supermarket curries ready meals cheapest way to get chicken soft.

jvjack
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edited 14 January 2023 at 4:44PM in Energy
I find these ready made curries from the big supermarkets take almost an hour at highest gas mark 9  260 centigrade.
to get the chicken to be softish.  Still bit tough even after that heating and by then dry.
Instructions say oven gas mark 5 for 25 mins. No way
My microwave is 700w and instructions say 6 mins  and even after 10 mins cant get it softened.
They do sell lots so just wondering if there is a way and i'm not seeing something.
The microwave would save loads , any tips?



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  • Krakkkers
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    260f is only 120C, your oven is barely on.
  • jvjack
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    edited 14 January 2023 at 4:46PM
    lol just checking that
    edit changed it

  • Olly_J
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    jvjack said:
    I find these ready made curries from the big supermarkets take almost an hour at highest gas mark 9  260f 
    to get the chicken to be softish.  Still bit tough even after that heating and by then dry.
    Instructions say oven gas mark 5 for 25 mins. No way
    My microwave is 700w and instructions say 6 mins  and even after 10 mins cant get it softened.
    They do sell lots so just wondering if there is a way and i'm not seeing something.
    The microwave would save loads , any tips?



    Gas mark 9 is defined as 240c. Are the 1-2 person size meals?
    As a microwave at 700w should be able to cook one from frozen in 10-12 mins usually, even less most of the time, so perhaps you're not running it at the full power setting
  • Krakkkers
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    If he was cooking it at 240C for an hour it would be a smouldering cinder.
  • jvjack
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    Gas mark 9 on cooker ,  Beko cooker handbook says thats 260 degrees centigrade.
  • Jyana
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    Have you tried cooking it at the specified time and temp, or just at just the higher temp for twice as long instead?
  • Krakkkers
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    Nothing will survive 260C for an hour, something wrong there.
  • Krakkkers
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    I cook everything at 170C fan.
  • Krakkkers
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    Could be oven thermostat faulty.
  • More likely old laying hens and breeding stock plus mechanically recovered meat from carcasses " pressure  washed " then pressed and chopped !

    Tasteless rubbish that I wouldn't feed to a dog . In the time it is taking you to cook it you could have cooked a curry with real chicken from scratch !
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