Smart Consumer: Shopping around - chicken
Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00
We eat a lot of chicken and if you're not roasting one, chances are you'll have a few fillets handy to transform into a tasty dish, with veg and sauces.
This week we tested chicken from five supermarkets and scored for the most part on taste, for origin-of-produce labelling and for having the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme mark. As all but one provided nutritional values we also took that into account, and the price.
Aldi Natures Isle Irish Chicken Breast Fillets, 575g
Verdict This was second cheapest of those tested and carries the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme mark and we're told the farmer is from Monaghan. The chicken itself was flavoursome and juicy, which is what we were after. There are 106 calories per 100g, making it joint lowest.
Price: €4.99 (€8.68 / Kg)
Superquinn Fresh Irish Chicken fillets, 400g
Verdict The dearest by a mile but juicy and tasty. The farmer also comes from Monaghan, and this offering carries a Bord Bia mark too. There are 137 calories per 100g and this fillet has the highest protein content indicated at 31g per 100g.
Price: €8.99 (€22.48 / Kg)
Lidl Bally Manor Fresh Irish Chicken fillets, 890g
Verdict These are the cheapest by four cent in the kilo and were juicy and nice, although just not quite as flavoursome as the two above, in our opinion. The chicken was farmed in Limerick and these carry the Bord Bia mark. There are 106 calories per 100g.
Price: €7.69 (€8.64 / Kg)
SuperValu Fresh Irish Chicken Fillets, 500g
Verdict These were juicy enough and nice. The pack (and name) indicates that this chicken was produced in Ireland. However, no specific origin is shown, nor is there a Bord Bia logo, which was disappointing. No nutritional values are given.
Price: €6.99 (€13.98 / Kg)
Tesco Healthy Living Fresh Irish Chicken fillets, 400g
Verdict These simply didn't seem as juicy or as flavoursome as the others. The label indicates that the chicken is Irish but there is no farm of origin and no Bord Bia mark either. There are 107 calories per 100g.
Price: €4.95 (€12.38 / Kg)