Cooking with canned food – Recipe: Chicken Ruby

A bowl of curry with wild rice and poppadoms

Chicken Ruby curry, wild rice and poppadoms

Recently, I was shocked to discover that my home city of Cardiff eats 76 tonnes* of canned food each day! That’s 183,000 cans; if stacked up, they would be nearly 240 times the height of my former workplace, Capital Tower. Over half of Cardiff’s residents stock up to 10 cans of food in their cupboards at any one time, with three-quarters of us admitting that we turn to canned food to cut down on preparation time. 

We can’t get enough of baked beans, canned soup and tomatoes, with many of us citing corned beef as one of our favourite childhood canned foods.

The research has been commissioned by not-for-profit organisation, Canned Food UK in connection with their ‘Nation’s Favourite Can’ campaign. Canned Food UK promotes the benefits of canned food, including nutritional value, affordability and, of course, convenience. 

Canned Food UK set me the challenge of cooking a meal using canned foods from their extensive online recipe collection, which has been created with help from celebrity chef, James Martin. While I was browsing the recipes, the Chicken Ruby caught my eye because I love making curries ‘from scratch’ and I haven’t made one for a while.

Cooking Chicken Ruby was very easy and hassle-free. It took me around 20 minutes to prepare the dish, but once I’d added all of the ingredients to the pan, I just let the curry simmer for around 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. I made the recipe as directed, but I replaced the 99% fat-free condensed tomato soup with two cans of Sainsbury’s Good for You tomato soup and simply left out the water. I served the curry with fresh coriander, wild rice and poppadoms. 

The sauce had a spicy, tomato flavour, while the chicken was tender and I really enjoyed the combination of vegetables – I can’t remember the last time I ate a dish that contained so much veg, which is quite shameful really! 

What are your favourite canned foods? I love rice pudding and macaroni cheese!

*Estimation taken from survey findings and population figures from
*Survey sample of 2,000 respondents. Research completed by Atomik Research on 01/08/2015.

Canned Food UK provided me with the ingredients with which to prepare this recipe; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review. 



  1. October 2, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Wow that is a lot of cans! Baked beans and tuna are the biggies in my house! Kaz x

    • October 3, 2015 / 10:54 am

      Tuna is one of my faves too – so versatile!

  2. October 4, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    That is a shocking fact! I have to admit that dish does look delicious, you would never know it came from a can!

    • October 4, 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks, it was pretty tasty!

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Aww thanks Claire πŸ™‚

  3. October 4, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    We use so many tins in our house….Especially baked beans and tins of custard. lol I do love Tesco’s own spaghetti bolognase out of a tin….Great for a quick lunch πŸ™‚

    • October 4, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      I don’t use tinned food as much as I should; it could save me a lot of money I think.

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Ooh, tinned custard is very handy to have in the cupboard. I don’t like tinned spaghetti – I think I’m one of a select few, lol x

  4. catstello
    October 4, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Good idea for a series, I very rarely eat canned food!

  5. October 4, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Fantastic post. I loved canned food – sometimes it tastes fresher than fresh ingredients πŸ™‚ x

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Jessica! I know what you mean, some foods taste lovely from the can.

  6. October 4, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Thinks we only really eat spaghetti and soup from a can. Surprising stats x

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Yeah, I don’t eat much tinned food either, so I was shocked to hear that so many people eat canned food too.

  7. October 4, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Ooh yum, rice pudding, and I also like spaghetti hoops (and dare I admit it, ye olde oak hotdogs as a toast sandwich)

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Oh, those hot dogs aren’t bad actually! Mmmm, I’m getting hungry…

  8. October 4, 2015 / 11:56 pm

    I love using condensed soup as a sauce particularly in my cheesy tuna pasta:-)

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Oh wow, now that sounds like a meal I would love!

  9. Anna Lysik
    October 5, 2015 / 3:40 am

    I love rice pudding! oh tomorrow they announce the bloggers awards! Fingers crossed huni!

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Aww, just seen this – so happy for the both of us πŸ˜€

  10. October 5, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    Wow that is a lot of cans! Your curry looks lovely. It reminds me of a Massaman curry, which I love. We use lots of tinned tomatoes, and the odd one of baked beans and tuna. We also use other tinned beans like black beans and cannellini beans quite a lot too. We use more than I thought! x

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      I love Massaman curry – Wagamama do a lovely version πŸ˜€

  11. October 5, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Oh yum this looks delicious – I would never have guessed it was from a can! x

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks, it was pretty good πŸ™‚

  12. October 5, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    I try to not eat canned food.. I like to make things fresh but who has time these days? Its much easier and tempting to reach for a can!

    • October 5, 2015 / 7:31 pm

      I eat more fresh food too I think, although I could probably save money by using more cans!

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