“ Brand: Princes / Type: Chicken „
My Dad picked up a couple of Princes Hot Pots from Asda recently as they were on offer and he's a major bargain hunter. He said he enjoyed it but the second pot sat in our cupboard for a few days and when I was hungry at lunch time yesterday with not much else in I decided to try one. There are a few different options available all of which are stodgy meals like curry and rice, Bolognese or macaroni cheese. My Dad had bought two of the same variety though, Chicken Tikka and Rice, this wouldn't have been my first choice when looking at the range but I do enjoy curry and knew that Princes is a well known brand. The Hot Pots are usually priced at £1.46 in Asda however they were on offer at 2 for £2 which is worth knowing for anyone who's a fan. Hot Pots come in a small plastic tub containing 340g of food; they're completely covered by blue packaging and a blue lid so you can't see what's inside which for me is a slight downside to the product. The blue lid has little holes in it, but underneath the pot is kept fresh by a thick foil covering which can be removed using a ring pull. To cook the pot you simply remove the blue lid, peel back the foil lid and pop the lid back on. You then put the pot into the microwave and heat it one high for one and a half minutes, giving it a stir when you remove it from the microwave to ensure all the contents is hot. Then you need to pop the lid back on and leave it to stand for two minutes before serving. Although there are little holes in the lid a lot of steam does still come out when you take the lid off so it's best to be aware of this and be careful. When I first looked in my pot whilst the curry was cold it looked absolutely disgusting, like a solid lump of mixed up food with a jelly sort of consistency. I have to say when it was cooked it was marginally better, however I was surprised at just how much sauce there was it seemed to swamp the rest of the meal. I can understand that they had probably tried to cut costs but adding a handful of extra rice wouldn't of gone a miss just to bulk it out a bit. I found a few tiny pieces of chicken and some parts of the sauce were quite thick which made it a bit more filling but other than that it was just a big sloppy and nothingy. The taste was okay, just an average cheap curry taste with nothing special it isn't particularly spicy or flavoursome, but it does fill a hole. Nutritionally there's not much information available: Per 100g: Calories: 133 Protein: 4.7g Carbs: 15.5g Fat: 5.8g Overall, this meal has a bit of flavour and a bit of texture, it's not the worst but it's certainly not the best. To best honest it's just okay, it needs bulking out with some extra rice or veggies, or maybe even a few decent pieces of chicken wouldn't go amiss. They're cheap, easy and quite filling, good for anyone in a rush but not for those who enjoy decent food.
I bought a couple of the Princes Hot Pots back in January to take into hospital with little man so that I had something hot to eat if I got hungry after the shops had closed. They were a pound each in Morrisons and I got the Chicken Tikka and Rice and the Beef Chilli and Rice. I ate the beef chilli and rice one while I was there but I forgot about the chicken tikka one until I went cupboard raiding the other lunchtime. The hot pot comes in blue pot with a blue plastic lid with holes in it. Underneath the lid is a ring pull which you need to remove before popping the lid back on. The pot then tells you to cook it for 1 and a half minutes in an 800w microwave, allow to stand for 2 minutes and then your hot pot is ready to eat. Nutritional Info (per 100g): Calories: 133 Protein: 4.7g Carbs: 15.5g Fat: 5.8g On pulling back the ring pull I was greeted with a sight that reminded me of cat food, like a congealed jellified solid lump. I popped it in the microwave and left it to stand for the recommended amount of time, but the food was only lukewarm. My microwave is 850w so I was surprised by this, but nuked it for a further minute and it was fine. The food now resembled a thick soupy consistency. It was bright orange and a lot of fat had risen to the surface, so I soaked it up with a bit of kitchen roll before eating. It smelt like a cheap curry ready meal,(it reminded me of the ones I had in hospital before I had little man!!) and the smell went all the way through the house. Although the taste was ok it had far too much sauce, and needed more rice to balance it out. The chicken was small and had very little taste, although this could be because it is an ambient product. Once I had eaten it the inside of the pot was stained orange and looked greasy so I was very surprised to read that there was less than 6% fat in the meal - however I think it is still quite high in calories at just over 400 per pot. I know that is not that bad for a lunch but, I would rather have more food for that amount of calories, rather than a little pot. That said it was actually quite filling. I was not that impressed with the basic nutritional info - I like to know how much saturated fat and salt goes into a product, but that's just me I don't think I would buy this again - as they are ambient they are handy to have in, and have a long life, but I would rather have a can of soup , or spaghetti on toast if I wanted a quick no cook lunch - better tasting, better for you and don't stink the house out!!
I do through phases of eating Sandwiches for Lunch, and then looking for something a bit more exciting. This when I want something I can chuck in the Microwave, or even the odd Pot Noodle. I found these in same aisle as Pot Noodles in Tesco. They were on offer at £1.20, but think they are normally £1.40, so not a huge saving. You get this range in a few different flavours, but since I like Chicken and Curry flavours then this was the 1 I wanted to try. This comes in a 340g plastic tub. Easily enough you just cook this in the packaging, and all you do it take the plastic lid off, remove the foil lid, but the plastic lid back on again and put the whole thing in the Microwave for 90 seconds for a 800watt Microwave. The tub is quite deep and a bit wide. It isn't that eye catching being a deep blue colour, but it does the job. Once this was cooked it smelt pretty good. Quite a spicy smell, but with a hint of Tomato as well. This was quite thick as well. The Sauce mixed in well with the Rice and the Chicken. There wasn't a whole lot of Chicken in this, but the bits of Chicken tasted like Chicken Breast. The Rice was short bits, and seemed soft and fluffy enough. The Curry Sauce was a deep orange colour and tasted good. Per 100g this has 133 calories, so this little tub has over 400 calories, and although the eating in this was alright, it didn't totally fill me up. A nice enough quick lunch and I will try others in the range. Not sure if it is worth the normal price, but I would have this now and again.
I like to browse the shop aisles looking for something new to try and for any good offers and on one trip a while ago I found some of Prince's Hot Pot meals. I've tried a couple of the other hot pots that Prince's do which were nice so I grabbed a couple of the chicken tikka ones to try. They were only £1 each so they would make a cheap, quick and hot meal at work, rather than boring sandwiches day after day. They're so easy to cook - all you have to do is take off the plastic lid, peel back the metal lid inside, pop the plastic lid back on and heat up in the microwave for a minute and a half. When it was cooked I could immediately smell the usual scent that comes with chicken tikka - quite a strong and tangy smell - which was pleasant and made me look forward to trying it. Opening it up though, it didn't look particularly appealing to be honest. If you like dry rice and not too much curry sauce then don't get this as there aren't separate compartments for the sauce. Instead everything is all mixed together in the one pot. This means that the rice is very soggy being completely smothered in bright orange tikka sauce. Although it smelt the same as most chicken tikkas, it had a slightly different taste. It was a bit more tangy than usual although not as spicy and had more of a bland taste to it. It also wasn't as creamy as tikka usually is. The chicken (what I could find of it) wasn't great to be honest. It contained only very small pieces of chicken which didn't even taste very much like chicken at all! It wasn't chewy but it didn't have that soft chicken feel either - it was just a bit plasticy and a little hard. There was hardly any chicken in there though and I felt like I was just eating a pot of soggy rice and sauce. This isn't a chilled or frozen product - it can be found in the aisle along with tins and other food items that have a long-lasting expiry date. This doesn't make me feel great about it containing chicken to be honest and maybe this is the reason why the chicken didn't taste so great. The pot contains 340g of curry and every 100g contains 133 calories which is only to be expected from a quick microwave curry. They cost £1 a pot in Asda and I've even stumbled across them in Poundland. It would have been better if I'd have had some bread with the hot pot to mop up all the rice and sauce but otherwise it wasn't too pleasant to eat. I tried it out as a varied meal to my usual boring sandwiches at work, but I definitely won't be buying them again. The other Prince's hot pots are nice though, so don't let it put you off trying those - I'd just steer clear from the chicken tikka option.