What is the best way to reheat fried chicken?
Put a piece of fried chicken in the microwave and you’re going to get a tough inedible piece of breading with hard chicken! OR you’ll get a soggy breading with dried out meat or it won’t be evenly cooked. You want that perfect crunch like when it was freshly fried- not chicken jerky!
The best way to reheat fried chicken is a two-step process.
First- remove the leftover fried chicken from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. (As someone who is a little obsessed with food safety- less than an hour on the countertop and bringing it to a high temperature shouldn’t cause any issues. According to the FDA -perishable foods shouldn’t be left out for more than 2 hours)
While the chicken is coming to room temperature- preheat the oven to 400F. After 30 minutes, place the chicken on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet (this allows air flow and re-crisps the breading). Heat for 14- 18 minutes for breasts and 10-12 minutes for smaller pieces. (Don’t have a wire rack suitable for oven use? Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings and place the chicken straight on the oven racks!)
I made boneless chicken cutlets this week and reheated them the same way- they were thin pieces and took about 12 minutes to get piping hot and crispy.
This gives perfectly hot – but moist- reheated fried chicken!