“ Brand: Knorr / Type: Sauces „
Letting my partner go shopping can sometimes prove disastrous. Everything that is on offer is placed in the trolley as it's "a bargain". It's only a bargain if you actually need it and if you don't buy everything in the shop! One thing he tends to buy it sauces so at present my cupboard is full of Homepride, Knorr sauces etc. I'm finally getting through these and last night I used Knorr Classic Chicken Chasseur sauce in a bid to reduce my cupboard stock!
*** Knorr ***
Knorr was created back in 1838 when Carl Heinrich Knorr (German) built a factory initially producing chicory for the coffee trade. He was a keen experimenter and this led to the preservation of vegetables for dried soups and a year later he is selling soup mixes in stores. The years to follow saw the first sauce mix (1908), bouillon cube (1912) etc. By 1957 Knorr is sold in 8 countries worldwide and this increased to 87 in 2000 the same year in which Unilever bought the Knorr brand. Knorr is now Unilever's biggest and one of the oldest brands.
*** Packaging ***
The chicken chasseur sauce comes in a standard glass jar which is wider at the bottom and gradually gets narrower towards the top. The picture shows this better than I can describe it! The jar is clear glass so you can easily see the colour of the sauce which is a rich orange colour. The label depicts a plate of chicken chasseur with the Knorr logo just above it. Around the name picture is a boarder of tomatoes and garlic cloves. The label is incredibly colourful and pleasing on the eye.
*** Cooking ***
Cooking this sauce is incredibly simple and you can cook it in two ways according to the instructions on the back of the jar. You can either place the raw chicken (I choose chicken breasts) in an oven proof dish and pour the sauce over and then cook in the oven for around 1 hour until the chicken is fully cooked or you can cook the chicken in a saucepan/ wok and then add the sauce and cook until the sauce is heated through.
For me I chose the first method as I find the chicken is always really tender as it is given longer to cook in the sauce. It also gives me plenty of time to prepare the vegetables for the dish.
I found cooking this sauce incredibly easy as all I did was pour it over the raw chicken and place it in the oven for an hour! Simple. One jar will happy serve four normal sized chicken breasts for four people.
*** The Sauce ***
The sauce has quite a thick consistency once it is cooked as it simmers down slightly which is ideal as when the sauce comes straight from the jar it's runny. You can clearly see pieces of carrot which there are plenty which is nice to see! The sauce contains garlic, thyme and red wine which although you can't really make out the thyme you can definitely taste the garlic and red wine which is nice (I do normally add extra red wine). I'm not normally a fan of tomato based sauces (despite being coming from an Italian family!) and I normally choose anything but a tomato sauce but this sauce couldn't be far from it! Even though tomatoes are a main ingredient there are no pieces of tomato nor does it taste like tomatoes unlike some sauces.
The flavours of garlic, thyme, red wine and tomatoes are a classic choice and really work well together. The sauce has plenty of seasoning and flavour to it. Sometimes I get really bored with sauces as every mouthful seems to taste the same and generally I won't finish a dish because I'm bored with the taste halfway through but with this sauce because it has such a lovely rich flavour you end up wanting more and more.
The chicken I find is lovely and tender and not dry at all despite being in an oven for an hour! The sauce as I said above does get thicker once cooked and I always hate having excess sauce meaning my meat of choice is swimming around in it but this sauce really coats the chicken well, keeps it moist and provides a great taste. I think if I bought this again I will be adding more garlic as I like a lot of garlic in my meals as does my partner but this is all down to personal preference and without the added extras the sauce still has plenty of flavour.
*** Ingredients ***
Water, Onions, Tomato Puree, Red Wine (7.5%), Carrots, Sunflower Oil, Modified Maize Starch, Sherry, Lactic Acid, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Fructose, Salt, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Flavourings, Herbs & Spices, Garlic, Chili Extract, May Contain Traces of Celery.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Fat - 1.3g
Sugar - 2.8g
Salt - 0.8g
*** Price and Availability ***
A 500g jar:
Tesco - £1.55 (currently £1.00 until 23.05.10)
Asda - £1.00
Sainsburys - £1.55 (currently £1.00 until 15.06.10)
*** Overall ***
I was pleasantly surprised with this sauce. I have eaten homemade chicken chasseur quite a few times and even though the sauce doesn't taste like my mothers it does have plenty of flavour. I will be more than happy to buy the sauce again as it provided a great tasting meal and it makes a change that a jarred sauce is relatively healthy! For me this will definitely be bought and kept in the cupboard as it provides a great dinner. I'd definitely recommend to anyone who wants to create a dish which gives great taste but is time saving!