Monday, July 23, 2012

Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water

Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water

Nutrition Information for Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water
 Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water comes in a short cylindrical can that is decorated with chunks of white meat chicken. The picture on the can is appetizing and I was hoping that this review would not turn out like the one I did on Hormel's canned ham product. Many meats have a drastic change in consistency when they are canned in water instead of oil. They tend to have a dry mouth-feel and a stringy texture.

Upon opening the can I was greeted with the pleasant smell of concentrated chicken broth. The chicken was packed well in the can and the large, white chunks of meat are visually appealing. This meat is obviously complete chunks of chicken and not some reformed patty of butcher floor scrapings. I was hoping that the meat would taste as good as it looked.

It looks appealing
The meat crumbled after I stuck a fork in it, the texture change from the canning process was evident before even tasting it. Upon placing the chicken in my mouth the scent and taste of chicken - along with a not trifling amount of salt - was evident. The chicken is dryer than I would like and crumbly with a stringy consistency, yet the taste is good. This would be good to take on trips where refrigeration is not available, or perhaps to use to make some chicken casserole or chicken salad. The broth is flavorful, even if it is too salty, and would be good to cook rice in.
The texture is lacking but the taste is good
I had to let our mascot give it a try, and he absolutely loved it!

Our mascot enjoying a chicken dinner
This product is good but, like many canned products, the saltiness and less than ideal texture holds it back from perfection. However the taste, visual appeal, and smell are all excellent - which is something our mascot agrees with. Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water gets 4 chunks of tasty chicken out of 5!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, as far as the Tyson Chicken, I got a Nov 2015 can in front of me, the nutrition label is the same EXCEPT for the salt, which is now 300 mg/serving - the funny thing is that this was a twin pack, the plastic wrapper says it's 200 mg of salt per serving. So, I've got an email into Tyson to find out which is right. But I agree, if it was less salty, it'd be a really good product. I have done some home canning of meat and the result was never this salty (I use 1/2 teaspoon per pint or 1180 mg for roughly the same amount of meat). Apparently salt is needed for preservation of meat during canning because of the pH or ?? But I think Tyson would be safe with less.