Life hacks are especially necessary when it comes to our meals. Why be saddled with a long meal prep time when there is an easier way that guarantees a scrumptious outcome? As a mum and entrepreneur, I am constantly on the lookout for easier and faster ways to prepare meals for my family and this led to one of my all-time favorite discoveries, how to reheat chicken breast in the microwave.
There are other ways to reheat chicken breast, but using the microwave is for people like me who do not have a lot of time on their hands and still want to have something tasty.
When the chicken breast is reheated just right in the microwave, it is a five-star experience you would repeat again and again. I use the phrase just right because caution must be applied when microwaving chicken to avoid it getting dry and rubbery.
In this article, I share how to reheat chicken breast in the microwave, how long it takes to reheat chicken breast, and tips to remember while reheating.
So, let’s get into it.
Can you reheat chicken breast in the microwave?
Yes, you can reheat chicken breast in the microwave. However, make sure to place it on a microwave-safe plate, not on aluminum or plastic containers. Next, cover the plate with a microwaveable lid or wrap it with a moist paper towel. Then reheat for about 1 and a half minutes.
Another thing to note about reheating chicken breast in the microwave is the temperature, you must be sure to monitor the time and temperature carefully.
Some people have concluded that chicken breasts cannot be microwaved because they ended up with dry and chewy chicken. But when reheated at the right temperature and properly monitored, the result is edible and delicious.
Is it safe to reheat chicken breast in the microwave?
Yes, you can reheat chicken breast in the microwave if it was stored properly. Chicken that is stored in the fridge at 40°F or below can be reheated. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), chicken is a perishable food that must be frozen or refrigerated within two hours after cooking in order to be safe to reheat.
Furthermore, for health and safety reasons you can only reheat your chicken once and it must be consumed in one sitting.
How do you reheat chicken breast in the microwave?
If you want to reheat chicken breast that is at room temperature, it is best to do so in a microwave. First, make sure the chicken breast has enough time to defrost. Next, place the chicken breast on a microwavable plate and wrap it with a damp paper towel.
Add a smidgen of water over the top of the chicken and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the chicken breast. Not only does this combination of water and olive oil help keep the chicken moist, but it also enhances its flavor. You could also garnish your chicken breast platter with vegetables before reheating in the microwave.
Your chicken breasts can be put as it is into the microwave, or you could cut them into smaller pieces to ensure the heat gets into every part. Also do not overcrowd your plate; leave enough space between each piece.
The appropriate internal temperature for reheated chicken breast is 74 °C or 165 °F. A cooking thermometer is ideal because you would be able to gauge the temperature accurately to avoid chicken breast getting overcooked.
Timing is everything when it comes to reheating chicken breast in the microwave, which takes us to our next point.
How long do you reheat chicken breast in the microwave?
If you want to reheat chicken breast in the microwave, it will take about 2 minutes per pound. If you keep it in the microwave for too long, the chicken will become dry and rubbery. It is also important to remember that the weight and thickness of the chicken breast, as well as the wattage of your microwave, affect how long it takes to reheat.
If it is a small amount (for a single serving), you can reheat for 1.5 minutes, using the normal setting of your microwave, which is usually 1000 watts. But if the chicken breast is of a larger amount then the estimated time is between 2 to 3 minutes on high heat.
Even though the sizes may differ, once the halfway point is reached, either for the smaller sized chicken breast or larger sized chicken breast, carefully flip the chicken over so both sides can be heated evenly.
If you do not have a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken breast, you can use your fingers or have a little sample taste test to know if it is reheated all the way through. If you will be doing the latter, be aware that it can be hot therefore take necessary precautions so you do not get burned.
Tips to remember when reheating chicken breast in the microwave
- Below are some helpful tips to bear in mind when reheating chicken breast in the microwave:
- Cut chicken breast into smaller pieces; this makes reheating much easier.
- Sprinkle water and drizzle olive oil on the chicken breast before reheating. This will keep the chicken moist, retaining its juiciness and flavor.
- Place chicken breast on a microwaveable plate. Do not use aluminum or regular plastic containers.
- Flip the chicken breast at intervals to ensure it is reheated evenly.
- Do not flip the chicken breast with your hands; instead, use a pair of tongs.
- Reheated chicken breast can be consumed when the internal temperature is 165°F. Use a cooking thermometer to help you gauge accurately.
Reheating chicken breast in the microwave is not only the easiest way but it is also the quickest. Remember to use microwavable plates, and stick to the 2 minute time frame to avoid chicken breast drying out. Follow through with this guide and you are guaranteed a tasty outcome for your meal. Give it a go.