I have been vegetarian for over three years now, and although I am not a vegan, I do eat a lot of plant-based meals. We use oat milk and the kids don’t really like cheese, so a lot of the meals that we do have are accidentally vegan. Making meals that we will all eat can be a bit of a juggle, so I find that some simple things that we can do at home is make veggie versions of our favourite meals, like fajitas, lasagnes, burritos, stir-frys, and curries. Using a meat alternative helps, or just choose a vegetable option for each.
When life is back to normal for us, life is pretty busy. So I know that when schools are back and after school clubs resume, we’ll be dashing here, there, and everywhere, so some easy dinner alternatives is a must. Which is where Shicken comes in! Vegan curries and sides ready to go, and delivered right to your door. But what is Shicken and are the meals worth it?
Shicken was created by the team at Plant Alternative, and the Shicken is a vegan alternative to chicken, made from soy. It has been created to match closely the texture and taste of chicken, and it really is hard to tell the difference! I have tried a variety of different meat substitutes, and this really is a texture like real chicken, compared to something like Quorn. So if you are looking for tasty vegan meals, or want to reduce your meat intake but not feel like you’re ‘sacrificing’ on food or taste, then I can honestly recommend these as a fantastic alternative to a traditional chicken curry.
When it comes to meals that are ready to cook and delivered to your door, you can naturally expect the meals to be quite tasteless and come with a load of plastic packaging.
First of all, with the shicken meals from Plant Alternative, the packaging is 100% plastic-free, and 100% recyclable. The boxes that the meals come in are home compostable, and any other items are made from cardboard which can be easily recycled with your normal recycling kerbside collection. This is fantastic news, and it really makes a difference – I have not seen many companies that have completely plastic-free packaging, so it is definitely a big plus.
When it comes to the taste, you are certainly not missing out. The ingredients are all natural, and there is nothing artificial added to them, or things like stabilisers or preservatives. You can get a restaurant-quality curry, all made to a vegan recipe.
If you are looking for vegan food that can be delivered right to you (within two days in most cases) then you don’t need to look any further than Shicken. You can order rice and sides at the same time too. The prices are reasonable and comparable to supermarket alternatives. Cheaper than a takeaway, but slightly more than you might pay at a supermarket. The taste is great though, and with natural ingredients and plastic-free packaging, you are paying for that extra goodness, I think.
The only thing that I would think would improve the range is seeing a larger range of options, such as buying a pack of the shicken ready to cook in your own recipe, or some chicken nuggets! As it is so like chicken, it would be really versatile in cooking.
Have you heard of this before? It would be great to hear what you think.
*this is a collaborative post, but all words and opinions are my own.