Can I Reheat a Roast Chicken? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Picking up a roast chicken at Costco or one of your favorite markets, or even at a great eatery, can be the best way to meet your savory needs for a meal.

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But who can eat a whole roast chicken in one sitting? Very few of us.

So, it is important to know how to best reheat your leftovers so the skin stays crispy, and the interior does not dry out. Fortunately, this task is quite easy to accomplish.

Can You Reheat a Roast Chicken?

Can You Reheat Roast Chicken

Obviously, there are the normal concerns over reheating any leftovers. Sometimes they just turn out bad, and no one wants bad chicken.

Once you dry out a roast chicken, it essentially becomes dry and rubbery, and the skin can get all gross, soft, and mushy.

But fear not, you can definitely reheat a roast chicken to perfection.

The truth is you can reheat any dish that has been refrigerated or frozen. It is simply a matter of using the right approach with the right appliance.

For example, with foods that have been breaded or fried, you are typically going to be better off using the oven or the air fryer. For foods that have been baked or grilled, however, you are usually best off using the oven or the grill again.

With roast chicken, we are probably going to be safest using the air fryer, so we don’t overcook it or lose the crisp of the skin. But let’s work through all of our appliances to be sure.

Should You Reheat a Roast Chicken?

Should You Reheat Roast Chicken

Before we get started with how to reheat a roast chicken, let’s talk about safety.

Should you reheat a roast chicken?

After all, what about food safety and foodborne illnesses? We are dealing with chicken, after all.

Look, as long as you follow the proper guidelines for reheating leftovers, you should be just fine.

In general, we are taught to check the internal temperature to be sure it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which will eliminate all possible contaminants.

Of course, you should always do your own research.

To help you on your way, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken in the Oven

Reheating roast chicken in the oven is probably the most traditional method, and easily the best method before the air fryer came along.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place all of your chicken pieces so they are not touching on a greased baking sheet, skin side up.
  3. Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes, checking the internal temperature at the 15-minute mark.
  4. Serve and enjoy with your favorite sauces and sides.

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken in the Microwave

The microwave is probably the worst way to reheat your roast chicken. It will quickly turn your chicken to rubber, and sadly, there is no way to get the skin crispy.

However, if you’re in a pinch and the microwave is all you have, you can make it work. Just be careful to check on it regularly and catch it before it dries out.

  1. Place the chicken pieces spread out on a microwave-safe plate and cover the chicken with a damp paper towel.
  2. Heat the chicken on full power for 1 minute. Check the temperature.
  3. Heat again in 1-minute increments, checking the temperature after each rotation.
  4. Serve when ready and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken in an Air Fryer

Reheating roast chicken in an air fryer is amazing. You can get it right back to its original glory.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 365 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in the air fryer basket, spaced out so they’re not touching.
  3. Heat for 5 minutes and check the temperature.
  4. If necessary, you can heat for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken on a Grill

While I often say, “you’re probably not going to heat up the grill just to reheat your leftovers,” in this case, it might be a great idea that pays off.

  1. Preheat your grill to 375 degrees.
  2. Wrap your roast chicken pieces individually in aluminum foil.
  3. Place the chicken pieces on the grill over indirect heat and close the lid.
  4. Heat for about 15 minutes then check on your chicken.
  5. If you need to, you can place it back on the grill for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken in a Toaster Oven

While reheating roast chicken in a toaster oven might not be your first instinct, it actually doesn’t turn out a too bad.

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let it warm up fully for a few minutes.
  2. Set the chicken on the counter for 5-10 minutes while the toaster oven heats up.
  3. Place your chicken separated into pieces on a baking sheet.
  4. Heat the chicken in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes before checking it.
  5. If necessary, you can heat for another minute or two.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Roast Chicken in a Pan on the Stove

The stovetop can also yield excellent results for your roast chicken.

  1. Place a large skillet on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pan with water.
  3. Place the chicken in separated pieces in the pan, skin side up.
  4. Cover with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Check the temperature, and if you need to, you can continue to cook it for another minute or two.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Roast Chicken Is Using the Air Fryer

Look, one of the greatest joys of roast chicken is the skin, and we want to keep that skin crispy. To do that and avoid drying out the chicken, the air fryer has to be the winner.

What do you think? Do you have tips or tricks for reheating roast chicken? Let me know in the comments.

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