“ Type: Snacks / Brand: Marks & Spencer „
While placing my order with M&S for my granddaughter's 'posh' 13th birthday party I just had to order these Mini Chicken Kievs as I absolutely adore them and these looked particularly nice.
They are certainly not the cheapest Chicken Kievs at £8 for 24 bite sized pieces, but in comparison to Bernard Matthews (still delightful) Mini Kievs these are completely luxurious and delicious.
For a start, it's obviously that the chicken used is real chicken which has simply been stretched and secured into place around the garlic filling. It hasn't been chopped, reshaped and reformed and just looks and tastes like proper chicken as you'd slice from a joint. The chicken is tender with absolutely no lumps of gristle, it's obviously a high quality meat which has cooked to a pale and delicious finish.
The breadcrumb coating is deliciously fresh and cruisps up beautifully in the oven. I was impressed with the consistency of the coating actually, I like how evenly it warms through and the fact that you don't get parts of the coating that have blackened while heating which I find Kiev products tend to be notorious for.
The sauce inside is absolutely wonderful. It's a thick and creamy filling which is a beautiful blend of soft cheese, garlic and herbs. It compliments the flavour of the chicken wonderfully and makes these taste so luxuriously moreish that it was a miracle that I actually ended up putting some on the buffet table as I honestly felt like keeping them all for myself! The sauce isn't overly flavoured with garlic but the combination of this and the herbs has given the Kievs an excellent tanginess, which is made to seem so very rich thanks to the addition of the creamy soft cheese.
Another thing I was impressed with was that out of the 25 Mini Kievs (yes, I know I said 24 earlier but the person who packed my order evidently can't count!) not a single droplet of the creamy filling leaked out of them while cooking. Usually I hate cooking any type of Kiev as the mess they leave on my baking tray simply isn't worth the hassle in my opinion, however the only mess on the tray after cooking these was the merest smear of grease where each Kiev had sat.
Everyone adored these Mini Kievs at my granddaughter's party and at least three people asked if I'd made them myself as they have such a delightfully handmade appearance and flavour. Unfortunately I couldn't take the credit for them but I'm sure I've helped improve M&S sales of this product as the same three people said they were definitely going to order some!
These Mini Chicken Keivs can be frozen so if you have the room in your freezer why not buy a packet and freeze them for Christmas. It's going to be a stressful festive period financially for many people this year and buying this kind of delicious party food well in advance and freezing it will ensure you still have your delicious luxuries on the big day.