faqs

We always love to hear your questions, whether they’re about our recipes, or just food in general. Here are some that we get asked a lot.

  • Who is Charlie Bigham?

    Charlie is the man behind our range of delicious dishes. He was originally inspired to start the company after his travels around the world where many of his best meals were created from a handful of fresh ingredients tossed into a pan.

  • Where can I buy Charlie Bigham’s dishes?

    Check our ‘Where to buy’ page for the latest information on where all of our delicious dishes are available to purchase.

  • I can’t have gluten- which dishes can I have?

    We don’t add any ingredients containing gluten to the following recipes*:
    Breton Chicken
    Moroccan Chicken Tagine
    Thai Green Chicken Curry
    Thai Red Chicken Curry
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    Chicken Korma
    Chicken Jalfrezi
    Beef Stroganoff
    Paella
    Spanish Chicken
    Vietnamese Chicken Curry

    *…but please bear in mind that other dishes cooked in the same kitchen do have gluten in them!

  • I can’t have dairy- which dishes can I have?

    We don’t add any ingredients containing dairy to the following recipes*:
    Vietnamese Chicken curry
    Spanish Chicken
    Thai Red Chicken Curry
    Paella

    * that said, we do make other dishes that do contain dairy, in the same kitchen.

  • I’m a vegetarian, which Charlie Bigham’s dishes can I eat?

    We’re afraid we’re rather a carnivorous bunch, and most of our dishes are based around meat. We do make a delicious Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni though! We’re also always looking at new recipes so if you do have any lovely vegetarian dishes you think we should make, do let us know here.

  • What can I do with my left over ramekins?

    Once you have polished off your pies there are lots of fantastic ways to reuse your ramekins. Here are some of our favourites:

    Plant pots for herbs.
    Dishes for pre-dinner nibbles and dips.
    Individual Yorkshire pudding dishes.
    A brilliant way to cook and serve individual shepherd’s pies, or apple crumbles.
    Finger bowls (just add hot water and a slice of lemon).
    Sous-chef dishes (add your chopped ingredients and get organised in the kitchen!)

    If you have any other ideas, do let us know. Or have a look here for a few more ideas! Unfortunately our ramekins aren’t recyclable.

  • Where do your ingredients come from?

    Every single ingredient that we use for our lovely dishes, ranging from meat and poultry to vegetables and spices, are all very carefully selected from a handful of trusted suppliers, many of whom we have worked with for several years. All our suppliers undergo rigorous quality audits to ensure you enjoy a delicious meal each and every time. If you have more queries about specific ingredients please do not hesitate to contact us here.

  • Is your chicken free range?

    The chicken that we use in all of our recipes is not free range. All the chicken we use we buy fresh, working closely with our Dutch supplier to maintain and improve the quality of our chicken. Which came first the chicken or the egg? We feel that understanding the provenance and traceability of our chicken is really important, that is why we can trace back to the exact farm the chicken was raised and also the exact farm where its parents laid the original egg. Another common phrase is you are what you eat and we think this also applies to our chickens, that’s why all of ours are fed a mix of whole grains blended together and we can trace these back to the farms that they were produced too. The chickens are reared in littered houses with enriched environments (e.g. perches, scratching stations), according to a scheme similar to the UK’S Red Tractor Farm Assurance Poultry Scheme. As part of this scheme our supplier is independently audited to ensure the high welfare and quality standards we have always adhered to are maintained and because it so important to us we audit our supplier too as a double check.

  • How many people does each pack serve?

    Most of our dishes serve two hungry adults when served with some yummy accompaniments such as salad, creamy mashed potato, or maybe some simple boiled rice. For ideas on what goes well with each dish, just follow the link on its page. We also now offer a range of dishes in a ‘Perfect for One’ size. Happy cooking!

  • Can you freeze all Charlie Bigham’s products?

    All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients, so they’re at their very best when cooked from fresh. If you do plan to freeze your dish, please pop it straight in the freezer on the day you bought it and eat it within one month. To cook, defrost the dish fully and then follow the normal cooking instructions.