supermarket curries ready meals cheapest way to get chicken soft.

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  • Ectophile
    Ectophile Posts: 7,382 Forumite
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    edited 30 November 2023 at 7:52PM
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    jvjack said:

    Read on temerature enthusiacs site  "Microwave wattages range from 500 to as high as 1,200. Anything lower than 700 is not ideal for cooking, as it will struggle to heat food evenly." 
    I would say it's the opposite.
    If the food contains quite a lot of water, then the microwaves will only penetrate about 1cm into the food.  Cook it on a high wattage oven, and you'll end up over-cooking the outside while the inside is still raw.  Better to cook it slower for longer, at a lower power, so the heat has time to reach the middle.

    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
  • dealyboy
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    Hilarity aside the first post by the OP does quote energy of microwave in (w) and no different from the air fryer type posts.

    However is there a troll/humour section of the board?
    ... No, but ...  :)

    May I refer you to this 'Announcement' thread ... https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/comment/80430377/#Comment_80430377.
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    Krakkkers said:
    I like this thread, he has tried 45 mins in a microwave and he has tried an hour at 240 celcius !!!!!.
    I am waiting to see what he does next, probably nuclear weapons.
    Priceless😂. needed a good laugh. 
  • QrizB
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    Do we need to introduce Jack to earthquake Luke?
    Sadly, Earthquake Luke's thread seems to have gone AWOL.
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  • debitcardmayhem
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    edited 2 December 2023 at 12:55AM
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    You can cook a chicken curry from scratch in 20 mins on the hob, but hey let’s keep the thread going.
    or perhaps widen it to include lamb korma  B)

    Edited or a veggie curry
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  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    Good idea , looks easy enough.  Will pick up the ingredients as i'm entertaining next week. 
    Shame that earthquake thread has gone missing. Maybe would have learnt something about myself by the sound of it.
  • markin
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    Pick the chicken out and boil it for 10 min, if its still hard you know its the chicken or the way they cooked it.
  • MrsStepford
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    Suggest buying a thermometer to check the temperature and making sure gas jets in the oven are clean. Your oven thermostat could be faulty, especially if the cooker is pretty old. 
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    Thank you. Yes have already tested oven with ebay thermometer and it's fine. Adding water each time when i thought chicken wasn't soft enough lead to those long times.  And the water test showed the microwave ok
    So think i've gone down a rabbit hole and am getting out of it after reading all comments. Quite looking forward to having a go at cooking one myself.

  • Farway
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    jvjack said:
    Thank you. Yes have already tested oven with ebay thermometer and it's fine. Adding water each time when i thought chicken wasn't soft enough lead to those long times.  And the water test showed the microwave ok
    So think i've gone down a rabbit hole and am getting out of it after reading all comments. Quite looking forward to having a go at cooking one myself.

    Do yourself a favour and buy a cheap slow cooker, bung chicken in on low in the norming, by evening it will be dropping off the bone and as soft as a baby's bum

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