supermarket curries ready meals cheapest way to get chicken soft.

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  • Apodemus
    Apodemus Posts: 3,384 Forumite
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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  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?
    Forget the microwave...invest in new teeth!   :D
  • Emmia
    Emmia Posts: 3,147 Forumite
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    Honestly I've never found the curry.+ rice in one options good, the two things need to be cooked in different ways, so if I do a ready meal curry, I do rice in a saucepan separately, and have a ready meal which is just curry. 

    If you're cooking for 1 then the "sides" options you get are a great size, but I appreciate they're not usually a tikka masala, jalfrezi, korma etc. Personally, I am quite partial to the M&S 8 hour dal (a side for 2, which makes a meal for 1) which is lentil based (but has dairy in, so not vegan) and is better oven cooked (it comes in a foil tray, so you'd need to decant it, if microwaving)

    My other tip, is buying the mini ready made longlife naans, freezing them and then cooking them from frozen in the toaster (or a hot dry frying pan works too)
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    The rice was ok, I added some water before and stirred it couple of times. But yes punnet/tray was warped all over and cracked at top.
    Will use the advice given here next week.
    And i do need some more teeth , am waiting for the price of implants to come down.
  • Hi,
    Air Fryers seem all the rage just now, try that.
  • Robin9
    Robin9 Posts: 12,093 Forumite
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    edited 15 January 2023 at 2:43PM
    @jvjack


    Go to your local take away or have one delivered

    What other cooking are you trying to do?



    Never pay on an estimated bill
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    All the normal stuff , boiled potatoes meat and veg.
    Last curry takeaway 8 months ago was delicious. But costs.


  • Robin9
    Robin9 Posts: 12,093 Forumite
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    jvjack said:
    All the normal stuff , boiled potatoes meat and veg.
    Last curry takeaway 8 months ago was delicious. But costs.


    £6.80 locally but its all well cooked
    Never pay on an estimated bill
  • frugalmacdugal
    frugalmacdugal Posts: 10,077 Forumite
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    Hi,
    jvjack said:
    Last curry takeaway 8 months ago was delicious. But costs.
    how was the chicken hard/soft/edible?
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    edited 15 January 2023 at 6:33PM
    Was absoluteley succulent and soft. Their number is stored on phone. Min order though £10 for delivery which is fine for a treat.  
    Edit  was going to pop in there after i got it and ask them how the hell do you do it, It was so good.

  • Krakkkers
    Krakkkers Posts: 1,125 Forumite
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    They don't cook it at 260C for an hour.
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