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How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken [5 Ways]

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Rotisserie chicken is arguably one of the best way to prepare the whole bird. The result is a moist, juicy meat with caramelized crispy skin.

The continuous rotating of the chicken allows the meat to cook evenly and bast in its own delicious juices. The roasting can be done over a fire, or it can also be done in the oven if it has a rotisserie function and gadgets.

Skewered down the centre of the bird also allows for easy access to bast the meat all around and allows the skin to caramelize all around.

There is always bound to be some leftover chicken pieces, which can be reheated and eaten the next day. Having said that, leftover rotisserie chicken is just as good if you know how to do it reheat.

If you do want to reheat the chicken, here are five recommended ways to heat it to be just as good as when it came out of the oven the first time.

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven

Preheat the oven to a moderate 160°C/325°F. You would also want to prepare about half a cup of stock per one whole chicken. 

Carve your chicken up into pieces; this will help speed up the heating process and reduce the risk of drying the chicken out. 

Place chicken pieces or flaked chicken in a roasting tray- drizzle over the chicken stock, cover with tin foil, ensuring the edges have been secured. 

This stock is going to heat up and steam the chicken, reheating the meat and keeping it moist at the same time. Place the roasting tray in the centre of the oven and leave to heat for twenty minutes.

If crispy skin is preferred, the tin foil can be removed after 15 minutes so that it has another five minutes in the oven uncovered to crispen up the skin. Remove the tin foil, serve and enjoy. 

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in the Microwave

Reheating any type of meat in the microwave, you run the risk of drying the meat out. But if reheated in short bursts and the moisture is maintained, the chicken will taste great.

Place your chicken pieces or flaked chicken in a microwave-friendly container, then drizzle over some chicken stock, just enough to moisten the chicken, and cover with a microwave plate cover.

On a high heat setting, microwave for short intervals for 40 seconds at a time.

Overall heating time should not be more than 3 minutes, as this will result in dry, tough chicken. Be careful when removing the steam lid, remove the chicken and enjoy.

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chickeno on the Stovetop

Heating chicken on the stovetop is just as easy.

Make sure you have a saucepan with a lid. Place the chicken pieces or flaked chicken meat in the saucepan- add half a cup of chicken stock to the pan, and cover with a lid. 

You do not want to submerge the chicken in liquid, but there must be enough to steam up and keep the chicken juicy, about half an inch in the pan.

Turn the heat on to a low to moderate heat and leave to heat for five to 6 minutes. The chicken stock will heat gradually and steam up the chicken, resulting in warm juicy meat.

Remove from heat, be careful when removing the lid, as steam would have built up. Serve and enjoy.

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in an Air Fryer

If you want your chicken to have crispy skin, then reheating it in the air fryer is the perfect way. The air fryer circulates hot air, which will crispen up the skin and slowly heat the meat keeping it moist and tender.

Carve the chicken into pieces, and this will reduce the reheating time and help retain the chickens’ juices and keep the meat moist and tender.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 °F, place the chicken pieces in the basket and leave to heat for 4 minutes, or until thoroughly heated through. Serve and enjoy.

How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken in a Steamer

Although this method will not leave you with crispy skin, it will ensure the meat is reheated and just as juicy and tender as the first time.

In a pot, fill with 1 inch of water, set the steamer basket over the pot and bring the water to the boil. Place the chicken pieces in the steam basket, cover with the lid and leave to steam for 5-6 mins.

Remove from the heat and allow to steam through thoroughly for 1 min. Remove from basket and serve.

Extra Notes For Reheating

If you want to reheat the chicken, taking it out of the fridge before time and bringing it to room temperature is always a good idea. This will reduce the time needed to reheat the meat and reduce the chance of drying the chicken out.

It is also important to note that chicken should not be reheated more than once, and when you are reheating it, it should be reheated all the way through to at least 70° C.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken?

Our preferred choice of reheating a rotisserie chicken is in the oven. It can be popped into the oven, with a little chicken stock to retain the moisture in the meat, and left for twenty minutes to reheat.

If you want to keep the crispy skin, with 5 minutes to go, remove the tin foil to crispen the skin up slightly.