Introduction: Chicken Reheated Juicy and Tender
Reheat cooked chicken while making it juicy and tender, and there are no cooking dishes to wash. My SprawlMart often sells rotisserie chickens, various flavors, 2-1/4 lb each, for $4.00. At that price it is hardly worth buying raw chicken, preparing and cooking it at home. Roasted chicken tends to get dry when it is reheated, though, even in the microwave. I have solved that problem.
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Step 1: Cut Up Chicken and Bag Portions for Freezing
Needed (also from SprawlMart) in addition to precooked chicken: Quart-size ziptop freezer bags; Uncle Ben's pre-cooked rice, Roasted Chicken flavor; Swanson's low-sodium Chicken Broth (NOT stock).
I buy several chickens, use poultry shears to cut out the backbones, eat those together for one meal fresh. I cut the remainder of each chicken in half along the breastbone, remove each leg and thigh, connected, as one portion. I leave the wings in place, but cut each breast crosswise to make each into two portions, the smaller having the wing attached, the larger not. I am trying to eat more fruit and vegetables these days, so each of the six portions is plenty for a meal for me. I freeze each portion in a one-quart freezer zip bag.
Step 2: Thaw Portion and Reheat
When I want to have chicken, I put a portion in the fridge to thaw overnight. At mealtime, into the bag I pour a few tablespoons of Uncle Ben's pre-cooked rice (the Roasted Chicken Flavor is the only one also sold in large, economy-size bag; knead out the lumps before opening; precooked rice will not increase in volume). Then I pour in a few tablespoons of Swanson's Chicken Broth (NOT stock), reduced sodium version, which was chosen as best tasting in "America's Test Kitchen" (PBS TV show) tests. I zip the bag closed, leaving a little bit unzipped to allow steam to escape.
Step 3: Prop Bag Up to Prevent Spills
Bag needs to be set up so that it cannot fall over and spill out liquid during reheating. If I am also going to heat up some precooked vegetables, I put them in microwave-proof tubs, loosely covered. It works better for certain side dishes to first microwave just the sides for a minute on highest power, then add the plate and chicken, microwave all for 3 minutes on high, follow with 4 minutes at half power. I store portions of sides in the fridge in these plastic containers, eat the reheated sides directly from the containers.
Step 4: Hot, Juicy, Tender, Yummy!
Unzip the hot bag and carefully dump the contents onto plate. The extra liquid will be absorbed by the chicken as it is cut up for eating, will help keep it moist. The rice is healthy side dish, also helps hold the moisture.
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