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Best way to reheat fried chicken

In the oven, I'm sure, but for how long and at what temp to ensure a crispy skin without drying out the meat?

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  1. Nothing worse then overcooked, soggy chicken. I usually cover in foil and cook at 375 for about 20 minutes. But make sure the oven is hot when you put the chicken in.

    1. It all comes down to time and patience. If you pull it out of the fridge cold and heat at 325*....you could have inconsistent temperature of the chicken pieces....hot outside, cool inside.....breasts take longer than thighs, thighs take longer than legs and legs take longer than wings.......it's a wonder why so many eat it cold.......taste and lack of patience.

      When I have time, I pull it out of the fridge for an hour to warm......preheat the oven to 225*.....place in the oven till hot and crispy.....25 minutes time in the oven usually does it......and it is never dry.......if grease is a problem.....reheat on an old brown paper bag or napkins. It will not burn or catch fire.

      1. If you have a convection oven you'll wonder how you ever reheated fried chicken without one. The more powerful the fan the better. It REALLY crisps up the crust impressively. Out of the fridge, into the oven at 325, and on the table in about 10-12 minutes.

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        1. re: renov8r

          I have to give a crisp, golden endorsement to the convection suggestion. Reheated fried chicken at home used to be a sad reminder of what could have been...not anymore! I always go from refrigerator, straight to oven and then nirvana.

          1. re: renov8r

            Thank you so much. I've tried for years and the best I could do was 20 minutes at 365. Never thought about the convection oven. It worked perfectly.

            1. re: renov8r

              OMG I've been trying to figure out how to do this for years. This was brilliant. The chicken was crisp and fabulous
              Thank You!!

            2. So what do you do if you don't have a convection oven??

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              1. re: Dragona72

                without a convection oven you'll just have to eat soggy chicken - ;)

                before i had a convection oven I reheated like fourunder suggested above - 225 for about 25 minutes. If that doesn't get the crust crispy enough during the reheat you can always do a short run under the broiler after it is reheated but beware, it can burn quickly - but at least you'll get some crispy bits.

              2. Don't bother..eat it cold so good.. :)

                ooops..just noticed how old this post was,I'm sure the chicken's all gone by now..

                1. Not a fan of cold chicken :(

                  1. I don't have a convection oven. I usually microwave the chicken for a minute or two to heat up the inside. Then, I place it on a pan in the toaster oven and bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes to get the skin crispy.

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                    1. re: goodeatsgal

                      this. thanks! (for those without a personal helicopter and helipad, pet ocelot, or fancy convection oven)

                    2. A closely related question: Does any company make frozen fried chicken that comes out at least very good?

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                      1. re: justicenow

                        None that I am aware of although I used to work at a bar and grill and they had something from Sysco called honey stung chicken that I liked. (back in the mid 90's)
                        But now that I am quite adept to the industry as a kitchen manager I ordered it this past year and was quite surprised at the quality.The legs and thighs are so small its as though they came off a cornish game hen pretty awful.
                        It sucks when your palate is so damn upscale you can't eat the crap you used to,:(

                        1. re: justicenow

                          TGIF's frozen wings. Follow inst. On box. Either bar-b-q or buffalo style, cuz you put the sauce on after you bake, we like them w/o sauce.

                        2. I have found an easy way. Place chicken in microwave just long enough to heat the inside. Then spray with Pam, place under the broiler so the skin gets nice and crispy. The process doesn't take long at all, and it will come out perfect every time!!!

                          kitkatfitz@hotmail.com

                          1. You could also heat the oven to 400 degrees and put in the oven uncovered for 10-15 minutes.