“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pasta „
This pasta is another item the husband found in the chilled 'lunch' cabinet at a reduced price (£1) it normally costs £2 for 350g and is proud to tell us that it has no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. Well I have to say it would be a far better salad with some artificial flavour as this is in my opinion tasteless and fairly unpleasant. In fact I was so disappointed with this I gave it to the dogs as I wouldn't offer it to my family, which is a shame as I have another tub of the damn stuff in the fridge. This like other salads in this range is absolutely bursting with calories. How they manage to cram 737 calories into an average sized salad is beyond me! Are they individually injecting each individual piece of pasta with oil and sugar?! The plastic tub is hinged and you can east straight from it very easily or if you prefer of course put it on a plate, there is a cool foldable black fork set into the lid which you remove by tearing the label over it away. On opening the tub I'm met with a nondescript smell which completely fails to set my mouth watering. It looks pale, with tiny flecks of colour added by sweetcorn, minute shards of pepper and what looks like microscopic (dried?) bits of chive in the dressing. The salad is 86% pasta with some added veggies, such as sweetcorn, onion and pepper. The chicken is meant to resemble southern fried chicken but I honestly don't taste any chicken (I see some but it tastes of nothing), nor is there any crunch or spiciness to the brown muck which is supposed to the the coating of the chicken. However this brown muck is the only flavour in the salad mild though it is. The dressing is yoghurt and herb, and there is also mayonnaise, which makes for a moist salad. There are lots of ingredients in the dressing, mustard, chive, basil amongst others yet it manages to taste of generic wet stuff, and to taste and look almost identical to the Rose Marie dressing on their prawn layer salad. £2 is an excellent price for this kind of product. However I can see how they have managed to keep the costs down, all effort at flavour is spared. The husband bought a few of these Tesco pasta salads at the reduced price to save me time with cooking. My girls though grown up expect me to make almost everything that they eat and as they are at home all day every day, and I work from home cooking takes a big chunk of my day away from trying to earn a crust which I wouldn't have to do if I were out of the home working. So these salads were meant to keep the offspring happy while I got on with my work. They have not fulfilled that function at all, as the prawn one was by and large refused unless it was used as an addition to other foods (which I of course had to cook or prepare), and the family consensus is that this southern fried chicken pasta salad is simply inedible. We won't be buying any more of these tasteless high calorie meals even at the reduced price as they are simply not palatable enough, nor are they healthy with a massive 37.7g of fat! (so they really are injecting each piece of pasta individually with fat) which is according to them 54% of your daily allowance. All I can say about this particular offering is hasta la vista baby! As with all meals of this type it should be kept refrigerated and eaten by the date printed on the pack.
A holocaust of fast-food leftovers masquerading as a pasta dish. I hurriedly purchased this thinking it would fill a gap during an unexpected shift at work. I should have looked more closely at the label. Not the part where it promises that "our chefs worked hard to create a meal that tastes like it was homemade" - it does, if your 10 year-old routinely makes dinner at home, out of leftovers and condiments. This is nothing more than factory rejects for some southern-fried chicken product, chopped and added to cold economy-value pasta. Add a rabbit's sneeze of diced micro-vegetables, and a week's allowance of mayonnaise, and you have this culinary "treat". It contains a third of your daily calories, over half your daily fat intake, and tastes just like someone scraped school dinner leftovers into a plastic bowl. I can't even say that it's value for money, because a cold tin of beans and a banana would be tastier, cheaper, more nutritious and infinitely less likely to kill you if you were forced to subsist on them for a month. Useful only for people who have tragically lost their sense of taste, or perhaps recovering anorexics and malnourished POWs in dire need of weight gain (please see a medical professional first before eating Southern Fried Chicken Pasta).
It's normally a Sandwich I take to work, but I thought I'd try a tub of this for a change. This was in the same place as the ready made Sandwiches in Tesco, and is also part of their £2 meal deal which included a Sandwich, or Pasta Pot, a Packet of Crisps from a small choice and a Bottle of Fizzy Juice, Fruit Juice or Water. Considering this costs £1.50 on it's own for the 200g, and for an extra 50p you get a 500ml bottle and 34.5g bag of Walkers Crisps, then I don't think it's bad This comes in a plastic tub. The tub is quite wide and you get a plastic fork to eat this with, so you can just grab and go. The idea of cold Pasta isn't that appealing, but I've had it at the self serve Salad bits in Supermarkets so thought it would be a nice change. With the tub being clear you could see the Pasta and smattering of Vegetables through it, although it didn't look too appealing with the shiny Pasta and it looked a bit dry but slimy. This didn't have much Chicken in it either. The strips of Chicken were pretty small and the tiny chopped up bits of Onions and Peppers weren't big either. It was mixed through well enough, but you could see that you wouldn't get a flavouring in each mouthful, and would mostly be eating just Pasta. This had a bit of a smoky Southern fried taste to it, but nothing that exciting and it tasted a bit more powdery than anything else. The Pasta tasted quite fresh and although it did taste a bit slimy, it was ok in a moist way. This pot had 435 calories and 22.4g of fat. Am surprised at the Fat content, as you always associate Pasta as being quite good for you. I will not buy this again. It wasn't that tasty and although it was not bad value for money, it just wasn't nice enough for me and I felt it left a slight sharp taste in my mouth.
When recently visiting my local Tesco's for lunch, I thought I'd try something a little different from the usual sandwich so I had a browse at the various pastas on offer, and this Southern Fried Chicken pasta caught my eye & I decided to give it a try. For just under £1.50 it was good value of money and before even opening the packet, I could check the exact amount of calories and other ingredrients within the pasta. In terms of taste, the pasta itself is very tasty and the combination of the southern fried chicken a lovely fusion. The chicken is lovely & tender with a slightly tangy edge to it. There are also a few other vegetables contained within the dish such as sweetcorn to give a slightly healthier edge. This is all mixed together in a creamy sauce making it quite filling and the perfect amount in my opinion to have for lunch. So next time you're in Tesco's & looking for something to eat for lunch or even as a snack or light evening meal, then you can't really go wrong with this Southern Fried Chicken pasty, it's tastes good & is great value too, give it a try!
The other day whilst in Tesco looking at food made my stomach flip and I thought oh dear I'm hungry so went to look at the meal deals on offer. I found one and included in my meal deal for £2.00 I had this, crisps and a drink. Great value I thought or you can buy this pot at £1.30. I love pasta and I love chicken with sauce in them so as I opened this up outside on the bench I was so looking forward to it! The Packaging: Clear plastic tub with a flip top lid to the top of it. On that lid I'm told it is Tesco Southern Fried Chicken Pasta and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told to keep it refrigerated, the best before date is clearly stamped on there as is the price too. On the bottom of the tub/pot ingredients and allergy advice is listed, I'm told it's not suitable for freezing, the weight is stated which in this case is 200g and contact details for Tesco are given. There's a black fork in there too and overall I think the packaging is rather good and informative enough too. The Pasta: Well upon opening the pasta pot I was greeted with a rather hefty portion to be fair to it. On the top of the pasta was about 6 slithers of chicken and then on the top of that said chicken and not attached to the chicken as such was a small amount of southern fried chicken mix. Under that was loads of pasta twists with a few flakes of onion, red pepper and what looked like dried herbs. When I mixed it all up with the fork provided it looked a soggy mess to be honest and I could see some mayonnaise looking sauce but not loads of it and it clung on to the ingredients. Taste wise...well it was ok. The pasta twists didn't taste of much at all and were a bit chewy but well formed and edible if not a bit slimy. The chicken and the seasoning of the southern fried stuff, again was bland and not as expected at all. The sauce although flavoured with chives, basil and turmeric also didn't taste all that much but the more I ate of this dish the more onion in taste it got. I felt this dish was simply ok and decent enough quality though not great on flavours at all. Not enough chicken and the pasta was a bit too bland and for all the ingredients used in this you would expect far more flavour than this gives in my opinion! Not for me this though it is a decent sized portion! Allergy Advice: Contains: Duram wheat, semolina, water Nutritional Information Per 200g: Calories: 435 Sugar: 1.6g Fat: 22.4g Saturates: 2.5g Salt: 0.8g This is only only available in Tesco stores.