Saturday, 3 March 2012

cooking tips #4

Cooking Tips
(Cheap and Easy)
Number 4
Leftover Chicken or Turkey Curry
 Cheap with store cupboard stuff.
Makes a change from chicken and chips, chicken sandwiches
or to stop you throwing a half eaten roast bird away. 
Cooking time 40 minutes.

This is an occasional blog post to hopefully give you readers, simple, tested cooking ideas. I am not trying to teach you to suck eggs. Most of these posts will not be full recipes but just to show you how to do the basics right. I have tried different techniques by TV and Book Chefs that promised the perfect so and so, sadly most of them do not work. Below I will show the ones that worked. All these tips have been used a minimum of 10 times with constant results. I hope you find these useful. So here goes........
  • Teaspoon olive oil (or vegetable oil) 
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons of Mild curry powder. If using Hot curry powder you might want to reduce the number of tablespoons.
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cube chicken stock, you know OXO etc
  • 1 can of water, this means when you use the tomatoes, fill the tin with water
  • 450g of leftover chicken or turkey, if you got less then put in what you have left. Just cut it into smallish pieces. 
  • Large saucepan or deep sided frying pan (as in photos)
 Lets Cook
Heat the oil in the pan to a medium heat and add the chopped onions, let them sweat for a few minutes. Once becoming soft then add the garlic. Cook for a few minutes more. 
Sweating down
 Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, crushed stock cube and curry powder, then mix in well.

Stuff added, now mix with spoon
Now fill the empty tomato tin with cold water and pour in and mix again.

Next add the chopped chicken or turkey and stir in. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. 

boiling, now about to be turned down to a simmer

After 30 minutes the 'sauce' should have thickened up a lot. It is now ready to serve with rice or whatever you fancy.
With rice, trust me its lovely
If you have leftover chicken or turkey and do not fancy this the next day then just cook this. Let it cool, put in containers and freeze for a later date. That is a great way to save money and waste.

With a half of a chicken left after a roast, this recipe will provide 2 more meals for 2 people at a cost of less than £1 per person. 

Written by Gerry.


  1. That looks lovely, I really like curries and this looks well worth a try. Might have a go tomorrow. Cheers for the inspiration :O) As I'm on Jenny Craig I shan't be able to eat it, but I reckon the rest of the family will love it and I might try a nibble.

    1. Thanks for comment, we use mild curry powder, so if you using hot then you might want to reduce the number of tablespoons. Thinking of that, might just update the post.

  2. Cooked it this evening! Delicious! :O) I chucked some veg in to try and get the kids dosed up on some vitamins, and it was lush! Thanks for the inspiration. x

    1. Thanks for comment. Glad it helped, keep an eye out for more. Have to get Gerry to do some more.