Product Type: Tesco Spread
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Tesco Healthy Living Coronation Chicken Filler
Member Name: 85fiona
Tesco Healthy Living Coronation Chicken Filler
Date: 26/02/12, updated on 26/02/12 (99 review reads)
Advantages: tastey, low in fat
Disadvantages: slightly pricey
I take a packed lunch to my work every day (saves the pennies, would cost a lot more if I just bought my lunch at work). I usually take sandwiches with me as that's easiest, so I am always looking for different sandwich fillings to keep me from getting bored.
I don't often buy the pre-made sandwich fillers as I feel they are a bit expensive and also all seem to be full of high fat mayonnaise. Last week I decided to go for one of them since I hadn't bough any in a while, while looking at the selection available I spotted the reduced fat coronation chicken filler. I love coronation chicken and since this was a reduced fat version my mind was easily made up on what to go for.
The tub is 230g and currently costs £1.45 (it is also in an offer at the moment of any 2 selected sandwich fillers for £2.50), though weirdly enough the normal coronation chicken comes in a tub of 250g for the same price, so you are getting a slightly worse deal for trying to be healthier, kinda annoying! The tub itself is clear plastic with a coronation chicken label on it, the tub can be closed again and again after use to keep it fresh which is very useful.
Coronation chicken was invented for and named after the 1953 coronation of queen Elizabeth, a florist by the name of Constance Spry and a chef by the name of Rosemary Hume are credited with its invention, it is thought to be have inspired by a dish called jubilee chicken (named for the silver jubilee of George V in 1935) which is very similar. Coronation chicken is basically bits of cold cooked chicken in a curry/mayonnaisey/creamy sauce mixed with fruit such as mango, apricot or sultanas and sometimes nuts like almonds. It is a tasty sandwich filler and also goes great on a baked potato.
The tesco reduced fat coronation chicken contains 147 calories per 100g and 0.8g of saturated fat, this is compared to the full fat version which contains 310 calories per 100g and 2.0g of saturated fat, so you are more than half the amount of fat and calories in the reduced fat version. The main ingredients are cooked chicken breast (obviously), reduced fat and normal mayonnaise (more of the reduced fat stuff than normal), dried apricot, sultanas, medium curry paste and mango puree.
The taste of the sandwich filler is lovely. The sauce is creamy and curryish without being spicy (I'm a wuss when it comes to spicy food, even the slightest nip to it and I can't eat it!). There are enough bits of apricot and sultanas without it being overpowering (I'm a big fan of sweet and savoury mixed together, pineapple pizza = mmm if that's not your kinda thing I'd give coronation chicken a miss). My only slight disappointment is that the chicken pieces are a bit big, so when you put it on your sandwich you end up with a load of sauce and no chicken in some places. I managed to fill 3 largish rolls with this filler (so 3 days worth of lunches) but my third roll had more in it than the other two, so I imagine I would be able to stretch it to 4 or even 5 rolls if I was trying to be extra thrifty.
I would definitely buy this again, it is a great change from my usual sandwich fillings and it has that pre-made sandwich filler convenience without being full of fat and calories. So if you like coronation chicken then go for it, If you don't know if you like coronation chicken then give it a go also, you might love it :)
Summary: totally delish sandwich filler
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