Fried chicken is crispy and delicious. But the problem is when it gets dry and cold. Then you land up asking friends about how to reheat fried chicken? The answer is you can reheat fried chicken very easily.
Turn your cold leftover fried chicken into hot, crispy chicken, by following either of the two methods. Chicken batters go cold, and soggy in the fridge, and lose their lovely texture. It’s easy to make your chicken crisp again, just follow the steps
What You Must Avoid
Microwave Oven: Please do not use your microwave to reheat your fried chicken. It will steam the batter, and make it wet and soggy. It will heat the fried chicken but change the texture. Never use your microwave oven.
Toaster Oven: Please do not be tempted to heat your fried chicken in a toaster oven. It is not powerful enough to heat and crisp up your chicken. It can burn the outside before the inside is hot. Never use a toaster oven.
Method #1: Reheating Fried Chicken In The Oven
You Will Need
An Oven (Gas Or Electric, Convection Or Standard)
An oven is the best tool to use, to reheat your fried chicken. The direct strong heat will make your chicken crisp, and delicious. Don’t be tempted to use any other kind of oven. The results will not be the same. Choose the best equipment and use a traditional oven.
You will need to have a flat surface to spread out your chicken and expose it to the most heat.
Remember that you must not use a dish, to heat your chicken in the oven. Roasting pans, and glass dishes will not give your chicken enough space to crisp up. You can cover your baking sheets with foil to make them easier to clean
Aluminum or Tin Foil
Foil is used to line your baking sheets. It makes them easier to clean afterward.
Step 1: Take Your Chicken Out Of The Fridge
The first thing that you need to do is to take your chicken out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. It is not a good idea at all to put the cold chicken in the oven. It is better to let it warm up a little.
If you heat if straight from the fridge, without letting it warm up, it will stay colder inside, and take longer to heat up, and dry out. While your chicken is warming up, you can prepare your baking sheets.
Step 2: Cover Your Baking Sheets & Arrange Your Chicken Pieces
Place sheets of foil on the trays, and fold down the ends. Place your chicken pieces on the baking sheet. Make sure that the chicken is at room temperature. You want to make the chicken crisp and if it is still cold, it will take longer.
Step 3: Put Your Chicken In The Oven
You might want to add a little water to your pieces, just a sprinkle – to help them stay moist. You need to place the baking sheet in the middle of the oven, at a temperature of 350. It will take about twenty-five minutes to heat through.
If your chicken pieces are all bigger, then you can cook them for the same time. If you have a mix of smaller and larger pieces – like wings and drumsticks – then you should take them out first. The smaller pieces will only take about fifteen minutes to reheat.
Step 4: Remove From The Oven
You can take your chicken out, and serve it. Check that the batter is crisp enough. If you would like to, you can put it back in – for another five minutes, but not for any longer, or your will dry out your chicken. If you would like to, you can let it rest on a wire rack for a few minutes first
Method #2: Frying Your Chicken For A New Revival
You Will Need
Heavy Pan Or Cast Iron Skillet
You will need a heavy pan or cast iron skillet. A cast iron pan holds heat better and is more efficient to use a pot made from thin metal. It is important to use a good sized pan that is deep enough, to hold your oil, without splattering all over your kitchen.
You will need oil. It’s important to choose the oil with a low smoke point, and neutral taste. Canola oil, sunflower, and peanut oils are good for refrying chicken. Don’t waste your expensive olive oil for heating.
Step 1: Take Your Fried Chicken Out Of The Fridge
It’s very important to let your chicken reach room temperature. Placing cold chicken into oil will bring the temperature of the oil down too quickly. This will take about half an hour.
Step 2: While Your Chicken Is Resting, Fill Up Your Skillet With Oil:
Pour enough oil into your pot, so that the pieces will be covered. Place it onto your stove, and turn on the heat. You will need to keep an eye on the temperature. (If you have a thermometer you can check the temperature – 350 degrees, is the best temperature for frying. You can also test the oil by dropping in a piece of bread.)
Step 3: Place Chicken Into The Hot Oil
Please don’t use your fingers to put your chicken into the oil! Rather take use a fork or a pair of kitchen tongs. Fry the chicken for a few minutes only – about two or three, as you are just heating and crisping! Not cooking!
Step 4: Watch The Color!
Please do not over fry your chicken. You are looking for a lovely golden color but not brown chicken. Turn the pieces over while you are frying, and keep a beady eye on the clock.
Step 5: Remove From The Oil And Drain
Take your pieces out of the oil and place them onto a wire rack to drain and cool. This allows the chicken to rest, it will carry on cooking for a minute or two, as it has been in very hot oil! It is still busy crisping up!
Step 6: Your Leftover Oil
Let your oil cool completely, before you dispose of it, or store it again, to use it again.
Reheating your fried chicken is very easy if you follow the steps. You are heating up your chicken only – and not cooking it.
The high heat of the oven, or oil, will recreate the crispy texture, and make your chicken as fresh as if you had just prepared it. Use the right equipment and method that suits you to make the best possible reheated fried chicken. Your guests will ask you for your recipe!
One Last Comment
Reheating fried chicken does take a lot longer than simply popping it into a microwave oven, but, the best results will take more time, and effort, and equipment. But, it is worth your time and effort. What can be more delicious than succulent crispy chicken, with wonderful sides like creamy mashed potatoes, or hot rolls and gravy?
The best way possible to reheat fried chicken is to use and oven, or stove top, and refry or bake your oven. Use the right equipment, and let your chicken cool off on a wire rack! Scrumptious chicken guaranteed.