Reheating a rotisserie chicken from Costco is easy, but the method you choose can make a big difference!
As someone who loves to cook and experiment, I have tried a few ways to reheat rotisserie chicken. And there is one method I favor that works as a (tasty) treat!
In this article, I’ll share the methods I have tried and give you step-by-step instructions on how to reheat your Costco bird to perfection.
Best Reheating Methods
Here are my top 2 methods: the oven method and the microwave method.
Both have their pros and cons, so choose the one that works best for you.
Reheating Costco Chicken in the Oven
The oven method is a smart way to reheat rotisserie chicken from Costco if you want to keep the skin crispy.
This is my preferred route, as who wants chicken that isn’t golden and crispy?!
Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your chicken in a baking dish and pour in some water and/or a little stock – enough to come approx. 1/4 inch up the side of the dish.
- Loosely cover the chicken with foil.
- Place the dish in the oven and roast until the water is bubbling and the chicken is heated through.
- If you want the skin extra-crispy, crank up the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the advantages of using the oven method is that it allows you to reheat larger quantities of chicken at once. Additionally, the chicken will come out more evenly heated, and the skin will be crispy and delicious.
Reheating Costco Chicken in the Microwave (Quicker, but less crispy!)
If you’re short on time (or just famished!), the microwave method works great too (although it won’t be as crispy a result as with the oven).
Here’s how you do it:
- Place your chicken on a microwave-safe plate.
- Cover the plate with a damp paper towel.
- Microwave the chicken on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
One of the main advantages of using the microwave method is that it’s quick and easy. Additionally, it’s a great option if you only need to reheat a small amount of chicken.
However, the skin will not be crispy, and the chicken may come out slightly dry.
Tips for Reheating Rotisserie Chicken
As someone who enjoys the convenience of buying a rotisserie chicken, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for reheating it to perfection. Here are some of my top tips:
One of the biggest challenges when reheating rotisserie chicken is keeping it moist. To prevent the chicken from drying out, I like to add moisture to the dish. This can be done by pouring a cup of chicken broth or water into the bottom of the baking dish before placing the chicken in it. Or, you can cover the chicken with a damp paper towel or aluminum foil to seal in moisture.
Reheat in Small Batches
When reheating rotisserie chicken, it’s important to avoid overcrowding the dish. Overcrowding can cause the chicken to cook unevenly and dry out. Instead, I recommend reheating the chicken in small batches.
This will help ensure that each piece of chicken is evenly heated and stays moist.
Use a Meat Thermometer
To ensure that the chicken is fully heated through, I often use a meat thermometer. The chicken should be heated to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before serving. This will ensure that any bacteria present in the chicken are gone and that the chicken is safe to eat.
And that’s it!
This is my guide to enjoying delicious, moist chicken every time. By adding moisture, reheating in small batches, and using a meat thermometer, you can ensure that your chicken is heated through and safe to eat.
Personally, I prefer to reheat my rotisserie chicken in the oven, as it is a gentler approach and allows me to crisp up the skin and gives the chicken a more oven-roasted flavor. It’s generally best to reheat food the way it was originally cooked.
However, if I’m in a hurry, I’ll use the microwave or air fryer to quickly heat up my chicken.