If you are a fan of Chinese food, chances are you’ve had some chicken with sauce leftover at some point. You may have wondered what the best way to reheat that chicken is without causing it to become rubbery. Believe it or not, it’s actually pretty easy.
There are actually four methods of reheating chicken with sauce: air fryer, oven, microwave, or saucepan. No matter how you plan to re-heat it, you should remove it from the sauce so that it doesn’t get soggy. In fact, it’s best if you keep the chicken and sauce separate until you’re ready to put it on the plate.
Reheating in Air Fryer
Since the invention of the air fryer, this has become a favorite appliance in many kitchens and is likely the best way to reheat your chicken with sauce.
- Remove chicken from sauce.
- Pat dry with paper towels.
- Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
- Place chicken in air fryer for 3 minutes.
- Allow to rest for 1 minute before tossing in sauce.
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Reheating in Oven
Here are the steps to reheating your chicken with sauce in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place chicken in oven-safe dish.
- Cover with foil so that chicken does not dry out.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes. If it’s a large amount, you can add an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy.
This method takes longer but is a viable method if you don’t have an air fryer. The disadvantage to this method is that the chicken will not be crispy, but it will still be delicious.
Reheat in Microwave
If you’re in a hurry, you can reheat your sauced chicken in the microwave. However, this is not ideal because it will give you soggy chicken.
- Remove chicken from sauce.
- Place chicken in microwave and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Sauce can be heated in a saucepan on the stove.
- Once both are heated, toss chicken in sauce.
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Reheat in Saucepan
If you don’t have any of the other options available, you can reheat both the chicken and the sauce on the stovetop in separate pans. When you heat them together, the chicken won’t get crispy like it was before.
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Chicken with sauce is delicious, but sometimes you just can’t eat it all. Therefore, you need to know how to properly reheat it without causing it to get mushy. You want the chicken to stay crispy and crunchy. As we have shown you here, there are four ways that you can reheat your chicken with sauce: air fryer, oven, microwave, and saucepan.