How to Reheat Fried Chicken 4 Ways

Got leftover fried chicken in the fridge? Let me show you how I like to reheat my leftover fried chicken!

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A Great 2nd Meal

No matter white meat or dark meat, or breast or thigh. Rest assured I’ve got you covered.

No one wants soggy reheated fried chicken, so in this blog post I’ll show you how to reheat fried chicken the right way.

So you can rest assured knowing you’ll get a delicious 2nd meal out of your chicken.

Sauce: Enemy of Texture

If you have the chance, I recommend leaving all your chicken sauceless when you go to put it into your fridge.

Sauce is moist and will make it much harder to get that finished texture you want in your reheated fried chicken.

So tip # 1 is to store your fried chicken with the sauce on the side!

Soak Up Sogginess

Another way you can combat soggy fried chicken is by placing a paper towel under your food when you store it in the fridge.

This will help ensure all the excess moisture gets trapped and wicked away from the chicken.

Remember that moisture is the enemy of crispiness!

How to Reheat Fried Chicken in the Oven

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The most popular, and my personal favorite method, of reheating fried chicken is to use an oven.

The oven is great at reheating fried chicken because it cooks your chicken evenly and the convection will circulate the hot air around the chicken.

If you reheat your fried chicken in your oven, you’re sure to come out with a great result!

Oven Fried Chicken Heating Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your fried chicken out on a foil lined baking sheet or baking sheet rack.
  2. Bake for 10-20 minutes until your chicken read 140 degrees Fahrenheit internal (assuming it was wholly cooked prior). The amount of chicken will change the length of cooking time. Be vigilant.
  3. Turn off your oven and carefully transfer your chicken to a heat safe bowl using tongs.
  4. Toss in a sauce of your choice, or make a simple one by mixing hot sauce, butter, and honey!
  5. Enjoy!

How to Reheat Fried Chicken in the Microwave

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Less popular than reheating fried chicken in the oven, the microwave still gets the job done!

As long as your chicken isn’t too soggy from sitting in the fridge, you can certainly reheat it in the microwave and have it come out as crispy as ever!

The only downside is that microwaves work by heating the water within the food, so you may end up with a dryer piece of meat, and excess moisture may soften the exterior.

Microwave Fried Chicken Heating Instructions

  1. Place your chicken in reasonable batches on a microwave safe plate. I recommend placing it so it isn’t stacked or touching for best results.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Check your meat with a meat thermometer. If it reads 140 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re good to go!
  4. If not good, cook in 1 minute intervals until reading 140 degrees internal.
  5. Toss with your favorite sauce and enjoy!

How to Reheat Fried Chicken in a Fryer

A right hand holding a frying pan handle on a black gas stovetop with oil in the pan.

An experimental way to reheat your fried chicken is to shallow or deep fry it until it reaches the desired heat.

Although a little more labor intensive than popping fried chicken in the microwave, you’ll come out with an excellent product no matter no matter what!

Microwave Fried Chicken Heating Instructions

  1. In a deep fryer or in a shallow cast iron skillet preheat your oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Dry off excess moisture from your chicken with a paper towel before you place the chicken in the hot oil, since the oil may overflow if you do not.
  3. In small batches place your chicken in the oil for 4-5 minutes if deep frying. If pan frying, flip after 2.5 minutes and let sit for another 2.5.
  4. Once reading an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, place your food in a food safe bowl and toss in your favorite sauce.
  5. Enjoy!

How to Reheat Fried Chicken in an Air Fryer

A black air fryer with stainless steel fixtures and a basket of french fries inside of a lit compartment.

Air fryers are all the craze nowadays, so it makes sense you’ll have one lying around your kitchen. They’re a wonderful way to cook and reheat food!

I highly recommend using one to reheat your fried chicken, since it acts as a convection oven does by circulating hot air around the meat with some hot oil to help crisp up the skin.

Microwave Fried Chicken Heating Instructions

  1. Heat your air fryer to 260 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pop in your fried chicken in reasonably sized batches. Don’t overcrowd!
  3. Cook for 10 minutes and until crispy and hot again.
  4. Once done, toss in a bowl with your favorite sauce.
  5. Enjoy!

Conclusion

No matter how you cooked it, you can always reheat your fried chicken to close to perfection!

Some ways are better than others, but the tradeoff is time and effort.

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