Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken and Chorizo Paella

This was a surprise for me because my mother bought it while out shopping with her friend one day. I didn’t know what to expect if I’m honest but I thought I’d give it a go…. it’s rude not to 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it's packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it’s packaging

The package weighed 330g which obviously included the packaging but I had my doubts as to how filling it would be, I was wrong it was really filling and certainly enough for a light lunch. The Paella can be warmed, see the cooking instructions below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

The cooking instructions were easy to follow, and were very informative, they helped you to cook it from frozen or from chilled. The only negative would be that they didn’t take into account a lower wattage microwave…. like the one I bought off Noah when he dismantled his ark 😉 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

The ingredient list is also excellent because it doesn’t contain anything that I hadn’t heard of and the majority of them I’d used myself in previous recipes. The list was quite mouth watering really, it was almost as good as the meal itself.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

You can see above the nutritional information, but you can find an easier to follow version on the front of the package in the image earlier. This was cheap… I’m not sure if my mother would have bought it otherwise 😆 but it was well worth more than the reduced price.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Here’s the Paella in all it’s glory, did I enjoy it… hell yeah! It was a warm, sticky and comforting. There was a depth of flavour that the Chorizo brought to the party while what I can only describe as the zingyness of the sun-dried tomato paste. The warmth came from smoked paprika, chili and turmeric while the Basil presence bought a slight anise flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this as you can tell and for the price and for the ease of cooking would give it an eight out of ten.8 stars

We’ve got Strictly Suppers #3 Quick Step Leftover Fish Cakes coming up on the weekend and then a review of Princes Chicken in a White Wine Sauce on Tuesday.

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Had the pleasure of seeing one of my oldest friends (not in age of course in friendship duration) Marc one of my best friends from school and his mother Tuesday, it’s been a long time but it’s good to catch up.  Hayleigh and Dave called up on Monday too, that was also lovely, it’s nice when people you don’t see often come to see you.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

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Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella In It's Box

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella In It's Box

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella In It’s Box

Two posts in quick succession, I’m pushing it this week – you can tell I can’t sleep O_o.  Ok, I know I’m a little late, but I’ve been a lot later lol 😀

So we’re off to Spain this week on our travels in search of Ready Meal loveliness and a Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella (from Asda not Spain 🙂 )! Just like the Italians are inform us of the correct way to pronounce bruschetta, the Spanish are equally as keen we get the pronunciation of Paella correct. It’s pronounced Pah – EH – ya the double l makes the sound of a y. This is part of the Asda Chosen by you range and is described as being:

Succulent Chicken Breast, juicy King Prawns with added water, spicy Chorizo and fabulously al dente rice in our vibrant tomato, red wine and smoked paprika sauce.

The nutritional content of this Ready Meal can be found below, at the end of the Ready Meals Monday series, which is coming up at the end of the year (I know don’t get upset it will improve as Micro Mondays <title to be announced> 💡 ) I am going to be giving a breakdown of the calories and fat content of all the Ready Meals we’ve reviewed:

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella Nutritional Information

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella Nutritional Information

Edwina-CurrieThe sauce was (as described) tomatoey with a slight hit of paprika, the prawns were nice but I felt the dish was let down by the vegetables. The vegetables were harder than Edwina Currie doing a Bushtucker Trial. In the same way I thought the chicken was tougher than leather and was quite difficult to eat. Now, naturally this may have been the way I cooked it but I followed the packaging instructions (below):

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella Cooking Instructions

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella Cooking Instructions

I’ve hinted in previous that I’m overcoming my aversion to Peas but this hasn’t helped. The peas were like bullets and I really had difficulty eating them, I was also put off by the skin on the pepper which kept getting stuck to the roof of my mouth.

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella In All It's Glory

Ready Meal Monday – Asda Chicken, Chorizo and King Prawn Paella In All It’s Glory

I personally felt there was a lot of food here for one person – even for a fatty foodie like me so I shared it with my mother. She really enjoyed it and would order it again, or at least eat it again if it had been ordered. With this in mind I’ve given it a five out of ten. There were elements I liked but probably would have given it a 3/4 out of ten, my mother liked more aspects of it than I did and would have probably given it a six, so we met in the middle… I’m nice like that

5 stars

In the last few weeks we’ve visited India, the West Country, Lancashire, Thai Land and now Spain. Where will our Ready Meal Monday journey take us next week? Will I get it in on time? These are all questions you’ll have to come back to find out. Remember we have our #StrictlySuppers coming up this week and we’ll be going for more of a snack approach (I bet you can’t wait to find out now what it’ll be)!  Don’t forget to check our other #StrictlySuppers recipes, for example the Char-Char-Char-Grilled Chicken from the first week was a corker and would have easily scored a “Ten From Len”

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