“ Brand: Mattessons / Type: Snack „
I never really fancied these at all because I'm not generally much of a meat eater and they look dried up and miserable on the front of the packet. However, with the holiday season fast approaching and a diet kind of started, I noticed that many of my healthy-eating friends were nibbling on these at break time at work.
I have now tried this roast flavour chicken variety both in the large size bags and the multi packs which gave three mini packs of the same product for the price of just over £1.00. I am not going to go in to the price I paid for these because the price seems to be constantly on the move due to the many offers. Lets say its usually somewhere between £1 and £1.80 (if you're unlucky) for the minis.
Yes at first look and feel, each little nugget of chicken does feel a bit rubbery and looks a bit dried up, but it isn't. I just think it's the texture of the coating that gives it that effect.
They actually taste quite delicious. The initial flavour is typical of that you tend to get on other roast chicken flavour products such as crisps, but as you bite into the chicken you get the real taste of a nice piece of chicken breast with no fatty bits or nasties - lovely. And that's from someone who can be very picky about her meat.
A large pack is great for fending off the munchies at break time and has to be healthy change from my usual sugary snacks which I have to add, rarely stop at just the one.
They are moreish though so I think if you bought the mini packs and were determined just to have one pack, then leave the others at home, or you might just eat the whole lot!
I bought the 3 mini packets that come together, they cost £1 on sale in Tesco. I am not normally disappointed with things I get on special offer but on this occasion I was.
The packet is shiny, has a nice yellow colour to it and well sealed. The mini packets inside have the same design and company logo on them. It also states the ingredients and nutritional values. It claims to be a snack to stop you being hungry and are great for lunchboxes. Well the packet is so small it would definitely fit in a childs lunchbox.
Each little packet contains just 5 very small strips of processed chicken. Its supposed to be kept in the fridge and served cold. The chicken is chewy, does not taste of anything apart from cold rubber and is generally not a nice experience. I would give my own kids actual chicken that I could cut into strips myself and give them more, with a better flavour. The product is aimed at adults as well and it no way would fill up an adult as a snack as theres so little meat there.
I will not be buying these again, they are a con for people who have no time to prepare anything, and they are so stuck together and look nothing like actual chicken. They are also a weird colour, and if you imagine a roast chicken piece, thats not it.
I have not tried any of the other flavours that they provide, and I would rather spend an extra few pounds on a real chicken breast packet.
Mattesons fridge raiders chicken
I bought these roast chicken fridge raiders because the family were complaining about a dearth of relatively low calorie savoury snacks in the house. They caught my eye as they were presented in a "3xmini [multi] bag" of 25g packets reduced from £1.89 to 89p at Tesco. What I didn't realise was that the full size packs are only £1.15 for 60g so the saving (although I was getting 15g more) was less than it appeared.
In the 25g packs there are 57 calories which is pretty good; there are also no artificial flavourings. The wife and I are knocking on a bit now and neither of us could read the stupid white writing against the lightisht yellow background without a magnifying glass, giving storage instructions which tell you to store below 5 degrees Celsius eat within two days of opening and that they are not suitable for home freezing as they've apparently been previously frozen. These claim to be 100% seasoned chicken breast, however although I don't dispute the claim of it being a 100% chicken boobies the texture looks and feels like it's reformed (reclaimed?) meat.
When we opened these the wife was baffled she thought I'd served her up cold day old wrinkled chips as this is what they look like at first glance under the dim Victorian era light thrown by the energy saving bulbs. What I and the family were really shocked at was that there are only 5 pieces per 25g pack (so I'm assuming there would be approximately 12 pieces in a 60g pack). I know this is a snack but we felt the quantity was a bit of a con and quite disappointing, I certainly wouldn't be offering my pack around my mates in the 25g pack size. Also the offer at Tesco was rather misleading as though the multi pack may be £1.89 (why!?) weight for weight they are certainly not half price.
The packaging says that they are ideal for kids lunch boxes (though I would dispute that as they are fairly high in salt) and I can see how the size of the mini bags might be suitable for a child or young person as part of a balanced meal or break time snack, a low calorie option to crisps perhaps. However for a full grown man or hearty woman they are a sad disappointment. The 60g packs as shown in the Dooyoo picture might prove more satisfying but then the calorie content is correspondingly higher.
Having picked them apart I have to say that they are really quite tasty and the whole family enjoyed them, and I can see how they could be handy not just as snacks but as additions to other meals. Used in baguettes, wraps, pitta bread etc with salad and dressings of some kind, or as additions to basic salads. The flavouring used gives them a different slant on plain chicken in these meal options. We also think they are a decent alternative to fatty oil soaked potato or maize snacks etc. Calorie wise with handy packaging they could be nice as an occasional treat if you really really like them, but not as satisfying as they are gone in a few bites. I do think that if you are following an Atkins style diet they could be very useful as a snack both at home and when out and about.
All in all I feel this product is a bit of a con you could get a whole garlic flavoured cooked chicken from the 'rotisserie' in the Tesco Deli for not much more (at full price), which would be more versatile a whole lot more satisfying and last longer. If you like the convenience your chicken could always be cut up into dinky little bite sized pieces and wrapped in cling film. These in my opinion are not worth the money especially at full price. We won't be buying again.
If I were rating these on taste alone I'd (if it were possible) give them about three and a half stars as they are pleasant enough. However they are such a massive con price wise I simply can't go above a two.
The company Mattesons first started in 1946 and was created by Richard Mattes, a German. The meats that Mattesson do seem to be very popular and there area few i love including their smoked pork sausage.
It was my children who first started asking me to buy this product about 2 years ago i think. They seemed to keep buying them from a local shop down the road. As they liked them so much i thought they would be ideal for their School packed lunches. The flavour they like is the Roast Chicken flavour; the other flavours available are Southern fried, Hot & Spicy, Barbeque and Tikka. There is a newer flavour out now too; Vindaloo. I havn't tried any of the other flavours and my kids only request this one.
The product packaging is colourful on all the bags; for roast chicken flavour it is mainly a darkish yellow, with some orange and brown. In the middle of the packet is a circle with the fridge raiders name written around the circle. In the very centre of this circle, it says 100% seasoned chicken breast. This product can be bought in mini bags (3 in a pack) of 35g each or in 65g bags. The chicken flavour contains 91% of chicken breast, palm oil, Rice bran oil, Rusk (wheat), cornflour and dextrose. Each small 35g bag has 70kcals. It also has sugar, fat, saturates and 0.6g of salt per bag. The product states that it is a 'good source of protein' having 7.2g per mini bag.
I actually quite like the taste of the roast chicken ones. They are flavoursome, meaty and a little salty. If my children see them in the fridge they don't last long. I have to keep reminding them that they are for their school lunches!
The 65g bags are usually around £1.19 each and the 3 x mini bags are currently £1.50 in Asda but their usual price in all the supermarkets is about £1.99. I try to look out for special offers with these, but it doesn't happen that often i'm afraid. However currently the 65g bags are only £0.69pence per bag in Sainsburys. Unfortunately, because of the shelf life (they must be kept in the fridge) you can't really buy loads! The pack i currently have, which i bought a few days ago expires on May 1st. The supermarkets sometimes vary re their pricing with these or they will sometimes have what they call special offers on at the same time, mainly with the mini bags. The last time these were on special offer at Sainsburys, the offer lasted for about 2 to 3 weeks. They do sell out fast when on special offer!
I don't really think their usual price is very cheap to be honest and unless i buy the 65g bags, i have to put extra foods like sandwiches in my childrens lunches as the mini bags really are mini. However, my kids do love them but due to this cost, i don't buy them all of time. Also there is a fairly high salt content, so they won't have these all of the time in their lunches.
Taste wise, i do recommend these; they are am ideal snack, ready to eat, no fuss and mainly for the children.
~~~ Fridge Raiders ~~~
A year or two ago I can remember seeing an advert on TV for Mattessons Fridge Raiders. It featured a bloke who turned into a werewolf and spent his nights raiding his fridge ... it was quite an entertaining advert but it didn't make me rush out to the 24 hour supermarket to buy myself a pack. Infact, up until today I have never even bought a pack of Fridge Raiders or even tasted one ...
Today, however, I was passing the fridge at my local Costcutter and they caught my eye. I had only popped out for a Lotto ticket and a bottle of milk too, but, you know how it is ! They were on offer so I bought three packs for the price of two. They usually sell at 82p a pack ... so three packs for £1.64 seemed like a bargain.
I returned home, popped them in the fridge and sat down to watch the X-Factor ...
~~~ Fridge Raiding ~~~
During an ad break during the X-Factor I jumped up to make a drink and whilst getting the milk from the fridge grabbed the Roast Chicken pack of Fridge Raiders.
My initial reaction after opening the packet was "Is that it ?" because despite the actual packet being quite large the "Bites" themselves are quite small and 80% of the pack seems to be fresh air ! In terms of taste they wer actually pretty tasty ... unlike other meat based snacks I have tried they didn't taste artificial and the "roast chicken" flavour tasted genuine rather than tasting manufactured. As I said before, however, each individual bite is quite small and as they are quite "more-ish" the pack was quickly emptied and I found myself wandering back to the fridge to grab another pack.
~~~ MMMMMMattessons ~~~
Each 65g pack of Mattessons Fridge Raiders contains 15 bite sized pieces of cooked and ready to eat chicken and the packaging clearly states that they are 100% "seasoned chicken breast". Of course the product itself isn't actually 100% chicken (that really would be too good to be true wouldn't it?) but on closer inspection of the packaging I did discover that they are an impressive 91% chicken ... which is considerably higher than similar meat snacks.
A pack of Fridge Raiders contains 111 calories and just 4.5g of fat and in addition to the original Roast Chicken variety also come in the following "flavours" ... Southern Fried Chicken, Barbeque, Tikka and Vindaloo. I bought the Southern Fried Chicken, Tikka and Original Roast Chicken ones.
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
Mattessons Fridge Raiders certainly aren't the best snack I have ever tasted but they are from the bottom of the list too. They are very meaty, they do taste quite authentic and they do come in a range of flavours that will appeal to a wide range of people. However, one pack of these didn't fill me up (which was disappointing) and I found myself wandering back into the kitchen to raid my own fridge ...
I'm not saying I have turned into a werewolf yet but I can now sympathise with the character I once saw on the Fridge Raiders TV ad as he must have been bloody starving !!!!!!!
I discovered these just a short while ago and I thought that they would be an usual snack for anytime of the day and so I bought some I noticed that not only did they come in Roast Chicken Flavour there were other flavours as well such as Tikka, Southern Fried, Barbeque and Hot & Spicy but this is my favourite flavour.
They are produced by Mattessons and they claim that they use 100% of chicken breast which they then flavour. Also they have put on the packet that it is a good source of protein and no artificial flavours have been used.
The chicken bites are very easy to eat and to digest and slides down very well indeed.
The size of the packet is a very handy snack size the Roast Chicken Flavour is in a foil yellow/red packet which will keep the product fresh. The actual size of the packet is 65g which contains 7% of daily calories 130 kcal, Sugar 0.6g 1% Fat 7.3g 10% Saturates 2.9g 15% Salt 1.0g 17%.
Ingredients: chicken breast (91%), roast seasoning, palm oil, rice bran oil, rusk, corn flour, dextrose.
Roast seasoning: yeast extract, salt, onion powder, wheat flour, garlic powder, and sage, natural. flavoring.
Allergens: wheat, gluten.
The cost does vary and it is best to purchase them when they are on special offer as if you purchase these individually are around about £1.99
This is a useful snack to have now again and it does make a nice change. You can eat them on their own or along side a dip or even put them in wraps with a selection of pepper, cucumber, lettuce.
I first noticed this product whilst shopping one day and doing my usual quick check of the back of the pack, found them to be a low calorie snack, so I thought I would give them a whirl. Im a healthy diet conscious person and am always on the look out for quick, protein, healthy snacks to eat on the go. With a busy job I try and ensure I pick snacks which will keep me going during the day. This product cost me 97p in sainsburys, which I think is a little high. The packaging easy to open, lined with foil and a snack handy size, keeping the contents fresh. The chicken itself is 100% chicken breast and fairly tasty, considering its a healthy snack. I often buy these now for at home and for taking to work as I like to be conscious of what im eating. Overall I would say these are a nice little snack for those who like to be healthy. You dont get a huge amount in the pack, but enough for a snack.
I really like a savoury snack and I'm also quite regularly on a diet, so my quest to find crisp alternatives is an ongoing battle. That's how I came across Mattesons's fridge raiders which are allowed on my latest attempt at healthy eating.
I picked up the roast chicken flavour in Tesco and started bringing them into work for my daily 3pm snack. So, how do they stack up against my usual nibbles?
The packaging is quite heavily branded with the Mmmmmm... Matteson's right across the top. This packet is yellow as it's the roast chicken flavour but each flavour has it's own colour.
The product comes in a foil pack to keep the chicken inside fresh so it is quite similar to a crisp packet or something. You can buy these individually in 65g bags or in packs of three mini bags of 35g. I've tried both and if you're using for a quick snack I would probably go for the multi pack.
The fridge raiders themselves are little bits of flavoured chicken. I think they taste okay but the texture is very 'processed'. The advantage of these products is the convenience because I couldn't be bothered or afford to cook a chicken breast and chop it up to take into work every day. However, real cooked chicken obviously has more flavour and more 'bite' to it.
The ingredients are:
Ingredients: chicken breast (91%), roast seasoning, palm oil, rice bran oil, rusk, cornflour, dextrose.
Roast seasoning: yeast extract, salt, onion powder, wheat flour, garlic powder, sage, natural. Flavouring
These are not suitable if you're allergic to wheat or gluten and may be made in a production area containing nuts. Quite obviously they're not suitable for vegetarians or vegans!
You can get these in a range of flavours, I haven't tried them all but available are: Barbeque, Southern Fried, Tikka and Hot and spicy. They're all available in most supermarkets.
You can get these for 97p for the 65g bag or £1.79 for the multi-pack in Tesco, but personally I would try and wait until there's some kind of deal on. I've bought these on special offer most times I've got them and currently there's 20p off the big bags making them 77p.
A 65g serving of these contains:
130 kcal (17% of adult's daily recommended), Fat 7.3g (10%), Saturates 2.9g (15%), Sugar 0.6g (1%), Salt 1g (17%).
So not that high in calories for a fairly satisfying snack but the fat, saturates and salt are worrying especially when these are marketed as being suitable for kid's lunch boxes.
These are far from being my favourite snack but when you need something quick and you don't mind that it's processed then I think they do fill a gap. I don't think I'd raid anywhere for them though!
I really like this product, I initially started buying them for my son as snacks, then one day I decided to try them, and ever since they have had me hooked.
The product is basically chicken pieces which can be eaten cold, they also come in a variety of flavours including southern fried, Chinese spare rib, barbeque and tikka.
I started experimenting with these recently and now use them for salads, with pasta, in wraps and use them to make sandwich fillers. My favourite way to use them is by making a kebab, obviously cold, and I guess it is more like a salad with pitta but they go really well with it and keeps me full all day.
They are great for diets or just as a healthy snack, they only contain 125 cals per bag and are made with 100% chicken breast.
They retail for approximately £1 per pack but are also available to buy in multipacks and big eat bags.
The only downside to this product is that they can be slightly greasy and in my opinion taste suspiciously like quorn, but that is probably why I like them so much, im not to keen on meat.
They come in a really handy bag, which is great for kids and god for packed lunches, they are a great alternative to crisps etc and are more filling.
I would say that they may not be for everyone but they are defiantly worth trying.
Nutritional Information per bag
Calories 125 (6% or the recommended daily allowance)
Sugar 0.6g (1% or the recommended daily allowance)
Fat 7.3g (10% or the recommended daily allowance)
Salt 1.0g (17% or the recommended daily allowance)
Mattessons Fridge Raiders are available from all supermarkets and are available in most garages and small local shops.
I'd seen these Mattessons fridge raiders bites before but never really been tempted to try them, So when I noticed them on offer in co-op at 52p I grabbed a pack to try.
They come in a foil packet and they are ready to eat. I choose the roast chicken flavour, The other flavours available are Southern fried chicken, Chinese spare rib, barbecue and tikka, None of which I really fancied to try.
On taking one out of the packet I was left holding what seemed to resemble a cold pale looking cocktail sausage left over from a party. The look put me off but I was brave and ate it. Well the taste was better then the look as it had a strong taste of the roast chicken so a thumbs up there.
They are made from 100% chicken breast meat so no worries about what other ingredients are mixed in with it like some nuggets have.
There were between 10 - 14 pieces in a 65g pack which would fill a small hole if you were peckish. Ideal for eating something very quick or a lunchbox filler maybe. Not something I'd personally want to leave in my fridge to be raided when fancied something to nibble on...
Each pack is worth 125 calories.
These are availabe to buy in all major supermarkets and some smaller stores like the Co op where I purchased them on offer price.
I'm a big chicken fan and like to indulge in some poultry several times a week, though not always to cook a whole bird to satisfy my cravings. Could there be a simpler way to get my "chickeny" fix? well thanks to Mattessons there is in the form of their Fridge Raiders, little bags of chicken bites that claim to "bring out your carniverous side"
I first became of aware of these when the downright odd advert for them was doing the rounds on TV, you know the one, the blonde guy is checking himself out in the mirror whilst scoffing a bag of these and changes before his eyes into a wolf?! then tries to leg it when his other half gets home...like I said, odd.
Anyway, I finally decided to give these a go last week whilst looking for something cheap and quick to eat in my local supermarket and I spotted these lurking in the deli section.
What do they taste like? well not all that chicken like to be honest, they have more of a savoury and herby flavour than a pure chicken one which is odd considering the packet claims to contain 100% chicken breast. They also left a greasy after taste in my mouth and repeated on me several hours later. These are not something to eat just before a hot date!
Each packet contains around 12 bites which look like cocktail sausages and feel greasy to the touch. They smell strange too.
I wouldn't go out of my way to eat these again, I would rather eat some proper chicken pieces or other savoury snack like a scotch egg instead. The only good thing about these really is that they have plenty of protein in them and only 125 calories per bag.
Having tasted similar Fridge Raider products I decided to give the roast chicken flavour a try. I picked up a 65g back from my local Tesco's Extra for 82p - and I thought these would make a handy snack to see me through to tea time.
You get about 15 bite-sized chunks of roast chicken and although they are rather artificial tasting and a little watery I still found them surprisingly tasty and I easily polished off the packet. In fact, my one complaint is that they bag is fairly large and the chicken doesn't fill it - I think Mattessons should give you more chicken for your money!
Each 65g contains 111 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, which is less than your average packet of crisps and they are more filling. However personally I prefer other flavours that are on the market, such as: the chicken tikka and southern fried chicken varieties.
The chicken content is 91%, which is quite impressive. I would eat these again, especially if the only alternative was a packet of crisps, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them. Three out of five Dooyoo stars from me.
Fridge Raiders have been on special offer in Morrisons for quite a long time, that means they are only about 26p a pack and even though you don't get many chicken pieces in a bag that's still good value.
They come in a range of different flavours but these roast chicken ones have always been my favourite. Fridge Raiders and made of 100% chicken breast, they have a "messed with" texture like they chicken satay strips you can buy on the deli in Sainsburys.
They're soft and don't need much chewing, that makes them perfect for my 2 year old sister to snack on because my mum doesn't like giving her too many sweets and chocolates. You still have to watch giving these to kids too often because they're a bit salty but at least they're not packed out with sugar too.
They honestly do taste of roast chicken, the main taste I think is a bit like the skin off roast chicken but under that you can also tell there is the flavour of proper chicken meat in it. I think the taste is wicked and very addictive, once I've opened a bag of these I can't rest until all of them are gone and it's been known before for me to eat 2 packs one after the other!
They have got a bit of a salty taste but that goes nice with the chicken flavour I think, normally I'm not mad keen on food that is salty but sometimes you get something that has mixed the salt just perfect so that it becomes part of the flavour. There's also a very faint greasiness in the Fridge Raiders but the same thing goes and it just makes it taste more like roast chicken. Your fingers don't get very greasy when you're eating them so it's obviously a part of the flavour.
The only thing to moan about with these is that all the Fridge Raiders come in quite big bags and that makes them seem a bit of a rip off because you don't get many chicken pieces. The bag could be about half the size I reckon.
I like to have some variety in my lunches, so when I spotted these on offer in Asda I thought that they would be a good change. However it wasn't till a few days later that I remembered they were in the fridge, but this didn't actually matter - because of the nature of this product and the way that they are packaged they have a naturally long shelf life of about 1 month.
The actual product is small pieces of chicken, in a roast flavour marinade. They are very nice although they don't seem to quite have the authentic chicken flavour, they do taste quite like it unlike some chicken products I've had, eg chicken noodles. They all seem to be very juicy and succulent, and thankfully its all totally very nice breast meat as I've had no experience with any fat or gristle!
There are around 15 pieces in the packet, normally more and each is maybe the size of a 2p coin. This seems quite good, but then the price really isn't very good value! You can expect to pay around £1.50 for a 65g packet, you could get 3 chocolate bars for that, or even a sandwich! So its no wonder that people don't always go for the healthy option when it costs so much more!
However, it is a much healthier option, being just the pure ingredients unlike so many sweets loaded with E numbers. There is just about 120 calories per bag, which is great for a quick snack. The down site is that there are rather moreish so if your hungry you will end up eating more than that 120 calories anyway!
I would say try them if your in the mood for something new, or on a diet and if there on offer then stock up!
I've eaten these a few times when I've had a longing for a meat-based snack, but I only return in the absence of a better option.
These are roast chicken flavoured apparently. They have a savoury, buttery flavour but it tastes quite artificial, not dissimilar to the flavouring on cheap roast chicken crisps. The flavour of the chicken itself is mostly lost, but they do have a reasonable texture.
Having said that, I DO like them. I could eat lots and lots of them actually, and therein lies the main problem. Each pack weighs in at only 65g, and contains around 15 of these (tiny) snacks. I find myself having consumed them in a matter of minutes; there simply aren't enough, even for a snack!
So, I should buy two packets, eh? but here's the second problem- fridge raiders are very expensive for what they are. Each packet costs (in my experience) between £1.60 and £2.00, so a reasonable portion would cost somewhere in the region of £4.00! To me this seems absurd, since they are only tiny packets of little pieces of reformed chicken. Perhaps as part of a packed lunch the size would be more appropriate, but it'll be quite an expensive packed lunch!
I'd recommend trying these especially if you find them on offer. They really need to introduce a larger packet size if they want to keep my interest though!
Roast chicken flavour chicken pieces in a bag.