“ Brand: Mattessons / Type: Snack „
I love my little snacks between meals, and more often than not I will have a quick bag of crisps (or 2), and often feel bad due to the amount of fat and / or calories consumed.
Therefore I have become quite a fan of Mattessons fridge raiders.
I purchased my latest bag - Tikka Flavour at my local morrisons store, for just 57p on offer. This is almost the same price as a bag of crisps nowadays!! Although it is worth noting that when not 'on offer' these bags usually retail for about 95p.
The fridge raiders are located in the fridge sections of most supermarkets, and are contained in a foil lined package.
There are 5 flavours available, each one in a different coloured packaging. These are:
Chinese Spare Rib
Sweet Chilli chicken
Southern fried chicken
I purchased the Tikka flavour, having previously tried the southern fried chicken flavour a few times, with hope that these would be just as nice.
Upon opening the packet, I was confronted with about a dozen short chip shaped chicken bites, and hit with a very strong smell of chicken Tikka.
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.
There is quite a strong after taste to the tikka flavour bites, although I guess that is to be expected with a flavour like tikka.
The 65g bag contains just 120 calories, and 6.8 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.
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.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2010
I like Fridge Raiders chicken bites, I know I'm not supposed to because they're not like proper chicken at all and I hate to think what they do to chicken to make it so spongy and weird feeling! lol I can't help it though and whenever I see them on special offer I buy a few bags..... special offer because NO WAY would I pay a quid for them when there aren't that many pieces of chicken in the bag.
These Tikka ones are delish, as soon as I opened the bag and got a whiff of them I knew they were going to be good because they actually smell like chicken tikka and not just a general curry or spicy smell.
They feel a bit greasier in my fingers than the other flavours of Fridge Raiders but that's ok because they don't taste greasy at all to me. The flavour is deffo tikka, I could tell that without even knowing what the flavour was meant to be because it has got a proper authentic taste. They're not spicey at all but I knew they weren't going to be because the texture of Fridge Raiders wouldn't go good with a spicey flavour because of how soft they are.
You can still taste the chicken through the tikka flavour but unfortunately you can taste a lot of salt in them, that's a bit stupid as well because Fridge Raiders appeal to kids more than adults and there shouldn't be that much salt in them that you can taste it.
Like I said, don't buy these if you don't like processed food because they don't feel like you're eating proper chicken. The chicken pieces are about 1in long and have got a soft and spongy texture as you chew them, they don't take much chewing actually because of how soft they are and that's bad news because it means you can scoff a bag tooooooo quick and then start on the next one!
Recommended..... but only to people who like processed chicken!!!
OK...I feel a bit embarrassed to be even reviewing these...but they are something of a guilty pleasure, and I find myself drawn to them time and time again. I'm usually able to resist - the price tag puts me off - at around £1 per 65g bag they are very pricey...even for snack meats...but when they have them on half price (as they do in Sainsbury's at the moment - 49p per bag) my willpower, and common sense, flies out the window and I buy a bag to guzzle on the way home from the supermarket.
They claim to be chicken Tikka flavour, and when you open the bag the smell of the flavouring really hits you and is pretty authentic. The taste is anything but - it is extremely mild - not really tasting of either tikka or even chicken...just of salt and additives. The texture is pretty odd too...kind of foamy - not too unpleasant but not recognisably like food! Also they look pretty dry but are actually pleasantly juicy.
The plus side - they are pretty low fat for meat - and contain no carbs...so great for atkins followers (if you guys are still out there!). They're also pretty filling, so for habitual snackers they do help to fill a hole
The downside - they don't taste of much...or like they should, and are pretty addictive for some reason I can't put my finger on! Like Macdonalds - you know it's not good but you just keep going!
When browsing the aisles in my local Sainsburys recently I saw these located on the end of an aisle as they are currently reduced from their usual price of 97p down to 48p and while I would not spend close to £1 on something like this I thought I'd give them a try at such a cheap price.
These Mattessons Fridge Raiders come in a few different flavours and I picked up the Tikka Flavour Chicken as I love anything curry/Indian related and thought these would make a nice treat.
The chicken comes in a little foil fresh bag, with 65g in weight of chicken. The chicken pieces are fairly small and there were at least 20 or so in the bag that I purchased. Each piece looks a little bit like a piece of satay chicken and as soon as I opened the bag I was hit with a very strong, spicy Tikka tandoori smell which made my mouth water and made me very optimistic about the quality of the product I was about to try.
The chicken itself looks fairly nice and when you bite in to a piece there is an almost watery feel to the chicken straight away, this was quite off putting and once I chewed through a whole piece of chicken it did improve quite a lot and had a fairly tangy, sweet yet spicy Chicken Tikka flavour which was fairly nice and not overwhelmingly spicy which is always good. The main thing that I felt with this chicken though was that it was a little too soggy and a little too moist for my liking. While I don't like my chicken to be dry and horrible it really felt like something had been added to this that gave it a very cold, wet texture and this was quite off putting.
Ingredients: Chicken Breast (91%), Tikka Seasoning, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rusk, Cornflour, Dextrose, Tikka Seasoning: Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chilli Powder (Chilli, Spice, Salt, Herb, Garlic), Lemon Powder (Lemon Juice, Maltodextrin), Yeast Extract, Acidity Regulator: Bicarbonate of Soda, Stabiliser: Sodium Polyphosphate.
I was very surprised to see that there was not any added water in the ingredients but perhaps the water is added to the 100% chicken breast which makes up 91% of the snack. The seasoning was fairly nice and you could tell that this was made using some real spices rather than anything too artificial but I was just put off by the whole thing and actually gave the rest of the bag to my young niece who seemed to thoroughly enjoy them.
Each 65g pack contains Calories 118kcal Sugar 0.2g, Fat 6.8g, Saturates 2.4g, Salt 1.0g so providing you enjoy these in moderation (if you actually like them that is!) then there is no reason why these can't be a very average addition to your lunchbox.
I would suggest if you like Chicken Tikka that you give these a try as you might find you like them as my fiance is actually quite a fan of these Fridge Raiders and will often purchase them (when they are on special offer anyway) but this is not my sort of thing at all and I would definitely prefer these with a far less moist, juicy kind of taste.
I am rating these 2/5 as the spice seasoning was very nice but the rest of the bite was just a little bit rough and moist in texture and quite off putting for me. I actually felt like I had really wasted my money and this is not a flavour I will be trying again.
I have not really tried any of the other Fridge Raider products so can't speak for those but then I'm not sure I would fancy trying them in the future as I have been quite put off by these moist soggy chicken bits.
I always like to keep a few bits in my house that I can just nibble on when I get hungry without any cooking - these tenjd to be things like pre-cooked cocktail sausages, scotch eggs - just things I can grab from the fridge and cram into my mouth when I'm a little peckish.
When browsing the chiller aisle in my local Asda, I came across fridge raiders. I'd seen these advertised on TV a few times, and decided I had nothing to lose by giving them a try . They had various flavours on the shelf - roast chicken, southern fried chicken, and chicken tikka . I like a little spice, so popped the Tikka flavour into my trolley.
The pack is a foil pack, in cream and red,with an image on the front of what the fridge raiders look like - basically golden brown rectangular pieces . The packaging tells us that the meat used to make these is 100% chicken breast, and that the overall chicken content in these is 91% - which is actually pretty good. The rest of the ingredients are assorted herbs and spices, oils, soya flour and starch. There are some allergy warnings on the packet telling us these contain wheat, milk, gluten, and soya . It also lets us know that these have been packaged in a factory that may produce nut products .
Each 70g bag contains 113 calories with 5.2 g of fat .
Opening the bag, you get a nice waft of Tikka spices - I can smell cumin and garam masala . The fridge raiders themselves are quite thin strips, perhaps 3 cm long, and are coated in a golden brown colour . Picking one up, it immediately feels quite greasy and rubbery, and sort of wet. I'm not too keen on the texture of these when holding them .
Biting into one - I can see that the inside is little bits of chicken flecked with spices, all a kind of orange colour. The taste is odd - somehow these manage to taste moist yet dry at the same time, perhaps something to do with the combination of spices . They taste fried, which I don't particularly like. While the tikka flavouring is relatively pleasant, I actually found it hard to taste the chicken itself .
I found these took a lot of chewing, and had a slightly unpleasant feel in the mouth - grease mixed with rubber, not tasty.
I won't be eating these again - I don't like greasy tasting food, and I hate the slight rubberiness of these . I quite like the mild tikka spices, but if I'm paying for a chicken product, I want to be tasting chicken when I eat it .
These cost me £1 in Asda , which isn't that expensive considering there are roughly 12 in a pack, but even a low price wont make me put one of these in my mouth again .