“ Brand: Knorr / Type: Sauces „
For me, Knorr is a brand name that I trust. I know they make great tasting products that are simple to use and require minimal effort to make a wonderful tea. Whenever we do our 'big' shop we always check which cooking sauces are on offer, and the Knorr 'Chicken Tonight' range just happened to be on offer when we last visited Tesco, so we stocked up on a few of our favourites, and a few new options. 'Chicken Tonight Creamy Peppercorn' was one of these new options to try, and unfortunately, for me, it simply didn't deliver.
You can find 'Chicken Tonight Creamy Peppercorn Cooking Sauce' in all good supermarkets. I've seen it in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys. You can find it in the aisles that carry the cooking sauces, generally down the same aisle as the pasta related items. All the same name brand products are lumped together in the shelf layouts so you should be able to find it once you spot the 'Chicken Tonight' items. It's worth keeping an eye out in discount stores too like B&M and Home Bargains as they sometimes get Knorr cooking sauce products in for a decent price!
Depending on where you buy the cooking sauce from, price will vary. The price tag it carries is usually between £1.10 - £1.90. However, if you go shopping at the right time, these sauces tend to be on offer a fair bit, so you may be able to pick up a few at a cheaper price as part of an offer.
The 'Chicken Tonight Creamy Peppercorn Cooking Sauce' is packaged inside a transparent glass jar topped with a signature Knorr look metalic green lid, allowing you to see the product within. The front of the label on the jar carries the green Knorr logo, atop a background of green, black and red peppercorn pattern. The label also carries the 'Chicken Tonight' name above the type of sauce this is - 'Creamy Peppercorn' beneath which a brief description elaborates on the name 'with red, green and black pepper'. There is also a picture of the product being used in a serving suggestion. The back of the label carries a full nutritional information, product serving recipe suggestion, allergy advice, contact details and the barcode.
Upon opening the jar you can smell the distinct peppery scent of the sauce. It greatly reminds me of the smell of traditional peppercorn sauce used as an accompanyment to beef. I guess one of the reasons behind me picking out this sauce is because I love the traditional peppercorn sauce so much. The sauce gives off a very attractive and delicious aroma, somewhat rich and creamy, yet with the strong hint of spicy peppercorns shining through.
To look at, the sauce doesn't exactly look so appetising alone. It is a somewhat creamy beige in colour and the multicoloured peppercorns can be seen throughout. This sauce uses red, green and black peppercorns as ingredients, and it is obvious just by looking at the sauce that there is a lot of peppercorns scattered within. The colours of the peppercorns do somewhat brighten the bland looking sauce up a little, but not much. It is left to the vegetables served with the peppercorn chicken to brighten up the meal.
The product itself is easy enough to use. You must first cook through your chicken until entirely cooked, then stir into the sauce. You can cook the sauce and chicken mixture on the hob for 20 minutes, or bake in the oven for 40 minutes. We chose to simmer the sauce and chicken on the hob as we were starving, and this took minimal effort, stirring occassionally being the only requirement.
The part I was looking forward to most was the taste, however I was severely let down. Every mouthful was definitely a suprise. The first few mouthfuls containing the sauce were ok, not great, but acceptable, then every other mouthful seemed to bring a new and hideous flavour to the mix. The majority of the mouthfuls I took tasted somewhat similar to washing up liquid, with the odd decent 'pepper' flavour mouthful mixed in here and there. I couldn't get my head around why the sauce tasted so oddly dreadful. I am a huge lover of peppercorn sauce, so I was really suprised at how strange the taste was, and how the more I ate, the less I liked it. I think the strange flavours must have been down to the use of the green and red peppercorns in the mixture. I am used to peppercorn sauce made with purely black pepper. I presume it is the red and green peppercorns in this sauce that give it the odd, strong, soapy flavour. Definitely not what I was looking forward to, and to make matters worse, after finishing the meal I was left with a ghastly aftertaste of soap suddy pepper.
In my opinion, this is quite a big let down to the other 'Chicken Tonight' range. The 'Chicken Tonight Creamy Peppercorn Cooking Sauce' tasted pretty dreadful for the most part, and I am putting this purely down to the red and green peppercorns. If the sauce had been made entirely with pure black peppercorns the product would have been 100 times better. Unfotunately I won't be buying this cooking sauce again, or recommending it to anyone I know, as I finished my meal feeling rather let down and with a terrible taste in my mouth. Granted the sauce is easy enough to use and prepare, taking minimal effort and hardly any time at all to cook, but the flavour is simply disgusting. Come on Knorr, pull your socks up on this one!
Water , Onions , Sunflower Oil , Spirit Vinegar , Cornflour , cream (1.3%) , Red and Green Peppercorns (1.2%) , Salt , Pasteurised Egg Yolk , Sugar , Stabiliser (Xantham Gum) , Yeast Extract , Black Pepper (0.2%) , White Pepper , Barley Malt Extract (contains gluten)
Typical values per 125g serving (¼ jar)
of which sugars: 1.9g
of which saturates: 1.4g
Allergy Advice: Contains traces of celery.
Dietary Information: Free From Artificial Colours. Free From Artificial Flavours.
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