £1.31. Prices from Sainsbury's.