How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken without Drying it Out
It’s fair to say that rotisserie chicken is some of the best chicken you could enjoy – crispy on the outside, moist in the middle, it’s hard to outdo a whole chicken cooked in style. Of course, the problem often comes the day after, when you look to delve into the leftover chicken and are simply met with disappointment. So, how does such a tasty chicken suddenly become so bland? Usually, it’s through our poor ability to reheat the chicken. If you want to learn the secret to maintaining a tasty rotisserie chicken, without compromise, then read on – because this is the article for you!
What is Rotisserie Chicken?
Rotisserie chicken is usually a pre-seasoned, fresh chicken that is cooked in-store, before you buy. The combination of seasoning – alongside the addition of salt and even sugar – and the freshly cooked, crispy goodness that being rotated over a grill creates, makes this type of chicken one of the most delicious options you’ll ever buy.
How to Keep Rotisserie Chicken Warm
The best way to maintain the taste of your rotisserie chicken is to keep it warm, which will help you to avoid any dryness that comes with having to reheat your chicken. Of course, this method only works if your dinner is required within a few hours of buying the chicken itself.
As a rule, it’s important to either keep your chicken above 140F as much as possible, during this time, because below this temperature is when bacteria start to have fun and will grow all over your lovely chicken dinner. Knowing that, the best way to keep your chicken warm is to store in the oven, on a low heat, for up to an hour. Add this hour to the general 2-hour timeframe you have, after which your chicken will then need to be placed in the fridge to avoid bacteria growth, and you have 3 hours worth of tasty chicken time, without the worry of learning how to reheat chicken, well.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in Oven
Reheating chicken in the oven is the best way to get that authentic rotisserie taste back, without losing any moisture and keeping that crispy skin. This usually takes a bit more time than any of the other ways we’ll mention in this article, but the final result is much closer to the original taste and this is, therefore, the best way to reheat your rotisserie chicken.
- To begin, preheat the oven to 350F
- Remove your leftover rotisserie chicken from the packaging and place in an oven-proof baking dish
- Pour a cup of chicken broth or stock into the base of the dish – this will help to keep your dinner moist during the short roasting time.
- Place aluminum foil over the top of the chicken
- Pop your chicken in the oven.
- Allow to cook for roughly 25 minutes
- Remove the foil and place the dish back in the oven
- Cook for a further 5 minutes, to allow for the skin to crispen.
How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken on the Stove
If you want to use your leftovers to make a curry or you simply don’t mind the chicken being broken down a little for your next meal, reheating your rotisserie chicken on the stove can leave you a pleasant taste and great texture.
- Cut, or tear, your chicken into small, bitesize pieces.
- Heat a little oil in your chosen pan – roughly 1 to 3 teaspoons should do the trick, depending on how much has been leftover.
- Stir in your meat and allow this to cook for between 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
- Once they are steaming hot, you can remove the chicken and either place it directly onto your plate or on a paper towel, in order to soak up any excess grease.
- Use as preferred or directed in your recipe.
How to Reheat Roasted Chicken in the Microwave
Arguably the quickest and easiest way to reheat rotisserie chicken, using your microwave means you can get your next meal within a few minutes and without any unnecessary shredding, beforehand. Be aware that microwave cooked chicken is the most likely to lose the taste and texture of the original rotisserie chicken if you aren’t careful about using the correct settings. That said, if you follow these instructions, you might find that the result is still very tasty – as well as being so much quicker than the oven alternative.
- Before you begin, change the setting on your microwave to medium. If it uses percentages, then roughly 60 – 70% should be strong yet gentle enough to cook your meat, well.
- Pop your chicken meat on a microwave-safe plate.
- Depending on the size of the leftovers, you can then microwave your meat for between 1.5 to 5 minutes. If you want to cut down on the cooking time, it can be worth cutting or shredding the meat into smaller sections, so that it can be reheated faster.
- Once done, check your meat has reached over 165F by using a meat thermometer in the thickest part of your chicken.
- If the meat is not yet hot enough, place it back in your microwave oven and continue to reheat, for 30 seconds at a time, until it reaches the ideal temperature.
Things You Can Do With Leftover Chicken
Now that you know how to reheat your chicken, it’s time to put it to good use! Not sure what to do with your leftover meat? Check out these examples of how you can use your leftovers:
- Use them in quesadillas
- Boil the bones with a little water to make a healthy and fresh-tasting stock
- Add to a soup
- Pop them in with pasta, a homemade sauce, and some cheese, to create a chicken bake
- Create sandwiches
- Bake your leftovers into a pie.