If you love the convenience of takeout meals but don’t love the added cost involved, rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store can be a godsend. Not only is it exponentially cheaper than delivery or even fast food, it can potentially be used for several meals.
Whether you enjoy it as-is the next day, or use the remaining meat in a recipe, rotisserie chicken is simple to reheat and reuse when done properly.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common questions people ask about how to reheat rotisserie chicken and talk about which methods work better than others.
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Can You Reheat Rotisserie Chicken?
As is often the case with many foods, it can be tricky to reheat chicken to its optimal temperature without drying it out. So, the answer is yes, but care needs to be taken to preserve the quality of the reheated food.
Keep in mind that while just about any method will work, so long as there is a heat source involved, some will work better than others.
Should You Reheat Rotisserie Chicken?
We don’t know what you might have in your refrigerator, so it’s beyond our scope here to help you decide whether or not you should reheat the bird that you have in your possession. That being said, according to the USDA, cooked chicken can last three or four days in the fridge.
If your bird meets these parameters, and it was not left at room temperature for longer than an hour or so at any point, your rotisserie chicken is probably safe to reheat and eat.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Transfer your chicken to an oven-safe dish. Do not put the original packaging in the oven.
- Pour a cup of chicken broth (or water if you don’t have any broth on hand) into the bottom of your dish and cover it with foil.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for another 5 minutes so the skin can get crispy.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Microwave
Due to the strange, sci-fi nature of microwaves, chicken reheats best when the bones are removed. This is because bones will heat faster than the rest of the meat, which makes everything cook unevenly.
- Remove all the meat from the bones and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Cover with a damp paper towel and cook on high for 1 minute.
- If not hot after a minute, cook in 30-second intervals until hot.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in an Air Fryer
If you have an air fryer on hand, you’ll want to try this method. It really can’t be beat for restoring a rotisserie chicken to its former glory in the easiest way possible.
- Heat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place chicken in the air fryer basket (without its packaging, of course).
- Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until heated through.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken on a Grill
Grilling is not an ideal way to reheat cooked chicken since you do run the risk of drying out all the juices. But it isn’t impossible to do. Here are some things to keep in mind if you do choose to use this method:
- If possible, cut your chicken up into pieces before grilling. This will cut down your cooking time considerably and make it less likely your meat will dry out.
- Keep your grill temperature low and slow – 300 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick for just a few minutes on each side.
- Brush your grill grates with oil to keep chicken pieces from sticking.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in a Toaster Oven
This method only works if you have smaller pieces to reheat, but it works quickly and effectively.
- Line your baking pan with foil.
- Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your pieces.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in a Pan on the Stove
There really isn’t a great way to reheat whole pieces of chicken in a pan. The good news is shredded rotisserie chicken heats up quickly, and it tastes great in tacos, salads, sandwiches, or whatever else you can think of.
- Remove all chicken from the bones, and chop or shred it.
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and heat to medium-high.
- Add chicken and saute, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes, or until heated through.
WINNER – The Best Way To Reheat Rotisserie Chicken Is Using the Air Fryer
We love the air fryer for so many reasons, and when it comes to reheating leftovers, few things beat it for its ability to make things good as new. Not only does it have a lightning-fast cooking time, it also makes that delicious chicken skin nice and crispy again, sometimes even better than the first time around.
Rotisserie chicken may just be the most versatile grab-and-go food around, and it’s available at almost any grocery store. It’s perfect for last-minute meal ideas, potlucks, or picnics.
What are some of your favorite ways to use rotisserie chicken? Do you have a favorite method for reheating leftovers? We’d love to hear from you! Share your tips and recipes in the comments below.