“ Brand: Uncle Bens / Type: Sauces „
I'm not saying i'm lazy, but I don't tend to do a huge amount of cooking with sauces like this. I love to make Pasta Dishes, but the ones I make are pretty easy anyway, so nothing much to them. My favourite Meat is Chicken and although the sauce of Choice is normally Curry, I do like Sweet Chilli as well. I'd never cooked with the Sauce but after spotting it from the Uncle ben's range, which I've used quite a bit, then I thought this would be pretty user friendly.
The jar size is 500g and this normally costs around £1.50. There can be 2 for £2 offers on this range sometime, and the best before date is way in the future being the type of item it is.
This is in a simple glass jar. It has the label wrapped around it and looks quite appetising. The glass is see through on most of it, so you can see the colour of the Sauce and shake it a bit to see how thick or thin it is. It is a good medium consistency.
It says on the front that this is a mild Sauce, which it was kinda mild but with a bit of a kick to it. A nice flavouring though. It tasted oriental, with the thai spices, and a nice sticky sweet tang to it. Sort of tasted the hint of Pineapple and bamboo in this.
I cooked my Chicken, then tipped this whole jar into a frying pan. I kept stiring and folding the Chicken in, and this gave a good enough coating to the Chicken. The Sauce stuck to the Chicken well enough, but this Sauce dripped onto my Rice as well, which is what I like.
I didn't count the amount this made and how much Chicken I used, but this done 4 good sized servings with some Rice as well.
A lovely Sauce that makes a nice tasting meal. 1 I will be buying again.
I have tried quite a few of the Uncle Ben's range of cooking sauces, but this was my latest and also the first I have reviewed.
Like the other sauces in the range, it comes in a clear glass jar with an orange plastic screw top lid, and a label around the middle that has cooking instructions and nutritional information on it.
This flavour is Sweet Thai Chilli and it has a picture of a single chilli next to it, along with the word 'Mild'. It is described as a 'sweet and spicy sauce packed with crispy vegetables and spiced with red chillies and hints of lemongrass'. The cooking instructions suggest that you use it with chicken, and that you brown the sliced chicken in a frying pan for 3-4 minutes, then add the sauce and fry for another 4-5 minutes.
I imagine this would be nice with chicken or with pork, but I actually used it with prawns instead and it went really well. The sauce is quite thick, and is a deep orange colour. It tastes very sweet and sugary. There is a good amount of vegetables in it, including onions, green and red peppers, bean sprouts and baby corn. The jar says that vegetables make up 27 per cent of the ingredients which I think is quite good.
The sauce really is mild, so if you don't like spicy foods then there is no need to worry. If you are looking for something with a bit of a kick I think you would need to add some chilli powder of your own to the mix.
The jar size is 500 grams and is supposed to feed 4 people, however I think that is pushing it and I would generally not use this for more than 3. Me and my partner can easily have the whole jar between us.
Each serving of a quarter of the jar contains 129 calories, 23.9 grams of sugar, 0.4 grams of fat and 1 gram of salt. This is very sugary and if you are having half a jar like me, that amounts to over half your daily recommended sugar intake, so it is probably not a good idea to eat this too often!
I would probably buy this again, especially if I was cooking prawns again, as it was a really nice accompaniment. A jar costs £1.67 from Asda.
I'm not the worst cook on the planet so usually when it comes to cooking meals I do not look for short cuts by buying ready prepared cooking sauces instead using fresh ingredients however I do tend to keep the odd sauce mix or jar in the cuphoard for those occasions when time is prescious.
Hence I picked up this Uncle Ben's Thai Sweet Cilli Sauce for just such an occasion and I was pleasantly surprised with the results when I used it recently. I used my wok to fry in a little olive oil some chicken breasts which I first cut into thin strips and once these were browned I also added some mushrooms, once these had started to soften you just add the sauce, stir everything together and heat through for a couple of minutes.
The chilli sauce has a lovely sweet smell to it with a blend of chilli and spices, it is abright red colour and reasonably thick in consistency, I had to give the jar a bit of a shake at first but it came out smoothly.
As far as taste goes it is a mild chilli flavour, I certainly did not find it very hot at all, if you do want to spic it up you could always add some chillis to he mix you are frying in the wok to add some extra bite. It certainly gave the chicken a nice flavour and it would work with other meats or even fish I reckon.