I usually make chicken and stir fry veg for my lunch the following day. Obviously I cook the chicken fully but I was wondering if I plan on only eating the meal the following day and heating it in the microwave for 2 mins @ 1000w, should I under-cook the vegetables a little bit?

The vegetables are usually onions, peppers and spinach.

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    I would suspect that it would help, but have never tried it, and have no idea how much to undercook it. The problem is that with stir-fry, part of the flavor comes from the high-heat cooking and getting a bit of char on things, so I wouldn't try to significantly undercook it. Maybe pull a minute or so early, and stir-fry over your highest possible heat. ... you could also try microwaving for longer and lower power so you're warming it without getting it so hot it softens further
    – Joe
    Nov 2, 2016 at 11:58

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The vegetables are likely to cook more during the reheating process, so if you don't want that you'll have to cook them less initially. They won't be the same as if you'd stir-fried them to perfection and eaten them straight away of course, but this is something I do myself when preparing meals to reheat at work.

So, basically, the answer to your question is "yes".

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