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Chilli Con Carne

Chinese

China Town comes to Weight Loss Resources! All those weekend Chinese takeaways can load on the calories, but there are many low calorie options available from the major brands - you don't have to go without and you may be surprised at the quality of the dishes on offer. Our panelists were desperate to get their teeth into some of the low-cal treats. Here are just five… there are many more!

Table 1: Low Calorie Chinese Meals Compared
Product Prawn and Noodles in Sweet Chilli Sauce, Count on Us, Marks & Spencer* Thai Chiang Mai Chicken and Noodles, Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's* Chicken in a Black Bean Sauce with Rice, Healthy Eating, Tesco*
  Prawn and Noodles in Sweet Chilli Sauce, Count on Us, Marks & Spencer* Thai Chiang Mai Chicken and Noodles, Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's* Chicken in a Black Bean Sauce with Rice, Healthy Eating, Tesco*
Ranking 5 out of 5goldgoldgoldgold 4 out of 5goldgoldgoldgrey 4 out of 5goldgoldgoldgrey
Calories Per Pack 400g pack

340kcal

450g pack

 

484kcal

450g pack

 

387kcal

Calories Per 100g 85kcal 87 kcal 86 kcal
Fat Per Pack 4.4g 18g 3.2g
Fat Per 100g 1.1g 4g 0.7g
Conclusion The packet looked sumptuous: oozing with appeal; raising our expectations - and we weren't let down. The dish looked vibrant, colourful and appetizing. All agreed it tasted lovely with the different flavours coming together. Perfect! A very appetizing dish. The variety of textures and tastes made it very popular with the panelists. The portion size was notably impressive  and would leave you satisfied. Not obviously a low fat option. Good quality portion (comes complete with rice). The dish had a pleasing appearance and an inviting aroma. There was a reasonable quantity of chicken. The sauce was a little thin, but had a good taste. Well worth trying for a complete meal-in-one.
Table 2: More Low Calorie Chilli Con Carnes Compared
Product Kung Po Chicken, Diet Choice, Waitrose* Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice, Weight Watchers from Heinz*
  Kung Po Chicken, Diet Choice, Waitrose* Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice, Weight Watchers from Heinz*
Ranking goldgoldgoldgreygrey 2 out of 5greygreygreygrey
Calories Per Pack 300g pack

342kcal

320g pack

 

289kcal

Calories Per 100g 114 kcal 88 kcal
Fat Per Pack 3.6g 1.7g
Fat Per 100g 1.2g 0.5g
Conclusion An appealing package but the meal looked a little watery although there was a generous portion of chicken. A tangy sauce which blended with the chicken and left you feeling 'as though you'd had a dinner'. As with the other Weight Watchers dishes we thought the portion size for an adult's meal was poor and would leave you wanting more. A very watery sauce with little chicken. We thought the rice was intended to 'pad out' the dish. Sorry but few points - this will make you feel deprived.

†Retailer's Recommended Portion Size

The standard of the dishes was quite surprising. Marks & Spencer's was a firm favourite whilst, with the exception of Weight Watchers, the others were all appetizing and worth a try. This leads us to believe that there must be many other great tasting low fat Chinese dishes out there. Enjoy!

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