Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Birds Eye Stir-Fry Is a Pleasant Surprise

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Birds Eye Stir-Fry Is a Pleasant Surprise

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

If you're looking for something different in frozen foods, the latest trend seems to be stir-fry. We chose Birds Eye World Market Meals Orange Chicken Stir-Fry for the Times-Union Consumer Panel to try.

They cooked the stir-fry on top of the stove and most seemed to like the dish, although it didn't have the amount of orange flavor or chicken many expected.

A one-cup serving contains 160 calories, 2 grams fat, 840 milligrams sodium, 14 grams sugars, 30 milligrams cholesterol and no trans fat.

Pre-kindergarten teacher Carol Mele gave the Orange Chicken Stir-Fry a fair rating. "It has lots of crunchy water chestnuts, carrots and baby corn," she said, "but not enough broccoli and it was kind of soft."

She said the dish, which she served over white rice, makes about two hearty portions. "The chicken had a rubbery texture," she said, "and the dish needs more [chicken]."

She describes the sauce as sticky and very spicy with very little orange flavor. "I tasted ginger but not a whole lot of garlic," Mele said. "My husband didn't like it."

Retiree Beverly Gainey tried the Broccoli & Beef Stir-Fry. "It is excellent," she said. "Most frozen beef is tough and poor grade, but this is like sliced roast beef."

She said the entree also contains a lot of broccoli florets and a brown sauce seasoned with a good mix of Asian flavors. "It's a good dish and a good buy," she said. "Everyone who tried it thought it was very good. It's easy to prepare, and there's only one pan to wash."

Marketing manager John Moore said the chicken is the best part of the stir-fry. "It's plentiful, and there's some with every bite."

He ate the entree, which he describes as spicy with a definite kick, alone but said next time he'll eat it over rice and put crunchy chow mien noodles on top.

"Birds Eye outdid themselves with this one," he said. …

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