How many times have you ordered a KFC bucket, only to get halfway down before giving up? As much as you might like to try and devour a whole bucket in one sitting, it’s something that not everyone can manage. So, with this in mind, can you store and then reheat your KFC at a later date?
To reheat KFC, the best thing to do is to place it either in the oven or in an air fryer. It should be reheated to 75C for it to be safe to eat.
How to Reheat KFC
You will notice that we haven’t included the microwave in our options below. The main reason for this is that KFC reheated in the microwave is extremely disappointing (think soft on the outside and rubbery on the inside!).
As such, we recommend either reheating KFC in the oven or air fryer, as we explain below.
How to Reheat KFC in the Oven
Reheating KFC in the oven ensures it will be nice and crispy, although not quite as good as it was when you first ordered it! Here’s how to reheat KFC in the oven safely:
- Preheat Oven
Switch on your oven and heat it to 180C or 350F.
- Prepare Your KFC
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or tin foil. Spray it with low-fat cooking oil or olive oil. This ensures your chicken won’t stick to the tray. Then, line your KFC pieces side-by-side before placing the tray in the centre of the oven.
Leave your KFC in the oven between 20-25 minutes. You should check the temperature of the chicken after 20 minutes to check if it’s done. If it’s not yet up to temperature, reheat it at five-minute intervals until it’s ready.
- Check the Temperature
When reheating KFC, you need to check that the temperature has reached 75C or 165F before eating it.
- Serve and Enjoy
As soon as your KFC is at the right temperature and is deliciously crispy on the outside, it’s time to tuck in and enjoy yourself!
How to Reheat KFC in the Air Fryer
If you have an air fryer in your kitchen, you can use it to reheat your leftover KFC by following the steps listed below:
- Add Your KFC
Place your pieces of KFC in the air fryer basket.
- Set the Temperature
Set your air fryer to a temperature of 160C or 320F.
- Spray (Optional)
If you want to make double sure that your KFC is nice and crispy, spray each piece with some low-fat cooking oil before closing the air fryer.
Close your air fryer and reheat your KFC for fifteen minutes.
- Check the temperature
When you’re reheating KFC, you need to check that the chicken is 75C or 165F before eating it.
- Serve and enjoy
When your KFC is up to temperature, all that’s left is to tuck in and enjoy your deliciously crispy chicken pieces fresh out of the air fryer!
We would avoid reheating KFC in the microwave where possible. Although it is possible to reheat it in the microwave, you’ll find the texture to be completely off. The outside former-crispy coating will become soggy and soft and the chicken will turn rubbery.
How to Reheat KFC Successfully
If you want to have complete success when it comes to reheating KFC then make sure you follow these tips:
- Freeze It – Did you know that you can freeze your KFC leftovers? So many of us have gotten carried away when ordering takeaway and end up having far more than we could possibly eat at one time! If this resonates with you, simply wrap your excess KFC well and place it in the freezer. It will be good for several months.
- Don’t Leave It Sitting Out – You cannot store KFC in the fridge (or freezer) until it has cooled down. However, this doesn’t mean you should leave it sitting out at room temperature for extended periods. As soon as it has cooled down, get it in the fridge.
- Reheat Sides Too – You can also reheat any sides that you’ve ordered with your KFC. Fries, beans, and even corn will reheat perfectly well in the air fryer or oven (use the microwave for the beans). This gives you no excuses to throw any of your KFC order in the bin!
- Always Check the Internal Temperature – Eating undercooked, reheated chicken is extremely dangerous and could cause salmonella. To be on the safe side, invest in a meat thermometer and be sure to check the temperature of your meat is 75C or 165F before tucking in. It can save you from a seriously upset stomach!
Is It Safe to Reheat KFC
Yes, reheating KFC is perfectly safe. The biggest threat from a health and hygiene perspective comes from the way that you store your KFC. As soon as you’ve decided that your KFC bucket contains far too much chicken to eat in one go, wrap it and place it in the fridge.
If you leave KFC sitting out at room temperature, harmful bacteria will grow on the chicken and render it unsafe to reheat. Providing your leftover KFC is well stored, and you heat it to 75C or 165F, it’s perfectly safe to reheat.
Reheating KFC FAQs
Of course, chicken isn’t the only thing that KFC serve up. The FAQs below might help you out when it comes to reheating other KFC dishes:
Yes, KFC gravy can be reheated. We would opt for doing so over a low heat in a saucepan, stirring regularly to ensure it is piping hot through.
Yes, you can reheat KFC beans in the microwave. Place them in a microwave-safe dish, cover and microwave for 1 minute. Stir then microwave for another 30 seconds. If they’re not hot, keep microwaving in short bursts.
Yes, hot wings from KFC can be reheated. Put them in a roasting tin and then into a hot oven for around 20 minutes. Check the internal temperature to ensure they are over 75C. If they’re close to burning, cover the tray with a sheet of foil.
If you keep it stored in the fridge and not at room temperature for extended periods, then KFC will be fine to eat the next day. It will keep for between 2 and 3 days in the fridge.
Ross is a freelance writer with a passion for delicious food and drinks, having worked in the hospitality industry in the past. He began working with Let’s Foodie when it first launched to provide information on how to reheat, freeze and microwave different foods.