How to Reheat Chicken and Rice [In Any Kitchen!]
Chicken and rice have long been among the most common meals eaten globally. Most people love a plate of chicken and rice, seasoned just how they like it, with any number of sides and additions. This meal is eaten both as normal everyday meals and for special occasions and celebrations across the globe. After enjoying a delicious plate and having some leftovers, it is only fitting to learn how to reheat chicken and rice.
To reheat chicken and rice, you can use an oven, a microwave, or a stove. We use similar techniques to reheat fried chicken.
Pro Tip: When learning how to reheat chicken and rice you should separate the chicken and rice before reheating. The best results will be achieved by reheating each one separately as the density and speed of warming will vary between the two ingredients.
This is a good point to remember to help you keep meal components separate when leftovers are expected to make reheating easier at a later time.
This article will walk you through the steps involved in how to reheat chicken and rice. These steps are fast and easy to follow.
How to Reheat Rice
Freshly made rice is often fluffy, and the goal is to retain this texture even after reheating. It is a challenging but not impossible task There are different ways to reheat rice, without it going hard and dry:
How to Reheat Rice in a Microwave
- Remove your leftover rice from the refrigerator.
- Dish out the amount you need on a microwave-safe dish.
- Add a few tablespoons of water to the rice. The quantity of rice you want to reheat should determine the amount of water you add to it. Too much water might ruin the texture of your rice.
- Cover the plate with a moist paper towel or bowl to keep the moisture locked in while it reheats.
- Put the plate into the microwave.
- Reheat rice at half power for three to four minutes on medium heat.
- Use a food thermometer to check the temperature; anything above 165°F is fine.
- If the temperature is good, then place the moist paper towel or bowl over the rice and set it aside until you are ready to eat.
How to Reheat Rice in an Oven
Follow the steps below to reheat leftover rice with an oven-safe dish, which is more time-consuming but can yield better overall rice as far as texture and consistency go
- Take out the rice and spread an even layer onto a cooking sheet or pan, that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil. I love using the Lodge Enameled dutch-oven.
- Separate the clumps of rice using a spoon or spatula and spread the rice evenly across the pot.
- Drizzle a bit of water over the surface of the rice. Doing this will keep it from burning and drying out as it cooks.
- Cover the tray with aluminum foil to lock in the moisture and prevent the top layer of the rice from drying out and burning.
- Set the oven to a temperature of 300°F, which is an ideal temperature for reheating rice leftovers.
- Put the tray into the oven and heat for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Check the rice after 10-15 minutes to know if it is well heated. If more time is needed, work up in 5-minute intervals of cooking time.
- Remove the tray and transfer rice into a bowl or service dish and keep covered until ready to serve and eat.
How to Reheat Rice on a Stove
You can also reheat leftover rice using a stove, which can offer a convenient option that works well for large quantities that might be cumbersome in a microwave or oven. Here is what you need to do:
- Transfer the rice to a skillet and add water. The recommended amount is around two tablespoons of water per cup of rice. [Note you can also use a cast iron dutch oven pot]
- Set the stove to low heat and place the pan on it, ensuring there is at least a thin layer of water covering the bottom of the pan, so the rice doesn’t burn.
- Cover the pan and allow the rice to heat for three to five minutes.
- You will want to be sure you stir the rice often until the heat is evenly distributed.
- Once the rice is heated through, turn off the stove and cover the pan with a lid to keep the heat and moisture until you are ready to eat.
How to Reheat Chicken
Just as rice can be reheated in a number of ways, chicken can likewise be warmed up using a stove, microwave, or oven. Here are some ways to do so without drying out the chicken.
How to Reheat Chicken Using a Stove
- If the chicken is still whole or in larger pieces, cutting it into smaller pieces will make it easier to reheat chicken evenly without drying it out. You Will need to Set the stove to low heat so you can warm the chicken without burning it
- Set the stove to low heat.
- Place the pieces of chicken a non-stick pan on the stove and heat for a few seconds.
- Pour oil and chicken broth into the pan. This will keep the chicken tender after reheating and also preserve the flavors of the natural chicken juices.
- Place each piece of chicken in the pan and leave some space between them.
- Stir the chicken every few minutes as it gets hot to prevent it from burning and ensure it is evenly heated.
- Turn off the stove once the chicken is well heated, remove it from the stove and cover it until you are ready to serve your dish
How to Reheat Chicken Using a Microwave
- Make sure the microwave is clean and that the turn table is in place
- Cut the chicken into small sizes, especially the chicken breast and thighs to help ensure an even reheating.
- Place the chicken pieces in a microwave-friendly container and space them out as much as possible for even cooking.
- Add two or three tablespoons of chicken broth. Add more if you have a large quantity of chicken or if you are worried about it drying out too much.
- Cover it with a damp paper towel to trap moisture while the chicken reheats.
- Put the container inside the microwave and heat it for one minute on high heat. Heat the chicken a little longer if not hot enough.
- Frozen cooked chicken can be cooked for longer at a lower power setting but ensure that you are checking on it regularly, so it doesn’t overcook and dry out
- Bring out and serve.
How to Reheat Chicken Using an Oven
Here is what you need to know about how to reheat chicken with the use of an oven:
- Allow chicken to defrost if it has been frozen, so it is chilled but not frozen solid, then cut it up into smaller pieces Get an oven pan and put the sliced chicken into it. Do not lay them close to each other.
- Pour some chicken stock or water and add it to the pan before you start warming.
- Cover the pan with a well-fitted lid or aluminum foil to keep the chicken tender and moist
- Preheat the oven to a temperature range of 425°F to 475°F.
- Place the pan in the oven and heat for 20 to 30 minutes, occasionally checking to see how hot it is getting.
- Remove the chicken once it is hot enough and let it sit for a few more minutes to finish cooking through
- Serve your chicken with your rice or anything else and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you still have questions about reheating Chicken and Rice? We’ve got answers that can make the process of enjoying leftovers simpler and easier- and also tastier too!
How do I store reheated Chicken and Rice?
Reheated Chicken and Rice can be placed in any airtight container or bag and stored in the refrigerator once it has finshed cooling down to room temperature. Reheated Chicken and Rice is typically good for a couple of days in the refrigerator but can last much, much longer in the freezer.
Can I reheat Chicken and Rice multiple times?
One could reheat Chicken and Rice multiple times so long as the chicken and the rice itself have not started to spoil. Too far from the original cooking date without proper chilling and preservation will lead to any dish going bad. However, it is not recommended to reheat more than 1 or 2 times max since the chicken may become overcooked, leading to chewy or dry exteriors and underwhelming fillings.
How long does it take to reheat Chicken?
It typically takes around 5 to 7 minutes to reheat a single serving of chicken. Using an oven will take the most time as reheating takes around 15 to 20 minutes, and preheating can take around 30 minutes depending on the oven. But, ovens work well for large batches, and reheating small batches of chicken in the oven may take less than 20 minutes. You can also heat chicken in an air fryer, it would take around 3 to 4 mins to reheat
With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can enjoy a tasty meal anytime. Reheating rice and reheating chicken do not have to be complicated processes. So give it a try and see how easy it can be to enjoy a reheated chicken and rice meal today!