Golden and Crispy: Mastering the Art of Reheating Fried Chicken in the Oven

How to Reheat Fried Chicken in the Oven

There’s nothing worse than finding leftover fried chicken in your fridge that has gone cold and lost its crispy, deliciousness. But fear not! In this guide, we’ll walk you through a simple and foolproof method to reheat your fried chicken in the oven so that it’s just as tasty as when it was freshly cooked. Let’s get started!

Gather Your Supplies

To begin, gather the following supplies:

Preheat Your Oven

Preheating is an essential step to ensure even reheating of your fried chicken. Set your oven to 375°F (190°C) and allow it to fully preheat.

Prepare the Chicken for Reheating

If your leftover fried chicken is stored in the refrigerator, remove it and let it sit at room temperature for about ten minutes to take off some of the chill.

In the meantime, line your baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If you have an oven-safe wire rack available, place it on top of the lined baking sheet; this will help prevent any sogginess by allowing air circulation around all sides of the chicken pieces.

Reheating Time!

    The Basic Method:
  • Step One: Place the fried chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are evenly spaced and not overcrowded. If your batch includes different-sized pieces, consider arranging them accordingly (e.g., larger ones in the center).
  • Step Two: Once your oven has preheated to 375°F (190°C), place the baking sheet with the chicken inside. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
  • Step Three: After 15 minutes, use tongs or a spatula to carefully flip each piece of chicken over. This will help ensure even reheating on all sides.
  • Step Four: Continue cooking for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thickest piece reaches 165°F (74°C) when measured with an instant-read thermometer.
    1. Variation: The Crispy Coating Method

    If you desire that extra crunchiness akin to freshly cooked fried chicken, follow these added steps after Step Three above:

  • a) Carefully remove each piece of partially reheated chicken from the oven using tongs or a spatula.
  • b)Dip each piece into beaten egg mixture until it is fully coated all around.
  • c)In another bowl, mix flour or bread crumbs with desired seasonings such as salt, pepper, paprika to create a coating mixture.
  • d)Gently roll each egg-coated chicken piece in the seasoned flour/breadcrumb mixture until fully covered; press down gently to adhere well.

    Note: For added flavor and crispness enhancement, repeat steps b) through d). However many times you like – twice works well.

  • e) Return the double-coated chicken pieces to the baking sheet, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
  • f) Cook for another 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Serve and Enjoy!

    Once your reheated fried chicken is cooked to perfection with a lovely golden-brown color, crispy coating, and juicy interior, it’s time to serve and savor. Pair it with your favorite side dishes or enjoy it as-is. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply treating yourself, this oven-reheated fried chicken will surely impress.

    With these easy steps in mind, reheating your leftover fried chicken in the oven has never been simpler. So next time you have some cold fried chicken on hand, give this method a try and experience that delectable crunch all over again!

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