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      22.09.2013 00:50
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      Good enough.

      ~*~*~ Iceland Chicken Curry with Rice ~*~*~ ~ What is it? ~ This is a Chicken Curry with Rice ready meal from Iceland. It is a meal for one. ~ Price & Availability ~ This is an Iceland product so can only be purchased from Iceland stores, it costs a very purse/wallet friendly £1. ~ Why I bought it? ~ There are times when I can't be bothered to cook a big meal for myself, or even not fancy a large meal and it is at these times I tend to turn to microwave meals. I have bought a good few of the Iceland ready meals and one I have bought a few times is this Chicken Curry with Rice one. ~ Chicken ding or does it take ages? ~ Chicken ding of course refers to using the microwave and yes this meal can be done in under 6 minutes in the microwave. Or you can choose to boil the bags which will take 40 minutes! I know which one I prefer! I always microwave these types of meals. ~ How does it taste? ~ Considering the low price these taste pretty good. It's not like a home made curry but it's a nice enough ready meal. You get the brown coloured sauce with a good few pieces of chicken and nice white fluffy rice. It's a pretty good ready meal in my opnion. I don't like overly spicy food and I find this one fine, it does have a bit of heat but nothing I can't handle and I am the biggest curry wuss ever! ~ Overall ~ The quick cooking time makes this ideal for me, I usually don't eat until I am starving so this being ready in under 6 minutes means I can get my food on the table in quick time. I like to serve it up with a poppadum or two and find it adequately filling. My 9yr old has often had some with me, being the only one who likes curry and he likes it well enough too. I don't really like serving up ready meals to the boys but this is something he likes and if he fancies this over whatever his brothers are having I do make it for him. At 568 calories per meal I find it quite good. Thanks for reading :o) x

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      24.07.2013 18:58

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      I love curry but this one is mega hot!

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      30.10.2011 18:32
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      4/5 a good ready meal but I'd pay 50p extra for a plastic tray and a bit more chicken.

      Although I love cooking and aren't a massive fan of ready meals sometimes because my partner works all different shifts as a chef I just can't justify cooking for one, especially as we're on a tight budget. About a month ago we went to Iceland and along with a few other bits we picked up a good stock of ready meals just to have in. Since then I've worked my way through nearly all of them so I thought it was about time I started writing some reviews on them. One of the meals I've had a couple of times is Iceland's Chicken Curry with Rice which sells for the bargain price of just £1 and is available in all Iceland stores. The meal comes in a cardboard box which unfortunately means you can't see your meal before buying, for a pound though I wasn't going to turn down the meal on this basis. The box states that it's a big value pack and clearly states the £1 price which I like; it's not difficult to get a rough idea of how much you're spending in Iceland before getting to the till. The picture of the curry on the front of the box looks nice enough as well as being a decent portion so everything's looking good so far. The curry and rice comes in two separate plastic pouches which are joined together but perforated so easy to tear apart which is needed as the curry needs to go in the microwave first. Obviously the cooking time depends on your microwave but it only takes a few minutes. I put the curry in for two minutes then added the rice and put the microwave back on for four minutes and then left to stand for one minute. On taking it out of the microwave the floor to the packaging is that the pouches are really hot, not only that but when cut open a lot of steam comes out which could easily burn if you're not careful. As the curry goes out the rice looks nice and fluffy, well separated and just what I'd expect, the portion is a really decent size. When pouring out the curry it smells quite nice and spicy, there are a few good chunks of chicken and loads of sauce, too much for me so I tried to scoop out the chicken and just put a bit of the sauce over the top. The curry itself has a nice flavour to it, I'd say it's a medium heat, there's a little bit of spice but nothing too much. The chicken has a nice taste to it, it's a nice texture and doesn't taste cheap, although there's not that much I'd prefer a few pieces which taste nice than lots that's not up to much. The rice is a little bit bland, but I often find this the case in ready meals, I mixed it in with the sauce though and it was fine. All in all the meal was really tasty and filling and for a pound I was pleased with my purchase. I've chucked the box unfortunately and there isn't nutritional information on the Iceland website, I know that the curry was about 500kcal though which is high but better than some others I've had. I'd recommend this Chicken Curry and Rice to anyone on a budget who is looking to cook something filling and tasty quickly. The curry has a great flavour and the chicken tastes lovely quality and although there's not that much the meal all together does fill me up. The pouches aren't up to much but I suppose it cuts down costs and £1 is a great price for a meal.

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      04.07.2010 23:10
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      Acceptable for a quick light meal.

      I always like to have some ready meals in my freezer for times when I really don't have time to prepare anything else or to have something I can just chuck in the microwave at work. Iceland ready meals tend to be inexpensive and generally tasty and so I find they're ideal. This ready meal consisting of chicken curry and rice costs only £1. The chicken curry and rice is in two separate pouches, but these pouches are joined together with a perforation down through the centre. Separating the pouches is easy and leaves both pouches intact. The curry takes a little longer than the rice to cook and so the curry goes in first and then the rice goes in after a few minutes. The type of microwave will determine how long the curry takes to cook, but in general the curry and rice takes about 7 minutes.  When its cooked, removing the rice and curry from the pouches can be a bit tricky as the pouches are really hot and you have to handle them in order to pour the contents out. I tend to try to hold one of the corners where it might be cooler as there is no sauce there, but as soon as you cup off the corner to pour it out, the escaping steam very often burns me.....not badly, but enough to be uncomfortable.  When arranged on the plate, the food looks and smells quite appetizing. The rice is white and generally fluffy, and although some of the rice may be a little clumpy, it is mostly nicely separated. The chicken curry is a rich orangey brown with noticeable chucks of chicken interspersed throughout the sauce. It's true to say that the curry is mostly made up of sauce and it would be nice to see a little more chicken in the curry and perhaps some vegetables.  The curry tastes perfectly adequate for a quick meal. The curry sauce tastes rich and has a mild to medium spice level which would be acceptable to most people. The chicken is quite sparse, but what chicken there is is white breast meat and tastes tender. The portion is relatively small, but it's okay for lunch or a light meal - and the high carbohydrate content and protein content does mean that it fills me up for a good few hours.   Overall, I'd say this is good value for money as it only costs £1 and it's tasty, albeit a little on the small side. 

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        09.04.2010 19:49
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        Worth trying but I couldn't have it every day

        I hate cooking a meal when I am home on my own, so the last time my girlfriend went away, I went into Iceland and picked up a frozen meal for one. I chose the chicken curry with rice, it only cost £1 so i thought it had to be worth a try. The packaging was the usual icelands style, it had a large yellow along the top of the box with Big Value pack written across it, the meal actually weighs 400g, i think the big value reflects the £1 price tag more than anything. The first thing i noticed when opening the box, is that this meal doesn't come in a hard plastic tray, it is actually separated in to two plastic pouches - one for the curry & the other for the rice. To cook the meal, take it straight from the freezer, pierce the bags, put them on a plate and cook it for eight minutes, shaking half way through. This is when you realise how handy the plastic tray's are, they did make a fair bit of mess on the plate as the sauce could run out of the piercings i had just made. As it was cooking you could smell it and for a £1 meal it did smell very nice. After cooking, you have to empty the sachets ( which are red hot, so be careful) and pour onto a plate. Once the curry was on the plate, the first thing i noticed was the lack of chicken pieces, there was plenty of sauce and the rice had fluffed up nicely. The rice tasted very good, as good as any uncle bens packets where you would be spending £1 for the rice alone. The chicken was a little chewy, but bearing in mind this meal only cost £1, it tasted good. The sauce was fairly spicey and was nice and thick. Overall, for £1 it's not a bad meal, i would happily pay an extra 20pence though, to have a proper plastic tray. When i have a microwave meal i always prefer to eat it straight from the tray supplied to save on washing up; that aside, for this money you can't go wrong. Another thing worth mentioning, is that this curry contains 534 calories, which is pretty high. I guess if you went to any Indian take away and ordered the same meal the calorie content would be just the same, so for a microwave meal you cant complain 4/5, only losing a paint due to a lack of plastic tray!

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        05.02.2010 03:40
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        A nice little curry that fills you up just right

        I have been a regular shopper at Iceland for some years now, and have always been a fan of their ready meals, especially this chicken curry with rice. It has been made slightly different from when I first started eating it all those years ago, the taste is slightly sweeter, and the meals are bigger. Also it costs 1p more than it used to when I was younger lol. Nothing more than a basic chicken curry with white rice, but for a £1, its a total bargain and a great meal for all to have. I find one fills me up quite nicely and its nice and quick to make. At the most takes about 8 minutes in the microwave, after stabbing the bags a little and when its done, just cut the bags open, put on a plate and eat! Simple as that! The meal does have a slightly high salt and fat content, so its not something you should eat all the time, but as a meal now and again as part of a balanced diet, or when you are just in a rush one day. Find me anyone else who can make a good tasting curry in 8 minutes and I will be impressed. Get yourself down to Iceland now for a bargain of a meal that tastes awesome.

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          19.01.2010 17:53
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          I haven't been shopping at Iceland for years, but took the change when I was down the street last week. After seeing adverts about Iceland on the TV during the I'm A Celebrity breaks, I thought I would have to try the shop again. This is a frozen ready meal that cost a bargain £1. My pack is the same as the Dooyoo picture, and although it states Big Value Pack, it is just 400g like other ready meals out there, so nothing more than that. On the front of the box this Curry looked nice but it often does on packaging. The Meal was in a plastic tray which you just cook in the Microwave for 8 minutes. Don't have the box to hand, but this Curry had 534 calories per pack, so not too good for you! So how did this taste? It was alright. I think it tasted a little bit like Birds Eye Chicken Curry. The Curry had a bit spice to it, it was more a light brown colour, so I would have guessed it was a bit Hot - not too much though. There was a good amount of Rice, and although the Rice seemed a bit stuck together, I always put the curry on top of the Rice, as I like my Rice to be mixed with the Curry Sauce. There wasn't a huge amount of Chicken in this, but i'm sure for the price you would have guessed this. The Chicken was in quite chunky strips and certainly tasted like Breast Meat. It was nice and tender and a few more strips would have made all the difference. This was a nice enough snack, but not that filling, but filling enough compared to the others out there. I would buy it again, but wouldn't go out my way to get it.

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          04.08.2009 20:44
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          Overall, a good meal, which is flavoursome and filling with a good quantity but lacks some quality

          Iceland produces a large range of frozen ready meals and I have to say that this is one of my favourite. It's very cheap at just £1.00 and it is actually very flavoursome and easy to cook too. You can buy it from any Iceland store from a freezer and you must keep it frozen until you cook it, which is arguably easier for storage reasons. The meal comes in a cardboard box, which has a blue background with the image of the curry dish on the front. In a bright yellow box is the value price at just £1.00. It's really cheap considering it makes a substantial main meal. The box is easily opened to reveal a plastic packet. The packet is joined together and contains the curry with sauce on one side and the rice on another. Pulling them apart can easily split the parts. The rice has a white appearance and is just plain rice. The curry has a light brown/orange appearance and has a lot of flavour to it. You simply microwave the curry before adding the rice and cooking it all for longer. You must pierce the plastic bags beforehand with a fork or knige to let excess steam escape or there may be an unfortunate explosion in your microwave! It's very easy to cook and you only need to attend the microwave to add the rice. It should be left to stand for a minute. It's unfortunate that the packets are so hot to handle when it's finished but with care, you can handle them and load it onto a plate. I like to lay down the rice with a slight gap in the middle before piling on the curry sauce with chicken. The meal gets fully cooked and is boiling hot, which is helped by the packets to contain the heat. The rice was slightly al-dente, which is my only drawback but the chicken was actually quite tender and tasty. The meal itself was very tasty. The sauce was slightly spicy but not overly spicy. It had little bits of fried onion in it along with many other spices and flavourings, which really gave it a lovely taste. It went well with the rice, but I would have liked the rice to be a bit softer. The sauce had quite a thin consistency but wasn't too messy as you could easily mop it up with all the rice. The quantity was actually surprisingly good too. You got a lot of rice as well as plenty of sauce. There wasn't a huge amount of chicken, which is another drawback but it was still quite a filling meal. Ovearll, it makes an excellent emergency meal. It's very cheap at just £1.00 and is extremely easy to make, but you do need a microwave. It is very flavoursome and quite filling too. I dislike the fact the rice doesn't get very soft and that there isn't much chicken, but it's still a great meal when you consider the price, flavours and ease of making it, which gives it a solid 4 stars! Thanks for reading, Dan ©

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