Sunday, June 23, 2013

Schwartz 2-in-1 Recipe Mixes Review (Part 2)



So the lovely people over at Schwartz  (via Mumsnet) have asked me to do a product test of these 2-in-1 Recipe Mixes for chicken. It's ideal because we LOVE chicken in this house and I'd love to try new ways of serving it to my kids that are quick and easy, and maybe even let them help!


Before I start let me say that all views and opinions in this review are my own. I have not been paid to make this review, but I have been given these 5 packets for free. 

Review 2: Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken with Crispy Roast Potatoes


What better day than Sunday to try out the Roast Chicken packet? I'd promised my kids roast chicken legs this weekend and already had them in the fridge.

What it says on the packet:


This is designed to serve 4-6 people, and take 90 mins to cook. It suggests a 3 1/2 lb chicken but does say you can chicken portions or other sized chicken and gives guidelines for cooking according to weight. Very handy! It doesn't suggest any sides but we're having steamed veggies and a cheese sauce (coz the kids love it)

Cooking:


This is a very simple recipe to follow, and very easy to do. Ideal for someone who is new to cooking roast dinners and is maybe a little worried about getting it wrong.

I can't fault the cooking time for the chicken at all! while I had 4 chicken legs instead of a whole chicken they did weigh 3 1/2 lb and I followed the suggested cooking times. The chicken came away from the bone beautifully, wasn't over done or dry, over underdone and pink.

I was hesitant about the potatoes. My lot are fussy about potatoes. But they seemed to cook nicely and they certainly came out of the oven crispy just as promised!

How did it taste?


The chicken was very nice! Tender and full of flavour. There wasn't a scrap left on any ones plates. That speaks for itself!

 The potatoes were a bit hit'n'miss. They were indeed crispy, and lovely and fluffy on the inside. My eldest (5) said they were lovely and ate all of his. My middle son (3) didn't like them, but he doesn't like anything crispy or spiky so I was expecting that. My youngest (1) found them difficult to eat with his 8 teeth and gave up.

Although there is nothing wrong with this product at all I don't see it being one that we would buy again. Roast Chicken Dinner is a  family favourite here and we worked out how we like it best. I would recommend it for people new to cooking a roast chicken though.

Kids rating: 3/5

 







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