How to Reheat Chicken Parm?

Warm and delicious again? Easily!

Written by Elisa Chan. Updated on How to Reheat Chicken Parm

Chicken Parmesan is so delicious and easy to cook that it’s even surprising how anyone can have this dish being left uneaten! However, if you managed to cook a bit too much and you ended up with quite many leftovers, don’t worry the food will spoil. You can stick your chicken parm into the freezer for a later date with peace of mind.

What about reheating this dish, you may ask? It’s as simple as cooking it, and besides, you can choose between different ways it can be done. So relax, you will enjoy your favorite food as tasty as if you never froze it!

Ways Of Reheating Chicken Parmesan Simply And Quickly

You might be curious about this dish in terms of reheating. And if you were, our answer is: yes, chicken parm can be easily reheated. Moreover, its side dishes can also be warmed up once again! To reheat chicken parm, you can make use of one of the following appliances:

  • microwave
  • stovetop
  • oven
  • instant pot

This is actually the reason (except for the delicious taste) why we love this Italian cuisine masterpiece: it can be reheated using more than one method. Very convenient if you don’t have much time for messing around with your oven, for instance, or if you need to reheat a large batch of food and thus the microwave is way too small for this purpose.

Most of us prepare ourselves for the worst scenario when it comes to reheating foods. Well, to a certain point, it makes sense since some dishes are really very demanding and hard to warm up repeatedly. Easy to cook and the same easy to ruin or spoil However, it is not what is going to happen to your lovely chicken parm!

Now let’s take a closer look at each reheating method in detail. They don’t differ that much but still you shall be aware of the smallest nuances to do everything right and not ruin the dish even if it’s leftovers.

How To Reheat Chicken Parm In The Microwave

Microwaving, as you could already guess, is the fastest way of reheating basically anything. Of course, it may affect the taste and the texture of the dish making it less crispy, but if you are not too picky, or you are too hungry for a more time-consuming method, microwave is your only option.

Luckily, reheating chicken parm this way is super simple:

  • you take the food
  • place it in a microwave-safe tank or on a plate
  • cover it up with foil or a lid
  • heat it on medium heat setting for one minute

If the dish is hot, take it out and enjoy. If it’s not, give it another round for 45 seconds and remember that the central part of it is the last that will get reheated! Be careful and not burn or overdry your food.

Also, if your chicken parm is too saucy, be cautious about the sauce since it can (and it actually will) explode a bit in the microwave. This is why covering the dish is important.

Ways Of Reheating Chicken Parmesan Simply And Quickly
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How To Reheat Chicken Parm In The Oven

Don’t feel too friendly about using the microwave too often? Then the oven will be the better solution for you, especially if you have enough time for reheating your chicken parm this way. In addition, your oven is the best place for reheating this food. Its dry heat will ensure that the breaded chicken breasts remain crisp and your pasta does not turn soggy.

To reheat the leftover chicken parm in the oven, repeat these steps:

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • place the food into an oven-safe tank and cover with foil
  • leave it to reheat for fifteen to twenty minutes

If the dish was frozen, you might need more time, up to fifty minutes. This is why it will be better if you use a meat thermometer. When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees, it is time to take it out, otherwise,you will burn it or dry it out.

Covering the food also matters a lot. It will protect your chicken parm from losing liquid and thus will keep the dish juicy and help avoid drying.

How To Reheat Chicken Parm In An Air Fryer

An air fryer is great stuff and for reheating foods as well. Moreover, warming up foods in it is not rocket science at all!

For instance, to reheat your leftover chicken parmesan, start with preheating the appliance at 360 degrees Fahrenheit first. When it is ready, place the chicken parm on the baking tray or racks and put it in the air fryer. It is important that you only use a tray or racks that are air fryer-safe!

Keep on heating your meal for five to seven minutes or simply until the cheese is crispy and melted. Note, however, that the chicken must also be warmed through thoroughly.

How To Reheat Chicken Parm In An Air Fryer
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How To Reheat Chicken Parm On A Stovetop

Reheating your chicken parm on a stove is very simple unlike the common belief that it’s not. You simply take a skillet, turn the heat on to the medium, put oil in the bottom of it to prevent meat from sticking, and put the chicken inside. Once it begins getting crispy, it is time to add pasta.

Keep on heating the dish until you see the chicken is crispy on the outside, otherwise, if you miss the right moment, it will turn too dry.

What to Do With Leftover Chicken Parm?

Eat it, of course, what else? But if you want to turn this already delicious food into something even more impressive, try a couple of simple tricks. First of all, you can always cook some pasta and throw it on the side. Accompany this combo with tomato sauce, and you have a full Italian-style dinner for the whole family!

As a variant for those who don’t have much time or desire to mess with cooking, making sandwiches with chicken parm leftovers is also a great solution! Stuff them with your favorite ingredients (e.g. leafy crispy salad, tomatoes, cucumbers or whatever you like), and a quick and nutritious meal is ready to enjoy.

Finally, you can always turn this dish leftovers into a delicious marsala! Just reheat the chicken parm and meanwhile, cook some orzo pasta and prepare veggies with garlic and sauce. We assure you that this can become your family’s favorite dish!

So now you know precisely what to do to reheat your chicken parmesan and still have it juicy, soft, and delicious with that crispy cheesy crust on top. Yummy! And since we shared a few simple recipes of how to turn leftover chicken parm into a delicious and completely new meal, you will definitely have no problems with making a quick dinner from now on.

Frequently Asked Questions

⭐ How to reheat a frozen chicken parm?

Thaw it first, and then reheat in the oven preheated to 325 F.

⭐ How long does it take to reheat chicken parm in the oven?

It takes around three minutes.

⭐ How to reheat chicken parm sliders?

Reheat them in the oven at 350 F for 203 minutes.

⭐ How long does chicken parm last?

It lasts about 3-5 days.

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