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      27.07.2010 16:42
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      Simple cheap meal.

      I was looking for a casserole packet mix or a sauce, as its been ages since I have made a chicken Casserole. I came across Homepride Roast Chicken Hearty Casserole cook-in-sauce and decide to try it out. I was sceptical at first, wondering if this sauce would be too watery,over salty and whether I wasted the £1.40 on this product. To be honest, I just didn't want to waste just over an hour on a product that was not going to give me a fantastic meal at the end of it.

      The sauce comes in a glass 500g jar with a blue screw top lid. It has a blue label containing a picture of the chicken casserole with Fred standing next to it. Along with the instructions it also provides a shopping list for a delicious chicken casserole and also a great little ideas star with some advice to make it tastier by adding cream.

      Before cooking, this sauce appears as a dark brown thick sauce with bits of carrot, onion, leek and seasoning. I was quite unsure it this would be enough to coat chicken and vegetables as I do like plenty of sauce. Along with the chicken I decide I would add some peas, more onion and some dumplings to the casserole.

      This is very easy to cook and not much effort is involved, but that depending on how you want to use this product. You can just cook the chicken, add the sauce and place in the oven, as it already contains vegetables in the sauce. I just cook the chicken pieces in oil in a pan until lightly brown. Then placed the chicken into a dish and mixed in the sauce along with the vegetables ensuring everything is well coated. I covered the dish and placed it in a preheated oven at gas mark 4 for 1 hour. Since I wanted to add dumplings to this, I used the Tesco dumpling mix. I made the dumplings up and then added them to the casserole 20 minutes before the end of cooking time.

      End result: It smells good with the waft of chicken and seasoning. It's bubbling away but chicken looks well coated and there is plenty of sauce surrounding it. I left it stand a while so the sauce would thicken. I served this up with mash potato as advised on the jar. Taste wise - it tasted good, not over salty, well seasoned, the balance in flavour was perfect. I can't pick fault with this product, it worked like a dream. So glad this product worked out well considering I was so disappointed with Homepride after the Garlic and Herb Potato Bake disaster.

      According to the Food Standards Agency's traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and sugar but is medium in salt. This product is free from artificial colours and flavours. If you have any allergy beware that this product contains egg, wheat, gluten, soya, celery and barley. This product provides 46 kcal and 195 kJ of energy per ¼ jar serving (125g).

      Ingredients include: Water , Carrot (6%) , Onion (4%) , Corn Starch , Leek (3.5%) , Sugar , Celery (1.5%) , Yeast Extract , Potato Starch , Salt , Natural Flavourings (contain Wheat, Soya) , Chicken Extract , Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid) , Flavouring (contains Egg) , Parsley , Thyme , Sage , Vegetable Extracts , Caramelised Sugar , Rosemary , Barley Malt Extract , Black Pepper , Maltodextrin .

      Overall, I will be using this product again, so easy to use and tastes good. Well balanced sauce in flavour and texture. It's an ideal product to have as a store cupboard ingredient as all you need to do is add the chicken.

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      30.04.2010 08:22
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      Tasty Chicken Casserole Sauce

      Having tried Homepride's sausage casserole sauce recently Boyfriend suggested that we sample the one for chicken casserole to see how it compared........


      Packaging:

      The sauce comes in a standard glass jar with a screw top lid. The label covers around one third of the jar and has the Homepride logo and the front along with a "hearty casserole" slogan. There are two little badges, one stating that this sauce contains no artificial colours or preservatives and the other that it's enriched with Oxo flavour. The rest of the label contains the ingredients, nutritional information, cooking information and the contact details for HL Foods who are the owners of the Homepride brand.

      You can visit the website at: www.homepride.co.uk

      The product is described as:- "A hearty sauce for Roast Chicken Casserole made with carrot, leek, parsley, sage and thyme"

      Nutritional Information per 100g {per 1/4 jar: 125g}:

      Energy kJ: 154kJ {195kJ}
      kcal: 36kcal {46kcal}
      Protein: 0.8g {1.0g}
      Carbohydrate: 7.8g {9.8g}
      of which sugars: 3.0g {3.8g}
      Fat: 0.2g {0.3g}
      of which saturates: 0.1g {0.1g}
      Fibre: 0.4g {0.5g}
      Sodium: 0.34g {0.42g}
      Salt Equivalent: 0.85g {1.05g}


      Ingredients: Water, Carrot (6%), Onion (4%), Corn Starch, Leek (3.5%), Sugar, Celery (1.5%), Yeast Extract, Potato Starch, Salt, Naturals Flavouring (contains Wheat, Soya), Chicken Extract, Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid), Flavouring (contains Egg), Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Vegetable Extracts, Caramelised Sugar, Rosemary, Barley, Malt Extract, Black Pepper, Maltodextrin


      Allergy Information:

      The product contains egg, wheat, gluten, soya, celery and barley


      Price:

      At time of writing Asda have a 2 for £2 offer on some Homepride sauces. They are charging £1.42 for one jar of this sauce.


      Taste and opinion:

      I must admit that if I'm ever cooking chicken in some sort of sauce I usually use Chicken Tonight. Boyfriend prefers the mushroom sauce whilst I usually go for something with a darker colour such as the Spanish chicken flavour. So, it will be interesting to see how this compares to the sausage casserole sauce which we both enjoyed a lot.

      The method for cooking this Roast Chicken casserole is pretty much identical to the one used for Sausage casserole, and is dead easy. Cut the chicken into cubes (or pieces) then fry them until lightly browned. Not sure whether you could grill them or do them on the George Foreman grill like I've done with the sausages on previous occasions so I think I'll stick with the frying. Place the fried chicken in a casserole dish then pour on the sauce and cook in the oven for 1 hour. What could be easier?

      Whenever I've used Chicken Tonight I've always found that there's always more than enough sauce to cover the chicken and have always added something else in as well. So I'm going to add some mushrooms to this as well as Boyfriend likes them a lot. I open the jar and pour the sauce over the chicken. It's a sort of dull brown colour and doesn't look like the most appetising thing I've ever seen. I can see little slices of carrot in the sauce and bits of paler things which could be onion, leek or celery. So, into the oven it goes and I get to spend an hour doing other things whilst it cooks.

      The first thing I noticed when I took the casserole dish out of the oven was that this sauce was quite a bit thinner than the Homepride sausage casserole sauce. It looks more like a reasonably thick gravy than anything else. Still, the proof of the pudding (or casserole) is in the eating as they say.

      It's actually a very tasty sauce. The combination of the Oxo, carrot, onion, leek, celery and the various herbs used really does create a pleasing, wholesome, homemade sort of taste. The herbs and Oxo prevent the sauce from descending into blandness but, on the other hand Homepride haven't used so much of them that they've created a sauce with an extreme taste that might put off potential customers.

      Whilst I'd place it slightly behind the sausage casserole sauce on the taste front I'd say that this is streets ahead of the Chicken Tonight mushroom sauce (which I find a bit dull) and the Chicken Tonight Spanish Chicken, which I sometimes get a little bored of if I've eaten a fair amount of it.

      This sauce was neither dull nor boring and I'd quite happily buy it again in preference to either of the Chicken Tonight flavours I've mentioned.

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      14.11.2009 11:44
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      Nce casserole sauce

      I'm usually quite happy to go for anything that makes my life easier and that is why this Homepride Rast Chicken Casserole Sauce is so convenient as it produces a tasty meal which is especially nice now that teh colder darker nights are drawing in and you want something warm inside you after a hard days work.

      It comes in a glass jar and is a reddish brown colour, the one I opted for included mushrooms and onions and the smell was a mix of tomatoes and molasses and it was quite pleasant.

      It has a wonderfully rich tomato flavour to it and the sauce is quite thick after it has cooked alongside the chicken, I added extra onion and mushrooms to the dish along with a chopped up green pepper and some crushed garlic cloves and it was very tasty indeed and so easy to prepare all I had to do was brown the chicken and then throw the whole lot into a casserole dish and leave it in the oven, I then served it with some rice and roasted root vegetables and it was a great meal.

      These sauces retail for £1.69 a jar and are good value for money as they make life simple.

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      26.09.2009 13:05
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      Chicken casserole mix

      I'm usually pretty good when it comes to cooking food in different sauces as I can usually put something half decent together however there are those occasions when I cannot be bothered or do not have the time so a nice easy bail out option is to purchase a ready prepared sauce to use and this homepride casserole sauce for chicken is a pretty good option to go for.

      It comes in a glass jar with a sealed lid which you twist off and the contents are a thick reddish brown colour and there is a slight smell of mollasses and tomatoes when you first open it up. It is easy to use, if I 'm in a rush then I tend to cook the chicken breast fillets in a wok with some onions, mushrooms and peppers and then I will add the sauce to it and leave it to simmer for about ten minutes mixing the ingredients in on a regular basis, alternatively you can pop it all into a casserole dish adding vegetables and I also add a tin of tomatoes as well and then leave it all to cook slowly for between sixty and ninety minutes.

      It is a rich quite thick sauce which if in a casserole dish I tend to dilute a little however it has a nice almost fruity flavour to it and is the perfect complement to chicken. It comes in a 500ml jar and costs £1.69 normally.

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      23.07.2009 19:49
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      A Lazy Cooks Dream

      Feeling lazy after a very hard day at work I decided to make a very simple chicken dish and add in a cooking sauce. I must confess I have never really been a fan of this type of product in the past as I have always felt that my own versions made from scratch are much tastier. However as I stated I really just couldn't be bothered and at the time the quicker the better and with as little effort as possible was the order of the day to feed myself and a very hungry six year old. The particular sauce that I tried was one which I picked up in my local Morrisons called Homepride Roast Chicken Hearty Casserole sauce.

      I purchased this for £1.39 for a 500g jar which I thought was expensive however as stated previously I don't tend to use these so I guess you are just paying for the convenience aspect of the item. This particular product comes in a thick glass jar with a blue screw top lid . The front label states the version of the sauce and also sports the Homepride logo and a picture of the trademark 'Fred' character associated with the brand in his bowler hat. I decided on this one in the end not only as it was for chicken it was also very thick compared to some of the other versions available, which I thought looked a bit watery.

      I got home and turned on the oven. I then simply diced some vegetables (you can use any you like really) prepared chicken , sliced an onion and peeled some potatoes. Don't worry I wont bore you all with a recipe I am merely showing how little effort is actually involved in using this sauce. Once done and the chicken browned slightly you just add all of the items minus potatoes into a casserole dish and then pop the sauce on top. Then simply cook in the oven covered for about an hour and that is really it. I obviously served mine with mashed potatoes. So indeed a very quick meal idea that really takes little effort.

      The sauce itself is a deep brown colour. It contains obvious pieces of carrot, onion and celery and a mixture of herbs including parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary. I was surprised when I took the lid off the product and was greeted with dare I say it quite a pleasant smell. The herbs being obvious. The sauce itself is enriched with OXO and I have to say this was featured prominently too in the old scent department. Pouring it out onto my chicken I was quite surprised at how much there was and it covered my dish perfectly. The house was filled with lovely cooking smells. I have to say at this point in time I was actually quite hopeful for the taste test .

      I have to say that the sauce certainly did compliment my dish and I thought that it was extremely tasty. Not as good as the way I would make it myself however I was most impressed. You could certainly taste the herbs and the combination with the OXO was super and complimented the sauce very well. I will definitely be buying the odd jar or two of this to keep in my cupboard for further lazy days and will certainly be trying some of the other delicious sounding flavours available in the range. Well worth a try and recommended to all.

      The beauty of this sauce is that you can simply add it to chicken and not have to add anything else if you don't want too. Extra vegetables are optional due to the sauce containing quite a substantial amount of vege already. I would suggest reading the product ingredients if you suffer from allergies as the sauce contains hotspot allergy products such as egg, wheat, gluten, soya, celery and barley. A quarter of a jar serving contains

      Calories 46
      Sugars 3.8g
      Fat 0.3g
      Saturates 0.1g
      Salt 1.1g

      For more information on this product and others in the range take a look at the website

      www.homepride.co.uk

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        28.06.2009 13:34
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        I like the HomePride range of sauces, and 1 of my favourites was the Shepherds Pie one, which went away for a while and then came back - thank god. I tried this one the other week for the first time and I was impressed.

        You get this in 500ml Jars and they normally cost around £1.50, but Tesco was selling all the HomePride Sauces for £1 each a couple of weeks ago, so that's what drew me to try this. Chicken is my favourite Meat, so I like the have dishes with it in it.

        The Packaging is alright. It is a clear glass jar with a Blue screw Lid. the lid is easy enough to get off as well, so not a huge struggle. Since it is a clear glass you see the dark brown liquid and I think it looks rich and flavoursome. There is a wrap around label going around the jar and it has a nice picture of the Sauce in use, the HomePride branding and a little blurb about the product and other Sauces in the range.

        The Sauce is pretty runny, but it seems to cover the Chicken well enough. Also in the Sauce is pieces of Leek, and Carrots and there is Parsley, Sage and Thyme for some Herb-y taste to it.

        So how do you use this? Well it has cooking ingredients on the back. All you do is to cook some Chicken. I sometimes boil a whole chicken, so I will use cuts off that, or I get Chicken Fillets from the shop and pan fry them. You heat the sauce up in a pan, mix in the Chicken and then put in an Oven proof dish for 180o for about 30 minutes, or until you see the Sauce bubbling around the sides. I added sliced Potato onto the top about 10 minutes before it was ready, and this made a nice meal when served up. It served 4 adults - just.

        I will buy this again as it made a meal easily, and it tasted hearty and home made.

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        26.02.2009 05:03
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        Easy and scrummy

        I am always looking for ways to make a quick, easy and tasty meal that looks as if I have spent ages on it! I have found that a simple, though not necessarily cheap way to do this is to purchase ready made sauces. Homepride Roast Chicken Hearty Casserole is one such sauce.

        The sauce comes in a large glass jar with a screw top lid. It is see through so you can take a peek at the merchandise before buying, and it has a paper label around its middle which has a picture of a yummy looking casserole on it, as well as the ingredients and instructions.

        The sauce is really easy to use. To make a casserole, all you need to do is gently fry some cubed chicken in oil on the hob until its lightly browned, then put it into a casserole dish, add the sauce, cover it and then cook it in the oven for an hour at 180 degrees. Serve it up with some potatoes and vegetables and you have a lovely, simple meal that looks as though you've slaved over it!

        I found the sauce really tasty. It is light brown and very thin, though it contains small amounts of carrot, leek, parsley, sage and thyme. It gives the chicken a lovely herby flavour but isn't too strong. I can't imagine many people not liking this.

        You can buy a 500 gram jar of this for £1.52 at Sainsbury's. It says it will serve four people, but I think three is the limit unless you hardly want any sauce. In each quarter of a jar serving there are just 46 calories and 0.3 grams of fat, so you can't really complain about that!

        I will be buying this again as I'm really pleased with it.

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