Reheating Chicken in an Air Fryer: How to Do It Right

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It can be tricky to reheat chicken without sacrificing some of it’s juiciness and texture. But reheating chicken in an air fryer leads to crispy breading and retained moisture. Not only is it quick, fried chicken turn out just as crispy as when you first made it (or had it delivered).

Since fried chicken is deep fried, using the air fryer to reheat it actually reactivates the oil to maintain that deep fried quality with a super crispy exterior. No other method of reheating can reproduce this crispiness, unless you’re willing to deep fry it again.

air fryer fried chicken

Next time you need to reheat chicken, skip the mess of a deep fryer, the long process in the oven, and the sogginess of the microwave and go straight for the air fryer.

While this method works best for reheating fried chicken or breaded chicken, you can also use the air fryer to reheat chicken breast and chicken thighs. Read on to find out how.


Can You Reheat Chicken in An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use the air fryer to reheat chicken and it is actually the best, easiest, and fastest way to do so.

The circulating air in the air fryer, coupled with the small space in the basket, crisps back up the skin of the chicken, whether it has breading on it or not. This leads to perfectly reheated fried chicken or chicken wings.

In fact, you can use your air fryer to reheat a whole host of leftovers, even if they were frozen. Once you’ve tried the air fryer technique to reheat your wings, it will surely become your go-to method.

chicken reheated in the air fryer

How To Reheat Chicken In The Air Fryer

It usually just takes just 5-6 minutes to reheat chicken in the air fryer, however the reheating time will vary depending on the type of chicken.

  • Individual chicken pieces, like a leg, thigh, or wing, should be reheated for 5-6 minutes on 365°F.
  • A whole chicken, or rotisserie chicken, should be reheated for 10-15 minutes on 375°F.
  • Chicken tenders or breaded chicken fingers should be reheated for 2-3 minutes on 365°F.

Step One: Arrange chicken in a single layer

First of all, arrange the chicken in the air fryer, taking care to place them in a single layer. This is important so that each piece gets surface air circulation to quickly recrisp the skin without overcooking the inside.

Step Two: Cook until heated through

Set the air fryer temperature to 365 °F. Air fry until the chicken is heated through. For optimum results, flip the chicken over about halfway through to ensure both sides get crispy skin.

NOTE: In order to be safe to eat, chicken should have an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to determine whether the temperature has reached this safe level.

chicken wings in air fryer

Tips for Reheating Chicken in an Air Fryer

  • Eat the reheated chicken immediately, hot from the fryer.
  • You only want to reheat chicken one time. A second reheating will lead to dry chicken.
  • There’s no need to preheat the air fryer, but if you do, you might need less time to reheat.
  • Reheat chicken pieces of similar size for the best results. That way, they’ll be more likely to cook evenly, with no hot or cold spots.
  • There’s no need to add any more oil to the chicken. There should be enough residual fat to preserve the texture.
Reheating Chicken in the Air Fryer

What is the Best Way to Reheat Chicken?

We might be biased because we love our air fryer so much, but having reheated chicken in many different ways, I honestly believe the best way is in the air fryer.

Reheating chicken in the air fryer is fast and easy. There’s no need to waste energy by turning on the oven, and you don’t have to wait for the unit to preheat. Just pop the chicken in the air fryer, set the temperature, and wait. It’s true that you should flip the wings at the halfway mark, but that will only take a few seconds.

Since the air fryer preserves the crispy texture of the chicken, so it’ll taste almost as fresh as when they were made.

Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

We have a lot of chicken recipes you can use to cook chicken in the air fryer, either from fresh or frozen, and these can all be reheated in the air fryer. Check out some of these:

Can the Air Fryer Make Chicken Crispy Again?

Yes, the air fryer is the best way to make chicken crispy again, because of the circulating air that helps to reactivate the oil in the breading on chicken and make it just as crispy as it was the first time. This is also why we use the air fryer to reheat pizza. Foods with a little bit of oil on them already are great to reheat in the air fryer.

Can You Reheat Boneless Chicken in the Air Fryer?

Reheating chicken in the air fryer instantly crisps up the outside, sealing in all the juices while the inside becomes heated and tender all over again. There’s really no difference between a bone-in piece of chicken and a boneless chicken.

Can I Reheat Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer?

You can reheat any type of chicken in the air fryer, but chicken tenders are especially easy to reheat. All you do is place them in the basket and cook on 365 degrees F for about 3 minutes. They will be recrisped and reheated through, just like new.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.


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3 thoughts on “Reheating Chicken in an Air Fryer: How to Do It Right

    • Laura Lynch says:

      All air fryers are different. If you have a reheat button, you would just need to press that to reheat your chicken. Some don’t have that button and you’d then use the air fry or roast button.

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