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How To Reheat Fried Chicken

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Looking for a sure-fire way to reheat fried chicken? Well this is your place.

spicy southern fried jerk chicken with waffles

I always have leftovers on hand when I make fried chicken. Don’t trip, cause it ain’t because the chicken wasn’t good. I’m usually cutting up an entire chicken for testing and compounding things is the fact that only 2 people in the house eat meat.

No problem, it just means I’m left with some cold fried chicken the next day, that needs to be reheated. Over the years I’ve tried many different approaches and found that one works best.

Reheating in the oven uncovered nets hot and crispy results similar to the original fry.

How To Reheat Fried Chicken - Dos & Don'ts

  • Allow leftover chicken to reach room temperature before heating again. This will take between 30-60 minutes. This allows the chicken to reheat and crisp more evenly
  • You want as little of the chicken’s surface area as possible covered including the bottom. The more of the chicken exposed to the hot air the better. To this end insert a metal cooling rack inside a baking tray
  • Spread the chicken pieces out well so there is no crowding. The more room the better.
  • Whatever you do, avoid covering the chicken with foil as this leads to steaming and sogginess which is a waste of good fried bird
  • Reheat at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Anything longer and you start creeping into dried chicken territory which is no no.
  • Whatever you do, don’t bother with the paper towel over the chicken on a plate heated in the microwave. Of all the tests, this netted the soggiest, most uneven cooked! The texture of the chicken was effected quite a bit also.
  • Re-heating in an air-fryer is the most reliable alternative approach. Cook the chicken at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes flipping half-way through. Same spacing rules apply though.

For Fried Chicken recipes to add to your repertoire try these:

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings

Harissa Spiced Chicken Wings

spicy chicken wings in harissa sauce

Jerk Fried Chicken

spicy southern fried jerk chicken with waffles

Garam Masala Spiced Fried Chicken Thighs

garam masala spiced fried chicken thighs on a wire rack

Brazilian Fried Chicken Wings

brazilian fried chicken wings (frango a passarinho) in a bowl topped with red onions and cilantro

Smoked Fried Chicken

fried chicken thighs on white plate

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