What Is The Best Way To Reheat Your Fried Chicken?
Since the 19th century, fried chicken - the favorite food of many people, has transitioned from a dish that was reserved for holidays to daily dish with many variations. It is very easy to make fried chicken at home but most of the home chefs or even professional ones are usually in trouble when trying to find the best way to reheat fried chicken. The solution couldn’t be easier after you read this article.
The Best Way To Reheat Fried Chicken You Never Expect
Nothing is more satisfying than a fresh, golden fried chicken. A traditional fried chicken usually consists of chicken pieces which have been floured then fried. When cooked properly, it is one of the most delicious foods in the world.
But after a night or even a few hours, this delicious dish becomes cold and flavorless. People tend to try to reheat them, but they often make a dry and tough chicken.
According to our research, there are 3 common methods that you can use to reheat your chicken: Baking in the oven, microwaving and refrying. Unfortunately, it seems to be no way to get a reheated fried chicken as good as when it was fresh, hot out of the fryer.
So, What Is The Best Solution?
To determine the best way to reheat fried chicken, we ran a few tests with all of these mentioned methods.
- After refrying fried chicken, we got a crispy but dried out the chicken. When frying the chicken a second time, we are basically dehydrating the outer layers, and then may lead to burning them. Frying is a quick and intense cooking method so that it is easy to overcook the food item.
- Microwaving sounds like a good choice for busy people because it is convenient and time-effective.
However, with this technique, we got the worst result: the chicken skin lost all of its crispiness and the meat is unevenly heated.
- The last one is the most successful way to reheat fried chicken. Using an oven can retain almost the flavor and texture of the chicken. Depending on the chicken part, it only took 8 to 18 minutes to give us a perfect chicken dish.
How To Reheat Your Fried Chicken With An Oven?
Step 1: Let Come To Room Temperature
Prepare your meat to be reheated by taking the cold fried chicken out of the refrigerator. It is about 30 minutes (half an hour) to one hour to the chicken come up to the room temperature. Or you can use a microwave to speed it up. By this way, the chicken will be quickly and evenly reheated.
Step 2: Preheat The Oven
We all know that different oven takes different times to reach the same temperature. A popular guide is set your oven to 375 degrees in 15 minutes before you start to put anything inside the oven. The stability temperature decreases the risk of heating food unevenly.
Step 3: Place The Chicken Pieces
Put the cooked chicken on a wire rack set on a baking tray. Spread the chicken on this tray with even space between pieces.
This advice is quite different to many others on the internet which tell us to use parchment paper or aluminum foil. In fact, when we wrapped the chicken in foil and bake it in the oven to keep the chicken from drying out, the chicken coating became soggy. It didn’t get better with baking sheet. This took out the oil in the chicken coating and made them become toughened.
Step 4: Set Them In The Oven
Place the tray in the oven on the center rack and bake it at 375 degrees. Turn on the fan if you have a convection oven.The more powerful the fan is, the better chicken is.
Keep your eyes on these chicken pieces and check on them frequently to ensure that they are not overcooked. Use a thermometer to heat the chicken at 120 degrees in an internal room temperature.
Some online sources said that it takes about from 8 to 12 minutes for both legs and thighs. The breast will take longer to warm up: about 14 - 18 minutes.
Step 5: Take The Chicken Out!
Use oven mitts to remove the wire rack from the oven. Let the chicken pieces cool for a couple minutes before eating. Then, your golden, crispy fried chicken is ready to serve. Enjoy!
For the specific steps, watch this video:
If there is any trouble for those who try to reheat fried chicken, this simple structure above can help to solve the situation. Use an oven and your cold food will be almost perfect as it was.
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