“ Brand: Knorr / Type: Sauces „
I enjoy cooking and prefer to make sauces from scratch when I have the time but let's face it, most of us don't always have the time. What with busy work schedules, housework and two young children it's a wonder I have the time to rustle up beans on toast!
I've been something of a fan of Chicken Tonight for a number of years now, with the Country French variety being one of my favourites.
Chicken Tonight used to be a relatively cheap sauce to buy but recently it seems to have jumped in price to £1.51 (at all the usual retailers - courtesy of mysupermarket.com), so now I generally buy it when it is on special offer and stock up.
The sauce is sold in a 500g clear glass jar with a green screw off lid. The labels depicts chicken served in the sauce with various vegetables for decoration, the Chicken Tonight logo sits above this.
Upon opening, a slightly sour wine type smell is released although not unpleasant - this improves during the cooking process.
A dish can be cooked using the sauce on the hob or in the oven. I always use the hob so I'll briefly describe this method.
Instructions on the rear of the packet advise that 450g of cubed chicken is fried in a pan until golden, the sauce can then be stirred in and left to simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. That's it! Couldn't be any more simple.
As I like to get as many veggies into my children as possible, I always add chopped onion, carrot and mushrooms to the mix - the onion and carrots a the beginning and the mushrooms later as they don't take as long to cook.
I find this adds a little bulk to the already thick and creamy sauce, I then add a little full milk to make the sauce go that bit farther!
The sauce has a lovely creamy taste and just a hint of a traditional white wine sauce, slightly tart but complimented well by the cream. There are also visible flecks of carrots and mushrooms in the sauce - prior to adding my own that is.
Nutritionally the product per 100g provides:
Energy 95 kcal
of which sugars 2.5g
of which saturates 1.0g
Salt (based on Sodium) 0.85g
I generally serve the finished dish with pasta and find it is a meal that the whole family can enjoy - with my youngest - I tend to add just a couple of teaspoons of the sauce to pasta and mash this for him. I'm not really one for buying special baby sauces.
Unfortunately my partner can't eat this - he's vegetarian. I searched through the ingredients but could not find anything that did not appear suitable for veggies, although the V sign was missing.
After phoning Unilever customer care, I was informed that it is not suitable for veggies - something to do with the pasteurization process. I kind of lost interest after hearing the word no! the helpful lady did however email me a list of products suitable/unsuitable.
I'd recommend this sauce for those with a busy lifestyle looking for a quick and easy tasty dish. Keep your eyes open for special offers!
I adore cooking and at the moment staying with my friend it's great cos we both love said cooking and it really is pleasant to have someone else to cook for!
With a big kitchen I do like to cook things from scratch but lets face it we don't alway have the time to cook everything from scratch and so we both like to get a few jars of cook in sauces and things like that!
This sauce appealed to both me and my friend when we were out looking for a few things such as this in Asda to stock up with. There were many sauces in the range to choose from but the name of it being Country French really appealed to us, although my friend is actually a Vegetarian but we decided to throw in some meat fee chicken and plenty of vegetables in ours!
500g see-through glass jar with a green screw on/off lid to the top of it and it has a safety pop out button to show you once that the jar has been opened or tampered with. On the front of the jar I am told that it is Knorr Chicken Tonight Country French 'With white wine, cream and chives' and that it contains no artificial colours or flavours and to 'Just add chicken'. Other information listed on the back of the jar includes being told a bit about the sauce and how to use it, ingredients and a full and an at a glance nutritional chart are shown and contact details for the manufacturer are stated (which is Unilever). This is a nice enough jar which is informative enough and actually appears quality in the way that the information is all layed out!
A Bit About The Sauce According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Jar:
A French country - recipe cooking sauce for chicken made with white wine and cream, with mushrooms, carrots and chives. Great with mashed potato or rice. Serves 4 hungry people.
Me Using The Sauce:
Well there are a couple of ways to use this you can choose from. You can either fry off whatever ever ingredients you wish to use (which can of course be anything you want them to be and not just chicken although that is recommended on the jar!) and then add this sauce to those ingredients and let it all simmer in a pan for about 20 minutes or you can fry off the ingredients first then put those into a casserole dish and then add this sauce to it and pop it all in the oven for about 1 hour.
Personally I gently fried off meat free chicken, onions and some mushrooms and made sure I had no excess fat running around and then added this sauce to them and stirred it in, brought it to the boil and then simmered for the time I just gave. very simple and straightforward it is!
The sauce is cream in colour and blobby in texture. Smooth and with little flakes of green chives in abundance within it I got a waft of an alcohol smell along with a big smell of onions while cooking it. I was impressed with the amount of this sauce given and also the way it really was rather thick and able to coat my ingredients well.
However the taste of this did nothing at all for me and my taste-buds! Sure it looked creamy but I couldn't detect that in the flavour one bit. The flavour for me was so oniony it was simply an onion sauce! It looked nice enough though and sure there was plenty of it but I also felt that it was too salty and I couldn't taste cream and/or wine within this at all.
Like I say though I wasn't keen on this but my mate loved it! She begged for more so really I have come to the conclusion of this...
It is fabulous quality, easy to use and rich and in flavours and very versatile in the way you can choose to pop whatever you like in it so I give it 5 out of 5 for everything but flavour. Flavour related I give it 2 out of 5 and my mate gives it 5 out of 5 on every level so my advise to you is this..... If you fancy it it is worth a try lol.
Nutritional Information per 1/4 A Jar:
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around £1.10 a jar.