Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice

Well here we go in the first of our Micro Monday Tuesday theme, I thought it would only be fitting to start with a ready meal. This week we go to Tesco for their Chicken Curry and Rice. The packaging describes it as being.

Tender pieces of chicken breast in a mild curry sauce served with rice.

It also adds that there are “no artificial preservatives, flavourings or colours” something that is always good to know.

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and RiceCurry is such a bland term, I may have said before it’s not really recognised by the Indians, it’s more of a westernised term for gravy or sauce. There are many, many different varieties of curries in Asian food that one generic term doesn’t cover it.

Mico Mondays – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Ingredient List

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Ingredient List

This was nice, nice is another bland word I know lol but i don’t know another word to use really. It didn’t set my world alight but I certainly eat it again. Going back to my comment earlier about the different types of curries, this was a little like a Korma. From the first mouthful I could taste coconut in it, this was confirmed by the ingredient list (above). The ingredient list states that the dish contains coconut cream, that gives it it’s rich taste.

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Cooking Times

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Cooking Times

The cooking times (above) were a bit confusing, there is too much repetition and I, honestly feel, that this would confuse someone with a learning disability. I am not electrically minded but even a no-mark like me knows that there is a distinct difference between 650W and 850W so why do the instructions not really reflect that. I have to worry that some people have difficulty in cooking their food because of the timings.

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Nutritional Information

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice Nutritional Information

The nutritional information is clear and concise with 465 calories per meal. I’m not dieting during the new year but I am trying to eat a bit more sensibly so I will be trying to get my head around calories and what is healthy and what isn’t :)… can you help? Let me know by emailing us or joining us on social networking.

My only observation is that there was a lot of rice, for me, and it’s just a personal opinion the ratio of rice to sauce wasn’t balanced well and I ended up leaving some of the rice.

5 stars

5 stars

As I said earlier I would order this again, but it wasn’t the best Tesco Ready Meal I’ve had (hence the 5 stars).  The rice, although in my mind too much, was fluffy and easy to eat, the chicken was soft and moist and the sauce was tasty (coconutey and tomatoey <excuse spelling>) and was rich in colour.

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice

Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice

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Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry

Weightwatchers Thai Green Chicken Curry

Only just making it in on time but we’re jetting off to Thai Land for this week’s installment of Ready Meal Monday…. how exotic I hear you say! This is Thai Green Chicken Curry, I’ve only experimented with Thai flavourings properly once and I really like them. I’ve made what I call Thai Fish Cakes but they’re not really authentic. Weight Watchers describes this ready meal on the packaging by saying:

Tender chicken breast pieces in a Thai green curry sauce with white rice.

This Ready Meal has 9 ProPoints, if you are a Weight Watchers subscriber you will know what this means, this will mean. For more information on the nutritional information and the ingredients see the image below:

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Ingredients and Nutritional Information

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Ingredients and Nutritional Information

The cooking instructions were ok, I feel though that because of the colouring of the packaging these instructions may be difficult for people with a visual impairments to read. The image below doesn’t show clearly the cooking instructions for oven cooking but they are there lol

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Cooking Instructions

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Cooking Instructions

This was nice, I know nice is a bland word but that’s probably the best way of describing it. The flavours were good nice hint of coconut which seems to be the essence of lots of Thai dishes. There were flecks of what I could only describe as spring onion going through the dish and clearly defined pieces of chicken. The only drawback for me was it was a bit congealed it wasn’t as saucy as I’d have liked…. but I was in a rush and left it in the container because I was in a hurry before I went to pool.

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Ready To Eat

Ready Meal Monday – Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken Curry Ready To Eat

I wouldn’t rush out to buy this one again, it may not have been cooked properly my end although I pretty much followed the instructions – as well as I could because I have a weird 700W microwave. I’ve rated this a four out of ten, although this may be me being a slight bit stingy.

4 starsWell let’s see what we’ve got in store next week, let’s see what’s sitting in the freezer further on in the week. Remember you can join us on all our social networking pages or send us an email at enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk. Come back again soon and, together, we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals.

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Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna

Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna

This is a long awaited for me, Saira who has given me this recipe was a runner up on 2013 Masterchef. When I first thought about writing and creating Wheelie Good Meals I tweeted it to some celebrity chef’s all were very supportive but Saira was one of the few that gave me real support and feedback. Along with Jo (Pratt) Saira has been a sounding board for ideas, suggestions worries and has even provided me with this recipe.

I’m very lucky, as you know I’ve met lots of great people through the internet and Saira I’m pleased to say is one of them. Well that’s the mushy stuff over with on to business.

Some Ingredients for Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna

Some Ingredients for Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna

Above are the majority of the ingredients, I also used 400ml water and 1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt. I’ve had this recipe for some time and was waiting for the youtube channel to go live before I made it, but what the heck I thought, let’s do it now. I’d never tried a Bhuna and was really looking forward to it, what I wasn’t looking forward to was my father moaning about the smell of curry through the house. I can say that on here because there’s no chance of him reading it 😉 (note to self be nice to Heather to make sure she doesn’t say anything 😀 )

This is a great recipe and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking it, as you know from one of my early posts, I’m not one to rush… built for comfort not for speed, that’s me 🙂 ! This recipe really appeals to me because it’s quite a slow process. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t an all-dayer but you’re looking at maybe an hour, depending how patient you are. This is a new concept to my mother because she tends to cook everything quickly, I don’t think she’d be offended by me saying that because that’s what comes from having to get dinner on the table in a hurry in all fairness.

The first tip I’d give anyone (well it’s Saira’s tip actually lol is to use plenty of onions.  She said this about the onions:

You still need quite a lot of onion because that will make the bulk of your sauce

Saira also said it was important to cook them for a long time.

Browned Onions with the Whole Spices For Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna

Browned Onions with the Whole Spices For Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna

While the onions are cooking to prepare the whole spices – looking back at it I actually prepared everything first off, yep you know me like tog et it all organised (stops me getting confused)! When you are cooking the onions cook them on a medium heat for at least 10-15 minutes over a medium heat until they are a bronzed brown. It is important to stick with this so that the sauce isn’t pale and insipid – I think I probably could have gone a bit longer when I was cooking it. As you can see from the picture above I added the whole spices, but kept them whole. I did this for a reason, after I’d finished cooking (before I added the yoghurt) I took them out, I’d have had difficulty eating them so thought it was best to remove them. I’ve never cooked with bay leaves before (I know my Aunty Doris would have a fit, she can’t stand them) but I thought they gave a good addition to the curry and they were very fragrant when cooking.

The Chicken before being sealed in Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna

The Chicken before being sealed in Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna

After adding the ground spices and allowing them to cook I added water, incidentally I added 400ml of water because I like a lot of sauce, the original adaptation of the recipe said 200ml. With the heat on high I added the chicken, turning them over for at least a few minutes so they could sealed all over.  I’ve used chicken breast but the original recipe called for chicken thigh fillets, I checked with Saira and she said:

be careful to seal the pieces on a high heat (in the curry paste) for long enough before you reduce the heat which will help keep the pieces moist and juicy.

Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna cooking away nicely

Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna cooking away nicely

Once the chicken has sealed, reduce the heat to a healthy simmer and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally stir in the yoghurt, and the curry is ready to eat.

I served mine with some boiled rice, this was quick and easy and cooked in its packet in the microwave. Garnish with chopped coriander (or in this case parsley) and, if you have some, a few finely sliced chillies and serve.

Saira Hamilton's Chicken Bhuna presented with boiled rice and a sprinkle of Parsley

Saira Hamilton’s Chicken Bhuna presented with boiled rice and a sprinkle of Parsley

Thanks to Saira for this recipe and massive thanks as always to Greg, Chris, Ben, Alice, Hayleigh, my Mother, Heather, Jo, Saira, Stephen Terry and anyone I might have missed for their help and support

As always you can download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. If you have any questions or ideas you’d like to ask about please feel free to get in touch by emailing enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk.  Come back again soon and, together, we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals!

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Ready Meal Monday - Asda Chicken Curry and Rice Served

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken Curry and Rice

Ready Meal Monday - Asda Chicken Curry and Rice in it's Box

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken Curry and Rice in it’s Box

The week just gone has been a slightly hectic one for me and was rounded off with a trip to watch a band in a local pub. So what do you want before you’re about to go out on a heavy night out…. a curry you say! Well no you probably don’t but this was my choice of pre night out fodder.

The term curry, as I’ve learned from Rick Stein doesn’t exist in countries like India it’s a word we Europeans coined to mean the gravy that the meat is served in. This ready meal was described by Asda as:

“Tender chicken breast pieces in a spiced curry sauce, served with fluffy rice.”

The first half of that description was correct, there was pieces of chicken which was tender and it was in a sauce was spiced. However, I wouldn’t have honestly said the rice was fluffy, now it could have been the way i cooked it, but I wouldn’t be me if I admitted that now would I 🙂 . The cooking instructions stated that you had to add a tablespoon of water to the rice half way through the cooking process…. I did that and still it wasn’t fluffy. Don’t get me wrong, the rice was ok, just not fluffy as it was described.

The rice wasn’t my main problem with this ready meal, my main problem with this is the blasted cooking instructions…. don’t get me started on them, oh ok you have! As you know WGM (Wheelie Good Meals) is geared towards people with disabilities, these cooking instructions were singularly the most pointless instructions on the planet (see below, along with nutritional content):

Ready Meal Monday - Cooking Instructions For Asda Chicken Curry and Rice

Ready Meal Monday – Cooking Instructions For Asda Chicken Curry and Rice

Ready Meal Monday - Nutritional Information For Asda Chicken Curry and Rice

Ready Meal Monday – Nutritional Information For Asda Chicken Curry and Rice

The instructions state

“To microwave (from frozen) remove outer packaging and pierce film lid in several places”

All ok so far, then it goes on to say

“… heat on full power for 5 minutes (700W) <which my micro is> 5 minutes (800W), 5 minutes (900W)”

I ask you, do they really need to give three different temperatures if they are all flaming 5 minutes. That is the most pointless piece of information I’ve ever seen, I’ve never noticed this before so I will be keeping an eye out for it in the future and maybe even tackling the manufactures of these meals… that’ll be fun won’t it.

The rest of the cooking instructions were much along the same line but just not as blatantly stupid. What do you think of them, am I on my own in thinking these are an insult to people who buy this product. Right that’s my rant over, someone pass me the ramp so I can get off my soap box.

I really enjoyed it, it was slightly creamy and had a nice gentle spice which wasn’t too “kick you in the face and steal your wallet” but more of a “reassuring hug after you’d failed your driving test”. I would may buy it again although the cooking instructions are a bit of a obstacle for me… petty I know.

Ready Meal Monday - Asda Chicken Curry and Rice Served

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken Curry and Rice Served

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