Chicken fingers are just one of those childhood favorites that carry over into adulthood. There is nothing like fresh chicken fingers.
And the great thing is, once you figure out how to reheat chicken fingers, leftovers can be just as amazing.
It’s all about finding the right method.
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Can You Reheat Chicken Fingers?
Yes! Of course, you can reheat chicken fingers. The issue is not whether it is possible because obviously it is. The issue is whether you end up with a delicious entree or something gross and rubbery.
The appliance you use with leftovers will make all the difference.
For example, foods that have been fried or breaded tend to reheat better in the oven or in an air fryer while foods that have been grilled or baked tend to reheat better when put back in the oven or even back on the grill.
With chicken fingers, because they are typically both breaded and fried, our best bet is likely going to be the air fryer.
But let’s walk through each appliance to be sure.
Should You Reheat Chicken Fingers?
Before we get started, however, it is important to note that all safe food handling practices should be put into place.
You don’t want to go through all the trouble of reheating your delicious takeaways only to get yourself sick.
In general, the USDA advises heating all foods to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, but of course, you should always do your own research.
To help you in your research, you can check out the piece from the BBC on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers in the Oven
Reheating chicken fingers in the oven will not be the quickest way to get your leftovers back in action, but it will get them warmed through and crispy on the outside.
- Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil and place the chicken fingers on the sheet, spaced apart so they are not touching. Allow your chicken tenders to sit on the countertop on the baking sheet while the oven comes up to the full 400 degrees.
- This approach will allow the chicken to heat more evenly in the oven without drying out.
- Place the chicken tenders in the oven when it’s ready and cook for 10 minutes.
- Check the temperature and return to the oven if necessary for another 3-5 minutes.
- When they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers in the Microwave
The biggest concern with reheating chicken fingers in the microwave is that you risk turning them into rubber.
Drying them out is not really going to be a problem because they won’t be in the microwave for long, but it does not take long to turn them into something rubbery and inedible.
If you decide to use the microwave, follow these steps:
- Place your chicken tenders on a microwave-safe plate, spaced apart.
- Cover the chicken fingers with a wet paper towel to trap in moisture and preserve texture.
- Cook the tenders on high heat for 1 minute then check the temperature.
- Return to the microwave and continue to cook in 30-second increments if necessary.
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers in an Air Fryer
Quick, easy, and relatively mess-free, reheating chicken fingers in an air fryer is an excellent way to get your childhood favorite in front of you for amazing leftovers.
- Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your tenders in the air fryer basket so they are not touching; you want plenty of space for the hot air to circulate around each chicken finger.
- Cook for 5 minutes and check the internal temperature.
- Return to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes if necessary to bring the tenders up to full temperature.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers on a Grill
The only way it makes sense to consider reheating chicken fingers on a grill is if you are either out camping and have no other appliance to work with or you happen to be outside with your grill and want to throw your tenders on.
In either case, simply use these directions:
- Wrap your chicken fingers individually in aluminum foil.
- Place them over indirect heat and close the grill.
- Cook for about 15 minutes before removing to check the internal temperature.
- Return the tenders to the grill for another 5 minutes if necessary.
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers in a Toaster Oven
If all you’ve got to work with is a toaster oven, then we can make that work!
- Preheat the toaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and allow your chicken fingers to come up to room temperature by placing them on the counter for about 10 minutes.
- Place the chicken fingers on a greased baking sheet, spaced apart so they are not touching.
- Put the baking sheet into the toaster oven and cook for 15 minutes.
- Check the internal temperature and cook for another 5 minutes if necessary.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Chicken Fingers in a Pan on the Stove
You can of course replicate the original cooking process and return the chicken fingers to the frying pan.
To take this approach, follow these steps:
- Place your chicken tenders on the countertop to bring them up to room temperature. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
- Heat cooking oil in a frying pan on the stove to medium heat. Olive oil is healthy and is less likely to burn your tenders.
- Place the chicken fingers directly into the heated oil and allow them to fry on both sides for about 1 minute.
- Remove, check the internal temperature, and enjoy!
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Chicken Fingers Is Using the Air Fryer
The air fryer has to be the winner for reheating chicken fingers. Of course, you can use the stove with great results if you don’t happen to have an air fryer, but who doesn’t have an air fryer these days?!
What do you think? Do you have any tips for reheating chicken fingers? Let me know in the comments below.