Here’s how to reheat rotisserie chicken so that it’s just as moist and delicious as they day you got it. Use these 4 simple methods and you will never have dry chicken ever again.
Getting rotisserie chicken from the grocery is a quick and easy way to feed the family. What’s not to love?
It’s got crisp skin, juicy meat, and seasoned perfectly all around. And, it’s relatively healthy, to boot!
But we all know how frustrating it gets when we accidentally overcook leftover rotisserie. No one wants to eat dried out chicken!
Well, thanks to these methods, you can effortlessly reheat your chicken so it stays juicy and delicious.
Are you ready? Let’s get cookin’!
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven
If you want optimum flavor, reheating in the oven is the best option. Sure, it takes a while (about 20 minutes), but it’s definitely worth it.
With this method, you’ll get crisp on the outside and moist on the inside chicken. And don’t worry, it doesn’t require much effort!
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your leftover chicken in a deep baking dish.
- Pour 2 to 3 cups of chicken stock or broth to the bottom of your dish. You’ll want 1/4 inch-deep of broth around your chicken.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
- Reheat the chicken for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the broth bubbles and the chicken is warmed through.
- Remove the foil (use oven mitts!) and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more.
- Let the chicken cool slightly before serving.
- While some people swear by letting the chicken sit at the counter for 30 minute before reheating, I don’t see the point. I’ve tried it before and it only made my chicken dry.
- Be sure to cover your dish with its lid or an aluminum foil. Without it, your chicken will dry out and lose its flavor! Don’t worry, you’ll still get a crisp skin because you’ll remove the cover towards the end.
- Don’t skip on the broth, either. Sure, the chicken will still warm nicely without it. But, it won’t be as moist and flavorful.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Microwave
Taking up only one minute of your time, this is the fastest and easiest method of them all. And don’t worry about overcooking your meat, either. Just follow these steps and you should be okay.
- Place leftover chicken in a microwave-safe plate.
- Microwave it on high for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Feel the chicken for cold spots. If it’s not yet warmed all the way through, microwave it for another 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the process until you achieve your desired temperature.
There’s no need to cover your chicken with a plate or damp paper towel, like some sites recommend. I’ve tried that, and it didn’t make any difference.
Stick to a high setting when reheating chicken. Reheating at a lower setting takes so long, and it doesn’t really do anything for your chicken. It can actually dry up your chicken and lose its flavor.
There’s also no point in adding water to the bottom of your dish for moisture. That will only make the skin sag!
The only key here is to reheat in 30- to 60-second increments. That alone is enough to give you juicy and great-tasting leftover chicken.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Stovetop
If you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, reheating in the stovetop is your next best option. This method takes 5 to 7 minutes total, and it’s perfect for reheating smaller pieces.
- Slice or shred your leftover rotisserie chicken into bite-sized chunks.
- In a skillet or frying pan, heat 1 to 3 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil over medium-high.
- Once the oil is hot, add the chicken chunks and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a spatula.
- Remove from heat once you achieve your desired level of warmness.
- Go easy on the oil. In fact, the less oil, the better! Too much of it will overcook the chicken, not to mention, will make the chicken greasy and taste like oil.
- Make sure to stir constantly. You’ll overcook the meat if you let it sit in one spot for too long.
- I don’t recommend this method for larger slices of chicken, because it won’t warm evenly.
- Keep in mind that since you’re reheating with oil, the chicken will be greasier than it was before. As such, I don’t recommend eating it as is.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Air Fryer
Got an air fryer? Pop your leftover rotisserie to retain its crisp and juicy quality! Here’s how:
- Heat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your chicken in the air fryer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove chicken from the air fryer and enjoy!
Leftover rotisserie chicken is perfect for soups, salads, bbq chicken, nachos, a chicken salad sandwich, or even mixed in with some mac and cheese.
There’s an endless variety of easy and affordable meals you can make. Grab an extra rotisserie chicken and you’ll have enough for an entire week!