Last night, for dinner, I had the opportunity to eat a Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie for the first time. Along with that tasty pie, I also ate a Banquet Chicen Pot Pie and a sizeable quantity of white rice. The Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie was a gift from a friend that had been sitting in my freezer for several months and the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie, I had recently purchased at Walgreens Pharmacy. As I sat and ate the two brands of chicken pie, I realized that a consumer product comparison review was presenting itself. Although the two brands of chicken pie are markedly different, they also maintain distinct similarities. Both of these chicken pies are flavorful and satisfying and they are also very reasonably – priced. Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is one food writer’s product comparison review of the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie and Banquet Chicken Pot Pie.
The net weight of the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie is 8 ounces (226.8 grams). The net weight of the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie is 7 ounces (198 grams). According to the product labels, each of these frozen pies provides one serving, but in reality, it took both of these chicken pies to fill me up.
The Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie is packaged in a cardboard box that features a handy plastic see – through window that offers consumers a glimpse of the top crust of the pie. The Banquet Chicken Pot Pie is also packaged in a cardboard box. Each of these products’ boxes also lists all relevant ingredient and nutritional information.
The texture of the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie and the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie are definitely different from each other. Because the Willow Tree pie contains only white meat chicken, homestyle gravy and a crust, the textures offered by this frozen pie are very basic. One thing is for sure, though, the pieces of chicken in the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie are large and un – deniably real chunks of premium white meat chicken. To me, the crust of this pie is nice, but I think that I prefer the texture of the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie more.
The texture of the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie is more complex, simply because there are more ingredients contained in the product. To me, the crust of this pie is sturdier, yet also flakier. The potatoes, carrots and other ingredients in this frozen pie are cooked to just the right consistency and add another dimension of texture to the pie.
The Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie contains 290 calories, with 140 calories from fat, per one pie (226.8 grams) pie. This product also contains 6 grams of saturated fat, 0grams trans fat, 15 grams total fat, 60 mg of cholesterol, 730 mg of sodium, 17 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugars and 21 grams of protein.
The Banquet Chicken Pot Pie contains 370 calories, with 190 calories from fat, per one pie serving. This product also contains 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 21 grams total fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 850 mg of sodium, 34 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugars and 10 grams of protein.
Both of these brands of frozen chicken pies are inexpensively – priced. The regular retail price charged for one Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie at Hartford, Connecticut area supermarkets is approximately $2.29. The regular retail price charged for one Banquet Chicken Pot Pie at Hartford, Connecticut area supermarkets is approximately $.99c – $1.29. I think that the retail price of each of these products is very reasonable.
Taste / Flavor
The flavor offered by the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie is basic and wholesome. Chunks of premium white meat chicken swim in a delightful gravy that is delicately – seasoned and very mellow – tasting. I almost detected a hint of smokiness in the flavor of the gravy, but I am not sure exactly what the flavor is. The crust of this frozen pie is also delicate and pleasant – tasting and it complements the filling very well.
The Banquet Chicken Pot Pie features a thicker crust that has a little more flavor than the Willow Tree pie. The filling of this frozen chicken pie features a thicker gravy and the inclusion of assorted vegetables gives the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie more flavors to savor.
The Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie should be baked in a conventional oven at 375 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the gravy is bubbling.
The Banquet Chicken Pot Pie can be cooked in either a conventional oven or in a microwave oven.
All things considered, the Willow Tree Premium Chicken Pie and the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie are both delicious, high – quality products that are very reasonably – priced. Although the Banquet Chicken Pot Pie is regularly stocked and sold at food retailers everywhere, there Willow Tree Premium Chicken is a little bit harder to find. If your local supermarket does not regularly stock this item, perhaps you could ask the store manager if they could order it. Both of these frozen chicken pies are highly recommended by this food writer.
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