“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
One of my favourite meals is a chicken dinner complete with stuffing and chicken gravy. I will always use chicken gravy and just don't think that you can use beef gravy with a chicken dinner as to me it just doesn't taste right. This tub of Tesco chicken gravy granules is 200ml and costs 60p, but I have seen it on offer in the two items for £1 promotion. It is a cardboard tub with a plastic clip off lid and is recyclable. There is a picture of an appetising chicken dinner on the front and instructions for use are on the back. The ingredients are: Potato starch, vegetable oil, salt, wheat flour, natural flavouring, colour (plain caramel), onion, barley malt extract (Contains: barley gluten), sage, emulsifier (soya lecithins). It contains natural chicken flavourings and no artificial colours, flavours or flavouring enhancers.
The granules themselves are a medium brown colour and are quite soft. I have never experienced them sticking together in the tub. The smell you get when you open the lid is a lovely chicken smell and is even better when it is made into gravy. The colour seems to lighten when you mix the granules with water and it has a creamy light brown smooth texture.
The instructions are to place 4x5ml (4 heaped teaspoons (20g)) of gravy granules into a measuring jug and make up to 280ml (1/2 pint) with boiling water but I just use a dessert spoon and usually put one and a half spoons into a glass measuring job and then pour on water whilst stirring all the time until it is at the thickness I want. You do need to keep stirring it as it does go lumpy if you don't and it does go quite thick all of a sudden so I find I sometimes need to add a drop more boiling water. It is important to use boiling water and you need to re-boil the kettle if it has not boiled in the last minute or so as if you use water that is not boiling the gravy can go lumpy quite quickly and then it is very hard to get rid of the lumps.
I make a lot of chicken casseroles as this is another favourite dish in our house so I will use these granules to make up about half a pint of gravy then pour it into the casserole. I would say that I make this a bit thicker than usual as I find this produces better results in a casserole. Alternatively I just pour the granules straight into the casserole before cooking and this gives the same result.
I would never use this gravy on a beef or pork dinner as I would say that it is specifically for chicken dinners due to its lovely chicken flavour. I do use Tesco beef granules for all other dinners including lamb and pork and this seems to work well.
I highly recommend these granules as they make a lovely rich smooth tasty chicken gravy at a very reasonable price.
I'm usually a traditional cook and every Sunday we have a roast dinner. Usually it is chicken, and you cannot have a roast chicken without a good gravy. If I am cooking for guests I will always make my own gravy, but if it is just the family then I do like to save time and resort to using gravy granuals.
I have tried several brands and have found Tesco's own brand gravy granuals to give the best results. All you have to do is measure out the required amount into a jug or gravy boat and add boiling water. You need to stir immediately the water hits the granuals or you end up with lumps. Stir it really well till you get a smooth gravy and pour onto your dinner. It's as simple as that. By adding more or less of the granuals you can determine how thick your gravy needs to be to suit individual taste.
The granuals are very versatile too and you can also add them to soups and stews to act as a thickener.
The granuals have a lovely chicken flavour that compliments a roast dinner very well and gives a lovely smooth gravy.
Sold in a 200g drum with a plastic lid they cost just 64p.
Just 4 teaspoons makes half a pint of gravy, so good value for money.
I love chicken and it is one of my favourite foods to eat, I eat it at least twice a week and I like to cook any chicken dishes as I love them so much. I bought these granules to try because I had not bought them before and wanted to see if I liked the taste of this gravy for my chicken dinner meals. They are a cheaper brand and so I thought I could save a few pennies.
These are granules and they come in a cardboard tub with a pull off top, the design on the front is just the name with a picture of a chicken dinner. The top is easy to just pull off the carton with very little effort needed. It does not tend to need any force to remove it as I have often found with some other products. Inside the carton the granules are a brown colour, they look quite nice and inviting. The granules are tiny in size and the texture of them is quite soft. I thought they may be quite a hard texture for the cheap price but I was pleasantly surprise how nice a texture they actually are. They are also not all lumpy and stuck together, they are nicely separated just the way I like my granules to be. I always pour granules into a plastic container to keep them nice and fresh and so they do not get damp in my kitchen and these are easy to pour from the carton into the container to keep them nice and fresh.
They have a nice smell to them and in my opinion they smell of chicken but with a peppery smell, that is the best way I can describe the smell. They are very easy to use and all that is needed is to place 4 x 5ml, teaspoons of the granules into a measuring jug and add 280ml or half a pint of boiling hot water and stir continually until the gravy is a smooth, soft texture. If you like a thicker gravy you can easily just add a few more teaspoons of the granules to thicken it a little more. I quite like a thinner gravy and so the amount that is recommended is perfectly fine for my taste. My hubby quite likes a thicker gravy and so I just add a little more of the granules to make it thicker for him, once I have used the thinner gravy for myself.
The texture of the gravy is very good, it is nice and smooth, soft and it is a nice pale brown colour. The chicken taste is very apparent in the gravy and it does taste really nice. It give the chicken dinner a really nice extra taste just the way I like it. It does not taste at all bland as I first imagined it may. It is a nice strong taste and delicious in my opinion. I really like it and for the cheaper price of just 59p for a 200g carton, I think it is an amazingly good price for a nice tasting gravy.
If the granules are to be stored in the container of which they are housed, it is best to store them in a cool, dry place so they do not go all damp. I would say these would easily be fine left in the carton because the lid has a really good, tight seal and so I would imagine they would be fine, just I place mine in a different container but that is just my preference.
For a 70ml, made up gravy it contains 24 calories, 1.5g of fat, 1.1g of saturates and 0.7g of salt.
This gravy does not have a salty taste at all, it contains no artificial colours, flavours or flavour enhancers. It does contain natural flavourings of chicken. It contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya.
I really do like these granules and I do highly recommend them for anyone to give them a go because they are nice tasting, very good quality and excellent value for the cheap price. They are affordable for most budgets and worth it. I will buy them again in the future because they give me all that I expect for gravy granules.
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We always have friends around for dinner two or three times a week and on this occasion it was roast chicken. I bought Tescos own brand gravy as I'm so sure I have bought this gravy before and it was ok? There are so many different brands at different prices so I opted for this one and wish now I didn't!
Its vile, tasteless and baby poo colour so when I served this slope up I wasn't impressed! We paid 68p for 200g. Bisto is £1.55 for 300g. It wasn't the price what made us choose this particular one, it was the fact that I swear I've had this make before and it was good?!
As I've said it was baby poo colour so straight away I thought something wasn't right but my husband was so hungary he said it will be fine. Well I wish I listen to myself as I covered my dinner in the stuff and it was so bland and had no taste what so ever it put me right off my dinner!
Contains no artificial colours, flavours or flavour enhancers.
Ingrediants is potatoe starch, vegetable oil, wheat flour, salt, natural flavouring, colour and emulsifier.
Well they got the colour wrong and natural flavourings? There was none!
So I now will never opt for anything other than good old bisto!