“ Type: Chicken „
I brought these Chicken Kievs in Cool Trader the other day, they was 99p for 2 and I thought that was a bit of a bargain because the Bernard Matthews stuff is quite expensive at the minute. I LOVE garlic and chicken together and thought these would be the business but the kievs were a bit of a let down and I didn't enjoy them all that much. They are chicken breasts with a buttery garlic sauce inside and then coated in breadcrumbs. You cook them in the oven for about 30 mins and while they're cooking you get a wickedly strong waft of garlic going all round the kitchen. Bernard Matthews have used 100% breast meat to make the kievs but they're still not that good because the chicken has been processed and it tastes a bit fake and not very fresh. I think the chicken has got a very bland taste and is also mega salty, I know a lot of the salty flavour comes from the garlic butter but it's soaked into the chicken too much and made the whole thing much too salty. The garlic is quite nice but I thought the inside of the kiev was a bit too oily feeling, I know it's made of butter instead of being a creamy garlic filling but when the butter melts while the kievs are cooking it just goes dead greasy and even though it tastes nice it's a bit of a weird feeling. The breadcrumbs aren't too bad, they've actually got quite a nice taste and have got a bit of a burned flavour that tastes a lot better than it sounds! lol It's a shame the chicken and garlic is so crap because Bernard Matthews have got the breadcrumbs spot on! lol I don't recommend these even for 99p and they're a lot more expensive than that in the supermarkets, I wouldn't want to pay more because Sainsburys do a wicked own brand kiev and those Mini Kievs you can buy in a bag are loads better than these big ones. Not recommended!!!
Chicken Kiev are one thing I have never been any good at making myself so I tend to always buy them, usually I go for the Marks and Spencers ones as they are really nice but in the supermarket the other day these were on special offer of two packs for £2.50 so I thought I would give them a try. I must say that I'm unlkely to repeat the purchase mainly because they were far too salty for my taste buds and I was gulping down the water after eating one of these, my other half complained as well that they are too salty so it was not just me. Each pack contains two chicken kievs wich are made from 100% chicken breats with garlic sauce in the middle and an outer coating of breadcrumbs, certainly the chicken was nice and tender and slightly moist as well and the bread crumbs were nice and crunchy and while the arlic sauce was plentiful and quite strong tasting it was here that the strong salty taste came from as well. They are not the worst kiev I have ever eaten but I think I will stick to my M&S ones in future, it is worth the exra cost for the extra quality and taste.
Bernard Matthews is a manufactorer of frozen and fresh meats that has filed family freezers for decades. With a portfolio of mainly chicken produce created in a mass varitey of different ways. The chicken kiev of which i reviewed, a favourite choice, graced my plate with chips and peas. I cooked this to the guidelines (but cooked in an aga you detract about 4 minutes. The kiev looks very appetizing when taken out the oven but thats where the standard starts to fall. I'm so pleased that the company has now started to use 100% breast as previously it was 50% grizzle and 50% what you thought was chicken. Also the tastwe in the keiv tastes very processed and tough. Also the picture on the front of the garlic butter...after my third in 2 weeks (buy one get one free at Tesco's) it just cant have been a bad batch. There is jsut a scrapping of garlic butter that flies out of the kiev. Very much to my dissaproval. THe only good thing is the 'crust' on the outside. This is very nice and ever so slightly crunchy! My last point is that it has the 'mcdonalds' syndrome...it left you feeling more hungry than before you ate it and my stomach didnt like it!
Firstly I would like to say I was stunned to find out that poor old Bernard Matthews was Deceased and felt a sorrow in my heart for this as his produce has always graced our tables. My heart goes out to his family at their loss. Especially as they have had a hard time of it with the Bird flu epidemic ranging through theirs and other close by farms it had to be a hard thing to cope with. With that said I would like to write my review on the Chicken Kievs we have all so long enjoyed. We as a family enjoy the chicken keiv range that Bernard Matthews produce and hope they will continue along with the Chicken steaks in breadcrumbs. The Kievs are made from 100% breast of real chicken and filled with a lovely garlic butter and lemon filling and coated in crunchy breadcrumbs. Usually around £1.80 or thereabouts in shops you can find them in any frozen section in the shops. A popular item as they taste wonderful. The flavour of the real chicken comes through first and then the garlic butter with a hint of lemon comes next as it ooses from the chicken. Be careful not to overcook them as the sauce disipates if you do. As a hungry family we find the size of these chicken kievs about right and thank you Bernard Matthews group for getting the balance just right. A larger breast would probably be too much. We generally eat ours with some mash and peas or new potaotes and veg seasonal. The Packaged box which is all the packaging there is so no over packaging here, is a blue background with an opened out kiev to show what you will get if you cook it along with instructions. A clear sign stating it has 100% breast meat inside the pack and the usual Bernard Matthews written on a red background and white writing on the top left of the box the 2 chicken kievs written in blue. Mouthwateringly lovely flavoured kievs make a tasty meal so go try some yourselves. Oh yes and by the way you can also get these lovely kievs in the smaller bite size packs of mini kievs too they are equally wonderful.