Maple Lodge Farms Classic Roast Chicken
Available at: All major retailers (Loblaws, Dominion, etc.), sliced fresh at the deli counter
Price: $2.00-$2.70/100 g
Would buy again: Yes
**** 1/2 (out of five)
Warning to vegetarians/vegans/children who enjoyed the movie Chicken Little: There’s a party in my mouth and these birds are definitely invited.
Maple Lodge Farms, one of the most trusted Canadian meat companies since 1955, are boasting an impressive new roast. Every diet in the last five years has cautioned against these highly processed and heavily salted deli meats as the greasier cousin to a plain, lean cut. But both their Classic Roast Chickens, the Thai variety and the Omega-3, offer reduced sodium, weigh in at a mere 50 calories per 50 grams, and the latter is juiced up with flaxseed oil for those extra fatty acids. Bravo, Maple Lodge Farms, for extracting the guilt from the pleasure.
The Thai variety opens with a peppered, tingling spice — without the heat — and closes with a sweet upswing. It is, in fact, full-bodied enough to compete with the champion of flavour, pork. The most pleasant surprise here is the consistent presence of spicing throughout the first, middle and last bites.
The Classic Roast variety tastes, well, like chicken. There’s that ubiquitous honey-like hint that accents most deli cuts, but not enough to feel sweetened. This cut would play well with a bolder sauce partner.