How To Reheat Rotisserie Chicken

Repurposing rotisserie chicken is one cooking shortcut that we just can't resist.

There are some occasions that certainly call for a stunning, scratch-made chicken dish. A lemony Chicken Piccata is guaranteed to turn heads at the dinner party, and the kids will be licking their fingers after enjoying a plate of Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken. But while we always try to cook dinner from scratch, repurposing rotisserie chicken is one shortcut that we just can't resist. You simply cannot top the convenience and ease of having an entire cooked chicken ready at your beck and call.

There are myriad ways to use your rotisserie chicken: Shred it up and add it to soup or stews; slice it and press it in sandwiches. Toss it into a pot of Easy Chicken and Dumplings for a 40-minute dinner; use it to top a filling 30-minute Chicken Bog. It's quite possibly the easiest way to get a hot chicken dinner on the table in under an hour.

An organic rotisserie chicken is arranged for a photograph in New York
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But unless you're feeding six, who can eat this whole chicken at once? Part of the convenience of the rotisserie chicken is that you can save it in your fridge for days and enjoy it gradually, incorporated into various dishes throughout the week.

But what's the best way to reheat that rotisserie chicken? Luckily, we have a few easy techniques that'll help you get dinner on the table in a breeze.

How To Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven

If you have a bit of extra time on your hands, reheating a rotisserie chicken in the oven is certainly worth the effort. Cooking it in the oven helps keep the chicken's skin crispy and the inside moist and succulent. Follow these steps for the best results:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove the rotisserie chicken from the packaging and place it in an oven-safe dish. To keep the chicken moist, pour a cup of chicken broth into the bottom of the dish. Cover the dish with tin foil and place it in the oven.
  3. Let the chicken roast for approximately 25 minutes. Remove the foil and let roast for an additional 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
  4. Remove chicken from the oven and enjoy.
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How To Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Microwave

If you're pinched for time, reheating rotisserie chicken in the microwave is an easy, speedy solution. Here's how to keep it moist and delicious:

  1. Remove rotisserie chicken from the packaging and cut the desired amount of chicken into strips or pieces (separate chicken from bones and set bones aside).
  2. Place chicken meat on a microwave-safe plate and drape a damp paper towel over the chicken. Place the plate in the microwave.
  3. Microwave for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the microwave and enjoy.

How To Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Air Fryer

For extra-crispy chicken skin, try reheating your chicken in the air fryer. This is the best way to help restore your rotisserie chicken to its heated grocery-store glory. Plus, it couldn't be easier.

  1. Turn your air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Remove rotisserie chicken from packaging and place it in the air fryer. Set the timer for 3 to 4 minutes until rotisserie chicken is crisp and heated through.
  3. Remove chicken from the air fryer and enjoy.

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken on the Stovetop

Warm, shredded rotisserie chicken can be used as a taco filling or as a topper for a couscous salad. The stovetop method works well for reheating shredded or chopped chicken that has been removed from the bone. Follow these steps to reheat without burning or overcooking the chicken:

  1. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray or add 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Set the burner to medium-high. When the oil is heated through, add the chicken to the skillet.
  3. Stir frequently until the chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes, and then remove it from the skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it okay to put a warm rotisserie chicken in the refrigerator?

    If you bring home a warm rotisserie chicken but don’t plan to use it right away, it may be tempting to put the chicken straight into the refrigerator. Putting hot food into the refrigerator can increase the temperature, which puts other foods at risk for bacteria growth. Allow the chicken to cool first. Divide the meat into smaller portions, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil or place it in airtight containers, and store in the refrigerator for three or four days.

  • Is it safe to reheat rotisserie chicken again?

    If you don’t use all of the rotisserie chicken you’ve reheated, it’s okay to refrigerate it for a few more days and reheat it again later. The quality of the chicken decreases each time it is reheated, so try to reheat only what you need at one time. Rotisserie chicken that hasn’t been eaten in four days should be frozen.

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