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How To Reheat Grilled Chicken

If you want to make sure that your grilled chicken tastes just as good as when it was first cooked, follow these tips for reheating.

You can easily and quickly reheat grilled chicken in a number of ways. This can be done in the oven, on the stove-top, in the microwave, or in an air fryer.

Each method has its bonuses and its drawbacks so it will be up to your situation which one you use.

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Instructions for reheating grilled chicken

Whether you are looking to reheat grilled chicken thighs, grilled chicken wings, or grilled chicken breast, these instructions below will show you the steps you need to take to get moist reheated grilled chicken.

Each method will offer its own benefits. The microwave is the fastest whereas the oven will surely reheat it evenly all the way through.

Making sure to add liquid to your grilled chicken during the reheating process is key to not drying out your chicken.

Oven

There are many ways to reheat grilled chicken, but the oven is one of the best methods. Start by preheating your oven to 325°F.

Prepare your grilled chicken in an oven-safe dish and add in a little bit of water or chicken stock (about 1/4 cup), this will help keep your chicken from drying out.

Cover your dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil and then place it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Time will differ depending on the amount and size of your chicken.

The key is to get the grilled chicken up to 165°F making sure that it is fully reheated.

Summary

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Place chicken in an oven-safe dish with 1/4 cup of water or broth.
  • Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  • Cook chicken for 10-15 minutes or heated through to 165°F internally.

Skillet

Reheating grilled chicken on the stove-top is a great way to get your chicken up to temperature without allowing it to dry out.

To start, heat up your skillet on medium to low heat and add 1/4 cup of liquid to the skillet. Boh water or broth will work.

Then, add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until the liquid dries up and the meat is heated through.

Flip your chicken halfway through cooking so that all sides are heated evenly.

Make sure to get the grilled chicken up to at least 165°F before you remove it from the heat and serve it.

Summary

  • Preheat the skillet to medium-low heat.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of liquid and chicken.
  • Cook for 5 minutes and flip chicken pieces over and continue to cook until it reaches 165°F internally.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Microwave

If you’re short on time, reheating grilled chicken in a microwave can be a real lifesaver! However, it tends to dry out your chicken and reheat it unevenly.

The key is to reheat your chicken with a microwave-safe bowl filled with water in the center of your microwave. This will help to evenly heat the chicken and prevent it from drying out.

Place the bowl in the middle of a microwave-safe plate and place the previously cooked chicken around the outside of the bowl with the thickest parts facing the outside of the plate.

The bowl of water will add moisture while your chicken is reheating. Make sure to keep an eye on the grilled chicken so that it doesn’t overcook

Heat the chicken at a 50% power setting for 30 seconds and then continue in 30-second intervals until it’s warmed through is generally the most efficient way to go.

Summary

  • Arrange chicken on a microwave-safe plate with a bowl of water in the middle.
  • Cook at 50% power for 30-second intervals until reheated through.
  • Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t dry out.
  • Enjoy!

Air fryer

The air fryer can be a great way to reheat grilled chicken in a jiffy. It’s fairly quick and is easy to do.

To reheat grilled chicken in an air fryer, preheat it to 350°F and add the chicken to the basket.

Cook for 5-7 minutes until the meat is hot throughout. Make sure that your chicken is reheated to at least 165°F before you remove and serve it.

Summary

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Arrange grilled chicken in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

How to thaw and reheat frozen grilled chicken

To thaw frozen grilled chicken, place it in the fridge overnight. To reheat, place it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Thawing chicken before reheating is key. If you try to microwave it while it’s still frozen, the outside will get cooked while the inside remains raw.

You can thaw the chicken in two ways: in the refrigerator overnight or by submerging it in cold water. If you choose to thaw it in cold water, make sure to keep it submerged and change the water every 30 minutes.

Once your chicken is thawed, you can either microwave it for a few minutes or reheat it on the stovetop or in the oven using the instructions above.

These methods worked for my grilled buffalo chicken thighs and my grilled chicken leg quarters.

FAQ

Can you freeze grilled chicken?

Yes, you can freeze grilled chicken. In fact, it is a great way to save leftovers. Simply place the grilled chicken in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer.
When you are ready to reheat, remove from the freezer and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.

Does reheated chicken need to be 165?

Yes, according to the USDA, all chicken whether you are cooking it raw or reheating it should be cooked to 165°F.
Using a food-grade thermometer is the best way to know that your chicken is reheated and safe for consumption.

How to reheat grilled chicken without drying it out

Adding a few tablespoons of water or chicken broth to the bottom of your dish that you are reheating your grilled chicken in is going to be the best way to avoid drying out your chicken when you reheat it.

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