The Best Way to Reheat Fried Chicken

Best Way to Reheat Fried Chicken
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MMMMMMMHMMMMM…FRIED CHICKEN!!!!! This is really heavenly food and one of the best things EVER invented.

The best way to reheat cold fried chicken is to throw that bad boy in the oven. Depending on the chicken part, it should take about 15-25 minutes for the bird to be ready. Many people do not have the patience and end up eating the chicken cold. If you wanna enjoy fried chicken the way it is supposed to be eaten, then check out these steps below.

  1. Take the cold fried chicken out of the fridge and let it stay at room temperature for 30 mins.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  3. Place the scrumptious chicken pieces that you want to heat on a baking sheet. You can cover the baking sheet in foil to make cleanup easier.
  4. Place those golden brown lovelies in the oven and let them heat up between 15-25 minutes. Breasts and thighs will take longer to warm up (20-25 mins) as opposed to legs and wings (15-20 mins).
  5. You should keep a very close eye on these chicken pieces, as you want to ensure that they are not overcooked.
  6. Enjoy the smell, cause in a few minutes you are going to be enjoying some tantalizing fried chicken.
  7. Take the chicken out after the allotted time and serve.
  8. Enjoy warmed up fried chicken with a nice crispy exterior, all juicy and moist. You really shouldn’t have it any other way.


Listen, if you really want juicy succulent fried chicken like you had days ago, please do not reheat the chicken in a microwave, toaster oven or stove top.

  • No Microwave – Nuking the cold bird will give you chicken that warm/hot, however the outside will be very soggy…no bueno L
  • Toaster Oven – The toaster oven will not be able to warm the chicken evenly and there is a possibility that after heating it for a couple of minutes, some parts may still be cold.
  • Stove Top – Fuggedaboutit.
Fried Chicken in the plate
Guide to Reheating Fried Chicken

6 thoughts on “The Best Way to Reheat Fried Chicken”

  1. The best way is a hybrid of two methods. Letting chicken sit out to warm at room temperature is the worst thing you can do to it, from a food safety perspective, and slow. Set the oven to preheat to 375F. While it is heating, microwave the chicken until lukewarm – you just want to “take the chill off it,” as they say, so you may as well do it the safe, quick way. (I can’t give you an exact time due to variances in microwave ovens, and I don’t know how much chicken you have.) Then pop it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. This way you’ll end up with as few bacteria and nasties as possible and chicken that is both crispy and warmed all the way through – no soggy breading or cold center – without having to wait an hour.

  2. Good stuff, Jeremy! I’ve never liked left-over fried chicken because it’s never anywhere near as good as the day it was fried, but your directions were spot on. It’s worth the 20 minute wait for crispy, crunchy outside, and moist and tender inside. Thank you!!


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