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One of my most recent campaigns has been for a range of 'So Juicy' seasoning mixes from Maggi. These handy little packets are designed to provide everything needed to effectively marinade and season chicken (either chicken breasts or drumsticks) and come in a range of different varieties - with each pack including a handy cooking bag.
I was provided with a decent selection of flavours to try from a pretty extensive range; including Mexican Chicken, Tomato & Herbs and Tuscan sausage - the only variety from the selection designed to be used with a different kind of meat. The BBQ chicken variety was the one that instantly appealed to my oldest son and it was the first that we tried as a family.
I do cook a lot of chicken for my sons so I was interested in trying this range, especially as the cooking method sounded pretty simple. I don't like too much preparation prior to cooking and the Maggi So Juicy products really don't require any preparation or cleaning up afterwards, which is always a bonus for a busy parent!
Like the other varieties, the coating can be used with either eight chicken drumsticks or four whole breasts. Personally, I feel that a BBQ coating lends itself perfectly to drumsticks so this is how I have used it. I found the perfect opportunity when I had the in-laws round for a buffet lunch a few weeks ago. BBQ drumsticks seemed the ideal accompaniment to a range of buffet items.
As I hadn't used the range before, I studied the instructions on the packet very carefully and followed them to the letter. Fortunately, the guidance is very clear and easy to follow with just three simple steps to follow. My ten year old son was the most enthusiastic about this new concept so acted as my 'sous chef' for the occasion. He was most excited about the teeny little folded up plastic bag which, when unfolded, opened out into quite a substantial bag with plenty of room to fit the drumsticks in. The dry powdered seasoning then needs to be tipped out from the lower part of the sachet and the bag tied securely with the little tie provided.
The second step is to coat the chicken thoroughly by mixing and turning the pieces from inside the bag. This step really appealed to my child helper and proved a great way to get the kids more involved and interested in cooking. Once thoroughly coated, the bag needs to be placed within a pre-heated oven, with the chicken pieces spread out as much as possible. It proved a little difficult to spread the drumsticks out evenly, as they were inside the bag, but this didn't appear to have any impact on the overall results of the cooked chicken.
The packaging does warn that the bag will expand, so advises placing the chicken on a lower shelf. I was a little alarmed by this warning and kept an eye on the bag whilst cooking - expecting it to have billowed out to the size of a hot air balloon within seconds. I actually found that it was almost towards the end of the cooking time that the bag really starts to inflate, so don't be concerned if it doesn't seem to be expanding during the first half of cooking time.
Cooking the drumsticks takes slightly longer than breasts, so this took an hour to cook thoroughly (compared to 35-40 minutes for breasts.) During the cooking time, the oven was giving out some really tempting smells so my son was desperate for his first taste!
The hour long cooking time was an accurate estimate, and the drumsticks were all thoroughly cooked, despite being quite thick ones from Sainsburys. Most importantly, the dry powder had transformed into a rich and attractive looking saucy brown coating, with a pleasant and distinctive barbecue aroma. When biting into the chicken, the meat was so soft and tender that it was literally falling away from the bone and the 'so juicy' name proved to be pretty accurate with the chicken feeling moist and juicy. Both sugar and salt feature high on the list of ingredients but, despite that, the chicken was not at all overpowered and did not appear to be overly salty but did have that moreish sweetness you would expect from a barbecue style coating.
For those worried about the health aspects, the packet does offer the reassurance that it does not contain any added MSG, hydrogenated vegetable oil nor any artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. Despite this, the packets do have quite a lengthy shelf life so these should prove to be a handy store cupboard items for those days when I run out of inspiration!
I served this slightly warm as part of a buffet and they proved to be a real hit with my guests and, crucially, with my kids who can be fussy about any new foods. In total, I think my oldest son wolfed at least three of these drumsticks down so he certainly had no complaints to make. (I did regret not using the other packet too!) He begged me to try some more and we subsequently went on to try the Tomato and Herb variety. I have to say, out of the two flavours, this BBQ was the preferred option and is the one that we are most likely to purchase again, particularly for use with a buffet selection as they are an inexpensive, popular and easy to make addition.
The Maggi So Juicy range is widely available from most major supermarkets with the individual packets costing around 99p. I have recently seem then on offer at Morrisons for half price, so just 50p per packet, so it may be worth waiting for any promotions before trying the range. I can certainly recommend the BBQ flavour and have appreciated a new method of cooking chicken with minimal preparation and no clearing up afterwards (apart from licking sticky fingers!)
We eat a lot of chicken in our household, but often it's a struggle to think of something new to make, especially when, like me, you're not exactly an amazing cook.
That's why I was attracted to the Maggi So Juicy range when I saw it in Asda. At the time they were on special offer of 50p, and that low price, plus the promise of an easy cooking experience leading to delicious food sold me almost instantly.
Since then I've tried many products in the range and but for today I'm going to talk about So Juicy Mexican Chicken.
My initial thoughts on packaging are always, wow that's bright. All the packets are a really bright yellow on the top, with a picture of the food you're aiming to make underneath, while the Maggi brand stands out in a red bubble. It makes the text easy to read, and the packets themselves easy to see on the shelves.
Actually using the product is easy. The packet comes in two connected sections, the top containing a bag and tie, the bottom the powdered seasoning that you add to the meat.
I've always found ripping open the packets easy -- almost too easy if I'm honest, as on one occasion I ripped too eagerly and lost a lot of powder when the bag tore too much. Of course that was totally my fault, and I'm sure most people do the sensible thing and use scissors.
Once you've opened the top section you'll find a bag and small plastic seal. After opening the bag, drop in the meat and any veggies if needed, add the powder from the bottom section, fasten the bag with the included seal and then shake and put in the oven. It's that simple.
At least it should be. While I have no problem using the seal, my other half has hand issues that make it almost impossible for him to steady the bag while threading the seal into itself. Also, you have to make sure you shake the bag really well to evenly coat the meat, or else you'll end up with unseasoned chicken and clumps of seasoning at the bottom of the bag at the end of cooking.
The Maggi website says Mexican Chicken So Juicy has a 'delicious mix of spices -- coriander, cumin, chilli, garlic and paprika' and I agree with this. You can taste the different spices, and while it's never going to be as layered as a slaved over meal made with a variety of spices, it still hits the spot very well.
Plus, and this is a great bonus for me, the chicken always comes out moist, hot and delicious -- unless you forget about it and get something that could be used for shoe leather. Not that I've ever done that ....
The Maggi Website says you should cook either four chicken breast for 45-50 minutes or 8 chicken drumsticks for 50-60 minutes. I've done both, and both times the timing were perfect. It's also suggested that you add chopped onion and red and yellow peppers, which really do taste great with the spiced seasoning.
But most times I use diced chicken, which I can buy cheap, and throw in any veggies I have at hand. Onion, mushrooms, sweetcorn, they all taste great.
Right now -- 14/3/2013 -- you can buy the Mexican Chicken So Juicy for 99p at Tesco and 70p at Asda, but it often goes on offer, so keep an eye out.
In conclusion, I really like the So Juicy range and especially Mexican chicken. It's got a lovely taste and best of all, makes making meals easy. Open the packet, open the cooking bag, put your meat and veggies inside, add the seasoning, seal the bag, shake the bag, bung in the oven. It's that simple.
Just don't forget that good shake, because without it you will end up with unseasoned food and clumps.
Like most of the reviewers I bought these recently when they were on offer in Asda. I tried two - the BBQ chicken and the Smokey BBQ Rib mix.
I loved the way the chicken cooked in the bag, it really did keep the juice in and made the coating nice and sticky and flavourful.
However I found the cooked product particually salty. I am not one of the anti salt brigade, but according the the BBQ rib pack I have left there is almost 20% salt by weight in this particular mix. From memory the chicken one was even highter. The chicken and ribs were tasty, but after a while I started to get the dry lip feeling you get when swimming in the sea, and for the rest of the evening was really thirsty! My partner and I did eat rather a lot, so perhaps this wouldn't have been as bad had we stuch to the single chicken breast each...
Such a shame this product is so salty, could be really good. I only really bought these to try but won't be buying again.
I did really like the cooking method, and have successfully replicated it with foil, so really no need to buy these expensive little bags of salt in future! Just added various spices, garlic and herbs a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to meat and wrapped it in foil to bake. Longer and slower seems to work best.
At home, my mum struggles to find something the whole family will eat, as we all tend to be very fussy! Just about the only thing that she has managed to find is chicken. Roast chicken, breaded chicken and chicken wrapped in bacon were among the winners. However, these options get old quite quickly and she was always on the lookout for something new using our shared favourite ingredient. And finally, we found something!
Maggi So Juicy chicken spices are wonderful! They are around 50p for a sachet of dry spice/flavour mix and that includes the handy disposable chicken steam bag and tie. These flavours for chicken come in a wide varitey including sweet and sour, barbeque and tasty but simple garlic.
Now these flavour sachets are different to most other brands. Basically, you pick the flavour you want to use and then the cut of chicken. We usually use chicken breast, but you can also use thighs, or even wings. Then, you take the bag that comes in the sachet in the seperate section at the top. It is quite large so you should have no problem fitting the meat in. Then once the meat is in the bag, sprinkle in the flavouring. Tie up the top of the bag, using the tie provided and smush (technical term) the chicken around so that it becomes completely coated in the dry mixture. Pop the bag into the oven on a tray and 30-40 minutes later (depending on the cut of chicken you used) you will have gorgeous juicy chicken.
I have tried the sweet and sour and the barbeque flavours of this chicken and each time it has been consistently good. The chicken comes out very juicy and tender which means it is a favourite for everyone. The extra flavour from the spice mix really packs a punch too and they are complementary to what otherwise might be a very dull meat.
I love chicken and find it so versatile but often struggle to find new and different ways to cook. While out shopping at Asda I came across the Maggi range, they have so many different options to choose from and with Asda selling them at 50p a pack I decided to give them a go.
The first one I tried was a spicy cook in the bag sauce. This came with a easy to use cook bag and a seperate seasoning sauce, you simply put in the required amount of chicken in the bag and sprinkle in the chicken, give the bag a good shake and pop in the oven for 30- 40 mins. I must admit I did cock this up at first by putting this in a cooking dish and not a a tray which resulted in the chicken being burnt put it was completly my fault but did still result in great tasting chicken which was well cooked and very juicy. Me and my flatmates were very impressed with this and wanted to try out more from the range.
The second one we tried was a bit different, it was a lemon herb chicken bread crumb which required the addition of an egg to cook this. First you beat an egg dip the chicken in the egg and then roll in the Maggi bread crumb seasoning them bake on a oven tray for 30 mins. This one proved to be more tasty than the first with its zesty tang of the lemon and the crunch of the bread crumb crust it made a great tasting chicken meal.
Although these do make great chicken I will say there are a few problems you will come across when using this. One being when you sprinkle the seasoning into the roasting bag, it takes a while for the seasoning to evenly spread onto all of the chicken and if your not careful you may end up wioth some pieces which are not seasoned and some which are over seasoned. The ones breadcrumbs seasonings are quite messy and you do end up with a lot of the seasoning stick to your fingers.
However taking this into consideration I will definatly recommend these as a cheap but tasty way to cook chicken and say if you spot them in the supermarket pick up a few different packets for yourself and give them a try they are well worth it.
Maggi So Juicy is an easy alternative packet seasoning which is a quick, cheap alternative to making your own. It promises to be low fat and tasty and comes in a range of flavours including sticky BBQ chicken and Garlic. You can also buy it for ribs and beef. It has become a regular in my cooking as chicken is a big part of my diet. It is just so easy and anyone can do it. All you need to add is chicken breasts.
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This product retails at around 50p.
Maggi So Juicy is a packet of powder seasoning in a range of flavours. With this you get a cooking bag. You add your own chicken. You put the seasoning and the chicken in the bag and cook for the allotted length of time. When you take it out of the oven the chicken is well cooked, tender and juicy (lives up to it's name!) with the flavour soaked all of the way through. The flavour even feels as if the chicken has been marinating for a long time more than it is!
I have tried all of the flavours and they have all been delicious. They are good to have with mash or new potatoes!
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The packaging is bright a colourful, with the Maggi logo, and the product name. It has the nutritional information on the front and really stands out on a shelf, which is why I bought it in the first place!
When it comes to chicken I love the stuff as I find it so versatile and I buy it weekly. However I am not overly keen on just plain chicken so when I spotted this bag of seasoning mix from Maggi on offer in my local Asda store for 49p I decided it was worth a go!
Yellow and red plastic bag and on the front of it there is photograph of the coated chicken and we are told that i is Maggi , So Juicy 'Cooks in the bag in is own juice', Sweet & Sour.....'For Chicken' and that all you have to add is 4 chicken breasts as the bag & seasoning mix is including and there is an at a glance nutritional chart. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being shown and told how to use it and cooking instructions are given, ingredients and a full nutritional chart is listed as is the weight of product which is 33g and contact details for the manufacturer is given. Nice, informative packaging this is and the instructions given are very clear indeed.
To use this is really simple. You simply rip open the top of the outer pack and inside of that there is a plastic bag and in that bag there is a small plastic tie and you simply open it up and pop the four chicken breasts within it. In the bottom part of the bag there is an tomatoey fragranced mix which is orangy in colour and you simply have to chuck that mix in and give it a shake to mix it all up, then you pop a couple of holes in the top of the bag, tie it up to one end and place it all in the oven. for 4 chicken breasts it cooks in about 35-45 minutes and for 8 drumsticks about 55-60 minutes. This is very simple to mix up and cook and when cooked the powder has sunk into the meat and for the most part with a little orange coloured sauce.
Taste wise this gives us really highly tasting, moist chicken. The sweet and sour version of this gives a nice sweet and sour natural flavour to the meat with a subtle hint of garlic flavouring. It is well seasoned and naturally and not overly sweet and is great served with some nice rice or pasta or whatever you fancy really.
With only 161 Kcal per 130g of chicken and the seasoning ad 0.4g of saturated fat this is a serving that won't hurt your hips and is full of flavour and turns a boring bit of plain chicken into something that looks, smells and above all tastes really good!
This i available in all good supermarkets at about a£1.29 a bag and its worth every penny!
I have seen this product advertised on the television quite a lot recently and thought i would give it a go. I saw it on sale in a brand name supermarket for a decent price so i picked one up. I chose the garlic chicken flavour. I Was a little dubious that it would be dry but couldn't resist giving it a try. It's SO simple to make and is a great change from other chicken recipes. It comes with it's own baking bag which you pop the chicken and spice in. Just seal it with the clip provided, shake to coat the chicken, poke a few holes in the top of the bag and chuck it in the oven. I cannot describe how delicious and juicy the final result was! When i removed it from the packet, it looked as though the spice hadn't coated the chicken properly. I was wrong! It was full of flavour and the juiciest chicken i have ever eaten. I would recommend this to anyone. Truly delicious!
I'm always on the look out for quick, cheap and easy ways to make healthy dinners for my family. I like to cook with chicken a lot as it's easy to keep in the freezer and have on hand to serve up with salad or potatoes and vegetables. I like to add some flavour to my chicken though but it's always hard to think up new ways to serve it so when I saw an advertisement on television recently for So Juicy I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did.
So Juicy is basically a seasoning mix that you add to chicken. The difference with this product as opposed to other flavourings is that it comes with it's own plastic bag that you cook the chicken in. I was a bit worried about this at first as I was hoping it did come with a bag otherwise I probably would have had to cook my chicken in a Tesco's carrier bag and I'm sure it probably would not have turned out for the best!!
The seasoning comes in a packet, just like a Coleman's sauce mix. You peel open the top of it and in there you will find the clear plastic bag. The chicken is then amazingly easy to cook. You basically pop your chicken pieces into the bag, sprinkle over the seasoning mix and secure the bag at the top with a little plastic tie, also included. I like to then shake the chicken around so it is all covered with the mix. The really nice thing about this mix is that you don't need to add anything else to the chicken, no oil or water so it's a healthier option than other ways of cooking chicken. You then just pop the chicken in the oven at the desired temperature for the desired amount of time (this is indicated ont he packet) and then it is done. I find it's best to take the chicken out a bit sooner as they say on the packet because the first time I think I overcooked my chicken just a bit.
The results were amazing. I use the herb flavouring mainly but I have also used the sweet and sour flavour which was great too. The chicken was so flavourful after using this product. It was like the chicken had been soaking in the sauce for hours, not just half an hour. The chicken was moist and not dry in any way. It was a really strong, tasty flavour and in my opinion a great way to cover chicken!
Cook in bags with a punch of Maggi flavour. Four flavours to give dinner some excitement.