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      23.07.2013 21:31
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      100% chicken breast which acts as a great snack

      I purchased my first packet of Mattessons fridge raiders chicken bites about a year ago now. They come in array of different flavours. Southern fried, piri piri, tikka to name a few. Southern Fried are my favourite.

      You can usually get a packet for around £1.19. Although prices will vary from store to store. You will also find a lot of places sell them at half price or do a buy one get one free deal. I find Morrisons have a deal on them more than other retailers.

      On the front of the packet it advises it contains 100% chicken breast which is reassuring. The packet usually contains around 12 (maybe more) chicken pieces each around 5cm in length. When you first open the packet you are greeted with a very strong smell of southern fried chicken which can put some people off. The appearance of the chicken bites may also put people off as they are moist and wrinkly. But once you taste them your opinion changes straight away.

      The 65g bag contains about 119 calories and 6.5g of fat which is better than a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar. I find them to be more filling and tastier than crisps. As they are also 100% chicken they have a good source of protein.

      I usually have at least a couple of packets a week and when the deals are on it will be a packet a day. I have never experienced a bad packet or even a bad piece of chicken for that matter. The quality of Mattessons Fridge Raiders is always superb regardless of which flavour you have.

      They are definitely my favourite snack and as long as Mattessons keep making them, I'll keep buying them.

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      09.11.2010 18:53
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      Pretty average

      I'm currently on a low carbohydrate diet so when out and about there is rarely a chance to buy a snack that I can munch on as everything is full of carbs. It was quite a nice miracle finding these bites.

      ***The taste***

      This particular flavour of chicken bites tastes pretty average in my opinion. Unfortunately, although it has a nice hint of spice which I rather enjoy, the chicken itself tastes almost watery. It hard to notice on the first few bites but after that, the taste gets dull very quickly and I find myself eating them out of pure hunger rather that pleasure.

      However, although the taste isn't exactly something to be excited about, they are very filling and your hunger will be satisfied with just the one packet. This is a good thing considering how much it is.

      ***The price***

      Although the price is bound to vary from shop to shop, I find myself buying these for about £1.20. (This is from Tesco or Londis). I can't say a price worth paying for unless desperate for something to eat like I usually am.

      ***Ingredients ***

      Chicken Breast (91%), Southern Fried Seasoning, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rusk, Cornflour, Dextrose.
      Southern Fried Seasoning: Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Sugar, Herbs, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Stabiliser (Sodium Tripolyphosphate), Spice Extract.

      ***nutrition***

      100g
      Energy kCal 184KCal
      Energy kJ 768 KJ
      Protein 20.1g
      Carbohydrate 3.3g
      of which sugars 0.6g
      Fat 10.0g
      of which saturates 3.3g
      Fibre 1.5g
      Sodium 0.5g
      Salt Equivalent 1.3g

      ***Allergy information***

      Contains Bran Oil, Gluten & Wheat
      May contain Nuts

      ***Overall***

      Although its a useful thing to carry around for when you get peckish or for your lunch box, the taste isn't fantastic and, in my opinion, the price isn't really worth it.

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      02.07.2010 19:05
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      5/5 a perfect snack

      I grabbed these from my local One Stop earlier this week as I was looking for a quick snack, and after looking through the crisps I fancied something a bit different.

      I noticed Mattessons Fridge Raiders in the fridge section, they also had Roast Chicken flavour but I picked up this bag of Southern Fried Chicken Bites as I am a big fan of pretty much anything with southern fried flavourings. At just under £1 (about 97p), they're a little more expensive than crisps but not that much and I thought that as this product was chicken bites it would fill me up alot more.

      These come in a foil ractangular packet, pretty similar to a bag of crisps, the packaing is blue, white and red with stars, which reminds me of the American flag and therefore Southern Fried Chicken! The packet informs you that these are 100% chicken breast which is always reassuring and that they are ready to eat, looking like a perfect snack so far.

      On opening the packet I was greeted with a strong scent, very much like KFC, and a peppery smell was also very pleasant. The packet contained 13 chicken bites which were each about 1cm wide and 5 cm in legnth. The coating wasn't crispy which was a little disappointing but the chicken was nice and moist and each bite was certainly very flavoursome. I was surprised by how fresh the bites tasted and noticed that they only had quite a short shelf life, but I prefer this than not knowing if my food's been sitting on the shelf for weeks. The bites weren't greasy, which I thought they might be and did taste delicious cold, as they're intended to be eaten.

      Nutritionally these aren't bad for you at all, this is something else which attracted me to these bites, at only 121kcal per pack and 6.5g of fat they're considerable better for you than other snacks. There is 0.8g of salt though (13% of recommended daily amount) which is slightly high, but as I said, nothing compared to other snacks.

      Overall, I really like these Southern Fried Chicken Bites and would definately pick them up again, or try the other flavours, when I'm looking for a snack. The price isn't too bad, and they're reasonably good for you, and they contain no artificial flavourings. As a snack these are so much more filling than picking up a bag of crisps and the taste and freshness are comparable to a much more premium product.

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      15.03.2010 12:50
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      Yummy!

      I love snacky foods so when I spotted these in a service station hat I stopped off at I couldn't wait to try these when I saw them and at 96p a packet (available in a variety of flavours and in supermarkets and places etc) I couldn't wait to give them a whirl as I'd never seen them till I purchased them and intrigued I was lol!

      The Packaging:

      Royal blue and cream coloured foil sealed, oblong bag. On the front I'm told that they are Mattessons Fridge Raiders, 'Bites', Southern Fried Chicken 'Made with 100% chicken breast' and that they are ready to eat. On the rest of the bag other information given includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed as is the weight of the product (65g), storage details and nutritional information is also given and contact details for Kerry Food Ltd are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough packaging and easy to open etc it all is.

      The Bites Themselves:

      Sort of small wrinkly and oblong in shape, sort of like shriveled up sausages with a slight spiced smell to them. Succulent, well seasoned and taste of mushed up chicken these actually are not one bit messy or smelly to consume and I really enjoyed them. There was a decent handful in my bag and I was unsure I'd like them as they are served cold but they tasted really, really nice and I was really impressed with the freshness and flavour of them. They are a good source of protein and only contain 119 calories a bag and contain no artificial flavours. They are what they are and they are a simple and rather healthy little snack in a bag! I can't wait to try other flavours in the range in the future!

      Nutritional Information Per Bag (65g):

      Calories: 119
      Sugar: 0.4g
      Fat: 6.5g
      Saturates: 2.1g
      Salt: 0.8g

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      07.12.2009 13:56
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      A tasty snack.

      When you are constantly on the go it can be difficult to find a quick snack that isn't crisps or sweets, so when I saw this on the shelf of my local Tesco's Extra I decided to try them.

      I'd usually be quite apprehensive about cooked chicken that is contained in a bag, but I decided to give these a try and they didn't disappoint.

      I would usually associate "southern fried chicken" with grease, but this product was the opposite. Although the chicken was moist it certainly didn't contain grease of feel fatty.

      Each 65g contains 119 calories and 6.5 grams of fat, which is less than your average packet of crisps and these are certainly more filling.

      Also, I noticed that the chicken content is 91%, I was quite impressed by this, because I've been watching quite a few TV programmes lately that have featured products with ridiculously low meat and cheese contents, even though they have "chicken" and "cheese" featured within the title.

      My only slight complaint about this product is that they bag is fairly large and the chicken doesn't fill it - I paid 82p for my bag and I feel that I could have got more chicken for my money, but overall this is a good product.

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      07.12.2009 10:33
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      Get Some Now While They're On Special Offer And Give Them A Try

      Fridge Raiders have been on special offer in Morrisons, the individual bags are half price so are costing about 26p at the minute which is a bargain for a nice unusual snack like this.

      The only thing that ALWAYS bugs me about these Fridge Raiders is that the bag is quite big but you don't get many pieces of chicken in there and the bag could easily be half the size!!! Rip off Britain!!!

      Fridge Raiders are pieces of chicken breast that look like the Chicken Satay you can buy off the deli in Sainsburys, it's 100% chicken breast so you haven't got to stress that this is one of those manky products like some chicken nuggets that contain only 30% chicken! lol

      The chicken is very soft and easy to chew, my sister is 2 and we give her these for a snack sometimes because my mum doesn't like her having too many sweets and even though this isn't a mega healthy snack at least it's not going to be full of sugar like chocolate and stuff like that.

      They do taste surprisingly like chicken, I know that sounds like a mad thing to say but they look like they've been messed with a bit and I always think it's majorly shocking that they actually do taste like chicken underneath the flavouring.

      The Southern Fried flavour isn't as strong as I'd like it to be, the chicken pieces are a bit spicy but I wouldn't have guessed they were Southern Fried if I hadn't seen it on the packet. There's a bit of a garlic flavour to them and I actually think they're quite nice, I prefer the Roast Chicken ones but that's only because they taste a bit more natural and have quite a good roast flavour.

      We quite often have these in the fridge because they're a nice change from biscuits and other sweet snacks, the only thing is that once you've opened the bag you have to eat them all quite quick because they dry up unless you put them into an airtight container. Mind you you only get about 10 pieces of chicken in each bag so you might as well eat them all before they have chance to go off! lol

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      07.12.2009 09:36
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      probs will buy again in future

      As my lunch usually consists of assorted snack items I decided to purchase these bites when I saw them in the chilled section at my local supermarket for a mere 97p. The packaging is very bright and colourul as it is on all Mattesons products and I decided to go for Southern Fried. There are also other flavours available including Roast, Hot and Spciy, Barbecue and Tikka.

      For chicken that is southern fried I was impressed with 100g containing 184 cals and as someone who watches what she eats I thought wow, I can have one of my favourite foods here and still button my jeans!I was also impressed with the sugar content.

      Here is the more detailed Nutritional Info:

      per 65g
      Cal 119
      Fat 6.5g
      Sat Fat 2.1g
      Sugar 0.4g
      Salt 0.8g

      On opening the bag, I did not get the strong and enticing aroma that SFC usually procudes, which was disappointing. There is a substainal number of bites per pack, although they look rather shrivelled and unappetising. I decided to trust the claims of 100% chicken breast being used and 91% product being chicken breast, and tucked in.

      The taste is ok, not like proper chicken is really but definately edible. I won't be buying again in a hurry but will deffo buy again, and I would recommend you at least give them a go.

      If however, like me, when you go SFC you expect more flavour, try Sainsbury's sfc chicken goujons from the chilled section- delicious and filling!

      overall: average snack pack

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      01.12.2009 12:41
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      Would recommend

      I was doing my weekly shop in Farmoods for only when I spotted a new snack that caught my eye it was Mattessons Frdige Raiders for 79p.I had never seen them before but I thought I would buy and give them a try. They are usual £1.07p in ASDA but I have also been them on offer in ASDA as well for 3 for £2. You will find this product in the cold meat section in the fridge isles in your local supermarket.


      Nutritional Information:

      The bag is 65g and contains 119 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, which is quite good considering that a packet of crisps in higher in fat and less filling.
      The chicken content is 91% which is surprisingly high as most products are just filled with "fake chicken" and the other 9% is just flavourings.
      The product has a sell my date of a month but let's be honest what is the chance of keeping these in the fridge for that time as most of us buy what we need at eat it within a week.



      There are 5 different flavours which availble for you to buy. There is Roast chicken, Chinese Spare Rib, Sweet Chilli chicken,Chicken Tikka
      Southern fried chicken. Although they are all different colours they all have the same logo and will be easy to find next time you are looking for them in the supermarket.


      Summary:
      I have tried most of the flavours of this product which I will also review later on but at this time I am reviewing the Southern Fried Chicken flavour.

      When I opened the packet I was pleasantly surprise with the amount of chicken pieces there was. However when I lifted one out it felt very moist and was not how I expected it to look. It had an unusual texture to it. They were kind of plastic,and squeaky. It tasted quite good though, and within a few minutes I had finished the whole bag.

      Although they do not look or sound very appealing at all they were actually very very nice and very filling. I would recommend this product to anyone who is a chicken lover. I would rate it 7/10 and the only reason why I am giving it this rate is because the look and feel of the chicken.

      I hope this review was of some used to you. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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      22.08.2009 15:38
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      I'm always up for trying something new to snack on so when I seen Fridge Raiders Southern Fried flavoured Chicken Bites in both Iceland and my local newsagents I decided to buy a pack.

      The pack is a strong foil packet which you open the way you would open a packet of crisps. You can buy other flavours including roast chicken, chicken tikka and even BBQ and each flavour comes in a different coloured bag. Southern Fried Chicken flavour comes in the blue bag. No matter the colour or the flavour though they each have the Fridge Raiders circle stamped proudly on the packet and the flavour is written underneath. There is also a small picture of three of these bites with 'Made with 100% chicken breast written underneath. Ready to eat it says at the top so no having to come home and cook these just eat them out of the bag.

      On the back of the bag it says 'Fridge Raiders ... The snack with a bit more bite'

      Made with 100% chicken breast
      Good source of protein
      119 calories per bag
      No artificial flavours

      Each 65g bag contains;
      119 calories
      0.4g sugar
      6.5g fat
      2.1g saturates
      0.8g salt

      As soon as you open the packet you are greeted by a funky savoury chickeny smell, smells a little worrying to be honest.

      To look at these erm 'chicken' bites they looked more like undercooked shrivelled up cocktail sausages, um strange don't you think!

      They have a wet and greasy feel to them and are quite bendy and flexible too. Well lets put it this way I don't know where they got their chicken from but I have never tasted chicken like it. They are soft to bite into yet now and then you bite into a hard bit which I just don't know what it is, they are quite chewy, cold and still quite wet too. The southern fried flavouring is weak to taste yet it absolutely stinks and isn't all that appealing to smell to be honest.

      Well put the chewy, watery texture aside and they are actually ... bland and tasteless!

      I don't know what meat they tasted like, it certainly wasn't chicken - I havn't sunk my teeth into anything so vile and chewy in all my life. 'Bite' is what it says on the packet .. not Chew like chewing gum to try break this processed flavourless crap down!

      Absolutely vile and a bag containing around 10 'bites' cost me a ridiculous £1.19 !! Silly me!

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        17.08.2009 12:13
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        Worth a try when they are on offer

        Being a huge fan of all meats, I decided to give Mattessons fridge raiders a try after seeing them on offer at my local Morrisons store.
        They were reduced to 52p a packet, down from the usual price of £1:04, which sounded too good to pass up.
        The fridge raiders are located in the fridge sections of most supermarkets, and are contained in a foil lined package.

        **Flavours**

        There are 5 flavours available, each one in a different coloured packaging. These are:

        Roast chicken
        Chinese Spare Rib
        Sweet Chilli chicken
        Chicken Tikka
        Southern fried chicken

        I purchased the southern fried chicken flavour, with the intention of trying some other flavours if I was impressed.

        **Taste**

        Upon opening the packet, I was confronted with about a dozen short chip shaped chicken bites, and hit with a very strong smell of southern fried chicken odours.

        I was a bit 'put off' when I picked one out of the packet, as it felt very moist, and not as I had expected it to look. There was an unusual texture to the bites though, nothing like eating a chicken nugget for example, they were kind of plasticky, and squeaky. It tasted quite good though, and within a few minutes I had polished off the whole bag.


        **Nutrition info**

        The 65g bag contains just 119 calories, and 6.5 grams of fat, which I think is really good, as most packets of crisps are higher than this, and the fridge raiders are quite a filling snack.
        The chicken content is 91%, which is surprisingly high, and the other 9 % is just flavourings.
        These packs have a shelf life of around 1 month, so they are very handy to pop into the
        fridge, without having to worry that they need eating within a few days.

        **Conclusion**

        To look at, and touch, and bite into, these are not very appealing at all. However they do taste fairly nice, and are a decent snack to keep in the fridge, for those times of hunger.
        I will definitely try the other flavours next time I see them on offer.

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          10.08.2009 10:19
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          a poor substitute for a meaty snack

          I have seen the adverts for fridge raiders plenty of times on TV, but I have never been tempted to try a packet. Yesterday, whilst being stuck at work, I needed something for lunch, and saw these on a half price offer. I can't believe they are usually nearly a pound for a small bag, and that would definitely have something to do with why I haven't bought any previously. However at 47p, I was willing to try them with my salad, as I thought they would provide my protein and give me something meaty to mix in with the leaves.
          I chose southern fried as this is a particular favourite of mine when I eat chicken dishes.

          Packaged in a small imitation crisp packet almost, these raiders are designed to look as though you can just pick them up, open the bag and eat as you would a packet of crisps. Giving off the impression that these are designed to be a snack food, I could see the appeal to make them something different to eat in a hurry.
          The packaging itself is a lot stronger than a crisp packet, but in my opinion it's not very interesting or appealing. I haven't worked out how the blue colour represents southern fried flavouring, but as there are a lot of different flavours, perhaps the colour blue was the only one left to use.

          Inside there aren't that many pieces of chicken which I thought was a bit disappointing. I was instantly glad I hadn't paid more for these. They would however be adequate for an addition to my meal.
          Each piece of chicken looked more like a mini shrivelled up sausage than it did a piece of chicken. The colour was quite dark, but I put this down to the southern fried flavouring that the product was obviously coated in.

          My salad looked as though I did have sausages plonked over it, and I think this put me in a different mind set when I took my first bite.
          There was definitely a southern fried flavouring coming through, but I wasn't sure the texture was anything that resembled chicken. It appeared to be a very reformed piece of something that was mashed together and rolled in some spices, cooked until shrivelled and left to cool before placing in a bag.
          Don't get me wrong the taste wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything exciting either. I didn't get excited about eating these and I certainly wouldn't have enjoyed them straight from the bag as a snack.
          Thankful for the leaves and coleslaw on my plate so I could hide the evidence and not have to look at what I was eating.

          Looking at the packet, I was convinced I was going to read that these were reformed meat, but was shocked to say the least when I read they were 91% chicken. More like 9%.
          Each serving which doubles as a bag contains 113 calories and 5.8 grams of fat. The calorie content is surprisingly low for around 10 pieces of chicken, which is another reason I was surprised to see they were actually chicken.

          At full price, this product is definitely one to stay away from. It represents no value for money at all.

          My overall opinion is in a nutshell "I've tried them and I won't be going back".

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            31.07.2009 20:04
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            Average Snack

            Have you ever experienced the disappointment when you expect a certain food to taste really nice, but then realise it falls into the reams of 'general quite average'? Well, that's exactly how I felt when I tasted 'Fridge Raiders Southern Fried Bites' for the first time.

            Found in the chiller section of the local supermarket or corner shop, you can buy a 65g pack of Fridge Raiders Bites for around £1.19. The nibbles are actually pieces of chicken described as "deliciously meaty bites, full of irresistible flavours" - a quote with which I would tend to disagree.

            Ingredients
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            This particular variety of Fridge Raiders contains;
            Chicken Breast (91%), Southern Fried Seasoning, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rusk, Cornflour, Dextrose, and Southern Fried Seasoning (Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Sugar, Herbs, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, and Spice Extract).

            Appearance and Taste
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            On first opening the foil-lined packet, I noted that the bites looked just like cocktail sausages, and shriveled little ones at that. Surprisingly, they actually tasted like sausage also, which is odd considering they are made from chicken.

            The flavour is rather watery and non-descript, with only a hint of the Southern Fried flavour which they are supposed to convey. I'm not going to say they were disgusting, as I did eat them all - it's just that as a snack, I found them quite bland with a soggy consistency.

            Final Word
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            I was unimpressed with the Southern Fried variety of Fridge Raiders Bites, and certainly won't be buying them again. That said, I'm now quite interested to see if the other flavours in the range ('Roast', 'Chinese Spare Rib', 'Sweet Chilli', and 'Tikka') are similarly bland - I'll keep you posted in future reviews.

            Nutritional info Per Bag
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            Calories: 119
            Fat: 6.5g
            Saturated Fat: 2.1g
            Sugar: 0.4g
            Salt: 0.8g

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