When it was announced earlier this month that Sainsbury’s would be changing the name of their chicken kievs, it sparked the inspiration for one of my supermarket taste test comparisons.
The retailer is in the process of renaming it’s chicken kievs to chicken kyivs, in support of Ukraine in light of the recent Russian conflict. The move came as kyiv is the Russian name for the Ukrainian city, with Ukrainians spelling it Kyiv.
And while during my supermarket shop I didn’t spot any packaging with the new spelling, it’s expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks, with most people accepting the new spelling as correct.
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Other supermarket chains have been urged by customers to follow suit, with one tweeting: “kyiv is the Russian name for the city. Come on @asda @LidlGB @AldiUK @Tesco @sainsburys @MandSnews @waitrose show your support and change the spelling #ChickenKyiv”
The Ukrainian cuisine has long been popular in the UK, and is one of my go-to comfort dishes. So I set out to discover which supermarket has the best tasting chicken kyiv, for the best price. Here’s what I found:
Sainsbury’s, leading the way with the chicken kyiv name change, offers two British garlic and herb kyivs in a ‘crispy, golden crumb’ with buttery garlic and parsley filling. The kyivs cost £2.30 and weigh approximately 130g each, taking 21 minutes to cook from chilled.
The chicken is chopped reformed chicken, which isn’t particularly uncommon with kyivs, I’ve found, but the meat was moist, with a crisp crumb and well contained butter. The sauce tasted rich and wasn’t oily, as can be an issue with some kyivs. Overall, my week of garlic-infused lunches was off to a good start.
Tesco recommends chicken kyivs for a fuss-free midweek meal, ideal with ‘mashed potato to mop up the sauce’ or salad and jacket potatoes. I’ve been opting for even less faff than that, and sandwiching my kyiv in between a slice of bloomer bread for a garlicky, buttery, chicken butty.
Tesco’s chopped and shaped chicken kyivs weigh around 135g each, and cost £2.30 for two. Clubcard members can get a pack for £2.
They take 22 minutes to cook, and while they had good flavour, the meat texture was a bit gristly for me, and made the experience slightly less enjoyable. However, there was a large amount of garlic butter, so much that it was spilling out – but I was able to mop it up with my bread.
It’ll come as no surprise that M&S had the most expensive chicken kyivs, selling two 143g chicken pieces for £3. That said, it appeared to b the only one of the lot to not use chopped reformed chicken, made with M&S assured chicken from farms in the UK.
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The British chicken kyivs are flavored with garlic butter and coated in golden farmhouse breadcrumbs, taking 30 minutes to cook in the oven. The filling was very well contained with no spilling or splitting, and it was very much a butter, still maintaining a creamy consistency, rather than being super runny, which was different from the others.
Aldi’s offering came in at £1.65 for two Ashfields breaded garlic chicken kyivs – 83p for one – weighing around 130g each. Chopped and shaped, the chicken takes 20 minutes to cook from chilled, and features a crispy breadcrumb coating and garlic butter filling.
Aldi’s chicken kyivs did appear to be on the smaller side of the scale, but were very tasty and provided a quick, easy and cost effective meal. Small but mighty, it ticked all the boxes.
At Asda, shoppers can find two garlic and herb chicken kyivs for £2.15. The chopped, shaped and formed chicken was one of the biggest of the bunch but a similar weight to the other supermarkets at 130g each.
Unusually, it notes on the packaging that the garlic is not from the UK, but the chicken is. I also noticed that Asda’s had one of the best ‘use by’ dates on it.
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The chicken took 25 minutes to cook and didn’t split in the oven – though I do recommend using tin foil to cover your baking trays to avoid mess. The kyiv was very garlicky and tasted very nice. Served with rice, it was very filling, and seemed good value for money.
Another chopped and shaped option from Morrisons, with crunchy breadcrumbs from which the garlic and parsley center oozes. These are usually £2.20, but are currently reduced to £1.99 – however Aldi’s are still cheaper.
The Morrison’s kyivs cook in 35 minutes, but similarly to Tesco’s, I found the meat quality wasn’t amazing and the texture a little gritty. The flavor of the garlic butter was nice, though.
Overall, Aldi had the best priced chicken Kyiv, and it was very tasty too. On the other hand, M&S’s £3 kyivs were the only ones not made from chopped reformed chicken, so you really are paying for quality. That said, for a quick, easy, fuss free and delicious dinner – Aldi have my vote.