“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
As I've said before, I do often try out the value ranges of the various supermarkets - and it can be a bit hit and miss.....some providing great value for money and others providing a product so bad that I couldn't be paid to eat it! Unfortunately, the Sainsbury Basic Creamed Chicken Soup fits into the latter of these categories.....it really isn't great at all! I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of tinned soup anyway, but I do think there is place for Heinz Soup for example, but this soup is about as bad as it gets!
I can't even say that it's a positive to say that this soup only costs 17p.....because even that is too expensive. Infact, if they gave this soup away I wouldn't say it was good value....it really is that unpleasant. If you're on a tight budget, there are better options!
The soup comes in a can - and all that's needed is to pour it into a saucepan and heat it up. It takes about 3 minutes of heating before it's ready. I have to admit that from the moment I poured it in the saucepan I didn't think it looked very appetising, but I was doing it for my son who is a fan of tinned soup. However, I found the soup to be very thin and watery and yet still quite gelatinous. It certainly wasn't the freshest soup I'd ever smelt and although it did smell chickeny, it smelt of those slimy bits of chicken that no one particularly wants to eat.
I had a taste before giving it to my son and this didn't do anything to change the first impressions. It tasted weak, greasy and just nasty - and very very salty. Although there was a basic undertone of chicken, this was not a strong flavour and mostly tasted bland and thin. There was certainly no creaminess or depth of flavour. After passing it to my son, who will generally eat anything, he left most of it uneaten and wasn't a big fan either!
I really can't recommend this soup.....there is nothing that makes me think anyone would like it. And no, in case you're in any doubt, I won't be buying it again!
I wrote a review fairly recently on Heinz Cream of Chicken Soup (though it was probably posted absolutely ages ago now, as I post reviews several days after writing them) which I ate after my flatmate left it behind when she moved out, and have to say that it was quite a pleasant soup. On searching through what other goodies had been left for me, I came across the same flavour of soup but from Sainsbury's Basics. I assumed that it wouldn't be as nice as the Heinz variety, but since it was free and there were only 120 calories in the whole tin I decided that it would be a win-win situation, as I either would love it or could just throw it away without it being a waste of my own money. Unfortunately, I did neither.
Sainsbury's Basics Cream of Chicken Soup, as the name suggests, comes in a very basic looking tin as the picture shows above. Since this tin only costs 17p to buy it's unsurprising that they didn't make too much of an effort with the packaging, but it looks pleasant enough. The tin states the nutritional values per half a can (though unless you've just had your stomach stapled you're going to need to eat all of it to fill you up), how to heat the soup and the ingredients, though I never read the ingredients on value products as I don't want to know what crap could be in there. If you're very interested, I'm sure you'll be able to find out the ingredients on the internet somewhere, or you could just have a look on the tin the next time you go to Sainsbury's.
If I had to hazard a guess at the ingredients, however, I would imagine they would be: Water (90%), Chicken (4%), Other Assorted Crap/Spices (6%), and Cream (seven molecules if you're lucky). For a cream of chicken soup, this certainly wasn't very creamy. Knowing how little this soup costs, I wasn't expecting an explosion of creamy flavour, but I was a little bit let down by how watery this soup was. I could taste the chicken in the soup, and there were enough small pieces of chicken mixed into it to add more chicken flavour and texture, but this soup really wasn't overly tasty. I sensed an almost smoky taste throughout and the chicken flavours were pleasant enough, but it really wasn't a great cream of chicken soup in my opinion. If this had been marketed as chicken soup then I would probably be able to rate this more highly, but for its lack of cream I am a bit disappointed.
That isn't to say that I wasn't happy to finish the soup, as it wasn't disgusting in any way, but I didn't massively enjoy it. The fact that it was only 17p (or technically free for me this time) and only had 120 calories in it means that if one night I was starving and the only shop open was a Sainsbury's Basics Cream of Chicken Soup shop (bear with me here) I would be confused but would be happy enough to try it again to relieve my hunger. Just don't expect me to buy it under any other circumstances.
We are huge fans of a nice hot soup on those cold winter nights. I usually purchase the leading brand Heinz, which are the nicest creamiest soup around. But being on an extremely tight budget we needed to either cut out soup or purchase a cheaper brand.
This is when we saw the Sainsbury's basics range of soups. These are available in either creamed chicken soup or creamed tomato soup. After trying the tomato I thought I would now try the creamed chicken soup.
The soup comes in a tin. Once opened and poured into the pan, I then noticed that the soup was a lot more watery than the tomato. After stirring it for a while I was hoping that the soup would thicken up, but it didn't. I could smell the chicken but as the soup looked so watery and had a cloudy tint of creamy colour to it. It really didn't look very appetising.
I wasn't going to knock it until I'd tried it though. I really wish I did though. This soup tasted as bad as it looked. It was watery and lacked flavour. I could barely taste the chicken.
This soup was priced at only 17p, and I now know why it's so low. It really doesn't have that lovely thick creamy chicken taste you would expect from a creamed chicken soup.
If you like your soup extremely tasteless and watery then this is the product for you, but this is something that I will not be purchasing in the future.
The tin serve two, and contains 60 calorie per half tin. It does state in the ingredients that there is only 2% chicken in the whole tin. This is such a small amount, no wonder you are unable to taste it over the water.
On the good side though the tin is recyclable so don't forget to pop it in the correct bin.
I am extremely disappointed with this product from the Sainsbury's basic range as everything else seems to of been an excellent switch from the leading brands
Sainsbury's Basics Creamed Chicken Soup
I love chicken soup and mostly prefer hot and sour one. With an anxiety to taste out this creamed variant I picked it up from Sainsbury's few months before.
The packaging has nothing interesting to offer and is almost in similar lines to the other basic range products. The 400 gram can has white and orange customary lines and an image of chicken.
Without thinking much about the package I went home and thought that it will be worthwhile to try it out in a chilled evening. The saviour was five minutes cooking time. I placed it in microwave and prepared some chicken wings as well which normally goes well with the soup for me.
The first sip of soup was quite sub-standard and thin in consistency. I felt it was quite insipid and fell flat on the taste test. Even the cream seemed quite mediocre to me and I did not like even the smell. I was looking for some pieces of Chicken in it but I could hardly find any bits of chicken in it. I ended up putting add on to make it a little better. pepper, chilli sauce, Soya sauce all gave in meekly as the soup it self was so bad.
If you look at the ingredients you will loathe it more as fat 0f 2.5 gram with saturates in heavy amount does not make it healthier as well.
I would not advise this at all. Do not bother buying it.
Sainsbury,s basics CHICKEN SOUP (CREAMED)
Shopping in sainsbury,s for a few tins to keep in the cupboard for a rainy day, this soup is available for a mere 27p per can.
The Can **********
Just the usual basic can, with unfortunately no pull ring, but then come on its a cheap tin of soup, so using a can openner is the least of my worries. White with the usual red basics writing on it, with a picture of a chicken i guess drawn on it in red.
Well the Taste **********
To be honest i wouldnt say that it wasnt eatable, but have had better cheaper soups, was lacking in something, maybe it was a bit too watery for my liking and to be fair, it was a bit better tasting than some cuppa soups i have tried, but not so much better to be honest.
I found that this soup didnt taste very creamy, and was a bit too peppery for my liking, but it was ok as a last minute resort, but to be honest i wouldnt really fancy buying this again, even at that price, i didnt really like it, it didnt have a lot going for it, and although i usually rate Sainsbury,s basics i didnt think too much to this, yuck, and no i didnt have to much of it to be honest it wasnt my cup of tea.
I also openned their Sainsbury,s tomato soup, and that was absolutely awful too, wanted to see whether the tomato tasted any better, but alas it was even more watery than the chicken, and it tasted horrible, no i wont be buying any more of their basic range soups, even for less than 30p i think i will wait and buy some more expensive ranges to try.
Sorry it didnt rate with me and to rate it a two will be being generous, but you have to try these things to see if you like them aye, this does not discredit the fact that sainsbury,s basics do have some really cheap good tasty products but unfortunately this is not for me.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews x
I was strolling through Sainsbury today when I cam across , this. I have a habit of picking up any time which is ridiculously cheap. This was one of those items. at like 27 p If I remember correctly.
Well I came home feeling awfully hungry and the soup was the only thing that would be ready in 5 minutes, I chucked it in microwave.
I am usually quite impressed by basics product; this however was not one of those moments.
I tasted it plain first and was disappointed, my expectations shattered. It was the blandest soup I had ever tasted. Well any ways I was hungry so I set about to make it a bit acceptable.
Got some hot pepper sauce, well got a lot of hot pepper sauce actually and that made it a bit acceptable, added a bit of salt, made it better. but still over all disappointing
I would no recomment it, but if you do get it eat it with hotsause add some salt and eat with bread fried with butter
I adore soup! I'll virtually eat any variety and any make. As I have it for lunch most days I find I've tried most of what the supermarkets have on offer and realised that I'm someone who doesn't do 'Economy Products' in any way shape or from. I'm a brand snob but occasionally will buy shop own products but anything that looks basic I give a wide berth.
However a while ago while in Sainsbury's late one night I wasn't at all well and knew I needed something to eat and all I wanted was a tin of Heinz Tomato Soup but the shelves in my city centre store were near on empy and all they had to offer me was their own economy tin. Well I had to have it though I was less than impressed and thought after a spoon of that it may put me off my beloved tomato soup addiction forever. However it was a total shock and a welcome surprise cos I throughly enjoyed it! So I've made it my mission now to try all 3 economy offerings in this soup range at Sainsbury's!
Sainsbury's Creamed Chicken Soup.
400g steel can which needs opening with a tin opener. Simple white and orange labeling clearly telling me in orange writing what it is and who it is by on the front and a scribble drawing of a chicken! On the front also gives me an at a glance nutritional label chart which is handy so I can tell before I buy exactly what I'm going to be shovelling into my tum! On the back tells me the full run down of nutritional values, the ingredients, alergy advice, how to store, how to cook and contact information for Sainsbury's.
How To Cook....
To Heat On The Hob....
Shake well before opening. Heat over moderate heat for 4-5 minutes in a saucepan, stirring frequently.
Shake well before opening. Empty contents into a none metalic bowl. Cover and cook for 3 and half minutes to 4 minutes stirring half way through.
Well I even thought after I bought it I wasnt looking forward to it at all as I say I only bought it to experiement after all lol
I microwaved mine as directed. Upon opening my can the liquid part was sat on the top of the thicker chicken sauce so I gave it a stir and it blended in ok. It heated through according to the instructions perfectly. However it looked insipid and not at all appertising.Pale in colour and for a 'creamed' product it didn't appear to look creamed but fairly watery.
Taste wise if I was blindfolded doing a taste test I wouldn't have known from the taste what I was meant to be eating. Its tastes as it looks. Like a watery liquid. It smells like chicken bisto granules. There are no bits of chicken in or any chicken residue that I could find. It wasn't too heavily salted and not enough salt makes a product bland and this really was. Even adding salt and pepper never helped it any and I had two spoons and actually gave up looking for any flavour and didn't want to eat it for the sake of it.
It isn't vile it just isnt worth spending your pennies on and your best to pay a bit more. It does make a good sized bowl. Isn't bad on calories and saturated fat but lacks body and chicken! I wont be buying it again.
Nutritional Information ... Per Half Can.
of which is sugars 0.5g
of which is starch 3.5g
of which is saturates 0.4g
of which is sodium 0.25g
Contains Milk, Wheat Gluten
Water, Modified Maize Starch, Chicken (2%), Rapeseed Oil, Wheat Flour, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder (from cow's milk), Chicken Flavour (Salt, Flavouring, Hydrolysed Starch, Dextrose, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid; Anti Caking Agent: Silicon Dioxide; Antioxidant: Extract Of Natural Origin Rich In Tocopherals), Chicken Extract, Yeast Extract (Yeast, Potato Starch, Salt, Yeast Extract), Salt, Stablisers: Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Polyphosphates; Garlic Powder, Sage Extract, White Pepper.