February 4, 2011

Cluckphrey Chic-A-Roos

This week, I'm testing out the product with the best name that I've found so far: Cluckphrey Chic-A-Roos. The company that makes these, Food For Life, also makes a fake beef burger called Moophrey burgers. Cluckphrey and Moophrey. Those names just kill me. The website is a little goofy - in the Cluckphrey section, if you click on the patties, you get to the Chick-A Roos, and if you click on the Chic-A-Roos, you get to the patties. But whatever.

So let's get right to it. These are chicken nuggets. I decided to take a small risk and cook them in my toaster oven rather than my conventional oven, since I was only going to cook up a few and didn't want to spend a ton of time preheating my oven. I was also fully prepared to do a second test if that didn't work out, since I was totally flouting the printed directions. I gave them about 9 or 10 minutes in the toaster oven, until they were starting to just brown on the edges. I pulled them out, let them cool a minute or so, and gave them a taste.

First impression was the crispy texture. The toaster oven did just what a real oven would do, as far as the crispy exterior. I was very pleased with this result. Once I got through the crunchy bit, though, things started to go downhill. The inside was VERY mushy. Like, pre-chewed mushy. Not a great sensation. However, the flavor of the nugget was surprisingly similar to chicken. Well, frozen chicken nuggets, anyway. It took well to a variety of dipping sauces. After a few nuggets, the texture wasn't so weird. Just took some getting used to.

All in all, these are not too bad, although they're not at the top of my list for chicken-free chicken nuggets. The awesome name isn't quite enough to get past the weird mushiness.

The experience:
Texture - crispy on the outside, really mushy on the inside.
Flavor - surprisingly chicken-y

Final grade for this attempt: B

3 comments:

  1. Not a bad product, but the fake meat chicken nugget market is filled with some darned good competitors.

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  2. I don't know about this brand in particular, but I generally find that fake chicken nuggets need to be cooked a longer time than it says on the box, possibly at a lower temperature if they brown too fast. That makes them less mushy inside.

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  3. I usually microwave them for about a minute first, then put them int the toaster oven to make them crispy. Works perfectly every time! Plus it gets some of the excess oil out if I lay them on paper towel int he microwave

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