Reheating chicken tenders in air fryer has never been easier. This is how to get leftover chicken crispy again so you can enjoy a second meal. If you made too many air fryer frozen chicken tenders no worries, this is how to make them great again.
You know what the biggest game changer is? Reheating chicken tenders in air fryer or Ninja Foodi! That is right, no more sad flimsy leftovers, you can get crispy chicken again and again so even your kids will eat them next day. Just one hack we have in our easy air fryer recipes page. (affiliate links present)
How to Reheat Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer
There isn’t a whole lot of difference between this and reheating chicken wings in air fryer, other than the timing. If you too hate throwing food away this is for you. Yes I’m one of those people. I didn’t grow up with a ton of money so leftovers were a thing. Fridays we ate whatever was left in the fridge. I wish I had an air fryer then y’all!!
Using your microwave is a no go. You cannot get them crispy at all and they just get mushy on the outside and limp. Whether you cook homemade chicken tenders or frozen chicken this works, that is the next day when you take them out of the fridge.
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First off let’s go over how to store leftover chicken;
- Always make sure food is at room temperature
- Slide into a freezer bag with a piece of parchment paper in between
- Suck all the air out of the bag
- Store in fridge for up to 3 days
Reheating Chicken Tenders in Ninja Foodi
Ok so it doesn’t really matter what brand you used initially, or to warm them back up. Especially if yours are wrapped in bacon you want the outside to get crunchy again. Who wants floppy and flimsy pieces, crisping them up just tastes better. Texture is just as important as flavor in my opinion.
The biggest difference between any of the brands would be the size of the basket. That means you could rewarm more or less at a time. You do NOT want to overlap the pieces because that would defeat the purpose. The hot air needs an opportunity to circulate all the way around the food to work well.
I wouldn’t say there is a huge need to spray your basket with non stick spray, even if you are reheating chicken tenders with no breading. However, if there isn’t a coating on the outside I would brush sauce on top of each piece so it can kinda’ brown.
How to Reheat Chicken in Air Fryer Without Drying it Out
Moisture is key if there is no breading. Using a low temperature instead of scalding it is important. Remember, it is already at temperature, you just want to heat it again, crisp the outside a bit, and maybe bake the sauce on top to a glaze if they’re naked.
Let’s talk about adding moisture into the mix;
- You want to make sure to preheat the air fryer
- Allow protein to heat for about a minute, then brush sauce on the top
- After you flip each piece over I would brush more sauce on your cooked chicken to moisten it up.
What Temperature to Reheat Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer
Ok so now that I have that all out (I want you to get it done perfectly so just hear me out), here are the step by steps of how it’s done. When you are done and ready to enjoy your leftovers I would serve with our chicken dipping sauces that take each piece from yum to OMG.
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- When you use an air fryer to reheat anything I always recommend that you preheat your machine. This time, set it to 350 degrees F.
- This will ensure that they heat at the same temp. the whole time they are in there.Add image
- Lay your leftover chicken tenders or chicken fingers inside the air fryer basket in one single layer
- do not overlap them in order to achieve crispy skin again.
- Reheat at 350 F for 4 minutes total flipping each one over after 2 minutes cook time.
- If your pieces are much thicker you may need an additional minute but this should make the outside nice and crunchy again.
- If you want to add a sauce, brush on the top after cooking 1 minute, then 1 minute after you flip
This is much faster than reheating chicken in the oven which takes closer to 30 minutes when you take into account the time it takes to preheat. You don’t heat up the entire house using this method either.
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Reheating Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer
- 2-6 chicken tenders
- Preheat your machine to 350 degrees F. (or 360 if you only have even numbers). When warm lay your leftover chicken tenders or chicken fingers inside in one single layer, do not overlap them.
- Reheat for 4 minutes (or so depending on their thickness) total flipping each one over after 2 minutes cook time.
- If you want to add a sauce, brush on the top after cooking 1 minute, then 1 minute after you flip on the other side.