3 Ways to Heat Fried Chicken

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3 Ways to Heat Fried Chicken
3 Ways to Heat Fried Chicken

There's nothing better than a perfect fried chicken, golden and crispy. Unfortunately, after a few minutes in the fridge, all the things that make fried chicken a wonderful dish will disappear, leaving only a piece of wilted meat. Fortunately, it is possible to reheat the dish without ruining it. While there's no way to make it as good as fresh out of the pan, these simple tricks will make your chicken delicious even if it's been deep-fried a few days ago.


Method 1 of 3: Reheating in the Oven

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Step 1. Leave the chicken out of the fridge while the oven preheats to 190°C

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and leave it out of the container it was in. Leave the pieces evenly separated on a plate or platter until they are at room temperature, which takes about half an hour.

Take the time to prepare anything else needed. Preheating the oven is essential, but you can also use the time to prepare side dishes, set the table, and so on

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Step 2. Place the chicken on a baking sheet

Place the chicken pieces in an oven-safe baking dish. It might be a good idea to put a sheet of aluminum foil first for easy cleaning later. It is not necessary to grease the aluminum foil, but if you do, the result will not be harmed.

Avoid putting the chicken in the oven before it is at room temperature. If the meat is cold inside, this can interfere with the "crunch" of the outside, which is one of the main factors that make fried chicken delicious

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Step 3. Place the chicken in the oven

Place the roasting pan with the chicken pieces in the center of the grill. Set 10 minutes.

  • Some people recommend splashing a little water on the chicken pieces to keep them from drying out, while others don't think it's necessary.
  • Leave the chicken in the oven for at least 10 minutes and a maximum of half an hour. As explained in the next step, cooking time may vary.
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Step 4. Keep an eye on the chicken pieces

The only difficult part of this reheating method is that different pieces of chicken can heat up at different speeds. In general, larger, thicker pieces (like chest and thighs) take longer to heat up than smaller pieces (like wings and drumet). So that the smaller pieces don't dry out, after 10 minutes in the oven, start looking at the chicken every few minutes. If they're crispy on the outside and hot all the way through, then they're done.

In general, drumets and wings take about 15-20 minutes to warm up perfectly, while breasts and thighs take about 20-25 minutes

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Step 5. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it cool

When the chicken pieces have regained their crispness and are warm to the point near the bone, they are ready to eat. Remove them from the oven and carefully place the pieces on a grill to cool for about five to ten minutes before eating. Now just smear yourself!

It is usually not necessary to season the chicken again; the spice that was in it will be preserved

Method 2 of 3: Frying Again

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Step 1. Bring the chicken to room temperature

Another great way to get back to crispy golden chicken is to simply fry it again. As with the method above, take the chicken out of the fridge and leave it in a protected place for about half an hour before frying. While you wait, take the opportunity to do any necessary tasks (such as setting the table, making side dishes, among others).

Frying chicken while it is still cold can affect the cooking process. Placing the chilled chicken in the hot oil will significantly reduce the oil temperature for a minute or two, preventing the crunchy crust from forming

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Step 2. Heat the oil in a skillet or pan

When the chicken is close to room temperature, place a skillet on the stove and light the heat to high. Thicker frying pans like those made of stainless steel or iron are better because they tend to retain more heat. Put plenty of oil in the pan and let it heat up. Add enough oil so that at least the undersides of the chicken pieces are submerged.

  • Do not use olive oil or another oil with a low smoke point, as the smoke can leave the chicken with a bitter, burnt-like taste. Instead, use an oil with a high smoke point and a neutral flavor, such as canola oil, peanuts, or vegetable oil.
  • If you have a fryer, you can use it in this method, although it is not mandatory.
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Step 3. Fry the pieces for a few minutes

Carefully place the chicken pieces in the hot oil (tweezers can help protect from spills). Fry them in oil for about two to three minutes, turning regularly.

Feel free to adjust the cooking time as you like. Longer times will make the chicken skin more dry and crunchy, but it will also make the meat drier. Don't be afraid to check out the texture of the chicken as it cooks

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Step 4. Remove the chicken and let it drain

When the skin is dry and crunchy, the chicken is ready. Transfer the pieces one by one to a grill over a pan and let them drain. This step is essential: letting the oil drain will help you get even crispier skin. It takes about three to five minutes for the chicken to dry completely.

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Step 5. Now just serve

Carefully discard excess oil (or reuse) after cooling. Eat the chicken as soon as it cools down.

Method 3 of 3: Knowing what to avoid

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Step 1. Do not use the microwave

Using a microwave oven is a quick and convenient way to heat up a lot of food, but it sucks with fried chicken. These devices do nothing to dry the skin of the chicken while it is being heated. This means that although the chicken is hot, it will usually shrive up on the outside, which doesn't quite reach the feet of the crispy skin of the chicken that has been reheated properly.

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Step 2. Avoid using electric ovens

If there is no other option, the electric oven can be used to reheat the chicken. However, it is common for them to heat the chicken unevenly, leaving the outside warm but the inside cold. Also, most ovens don't have the power to get that crunchy texture on the outside of the chicken.

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Step 3. Do not grill chicken in a skillet

Trying to fry chicken in a skillet that isn't filled with oil is a bad idea. It will be more difficult to heat the pieces evenly, but even if you do, the meat will likely dry out as the fat will melt in the dry pan.

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Step 4. Don't let the chicken dry on a paper towel

Placing the chicken to cool on top of some paper towels might seem like a good idea, as they will absorb excess oil. However, by doing this, some pieces of chicken will come into direct contact with the dripping oil. Moisture will wither the delicious skin that was dry and crunchy, ruining all your work.

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Step 5. Ready


  • The re-frying method also works for fast food chickens, so you don't have to throw away leftover snacks.
  • As with any cooking method that uses hot oil, be careful when frying chicken to avoid accidents. Improper handling of cooking oil can cause burns, fires or worse.

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