Chick-fil-A, one of America’s largest fast-food chains. It’s inevitable that you’d sometimes want to bring home one of their chicken sandwiches for later.
It may not be the most ideal meal, since reheated food doesn’t taste as good as when it’s fresh – right? Sure, sometimes you’re craving a late-night snack and you’ll take what you can get, or you’re so hungry everything tastes good.
But why settle for less than perfect? Okay, it might not be perfect, but we have some very helpful tips on how to reheat a Chick-fil-A sandwich to get it as close to its tender, juicy self in no time.
How do you reheat a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich? The three best methods for heating up a Chick-Fil-A sandwich are the oven, microwave, or air fryer. Each method will take a different amount of time and can each produce slightly different results.
Read on to find out which one can deliver that delicious flavor and texture you want.
3 Best Ways for Reheating a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
A traditional Chick-fil-A sandwich, to reheat or not to reheat? You can save yourself time and headache by going for it cold, but you won’t get to enjoy the blast of flavor – just cold chicken.
We have noted the 3 best ways to heat up your chicken sandwich that are easy and quick.
Throw the Chick-fil-A Sandwich in the Oven
The oven is one of your best friends for reheating food very close to its original state. Pizza crusts may retain some of their crispiness and fried chicken could still come out juicy. Your Chick-fil-A sandwich can also come out evenly heated and still with some of that crunch you love.
Start by preheating your oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit. Then take out a baking tray and line it with aluminum foil. Take your sandwich out of the wrapping, and disassemble it, buns, chicken, and all, and place the parts evenly across the baking sheet. Heat your sandwich for a total of 5 to 10 minutes depending on the level of crispiness you want.
When that timer dings, take out the tray with oven mitts and put your sandwich back together. A little extra trick is to re-add the condiments for more flavor.
All the sauce that was on top of your sandwich will have dried out in the oven heat, so add everything into your sandwich again after it’s hot.
Toss the Chick-fil-A Sandwich in the Microwave
Ah, the lazy man’s best friend – the microwave. Don’t worry, we’re not judging, sometimes you’re pressed for time and we get it. The only problem with the microwave is even heating.
We’ve had our fair share of experiences where we bit into what seemed to be a hot sandwich only to find out it was cold in the center. The blend of cold and hot really wasn’t the most pleasant feeling, but this won’t happen to you because we’ve done the legwork.
You will still need to disassemble your sandwich and separate the chicken and the buns. Put all the different pieces on a microwave-safe plate, pop it into the miracle machine for 30 seconds on full power.
You may have to get in there with your fingers when time’s up just to check if your chicken is heated all the way through. If you notice cold spots, then heat it again in 5 to 10-second intervals until it’s even.
Once you’re satisfied with the heat, pour on some cold condiments, reassemble your tasty meal and take a bite!
Place the Chick-fil-A Sandwich in the Air Fryer
Let’s clear up any confusion by saying the air fryer is just for the chicken. To really get as close to a crispy fresh chicken sandwich that is hot off the pressure cooker is to reheat each component separately.
We’re not gonna lie, but the air fryer will take time and there is more cleanup to do, but it’s so worth it.
Take just the chicken and place it in the air fryer at 375-degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 to 10 minutes (or go for 9 for the perfect balance between tender and crispy). As for the buns, toss them in a toaster or heat them up a bit in a pan on the stovetop with some butter.
Once the chicken and buns are done, pile on the condiments! You can also get creative and add more pickles, cheese, or whatever tickles your fancy.
How to Reheat a Grilled Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich?
The classic Chick-fil-A sandwich is a piece of delectable breaded chicken pressure cooked in peanut oil. Avid Chick-fil-A supporters will definitely know that the fast-food giant also offers other chicken sandwiches cooked in a different way.
We have grilled chicken sandwiches that are juicy and tender with a traditional smoky taste that may not make the most sense to reheat in an air fryer. If you prefer the grilled options, don’t fret because we didn’t forget about you! Here are some of the best ways to reheat grilled chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A.
You can reheat a grilled Chick-fil-A sandwich in 2 ways – on the stovetop, or in the microwave. You can also do it on a grill or in the oven, but this tends to dry out the chicken so we don’t really recommend it.
We would suggest doing it on the stovetop for more control over the heat. Take apart your sandwich and heat the chicken slowly with just a drop of oil to prevent sticking. Wait until the entire piece is heated evenly throughout (about 5 minutes).
While you’re waiting for the chicken to heat up, toss the buns in a toaster or heat it alongside the chicken with some butter. Just remember to keep an eye on the buns as they tend to heat up faster than the chicken.
If you’re doing it in the microwave, keep the chicken covered and heat it for 20 to 30 seconds at full power the first time around, and then heat it for 10 to 20-second intervals after until it’s warm in the center.
Now you can still save a Chick-fil-A for later and enjoy the same deliciousness as if it was freshly done. Heating it at home has an advantage because it gives you more control over the results.
You can have a tender chicken sandwich, a crispier one, or the best of both worlds. All it takes is the turn of a knob or the press of a few buttons.