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

Chicken parm is one of those dishes that can go so horribly wrong if not prepared well and so delightfully right if cooked to perfection. For this reason, when you do have great chicken parm, you definitely want leftovers.  

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And if you have leftovers, you want to be sure you reheat them right back to perfection. So, let’s get to it! 

Can You Reheat Chicken Parm? 

Yes! Of course, you can reheat chicken parm! What a silly question.  

Can You Reheat Chicken Parm

But you’re right to wonder. Reheated chicken, especially fried chicken like this one, can end up dry, stiff, and inedible. Not good.  

But the truth is you can reheat chicken parm and any other food that has been frozen or refrigerated. It’s all about the approach.  

Foods that have been baked or grilled are often best back in the oven or back on the grill. Foods that have been breaded or fried, or both, like chicken parm, are usually best reheated in the oven or in an air fryer.  

For chicken parm, we’re probably going to be best off reheating it in the air fryer. And if you have a red sauce to go with it, you can simply heat it in a pan on the stove by stirring over medium for a few minutes until it is heated through.  

Should You Reheat Chicken Parm? 

Before we get into how to reheat chicken parm in each appliance, we must address whether it is even safe to do so.  

It is practical to wonder about food safety issues and the potential for foodborne illnesses.  

In general, the rule is to heat leftover chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  

But you should, of course, do your own research. To get you started, I have linked an article from the BBC on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.   

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in the Oven 

Reheating chicken parm in the oven is a great way to return the chicken to its former glory.  

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil.  
  3. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and put the chicken in the oven.  
  4. Heat the chicken for about 10 minutes, checking the temperature to be sure it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  5. Serve with sauce and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in the Microwave 

It might seem like the microwave is a quick fix for your chicken parm, but it can also go wrong. So wrong.  

The microwave has the potential to render your chicken rubbery and dry. But, you can also get this appliance right with a few careful steps.  

  1. Place a damp paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Place the chicken on top of the paper towel and place another damp paper towel over the top of the chicken.  
  2. Heat the chicken in the microwave on medium power for 1 minute then remove the chicken, flip it over, and replace it between the paper towels.  
  3. Check the internal temperature and return to the microwave for 30-second intervals if necessary.  
  4. Serve with sauce and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in an Air Fryer 

Reheating chicken parm in an air fryer will make it moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and retain all its flavor.  

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place the chicken into the air fryer basket.  
  3. Heat your chicken for 4 minutes and check the internal temperature.  
  4. If necessary, you can heat in 1-minute intervals until the correct temperature is reached.  

How to Reheat Chicken Parm on a Grill 

I know it sounds crazy to fire up your grill just to reheat some leftover chicken parm, but if you’ve already got this bad boy fired up, you can totally throw your chicken on there, too.  

  1. Preheat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Wrap your chicken parm in aluminum foil.  
  3. Place the chicken in the foil on the grill and close the lid.  
  4. Heat for 10 minutes and check the internal temperature.  
  5. If you need to, you can return it to the grill for 2-3 minutes then check again.  
  6. Serve with sauce and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in a Toaster Oven 

If you’ve got one of these wonderful appliances that have saved college students for decades, you can treat it just like an oven with less mess and less stress.  

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place your chicken parm directly on the oven rack.  
  3. Heat for 10 minutes and check the internal temperature.  
  4. If necessary, you can heat for another 2-3 minutes.  
  5. Serve with sauce and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in a Pan on the Stove 

Using a pan on the stove can be a great way to breathe life back into your chicken parm.  

How to Reheat Chicken Parm in a Pan on the Stove 

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil.  
  2. Place the chicken in the skillet and sauté for a couple of minutes. Flip the chicken over and sauté for another couple of minutes.  
  3. Check the internal temperature and return to the pan for another minute on each side if you need to.  
  4. Serve with sauce and enjoy!  

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Chicken Parm Is Using the Stovetop 

I know I said the air fryer earlier, but I actually think the stovetop is best for chicken parm. It was born here, and it should be reheated here.  

The stovetop will bring back the crisp on the outside of the chicken and lock in the heat and the moisture. So, yes, the air fryer is wonderful, but the stove wins! 

How about you? What are your tips and tricks for reheating chicken parm? Let me know in the comments. 

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