Nothing beats a hot Italian chicken dish, cooked with parmesan cheese no less!
I mean, the juicy and tender perfectly cooked chicken, along with the Italians’ signature delicious white sauce on a plate filled with pasta sprinkled with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and the final heavenly touch of the parmesan cheese. Are you drooling yet?
I wouldn’t blame you if you are. It is one special dish for sure. That’s why I find it hard to believe that some people don’t actually devour the whole plate the minute it is set on the table. Yea, you heard me right. Some people are confused about what to do with the leftovers of this delicious dish. Don’t even think about throwing it away!
Of course, you will freeze them just like any other food leftover. The great thing about this dish though is that when you reheat it properly, you will get to enjoy it exactly like the freshly made one. Another great thing is that I am going to explain to you “How to reheat Chicken Parmesan” in four different ways so that you can choose the best one that suits you. In addition to how you can efficiently reuse your chicken leftovers.
Different ways to reheat your chicken parmesan?
In this article, I will provide you with different ways to warm up your chicken parmesan. Choose whatever suits you best according to the provided info and method under each one.
- Using the microwave
- Using an Air fryer
- Using an Oven
- Using an instant pot on a stovetop
It also depends on the amount of food you are going to reheat and the time available for you to do so.
I am going to start off with the best way to actually reheat pretty much anything, not just Chicken parmesan.
1- Using an oven:
Yup, the old regular method of cooking or reheating any food. Trust me, using the oven gives the best outcome. You will have yourself some sizzling hot, crispy, and juicy chicken to the extent that your guests won’t even believe that they aren’t freshly cooked. It also works perfectly with reheating the pasta.
- Align your chicken parmesan on a baking tray.
- Tightly cover the tray with aluminum foil so that all the moisture stays within the dish and doesn’t evaporate.
- Transfer the tray to a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
- Leave it to heat for 15-20 minutes or according to your preference.
Use a meat thermometer and measure the temperature of the chicken from its center. Once it reaches 165 degrees, then you will know you are good to take it out.
Bear in your mind that if the dish is frozen and not thawed sufficiently before transferring it to the oven, it might probably take an extra time, for up to 50 minutes.
Now, the downside to this whole charade is the fact that you will need to wait for the oven to preheat first, then leave the chicken to actually warm up for some time. I am not going to deny that it is time consuming. However, the outcome is totally worth it.
2- Using the microwave:
This method is the complete opposite of the previous one. It is quick, that’s a guarantee, but also at the same time, it doesn’t result in the perfectly crispy and fresh out of the oven appeal. However, it will serve you well if you are in a hurry.
- Place the food on a microwavable plate.
- Cover the plate well with a plastic wrap, a paper towel, or a lid.
- Transfer the plate to the microwave to heat for a minute on a medium setting.
- Check whether it is hot or not by poking the center of the chicken with a knife and see whether it is reheated enough or not. If it is not, then you can leave it for an extra 45 seconds. It should be warm enough.
Remember not to overfill the plate placed in the microwave with the chicken sauce, as it will probably start boiling and splashing tiny bits of sauce everywhere making this simple method of reheating more complicated with cleaning the microwave and everything.
The result is not the most ideal, but it will definitely be enough if you don’t have that much time. I mean, it only takes about a minute and a half, so yeah, you should definitely consider it.
3- Using the Air fryer:
The Air fryer is my go-to kitchen appliance in any and everything. I just love this little invention. It is quick. It is healthy. It is just amazing. It won’t disappoint you.
- Place your chicken parmesan on the air fryer tray. Make sure not to overlap the chicken added so that they warm equally and turn crispy.
- Transfer the tray to the preheated fryer at 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check on them after a few minutes to see their progress.
- Take it off the air fryer when it is warm enough. It should take from 5 to 7 minutes.
The outcome of the air fryer might take longer time than the microwave, but it is definitely better and more crispy.
4- On the stovetop:
It is not atomic science. It certainly is easy. All you need to do is just place your chicken on a pot drizzled with oil so that the chicken doesn’t stick. Let it cook on medium heat till it turn brown and crispy again. When the chicken reaches this point, you will need to add the pasta before it dries out. Once the pasta is warm, serve up immediately and enjoy.
Now that you have all the best ways of warming up your chicken. Time to learn other ways where you could make the best of any leftover Chicken parmesan.
What to Do With any Leftover Chicken Parmesan?
Well, besides reheating it and enjoying the dish one more time. You can always resort to sandwiches. It won’t fail you, trust me. Spread the chicken pieces in a large bread loaf, add in some fresh salad with a drizzle of the chicken sauce. Mmm. Perfect.
Another idea is cooking a marsala with your leftover chicken. Which is the perfect full meal. Made of cooked veggies with garlic sauce, orzo pasta, in addition to the delicious leftover chicken, all on one appetizing plate.
Of course, you can always go with the easiest one, which is cooking some pasta and spreading some garlic-y and delicious red sauce on top, along with your chicken pieces.
I guess by now you will not even think about throwing any Chicken parmesan leftovers again. In fact, you will make extra portions especially, so that you can enjoy the other ways where you can make equally delicious meals using the chicken left.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can I store the chicken parmesan for?
Well, They don’t really last for more than 3 to 5 days if left in the fridge.
What is the best way to reheat frozen chicken parmesan?
The oven will be your ideal way. But, you will need to let it thaw first, then move it to the oven to warm up at 325 F.
What is the best way to reheat chicken parmesan sliders?
It is best to reheat them in a preheated oven at 350 F for 23 minutes so that they can come out crispy and delicious just like the freshly made one.
How long does it usually take to reheat chicken parmesan in a preheated oven?
It should take about 30 minutes if the oven is perfectly reheated.
How do you reheat your chicken without it drying out?
The most important step is tightly closing the tray or skillet containing the chicken before reheating it using any of the previous methods.
An extra tip that really helps the process of maintaining a moist and rich chicken while reheating it is adding a few extra tablespoons of water or chicken broth before covering it so that they create a steam that will coat the chicken and prevent the loss of the juices of the chicken itself.
Hi, I’m Julie, the passionate foodie and founder of Juliesfamilykitchen.com. I created this blog out of a drive to prove someone wrong, and then I realized how much I truly enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. In my free time, when I’m not running around after my kids or spending quality time with my partner, you can usually find me in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes.