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It was a few weeks ago when on a shopping trip that I happened to spot this casserole mix and decided that I would give it a try, usually make my casserole with a plane chicken stock so thought this would make a nice change.
The casserole mix comes in a thick paper sachet which has a picture of a chicken breast covered in the sauce and vegetables on the front with the product name and Schwartz logo on. The back of the sachet has all the information about the product and also a recipe for a chicken casserole.
~~MAKING AND RESULTS~~
It is very simple to make the casserole mix and for me I prepared my chicken and vegetables in the usual way and then added this mix to 300ml of boiled water and then poured over the top. There is a recipe on the back of the packet which s as follows:-
1 tbs Oil
175 (6oz) leeks, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 chicken breasts, skinned
1 packet Schwartz casserole recipe mix
300 ml (½ pint) water
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg.c., Gas mark 4.
- Heat the Oil and soften the leeks and carrots in a frying pan. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes
- Transfer to a casserole dish
- Blend the packet contents into the water and pour over the chicken
- Cover and cook for 1 hour
- Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
This is an optional recipe and does not have to be used.
The mix was easy to prepare and I found it easily dissolved when the boiling water was added. When bit was dry there was a faint hint of a smell but this intensified once the water was added. It smelt very pleasant and not overly strong and it reminded me mainly of vegetables and Oregano. The mix was a good consistency when made and covered my casserole fully so I did not have to add any further water.
When I poured it over the ingredients I was able to see the small flecks of ingredients and the main one which stood out was the green oregano and when cooking this was what came to the surface of the casserole dish. The mix was a good brown colour and did look a lot like chicken stock.
Once the casserole was cooked it came to the taste test and I was slightly worried am my boys are not really into adventurous sauces and am only just getting my eldest to have plain gravy on his food. I got around this by draining as much off the food as possible and only added this as a gravy to mine and hubby's meal. The chicken tasted wonderful with this mix on and it was so tender. The sauce gave it a slight hint of a herb flavour and this is due to the oregano. The chicken cooked a slightly darker brown than usual but this is from the brown colour of the mix. The vegetables were all very tender and also had the pleasant flavour on them. I think this flavour was more intense than just adding a spot of oregano to a chicken stock as hubby was also able to taste a hint of onion and pepper in the mix but I could not.
The mix comes in a sachet size of 36g and this is supposed to be for a meal for 4 people and so too is the recipe. The front of the sachet claims that this mix does not contain any hydrogenated fat, no added preservatives and no added MSG.
The ingredients for the mix for those wishing to know are:-
Wheat Flour, Modified Maize Starch, Flavourings, Maltodextrin, Fat Powder (Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Milk Protein), Onion Powder (4%), Skimmed Milk Powder, Lo Salt (Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride,) Oregano, Colours (Plain Caramel, Beta-carotene), Vegetable Oil, Herbs, Malt Extract (from Barley), White Pepper
As you can see from the ingredients allergy sufferers need to take car when eating this.
The nutritional values for the 36g pack are:-
Energy - 124 Kcal
Protein - 3.7g
Carbohydrates - 22.8g
Of which sugars - 3.3g
Fat - 2.0g
Of which saturates - 1.0g
Fibre - 1.5g
Sodium - 0.8g
These nutritional values do seem to be quite high but only serving this occasionally is not going to make a massive difference to those on a diet.
The shelf life of the packet is just over 12 months on the last one I bought and I think this is good as t means can keep one in my cupboard for when I need a quick easy to make meal.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
I bought my mixes from Tesco and they cost around the 80p mark, this is quite high compared to buying normal stock cubes but I don't mind buying them for the occasional change as they do add a good and different flavour to the food. They are available in all good supermarkets.
I have to give this mix a good solid 4/5 stars, the taste is good and different from plain stock cubes and it make the meat very tender. There is a recipe included and the price is great. I would have given it the full 5 stars if the flavour had been slightly stronger.
In this weather I like nothing more than a casserole or stew or something like that and so does the rest of my family! We nag my Mother for something hot and full of vegetables etc and one week she purchased this (Chicken Chasseur Recipe Mix and not as on the top of this review page as naughty Dooyoo have messed up again lol) and we all loved it so it makes a rather regular appearance on our plates nowadays!
Plastic squarish packet with a picture of a chasseur on the front of it. I am told that it is 'S' Schwartz Chicken Chasseur Recipe Mix and that it serves 4 people. On the back of the packet other information includes being told what it is, I'm told what I will need to make the meal up and directions to make it up are also given, ingredients and nutritional information is listed, the size of the mix is stated (which is 40g) and contact details for Schwartz are given. Nice enough packaging this is and it really is informative enough.
A Bit About What This Is:
A rich sauce mix with tomato, herbs and white wine.
You Will Need:
1 tbs oil
4 chicken breasts, skinned
1 onion, chopped
1 packet Schwartz chicken chasseur recipe mix
300ml (1/2 pint water)
100g (4oz) mushrooms, sliced
Well using this mix is incredibly easy!
Pop the oven on and then fry off the chicken till it's browned and then pop that in a casserole dish. Then pop the made sauce/gravy over that and add the chopped mushrooms and cook it for about an hour!
The recipe mix is of course a powder smelling slightly of alcohol and tomatoes and you can see some flakes of green herbs in there. Once cooked you get a rich brown, thickish gravy that tastes really lovely!
You can really taste the white wine and tomato and detect the parsley within it which really does bring the flavours out of the chicken and mushrooms and as said ingredients are cooked in liquid those ingredients take on the flavours of the mix well and go very tender and juicy!
We really like this for a change and of course you can serve this once cooked with anything you fancy, our favourite being a creamy mash potato and peas but of course how you serve it is entirely up to you of course!
It makes a flavoursome meal and turns boring old chicken into something much more fancy and at 62p a packet (in all good supermarkets etc) why not give it a go!