Sadia Honey Roasted Chicken Leg Review

  • Frozen and fully cooked
  • S$6.95 U.P., but bought at S$5.95 (discounted)
  • 400g

First thing that comes to mind is the reheating instructions. Specifically, number 3. Pan fry after thawing for 1.5-2.5 minutes. When I bought this I immediately thought that this meant “Thaw for 1.5-2.5 minutes. Pan fry it as normal.” Only when writing this post did I realize the better method and probably better way to write this would be “Thaw completely. Pan fry thawed chicken for 1.5-2.5 minutes.” As a result, while being skeptical and half retarded I put the half frozen chicken that was already thawed for more than 2.5 minutes on the trip back from the supermarket.

Right off the package you can see two nicely portioned chicken thigh steaks, though frozen.

Because of my mistake, you can see that some of the bits are burnt – almost burnt. Honey is something that burns easily, so when I put the chicken on the pan I already expected this, but I did it to test the packaging instructions. Without my mistake, I would expect that 1.5-2.5 minutes wouldn’t burn the honey, but it wouldn’t achieve a crispy skin that I usually go for chicken thigh steaks.

Chicken was already cooked to begin with, so the most my mistake did was confirm that pan frying straight from the packaging still works, though with a darker than usual skin.

Fats can be found in almost every bite of the chicken steak, so the bites aren’t very meaty. Good thing is chicken fat does give flavor. Actual flavor of the chicken tastes great. Not overly sweet, a good balance of seasoning and well marinated all over the meat. Meat is surprisingly very tender. I had bought Sadia frozen uncooked chicken before, and there was a noticeable difference after cooking Sadia’s frozen chicken versus supermarket thawed from frozen chicken and fresh chicken.

Nutritional Information

Nutrtional information is per 100g, so that brings the Sodium intake to an alarming 1604 mg per chicken steak at 200g 😱, which is 69.7% of the recommended daily intake of 2300 mg. For most healthy people, taking Sodium beyond the recommended daily intake isn’t harmful for the most part and in fact might even be better, though that might be a topic for a Fat Guide in the future. But people who need to watch their sodium intake, like people with High Blood Pressure, might want to avoid this product.

Other nutritional content are not terrible, and is probably what you can expect from a normal chicken thigh steak, with the exception of Carbohydrates which probably came from the honey or other seasonings.

Ingredient List

Many names that the average consumer can’t understand without Google, and additionally honey is added as a flavoring and not the actual honey. Dextrose, Sugar, Modified Starch, Glucose Syrup are also all sources of carbohydrates, probably explaining why the product has more Carbohydrates than a normal chicken thigh. Looking at this list simply doesn’t make me want to buy the product, as the ingredient looks like a scientific experiment or Frankenstein chicken more than Honey Roasted Chicken.

Rating for Sadia Honey Roasted Chicken Legs

I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.

Travel-meter:
A great product, with terrible reheating/cooking instructions and an unattractive ingredient list. I wouldn’t go out of my way to procure one of these. 

Worth-it-meter:

If I were to only rate this based on Price and taste, I would probably give it a rating of 4/5. However the nutritional information feels too much of a disincentive to give the product more than an average score. As a normal healthy adult, I would probably much prefer to find alternative frozen products, or simply cook fresh chicken thigh steaks with ingredients I can actually understand.

But I’m Just a Fat Boi… What do other people think?

The only review I can find comes from RedMart user reviews, giving it 5/5 stars and 7 votes for the review. People who will buy this for taste and price alone will find this a fantastic product.

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