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Asda Chicken Curry with Rice

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11.05.2012

Advantages:
Quick easy meal if you want to be lazy .  Good way to diet if you don't care about being healthy

Disadvantages:
the look, the taste .  nutritional value .

Recommendable Yes:

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TasteBland

SmellOkay

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Value for MoneySatisfactory

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This chicken curry with rice is in the "ready meal" section is Asda's frozen food. It's roughly £1.30 each but the price does fluctuate or you can usually buy 5 ready meals for £4 and they have a lot of offer, we used to buy the offer all the time but these days we just buy 1 or 2 every now and then. We stopped buying these so much because there are much better and healthier options for the same price or cheaper even and when you do compare this "ready meal" to a better option you realise that it isn't very good value for money.

This is aimed for people who want quick meals so these are mainly for cooking in the microwave, but you can put this is the oven for 40 minutes. However this takes around 10 minutes in the microwave so we know which option everyone will choose. Cooking this is strange if you cook these a few seconds less then it can be too cold and hard, cook this a few seconds over and it splats every where and the rice becomes too soggy. This comes in a plastic black container with a plastic clear film lid, please pierce the film lid in several places before cooking in the microwave or oven.

Once this is finished cooking your supposed to leave this to stand for 1 minute but I can never be bothered to wait, taking this out and taking the film lid off sometimes there seems to be a thin layer formed over the curry which I find very off putting so stirring this around quickly it all becomes mixed and back to normal. like I said before you have to time it just write, I'm pretty sure Asda have let their standards of these "ready meals" go down hill because the rice always seems to taste sloppy and soggy no matter what, it's never fluffy and just feels quite mushy and it never used to, so Asda must of changed something. The curry looks edible, the curry itself is an orangey red colour and the chicken comes in small lumps sometimes and bigger lumps other times, it's never the same.

Presentation matters a lot when it comes to your food, it needs to look nice and unfortunately this has never ever looked nice, the portion is quite small so it won't fill up a normal sized plate but also it's too big a portion for a small plate, so I end up slapping this into a bowl and mixing it all around. As far as curry goes this is pretty bland it tastes as simple as curry could ever taste, it's no particular type of curry, just curry. I shouldn't but I add salt and I also add in some black pepper, the pepper gives it some kind of flavour which is a massive improvement. The curry cannot even be described as mild because the only thing that makes this hot is the temperature. The chicken tastes like chicken, although I have a sneaky feeling that it's pretty much processed and you can often find gristly bits in it as well making it extremely off putting when biting into it.

So this looks like sick and sick would probably taste better than this does, so what's it's nutritional value? This has a massive 500 calories, that's a fine amount of calories for a meal, if you actually had a meal but this is nothing more than a snack that Asda have tried to pull off as a meal. Looking at the list of ingredients there is only 13% of chicken breast (wow can see you went all out with this one Asda) salt is mentioned 5 times in the short list of ingredients along with sugar several times as well.

The reason we stopped buying these is because it's a poor excuse for a quick meal, you can have a delicious massive salad sandwich each dinner time that takes less time to make, is cheaper and tastes amazing. These are terrible and yet I know a few people that use these for dieting, the nutritional value is through the floor and the tastes isn't even that nice.
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angelboouk123 11.05.2012 19:24

I used to love this curry but Asda have indeed changed it recently and now I can't stomach it x

daisyleex 11.05.2012 14:38

Yuck. x

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