Have you ever tried to reheat fried chicken? Was it a soggy, unappetizing failure? If you attempted to reheat leftover fried chicken in the microwave, chances are the answer is yes. Reheating fried chicken in the microwave will always lead to soggy disappointment. So, what’s the best way to reheat fried chicken? It all takes place in the oven. Here are the two best ways that we’ve found to reheat fried chicken in the oven.
Before you begin reheating, we recommend that you allow the leftover fried chicken to sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before placing it in the oven. Why? It shortens reheating time and guarantees that all pieces are warmed thoroughly. Take advantage of this time by preheating your oven to 400 degress.
Method #1 – Oven + Aluminum Foil
This first method will give you crispy, perfectly heated leftover fried chicken every time with the added bonus of an easy cleanup. All you need is some aluminum foil and a baking sheet.
- Line the baking sheet with foil
- Arrange chicken on baking sheet
- Place in oven and let cook.
Reheating time will vary depending on the size or the piece. It will take around 15 minutes for wings and legs. Cooking time for breasts and thighs is around 20-25 minutes.
Method # 2 – Oven + Wire Rack
The second way to reheat fried chicken in the oven calls for a cooking wire rack and backing sheet. As with the previous method, you’ll get better results by allowing the leftover chicken to reach room temperature before reheating.
- Arrange chicken on wire cooking rack
- Place cooking rack in baking sheet
- Place in oven and let bake
With this method cooking time will be between 10-20 minutes. Reheating time for legs and wings is between 8-12 minutes, while breasts and thighs will take longer.
Never eat a soggy piece of fried chicken again. Using the two oven reheating methods above, you’ll have crispy, evenly warmed left over fried chicken every time.
Do you know another way to reheat fried chicken? Drop us a comment. We’d love to know your secret.