“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chicken „
My husband is far from a culinary genius and as I occasionally work late I am always on the lookout for something quick and easy for him to make himself. I have bought a few different cans of chicken curry as he can just about manage to boil some rice and microwave this. Some were extremely impressive but a little pricey so I recently bought a couple of cans of the Tesco everyday value chicken curry. I think I would be kicked off the site for using the words he used when I came home from work one night, so I will tone it down. It went something like "What was that thing in the tin you got me?". Thinking he had been used to the more expensive brands and was probably completely exaggerating, I decided to throw on the other can for myself. You can either cook this on the hob for 3-4 minutes or in the microwave for around the same time depending on your wattage. I put mine in the microwave. The smell was pretty good, a strong curry smell as you would expect. Halfway through cooking I stirred it and found it to be a bit thin but thought it would thicken up in the last minute and a half. Unfortunately it didn't. It did smell good, but didn't look appetising with a brownish colour and large cubed chunks of carrot and potato. It didn't taste any better, I would have liked it thicker, the sauce tasted like a really bad curry powder with lots of water and I did not see one piece of the 15% marinated chicken breast. Not one. The only things I could taste were the large amounts of carrot, potato and sultanas. I didn't want a carrot and potato curry, so some chicken would have been nice. I couldn't finish this nor did my husband and he really is a dustbin for food. If you can stomach half a can, this will contain 125 calories. It is also nut free. It should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened, stored in the fridge for up to 2 days but I doubt anybody would want to keep any of it. The can also states that the (non-existent) meat complies with strict welfare and quality standards. It also has a label on the can which says it is an improved recipe. HA! A can of this is only 53p, making it a lot cheaper than most tinned chicken curry which is around the £1.49 mark but I would never buy it again. Paying the extra, your can get a lovely curry full of chicken which feels like a decent meal. This was very poor.
I have been eating a brand up from this product for some time now and really enjoy it as a quick and easy tea with some boil in the bag rice. So, when I saw a brand down on the shelf, I thought I'd give it a go. It is currently retailing in my Tesco for 53p, which is a good saving compared to the £1.39 of a brand up. Opening the tin, there was a nice curry smell and it looked appetising. No layer of grease or manky dried bits around the top. I tipped it into a microwaveable saucepan and put it one for 2.5 minutes. During cooking it exploded rather in the microwave, flipping the saucepan lid off with its force! Just watch out for that. Once cooked I tipped it onto a plate of rice but found it very runny. To eat, I would only describe it as okay. It didn't have the nice flavour of a brand up, and while the flavour was okay, to me it was like eating a child's version of the more adult flavoured brand up. The chicken pieces were few and far between, and although well cooked and attractive, were flavourless. The sauce was bulked up with cubes of carrot and potato and these were too soft and flavourless. That being said, it wasn't BAD. Just not as good as the next level up. Which I shall be sticking with.
I'm a big fan of curry. I used to eat mild curries when I was a kid & still like a medium spiced meal like a Bhuna or a Dopiaza today. The only problem is that my wife can't eat them so I don't get to have them very often & they have to be for one person. The Tesco value chicken curry is not a bad curry sauce. It tends to sell for between 40p - 50p in my local Tesco & goes very well with rice making a quick curry very possible. It does contain actual chicken in the form of chunks. It also has chunks of vegetable like carrots in it. There is quite a lot of sauce in it too. The sauce is thick & not water thin however I don't think that it's a s thick as a restaurant bought curry or even say a Sharwoods sauce (although with a branded sauce you'd probably have to add your own meat & veg). The Chicken in the tin tastes nice although occasionally it can be a little dry. The vegetables are very soft & can be squished. They are not remotely al dente. They are however decent size chunks & taste ok. The sauce tastes nice & is pretty inoffensive. For me it isn't very strong & I would class it as mild but it does have a little spice about it. This is probably meant though as the hotter they make it the less mass appeal the product has. As a curry sauce I would recommend it for if you want a really quick hassle free curry with some micro rice. It's not bad. But to be fair a real curry fan might like something more potent or with a thicker texture. Not the worst Tesco own brand product, but not the best either.
I like to buy things like this just to dump over some Chips or in a Baked Potato, as it makes a cheap and tasty filling. I had never tried this one before, but due to the price I thought it was worth a try. This is from tesco's Value range and cost a bargain 31p when I bought it. A good price for a 392g tin. The packaging wasn't that nice, but since it is a budget brand, I wasn't expecting something nice. It is a plain white label with the Tesco Value tag at the top. The only colours on this is blue, and the red of the writing on the tin. There is a little picture of the Curry, but I found it odd to have this picture as it was all in blue and didn't look that pretty. I could do without the picture Tesco, as if anything it put me off the product! There is no fancy ring pull on this, and you will have to use a tin opener to get this open. To heat this up you can put it in a pot and heat on a medium heat for approx 8 minutes, or you can blast in the Microwave for about 3 minutes and it comes out nice and hot. When I opened this I was impressed by the Curry smell. It smelt slightly spicy, and just a nice authentic Curry smell. When I poured this into the pan to heat I found the sauce was really runny, and there didn't seem to be that much Chicken or Veg in here. After it was cooked it seemed that the sauce thickened up slightly and it ended up a light brown colour. The CHicken Chunks were pretty small, and the Vegetables were the odd bit of Carrot, Pea and Potato. To look at it, it was probably enough ingredients for the price, but I've been used to more from a more expensive brand. Although this smelt really Curry-like, when you tasted it, it didn't taste exactly how it smelt. It tasted a bit more watery, but it still had a nice enough taste. Perhaps if it was slightly thicker, then I would buy again, but for now, I will spend an extra 20p and buy 1 brand above and get a better eat!
Of late I've been trying to eat a little bit more. I tend to forget to eat or not be bothered the majority of the time. This is due to not being the worlds most wonderful cook, not being motivated to cook for one and really for me food is food and I don't enjoy it really but have to eat lol! So when mooching around Tesco I decided that I would try this out. Not just cos it was cheap but I've never had a curry out of a tin before and was just interested to try it if the truth be told lol. The Packaging.... Not as depicted in the review photograph at the top of this page at it has recently changed slightly. It's still a 392g tin with white label around it and on that I'm told it is Tesco 'Value' Chicken Curry With Vegetables, there is a photograph of the curry, and then on the bottom of the can I'm told it is microwavable in 4 minutes, it is medium in spice level and there is an at a glance nutritional chart. On the back of the tin I'm told how to heat it up, ingredients, allergy advice, cautions are given as are a full nutritional run down, the size and recycle symbol are displayed along with contact details for Tescos and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's an 'economy' looking can but it contains as much information as possibly need ad it's the food that counts after-all! To Heat It.... On the hob, in a saucepan for 3-4 minutes or you can microwave it 3-4 minutes. The Curry Itself..... In the tin it's light brown colour and I was impressed that it didn't have a huge layer of grease to the top of it. It looked quite sloppy but with lot of diced vegetables in it and smelt curry like really. I heated it in a microwavable dish for 3 minutes and it was cooked (so I do advise you keep an eye on the cooking time if eating this). It's very wet like soup really however it has got a fair few chunks of stuff in it. The sauce itself is nothing special at all. It's curried flavoured and rather than being a blended sauce it's just quite harsh and feels like all that's in it is curry powder but it is quite mild and smooth enough. Within the curry there is 12% chicken which is small and cubed and light in colour. It looks like small chunks of chicken breast though I didn't feel there was a lot in there and really it may has well not of been in there because it didn't taste anyway! The majority of vegetables in this was carrot and potato. Quite thick,very well cooked but again I found the carrots didn't taste and I felt they were purely there to bulk the meal out more than anything. The potatoes tasted and they tasted seasoned but I found there wasn't alot of green beans or onions in here at all. The sultanas again didn't taste of very much and overall I felt it was a bit too runny, smelt ok and fills your tummy but delicious...this isn't. It's simply a none repulsive main meal type of thing if your in a hurry. I didn't hate it but for me the ingredients within this got lost in the curry powder! Nutritional Information Per Half Can: Calories: 145kcal Sugar: 4.1g Fat: 5.1 Saturates: 0.8g Salt: 1.7g Allergy Advice: Contains Wheat & Gluten. Recipe: No nuts. Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free. Factory: No nuts. Only available in Tesco stores priced 48p a can.