If you’re tired of dry reheated chicken then learning how to reheat fried chicken in the air fryer is a must!

Reheating fried chicken is so easy and it turns out perfectly tender and juicy with a crispy skin in the air fryer.

This quick technique is a game-changer and only takes a few minutes! Sure, leftover cold chicken is tasty, but reheating it back to hot and fresh is even better!

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Crispy Fried Chicken

  • The air fryer is magic for getting all kinds of food crispy and crunchy again!
  • No oil means fewer calories and fats and clean-up is a cinch!
  • This method works for made-from-scratch, restaurant take-home, and even leftover Kentucky Fried Chicken!
  • Wings, drumsticks, strips, and tenders can all be reheated and crisped up using the air fryer!
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How to Reheat Fried Chicken

The microwave cooks chicken from the inside out which may not cook it evenly or it can overcook it. But cooking food in the air fryer seals it from the outside, keeping in all that juicy flavor!

  1. Preheat the air fryer (as per recipe below).
  2. Place leftover chicken in a single layer and cook, flipping the pieces over halfway through the cooking time.
  3. For frozen chicken, cook pieces for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Serve hot.

Tips for Reheating Fried Chicken

  • Always refer to the owner’s manual for your air fryer to compare wattage, times, and temperatures for reheating food.
  • Avoid overcrowding to ensure even reheating.
  • A little pan-release spray over the pieces before cooking them will help crisp up the breading even more.
  • Keep an eye on the chicken as it’s reheating to avoid cooking it too long, which will dry it out. Start on the lower end of the timer and scale up, if necessary.
  • If you’re reheating large amounts of leftover chicken, keep the pieces warm and covered in foil in the oven until ready to serve.
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Best Way to Serve Leftover Fried Chicken

Even though leftover fried chicken is excellent on its own, it’s fun to serve it with other tasty sides like beans and rice, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, broccoli and cauliflower, and some tangy lemon sugar cookies for dessert all using the air fryer!

What to Serve with Reheated Chicken

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How to Reheat Fried Chicken

Learning how to reheat fried chicken is an easy and simple task with these few tips and tricks.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 pieces



  • 6 pieces fried chicken
  • salt and pepper optional


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or until crispy.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 758mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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