Can I Reheat Chicken Breast? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Chicken breast can be both the best and the worst dish. When done right, it is moist, flavorful, and delicious. When undercooked, it’s gross and can make you sick. When overcooked, it’s dry and loses all flavor.  

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And let’s not even talk about rubbery chicken breast.  

So, the trick to reheating chicken breast, to make it worth it, is getting it back to its original state, just as good, if not better than the first time you ate it.  

All we have to do is figure out the right way to get that done. 

Can You Reheat Chicken Breast? 

Of course you can reheat chicken breast.  

Can You Reheat Chicken Breast?

But do you really want to?  

Of course, you do! But only if it is going to be as good as the first time. Otherwise, what’s the point?  

The thing is, each food will have an appropriate appliance for reheating. Generally, foods that have been grilled or baked will reheat better in the oven or back on the grill. Foods that have been breaded or fried will do better in the oven or in an air fryer.  

With chicken breast, the air fryer is probably going to be our best bet, so we don’t dry it out.  

Should You Reheat Chicken Breast? 

Chicken breast is tricky. You don’t want to end up sick, so it is fair to ask if you should even bother heating it up and taking your chances.  

You should, of course, always do your own research to be sure you are following all food safety and health practices.  

To get you started, I have linked an article from the USDA on reheating leftovers.    

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in the Oven 

Be forewarned, reheating chicken breast in an oven is likely not going to be your best approach. You have to be careful not to dry it out.  

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place your leftover chicken on the countertop to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes. This step will help prevent the chicken from drying out and ensure you thoroughly heat the chicken breast.  
  2. Place chicken broth in the bottom of an oven-safe dish, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and place your chicken on top of the broth.  
  3. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.  
  4. Check the internal temperature for 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have not reached that temp, return chicken to the oven for another 5 minutes, and check again.  
  5. When it has reached the safe temperature, serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in the Microwave 

While the oven will not be the quickest or easiest way to heat up chicken, the microwave can turn your chicken to rubber. Be mindful that you have to go low and as slow as you can with this appliance.  

To get the most of the microwave with chicken, use these directions: 

  1. Slice your chicken breast into thin slices or small chunks and place them in a microwave-safe dish.  
  2. Pour a bit of broth over the slices or chunks to keep them moist and cover the chicken with a microwave-safe cover.  
  3. Heat the chicken at 75 percent power in 1-minute increments, checking the internal temperature each time you pull the chicken out.  
  4. When it has reached the desired 165 degrees Fahrenheit, serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in an Air Fryer 

Reheating chicken breast in an air fryer is quick, easy, and delicious.  

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 365 degrees Fahrenheit and allow your chicken to come up to room temperature on the kitchen counter for about 15 minutes.  
  2. Place the chicken breast into the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes, flipping the breast over halfway through.  
  3. Check your internal temperature, and if you need to, you can continue to heat in 1-minute increments until it reaches the desired temp.  
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Breast on a Grill 

Reheating chicken breast on a grill if it was grilled originally can be a great idea.  

Heat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or medium heat. 

Wrap your chicken breast in foil and include a pat of butter on top.  

Place the chicken on the grill, over indirect heat, and close the top.  

Cook for 10 minutes then check the temperature, returning to the grill for 5-minute increments until you reach the desired 165-degree-Fahrenheit temp.  

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in a Toaster Oven 

Sometimes, the only appliance you have is a toaster oven, but we can make that work, too.  

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place your chicken breast on a baking sheet lined with some chicken broth to keep moisture in.  
  3. Cover the baking sheet with foil and tightly wrap the edges of the baking sheet, so you lock in moisture and create steam.  
  4. Heat the chicken breast for 15 minutes then check the internal temperature. If you must, you can cook for an additional 5 minutes to reach the desired 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in a Pan on the Stove 

The only time it is really a good idea to reheat chicken breast in a pan on the stove is if you are willing cut it into slices or chunks.  

How to Reheat Chicken Breast in a Pan on the Stove 

  1. Remove the chicken breast from the fridge and cut it into small pieces.  
  2. Heat a skillet on the stove on medium heat and coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil or butter.  
  3. Sauté the chicken breast in slices or chunks, tossing a few times over the course of 3-5 minutes.  
  4. Remove from heat once one of your slices has reached the internal temp of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  5. Serve over a salad, rice, or just as bite-sized delicious chicken bits.   

WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Chicken Breast Is Using the Air Fryer  

In terms of keeping your chicken breast as good as it was on the original date of deliciousness and keeping it intact, the air fryer is the best approach.  

It will heat it through and get it nice and crispy on the outside.  

What do you think? Do you have tips for reheating chicken breast? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.  

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