What Is The Best Way To Reheat A Rotisserie Chicken?

Unless you have a big family, most people don’t eat a whole rotisserie chicken in one sitting. With the high cost of groceries, most people will store their leftovers in an airtight container to eat for leftovers. There is no right or wrong way to reheat leftover rotisserie chicken, but some ways are easier than others. Here are some different ways to do it. 

The best way to reheat a rotisserie chicken would be in the oven, as this was how it was originally prepared. However, other methods, such as using a pellet grill or stovetop, enhances the flavor. Although not everybody has an air fryer, it is one of the best and newest methods to reheat a rotisserie chicken. 

what is the best way to reheat a rotisserie chicken

With so many ways to reheat a rotisserie chicken, things could become confusing when looking for the best way to hold the flavor without drying the meat. 

Passionate about food? Continue reading as we explore the best-known ways to reheat a rotisserie chicken, plus some of the different ways I’ve done it. 

Reheating A Rotisserie Chicken

Most chefs and food fanatics would agree that rotisserie chicken tastes its best when it’s scorching hot right from the store, but sometimes it’s just too much food! 

When you’re alone or part of a small family, the timing doesn’t work out, and you may need to place your rotisserie chicken in the fridge for the next meal. 

Before reheating your rotisserie chicken, you need to make sure it will fit in whatever device you’re planning on using to reheat it, whether in your oven, stovetop, microwave, or air fryer. 

It’s also crucial to ensure it’s heated through and through to avoid foodborne illnesses. 

How To Reheat A Rotisserie Chicken In Your Oven

Rumor says the best way to reheat a rotisserie chicken is in the oven because this was how it was prepared. 

However, there is a way to reheat the chicken so the meat will remain moist without becoming dried out. 

Additionally, your rotisserie chicken will become piping hot as it should, with the skin remaining crisp to the bite! 

Let’s look at the steps involved in reheating a rotisserie chicken in your oven perfectly:

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven And Dish

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare an oven-safe dish that comfortably accommodates the size of your rotisserie chicken by covering the entire dish with aluminum foil. 

It is important to cover your dish with foil as the broth could cause a mess in your dish, and your rotisserie chicken could become stuck to the pan, and you may damage it in the process.

Depending on how long your specific oven takes to preheat, you can pour about a fourth of a cup of chicken broth mixed with water on top of the foil. If the dish is especially large, you can use a larger quantity of chicken broth mix. 

Place the dish in your oven with the chicken broth and heat it for 25 minutes.

Step 2: Place Your Rotisserie Chicken In Your Oven

After preheating the oven and preparing the broth mixture, remove the rotisserie chicken from its packaging or container and place it in your dish. 

Place it in the oven while adding another cup of chicken stock or broth to the bottom. 

The purpose of the broth is to help the chicken retain its moisture while the skin further crisps. 

Step 3: Let Your Rotisserie Chicken Heat Up Thoroughly

Let the chicken heat up for between 20 and 25 minutes. It is essential not to skip the extra broth, as it ensures it turns out as flavorful as the first time it was cooked! 

After the time has passed, you can remove the foil from the bottom of the dish and let your rotisserie chicken roast for another four to five minutes, depending on how crisp you prefer the skin. 

You may now also turn the temperature up to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit if you want the skin to become extra crisp. 

Step 4: Serve Hot And Enjoy!

The oven method takes longer than the methods mentioned below, but it will be well worth your wait. 

Reheating a rotisserie chicken in your oven is the best way to keep the skin of the chicken crispy while the meat remains juicy and tender!

Reheating the Chicken on a Pellet Grill

I usually don’t heat leftovers on my Pit Boss because it takes too long to pull the grill out of the building. However, you can use the pellet grill to heat leftovers; here’s how to do it. 

To reheat rotisserie chicken on a pellet grill, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Remove the rotisserie chicken from the refrigerator and place it on aluminum foil or a silicone mat. 
  3. Brush the chicken with a small amount of olive oil or melted butter to keep it moist during reheating.
  4. Close the lid and let the grill do the work. 
  5. Let the chicken heat up for approximately 15-20 minutes or until it is hot enough for your liking.

Once the chicken is hot enough, remove it from the grill and serve it hot. As mentioned above, this isn’t the best option for reheating food, but it is possible. 

Reheating Rotisserie Chicken in a Microwave

To reheat rotisserie chicken in a microwave, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Remove the rotisserie chicken from the refrigerator and place it in a microwave-safe dish. 
  2. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or napkin; this is what we do to help keep the microwave clean. 
  3. Microwave on high for about a minute or until the chicken gets hot enough to your liking. 
  4. Use your finger to check the temperature. 
  5. If not fully reheated, repeat the process until it gets hot enough.
  6. Once the chicken has reached the desired temperature, remove it and enjoy. 

Using the microwave is the fastest way to reheat the chicken. 

How To Reheat A Rotisserie Chicken On Your Stovetop

If you prefer to repurpose your rotisserie chicken by shredding it for a delicious staple in a salad or as a taco filling, reheating it on your stovetop would be ideal! 

The stovetop reheating method will be best if you have removed your rotisserie chicken from the bone in shredded or shopped pieces. 

However, when reheating your rotisserie chicken on the stovetop, you should be careful not to overcook or burn it. Let’s look at the steps involved:

Step 1: Prepare Your Skillet

Make sure your desired skillet is large enough for how much chicken you need to reheat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, or spray it with a non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Heat Your Skillet

Set your stove on medium to high heat, and wait until the oil bubbles and is heated through.

Step 3: Add Your Chicken To The Skillet

Place some chicken pieces into the skillet, and reheat it for between four and five minutes. Be sure to constantly stir the chicken using a spatula or spoon to prevent it from burning. 

Be careful not to overcook the chicken, as the meat may become tough. Set a time on your kitchen clock or phone to be as precise as possible.

Step 4: Serve hot

Carefully remove your chicken and serve scorching hot!

How To Reheat A Rotisserie Chicken In Your Air Fryer

You can try reheating it in your air fryer for extra crispy chicken. If you’re a food fanatic, you probably already have an air fryer, which is a great investment.

Today’s air fryers come with several options: grill, reheat, bake, roast, dehydrate, etc. This makes it extremely easy to cook, grill, and quickly reheat leftovers with less clean-up than an oven.  

Let’s look at the easy and quick steps to heat a rotisserie chicken in your air fryer:

Step 1: Turn Your Airfryer On And Pre Heat

Preheat your air fryer to 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If yours has a reheat button, then press that. 

This is the same heat you would turn it to when using the oven method, but an air fryer preheats much faster and more efficiently.

Step 2: Place Your Rotisserie Chicken In Your Air Fryer

Remove your rotisserie chicken from the container and place it in your air fryer. Most air fryers come with baskets that you can place the food on without using an external pot or pan. 

Set the timer on your stove or air fryer for 5-10 minutes, ensuring the chicken is heated through and crispy.

Step 3: Remove And Enjoy!

Once the timer goes off, check the temperature. If it’s hot enough, you can remove and serve it with your sides. 

Final Word

Rotisserie chicken makes excellent leftovers; reheating it is as simple as pie. You can use any of the methods above to reheat it; just know it’ll never taste as good as when you first cooked it.  

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