Do you want to learn how to reheat chicken rotisserie with no mistakes? You’re in the right place.
I love making chicken rotisserie for my family, but I was always worried about the reheating process. Sometimes they become too dry regardless of how I reheat them. But all that changed when I found five effective ways to reheat them, leaving them as moist and delicious as possible.
This article will explore these five effective methods alongside safety tips you shouldn’t ignore. As always, you’re welcome.
How to Reheat Chicken Rotisserie
Here are five methods I use to reheat my chicken rotisserie. If you aren’t using any of these methods, you’re missing out on so much.
Reheating Chicken Rotisserie on the Stove
This method of reheating chicken rotisserie will forever remain a classic. I particularly love this method because it’s fast and effective, but sometimes, it doesn’t make it as crisp as I’d like.
Here are steps to make this work:
- Step 1.Slicing: Get your leftover rotisserie chicken from the refrigerator or wherever you kept it. Once you’ve done that, slice your chicken into appropriate, biteable chunks.
- Step 2.Oiling: Pour 1 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a frying pan or skillet and heat. Ensure you use medium heat. Use low heat, and your chicken will take forever to fry, or use high heat, and your chicken will burn.
- Step 3.Frying: Once the oil is hot, place the chunks into the frying pan and cook for about five to seven minutes.
- Step 4.Removal: Remove your chicken from heat after reheating.
Tips for Reheating Chicken Rotisserie on Stove
Here are tips to consider
- Add some broth to your chicken rotisserie to make it more flavorful
- Use less oil or your chicken will be too greasy
- Stir your chicken consistently, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in an Oven
Another classic tool for reheating your chicken rotisserie is the oven. I love this method because it optimally preserves and recirculates the flavor.
It takes about 20 minutes, which I agree is longer than other methods but entirely worthwhile.
Here’s what you should do:
- Step 1.Preheating: The first step is to preheat your oven to about 400 – 450 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure even and consistent reheating.
- Step 2.Arrangement: Place your rotisserie chicken in a deep dish. You can either leave it as it is or slice it in pieces. Any method you choose can work.
- Step 3.Broth Addition: Add some chicken broth to your rotisserie chicken. Some people add beef broth to theirs, but I am not a huge fan. Your broth should cover a quarter or a third of your chicken rotisserie.
- Step 4.Aluminum Foil Usage: Cover your chicken rotisserie with aluminum foil. This step helps to retain moisture, prevent over browning, and infuse some flavor into the chicken.
- Step 5.Reheating: Place your chicken rotisserie in the oven and allow it to reheat for about 15 minutes or when you hear bubble pops in the deep dish. After 15 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and allow it to heat for another 3 minutes.
- Step 6.Cooling: Bring out your chicken and allow it to cool before serving with a lovely side dish.
This video should help you: Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven Without Drying Out!
Tips for Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in Oven
Here are tips to consider:
- When removing the aluminum foils, always use oven mitts. It can be hot.
- Don’t skip the broth step if you want your chicken to be soft and flavorful. Some people do without it, but it doesn’t taste the same.
Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in a Microwave
This method is, by far, the easiest and fastest on my list. If you have a microwave, and you don’t have the time to check it constantly, this method is for you. I love this method because I don’t have to worry about burning my chicken.
Here are steps you should take
- Step 1.Get a Microwave-Safe Plate: Look for a fantastic microwave-safe plate that can accommodate your leftover chicken rotisserie size, and place it in.
- Step 2.Reheating:Microwave your chicken for about 2 minutes, checking at one-minute intervals.
- Step 3.Reheating Again: Bring the chicken out and search for cold places or spots. Turn those places up, place them back into the microwave, and reheat for another minute. Keep doing this until your chicken rotisserie is reheated all round.
Tips for Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in Microwave
Here are tips to consider:
- The temperature is key. Always use a high setting, so your chicken will reheat in one minute. If you use a low setting, it will prolong the heating time and make your chicken dry and tough.
- You can choose to cover your chicken or leave it bare. There’s not much difference!
Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in an Air Fryer
Do you want to know my favorite method on this list? Drum rolls!
You guessed right. This one. I love this method because it even circulates heat all round my chicken rotisserie whilst retaining moisture.
Here are the steps you should take:
- Step 1.Heating: Ensure you heat your air fryer to 350 – 400 degrees fahrenheit for even and consistent reheating.
- Step 2.Reheating: Put your chicken in the air fryer and reheat for about three minutes. Ensure your air fryer is big enough to accommodate it. Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes.
- Step 3.Cooling: Bring out the chicken from the air fryer and leave to cool.
Tips for Reheating Chicken Rotisserie with Air Fryer
Here are tips to consider:
- Lightly brush the chicken with canola oil to add more crisp and flavor
- Watch your chicken closely as it may reheat before that 5-minute mark.
Reheating Chicken Rotisserie in an Instant Pot
Yes, if you have an instant pot, use it to reheat your chicken rotisserie like a pro. As long as your Instant Pot is big enough to accommodate the chicken, you’re good to go.
This method is amazing because it retains moisture and juiciness; just that my instant pot isn’t big enough to reheat a large chicken rotisserie, and I often cook for my large family.
Here are the steps you should take:
- Step 1.Lining: The first step is to line your instant pot with water or chicken broth
- Step 2.Arrangement: Put the entire chicken into the pot. Some people say you need a trivet, but I don’t see the need. You only need a trivet when a substance doesn’t need to touch the water underneath.
- Step 3.Sealing: Close your Instant Pot and leave to cook for about five minutes. Ensure you set your pot to steam to retain its juiciness. If the chicken isn’t what you want, reheat it for two more minutes.
Safety Tips for Reheating Chicken Rotisserie
What general safety tips should you consider when doing this?
Store Leftovers Appropriately
While I’ve focused this article on reheating, the storage methods for ensuring freshness are just as vital as the reheating method. Adequately store your leftover chicken rotisserie in the refrigerator, or it will go spoiled.
When you bring it out, let it thaw properly for a few hours, depending on the frozen chicken’s size.
Don’t Reheat Excessively
When you make chicken rotisserie for the first time but can’t finish it, you can reheat the leftovers, but don’t do that excessively. Over time, it will lose taste and flavor because the heat has evaporated the water. Plus, it also increases the risk of foodborne illness or food poisoning.
When reheating your chicken rotisserie, always use clean utensils and surfaces to avoid contamination or poisoning. If you’re slicing the chicken into smaller chunks, don’t use the same chopping board for vegetables for the chicken and vice versa.
There should be designated utensils for chicken.
Check for Leftover Smells
How do you check if chicken has gone bad? The best way to do this is to check for foul smell. The fresh chicken will have little to no smell. If the chicken rotisserie has a sour or rotten smell, don’t bother reheating it. It won’t do any good.
This tip is vital, especially if you don’t have a refrigerator. Don’t leave your chicken rotisserie for too long, or it will spoil. Reheat as soon as you can.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequent questions people ask:
What is the Best Way to Reheat Chicken Rotisserie?
Several methods for reheating chicken rotisserie exist, including the stove, oven, air fryer, Instant Pot, and microwave. Every technique has its pros and cons, and it suits different scenarios.
But my favorite method is reheating in an air fryer. I love this particular method because the air fryer distributes the heat evenly around the chicken rotisserie within a very short time. The exterior becomes crisp, but the interior is still juicy and delicious.
It doesn’t dry out the chicken rotisserie like other methods.
Is it Safe to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken?
Yes, if you have leftover chicken, you can always reheat it. Even if you can’t still finish the reheated chicken, you can reheat it again. However, don’t do this multiple times, or your chicken’s interior will dry out.
The key is to properly store the chicken in the refrigerator and thaw the parts that you want to eat immediately.
How Do You Reheat Chicken Without Drying It Out?
Set your oven to 350 F. Place your chicken onto a baking dish, pour some chicken broth, and cover with foil before reheating in the oven. After some minutes, remove the foil and reheat again. That should keep the chicken from drying out.
Also, if you have an air fryer, you can use it because it reheats the chicken without drying it out.
I hope this article has taught you how to reheat chicken rotisserie like a pro. When I discovered these methods, especially reheating with an air fryer, I never worried about reheating chicken rotisserie again.
When choosing a method, ensure it can accommodate your chicken size. Also, take the necessary precautions and safety tips to prevent any accidents.