How to Reheat Sweet & Sour Chicken!

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How to reheat sweet and sour chicken? I am sure you must be wondering the best way to go about warming up this super popular Chinese dish.

The good thing about sweet-and-sour chicken is that it is not difficult to reheat and it will honestly just take a couple of minutes and you are in business.

Go With the Oven

If you want your sweet-and-sour chicken warmed up properly, while still maintaining the same quality, then the open is by far the best option available. It is going to take some time for it to get fully warmed up, but just make some provisions for that as it is definitely worth the wait.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the sweet and sour chicken on an oven safe dish.
  • Cover the chicken with foil, so that it does not dry out during the process.
  • Take the chicken and place it in the oven and allow it to reheat for 10-20 minutes, depending on how much chicken you have.
  • You can check to see if the chicken is warmed up to your liking
  • Once you feel it has been reheated to the level that you want, take out and enjoy.

Note: If you have a toaster oven, you can use the same method above and achieve the same results.


Many people would think that the microwave is a great option when it comes to reheating sweet-and-sour chicken, but a lot of people have complained about the food coming out soggy and disgusting. The reason behind this is that the microwave is absolutely the worst thing to do when it comes to warming up fried foods. If you take off the sauce of the chicken, you will notice that the chicken is very crispy and this does not translate well when using the microwave.

So I would say stay away from the microwave, unless you really do not care, you are super hungry and just want to enjoy your meal right away, piping hot. The oven is definitely superior, so stick with that method all the way.

Note: You can use the microwave in combination with the oven, by nuking the chicken just a little bit, just to warm it up, while not making it get too soggy. Once this is done, you can then place it in the oven (Using the steps above) and getting it fully heated up. This will cut down on the amount of time it needs to stay in the oven, so that means enjoying your meal even quicker.


If you have a full meal such as rice, vegetables, then check out my Chinese food reheating guide. You can get a bit more details into heating everything up properly.

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