“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Snacks „
I picked up some of these when they were on Sainsburys '3 party foods for £5' offer just before Christmas 2008 as I wanted some quick and easy food to do for a Christmas day evening buffet. Normally they are £2 for a pack of 10.
One the packet, they looked gorgeous! Chicken on a skewer marinated in what looked like a rich barbecue sauce.
You just took them from the packet and put them on a tray as they were designed to be cooked from frozen and it said that they took just 14 minutes. I cooked them for a bit longer as they were at the bottom of my oven as I was cooking lots of bits and pieces so I think they were in for about 16 minutes.
They looked good when I took them out although I'd recommend getting them off the baking tray while they are still warm as I let them cool and they did stick a bit (even though my tray is supposed to be non-stick). I plated them up and everyone made a beeline for them as they did look good, most of the family seemed to really enjoy them. They did have a pleasing sweet sticky flavour to them although I did find that the chicken was a little bit odd in texture - with the texture of brown meat rather than white breast meat which I don't personally like all that much.
Given that the meat wasn't all that great a quality, they were probably a little over priced at 20p each but the sauce was nice and the family seemed to enjoy them.
While choosing some party food from Sainsbury's recently I saw some delicious looking Chicken Yakitori Skewers which looked saucy and rich on the packaging, they were frozen so I picked up a couple of boxes for the New Year celebration I am having with my granddaughters'.
They are frozen and take just 14 minutes to cook on Gas Mark 6. Well, they are supposed to take 14 minutes but I left mine in for over 20 minutes and they still didn't feel like they were cooked properly. The skewers and outside of the chicken was beginning to burn but the meat inside felt a little slimy and had a strange texture to it.
In each pack I bought there were 10 decent sized skewers, each length of meat (excluding the skewer) was around four inches long which is much better than an Iceland equivalent I bought for my Halloween party. However of the 20 chicken skewers only three were eaten and that is for the simple reason that they are absolutely vile!
The skewers are made of chicken thigh meat rather than breast meat, which sounded fine in theory as I find thigh meat to be generally more moist in dishes such as this. Note I said 'in theory' because in practice this is the slimiest and most horrible chicken I have ever tasted, I actually spat out my mouthful and urged my granddaughter to do the same after I noticed her literally retching on it.
The chicken is in small pieces all threaded higgledy piggledy onto the skewer and I must admit they both look and smell nice, but there's nothing in fact I can say to redeem these skewers taste wise at all. Even the sauce they come in is not nice, it's a Japanese Yakitori and Soy sauce which is too salty and the ingredients don't seem combined properly to me like Sainsbury's have just taken the basis of an authentic sauce and threw it all at this chicken hoping that it will make it taste something like it's supposed to.
I just remembered what the flavour reminded me of, when I had my dog I used to feed it Winalot canned meat and these chicken skewers taste exactly how that used to smell. So yes, it tastes like dog food!
Each skewer, if you can bear to get through it, contains 55 calories and 1.8g of fat and costs £2 a pack. But don't bother, Sainsbury's have much nicer party food available than this and you could always marinade your own chicken thighs in Soy sauce for a more delicious meal.